FreightWaves Editorial Team
John Kingston, Executive Editor
John had a more than 30-year career with McGraw-Hill/S&P Global, with most of his time at the Platts division of the company. He began his career in 1985 as a crude oil market reporter, rising eventually to become Director of Oil and Director of News. The Platts Dated Brent assessment, now the world's leading benchmark, was launched by Kingston in the late 1980's. He was awarded the 2015 IAEE Award for Excellence in Written Journalism by the International Association for Energy Economics.
Brian Straight, Managing Editor
Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com. Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.
Mark Solomon, Managing Editor
Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of freight markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.
Ibrahiim Bayaan, Chief Economist & Market Expert
Ibrahiim covers developments and trends in the global economy. His focus is on understanding the links between movements in the macroeconomy and the implications for freight markets. Ibrahiim is also a one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. Prior to FreightWaves, Ibrahiim spent nearly a decade building up the forecasting capabilities and creating the economic messaging at UPS. Ibrahiim and his family live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael Angell, Bulk and Intermodal Editor
Michael Angell covers maritime, intermodal and related topics for FreightWaves. His interest in transportation stretches back several generations. One great-grandfather was a dray horseman along the New York waterfront and another was a railway engineer in Texas. More recently, Michael has written on the shipping industry for TradeWinds, energy markets for Oil Price Information Service, and has covered general business topics for FactSet Mergerstat and Investor's Business Daily. Aside from genealogy, Michael and his wife enjoy spending time outdoors in Westchester County, going to farmers' markets and looking for hidden treasure at flea markets.
John Paul Hampstead, Associate Editor
John Paul writes about current events and economics, especially politics, finance, and commodities, and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. In previous lives John Paul studied Shakespeare in London and Buddhism in India, but now he focuses on transportation and logistics in the heart of Freight Alley--Chattanooga. He spends his free time with his wife and daughter herding cats, collecting books, and walking alongside the Tennessee River.
Chad Prevost, Staff Writer
Chad Prevost writes on sustainability and innovation as it relates to transportation economics. A PhD in Creative Writing, Chad taught writing courses as a professor for a decade. He has founded two nonprofits and directed a literary press. He’s led publishing and writing panels at places like Baylor University, Clemson University, UT-C and the Yale Writers’ Conference. Chad and his family live in Chattanooga.
Vishnu Rajamanickam, Staff Writer
Vishnu writes editorial commentary on cutting-edge technology within the freight industry, profiles startups, and brings in perspective from industry frontrunners and thought leaders in the freight space. In his spare time, he writes neo-noir poetry, blogs about travel & living, and loves to debate about international politics. He hopes to settle down in a village and grow his own food at some point in time. But for now, he is happy to live with his wife in the middle of a German metropolitan.
Linda Baker, Staff Writer
Linda Baker is a Portland-based journalist, editor and transportation enthusiast. She is the former editor of Oregon Business magazine, where she helped pioneer coverage on urban mobility, diversity in tech and the urban rural divide. Her articles on transportation and urban planning have been published in the New York Times, Fast Company, Scientific American and other national publications. Linda is a year-round bike commuter, and is keen on recreational cycling, tennis and swing dancing.
Maria Baker, Staff Writer
Maria is a staff writer who has covered everything from the environment to sign-on bonuses and women in the industry. She is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she majored in English literature and minored in environmental studies. Maria loves writing about freight almost as much as she loves Emily Dickinson and the self-imposed challenge of finding the best iced mocha in Chattanooga.
Ashley Coker, Staff Writer
Ashley is interested in the opportunities and issues that arise at the intersection of law and technology. She is the primary contributor to the truckloadindexes.com news site content. She studied journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and worked as an editor and reporter at two daily newspapers before joining FreightWaves. Ashley spends her free time at the dog park with her beagle, Ruth, or scouring the internet for last minute flight deals.
Zach Strickland, FW Market Expert & Market Analyst
Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also a one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.
Morgan Gray, Market Analyst
Morgan spent nearly four years in the brokerage industry and serves as a market analyst on the editorial team. She graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Voice. Research and nonfiction writing make her heart sing. When she isn't scouring SONAR for a story, Morgan enjoys performing and producing stand up comedy around the South East, singing with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and spending quality time with her two dogs.
Ellis Smith, General Manager of Content
Ellis has worked in nearly every segment of the media industry, with roles as publisher, editor, producer and reporter at daily news organizations in Georgia, Tennessee and Iowa. As a business reporter, he covered trucking, manufacturing, finance and white-collar crime. As a digital editor, he won awards for breaking news and special projects and was part of a team that was named as a Pulitzer finalist for a series on generational poverty. Prior to joining FreightWaves, he was general manager and editor of The Hawk Eye, Iowa's oldest newspaper. Ellis lives in Chattanooga with his family.
Jim Wilson, Australia Correspondent
Sydney-based journalist and photojournalist, Jim Wilson, is the Australia Correspondent for FreightWaves. Since beginning his journalism career in 2000, Jim has primarily worked as a business reporter, editor, and manager for maritime publications in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. He has won several awards for logistics-related journalism and has had photography published in the global maritime press. Jim has also run publications focused on human resources management, workplace health and safety, venture capital, and law. He holds a degree in law and legal practice.
Henry Carmichael, Staff Writer
Henry writes about trucking transportation with a focus on agriculture, energy, retail, and automotive shippers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University with minors in economics and Arab studies. He grew up in the New York City area and is new to Chattanooga. His past jobs include contract work for an aviation consulting company in White Plains, New York and interning for an advocacy group in Washington, D.C. His hobbies include reading novels, playing video games, jogging, and traveling.
Nick Savvides, Staff Writer
Nick came to FreightWaves in December 2018 from Fairplay, a shipping market publication. During his time at Fairplay, he was rewarded with the Shipping & Freight Journalist of the Year award at the Seahorse Awards for his exemplary work over the previous year.
Since starting his career as a journalist in 1990, Nick has worked for a number of significant freight publications abroad, including International Freighting Weekly, the online news service for Containerisation International, ICIS, the chemical industry reporting service, as well as Seatrade in Greece.
Nick also worked as a freelance journalist writing for Lloyd’s List, The Observer, The Express and The European newspapers among others before joining Seatrade Newsweek in Athens.
Jim Allen, Photographer
Jim handles photography for FreightWaves and manages a custom stock image transportation portfolio and provides on-demand photography including stock and live event photography. He has photographed the freight industry for the past 12 years. Jim lives in Houston, Texas and is always looking forward to the next assignment.
John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent
Based in Washington, D.C., John covers regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation for FreightWaves. Prior to his most recent position as a correspondent for UK-based maritime publication Fairplay, which he joined in 2009, he covered the US trucking and rail industries for Rail Business, Traffic World and the Journal of Commerce. John began his business reporting career in 1993 covering the radio, TV, and cable industry for Broadcasting magazine. He graduated from Florida State University with an English and business degree.
Nate Tabak, Canada Correspondent
Nate Tabak is a journalist, editor and producer in Toronto. He covers Canada for FreightWaves, with a keen interest on the cross-border economic relationship with the United States. Nate spent seven years working as an investigative editor and reporter based in Kosovo. He covered everything from corruption to the country’s emerging wine industry. He also reported across the Balkans and investigated Albania’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry with a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Nate grew up in Berkeley, Calif. He enjoys exploring Toronto with his wife and is always looking forward to his next meal.