Meet our contributors


Melissa Burden is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of automotive, business, education and health reporting experience in major metropolitan markets. She has written for the Flint Journal, the Detroit News and, most recently, Automotive News.


Gary Piatek is an award-winning writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience. He has been a senior editor at Crain’s Detroit and news editor at the Flint Journal.


Mike Naddeo is a commercial and editorial photographer working in the greater Flint area.


Izzi Joseph is a social media specialist at the Flint & Genesee Chamber. She was an associate editor for DBusiness Daily News.