The Incline enthusiastically announces its newest hire: Pittsburgh journalist and communicator Rossilynne Culgan becomes Food and Culture Editor this month.
“I’m thrilled to bring food and culture coverage to The Incline, which has already established itself as a fresh voice in Pittsburgh less than a year since its launch,” Rossilynne said. “In a time when Pittsburgh’s food scene is in the national spotlight, I’m eager to tell new and untold stories about my hometown and favorite city.”
In this role, you can expect more than just stories about restaurants opening and reviews from Rossilynne. She’ll tackle the intersection of news and culture in the city and help you navigate the food and drink scene. As The Incline’s food and culture editor, she’ll work with freelance writers in Pittsburgh eager to tell those stories (more on how to pitch her later). On the weekends, Rossilynne will edit the site and run The Incline’s social media.
“Rossilynne brings to The Incline a sincere love of Pittsburgh and an eager vision for the food and culture writing the city craves and deserves,” Editor Lexi Belculfine said. “I’ve admired Rossilynne’s artful storytelling and leadership since working with her at The Daily Collegian. Here at The Incline, we could not be more happy that she’s joining our team and significantly expanding The Incline’s coverage area.”
If you’ve kept up with Pittsburgh’s food and culture coverage, you’ve probably read something that Rossilynne wrote. She served as a freelance writer for Thrillist, documenting Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene, and as the Pittsburgh expert at About.com, producing everything from neighborhood guides to theater reviews.
The Incline took note of Rossilynne’s expertise early on, naming her to our inaugural Who’s Next class and celebrating that group of Pittsburgh communicators at our launch party in November. (Check out her masterful participation in our mannequin challenge that night at 0:44 seconds.)
For the past three years, Rossilynne has worked in marketing at the Carnegie Science Center, as an assistant director of marketing and marketing communications manager, where she focused her strengths at the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development and on developing a voice for the museum on social media. Before that, Rossilynne was a reporter for the Tribune-Review, covering everything from crime to education and local government, and editor-in-chief of The Daily Collegian while she was a student at Penn State University. She currently serves as the president of the Collegian’s Alumni Interest Group and is a member of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, for which she built a website and social media presence.
Rossilynne and her husband Shane live in the Strip District. She starts June 19.