AmyJo Brown is a reporter and editor based in Pittsburgh, Pa. She specializes in covering issues and politics at the local level, and has done so in communities ranging from the cowboy country of eastern Oregon to those deep in the Southern Delta of Arkansas.
Passionate about public records and mining data, she serves readers by digging into the bureaucratic and translating the wonky to show the real impacts of decisions made by local power-brokers. She has told the stories behind the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiled in Umatilla, Ore., explained how a new state law governing land use would change the landscape of a suburban county near Portland, Ore., and unraveled a nonprofit’s misspending of more than $500,000 in federal grant money intended to help the poor in southeast Arkansas become homeowners.
Enterprising and adaptable in demanding environments, AmyJo has also channeled her reporting skills into entrepreneurial work intended to keep the newsroom lights on. Working with both legacy news organizations and startups, she has created content strategies and revenue plans for digital properties as well as advised executive management on evaluating third-party vendors and contracts.
AmyJo is a Pittsburgh native who returned to the city in 2011. She lives with her husband on the North Side.