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 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 is a freight reporter who covers cutting-edge tech 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 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.

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