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, 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.
Ibrahiim Bayaan, Chief Economist
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. 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.
John Paul Hampstead
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 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 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.
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 is interested in the opportunities and issues that arise at the intersection of law and technology. 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.