About Triad City Beat

Triad City Beat is a free, weekly publication that was founded in 2014 by Brian Clarey, Jordan Green and Eric Ginsburg. Triad City Beat exists to chronicle the Triad cities as low-cost incubators of innovation, sustainability and creativity. We publish smart reporting and writing that recognizes the intelligence of our readers.

An informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy, and we take our responsibility seriously to provide good journalism to hold economic and governmental powers accountable, both locally and across North Carolina. Culture binds us, and we commit to provide lively and vital coverage of food, music and the arts in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.

We unapologetically focus on the cities, and won’t shrink from defending LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice and an urban sensibility. We carry the flag for no party or faction, and fiercely defend our editorial independence.

Triad City Beat is owned by Beat Media Inc., based in North Carolina.

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The Staff

Brian Clarey

Publisher/Executive Editor (he/him)

An altweekly veteran of more than 20 years, Brian studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans and wrote for the Gambit before moving to the NC Piedmont Triad. He has been covering this market in publications like the News & Record, Our State, O. Henry magazine and Yes! Weekly since 2000.

Sayaka Matsuoka

Managing Editor (she/her)

Sayaka joined the alt-weekly world in 2014 when she interned for TCB. After moving to the Triangle and garnering bylines in Indy Week and Durham Magazine, she moved back to Greensboro and now covers culture and news. Her work has appeared in Rewire, Bitch, Bitter Southerner and the Audubon Society.

Charlie Marion

Art Director (she/he/they)

Charlie is a freelance artist with a BA in graphic design from High Point University. Her style is very illustrative and bold. In her spare time she loves watching cartoons and playing video games.

Carolyn de Berry

Contributing Photographer (she/her)

Carolyn has been a part of Triad City Beat from the very beginning. A trained photographer who went to Guilford College, Randolph Community College and Maine Media Workshops, Carolyn works to capture the essence of the Triad for us every week. She and Brian Clarey conceptualized a series in which Carolyn would share her work which culminated in our Shot in the Triad series which you can find at the back of our paper every week and online here. She also contributes regularly to news and culture pieces as well.

James Douglas

Chief Contributor (he/him)

James Douglas has been with TCB since 2019 as a culture and contributing writer. His early work has been featured on bar bathrooms across the state. When he’s not writing for TCB, he travels to parts unknown, works as a bartender at a local dive bar, and helps run the family farm.

Michaela Ratliff

Chief Contributor (she/her)

Michaela joined TCB in 2020 as an editorial intern and has since written multiple culture stories and currently compiles our weekly events. She also tackles news from time to time and is an NC A&T alum.

Luis H. Garay

Chief Contributor (they/them)

Luis (they/them) is a queer Latinx local food blogger, writer and podcast host based in Greensboro. Their goal is to uplift diverse food spaces locally and beyond. Find Luis via Instagram at @GoEatGSO or on their blog.

Autumn Karen

Chief Contributor (she/her)

Autumn Karen is a small-town NC girl turned ghostwriter and educator who relishes raising her three boys in Greensboro. When she’s not digging into stories about arts and culture for TCB, climbing mountains, or chasing kids, Autumn teaches ghostwriting at UNCG and HPU.

Kaitlynn Havens

Chief Contributor (she/her)

Kaitlynn Havens is a freelance writer living on the Southside of Winston-Salem. Her works include travel anecdotes, stories with a social justice impact and recognition to those that often go unnoticed. When she’s not writing, Kaitlynn is both a toddler mom and a flight attendant for a major airline.

Allen Broach

Publisher Emeritus (he/him)

Allen has been a voice for the arts, veterans, LGBT issues and small businesses for more than 30 years. His advertising agency, Broach & Co., thrived for decades on Elm Street in the same downtown building where he eventually installed the Broach Theatre.

Additional contributors: Jerry Cooper, Owens Daniels, Todd Turner