MEET THE TEAM

Writers, photographers, marketers and more—here are the people behind Bham Now.

Cindy Martin

founder + CEO

Cindy is the Founder and CEO of Bham Now. Previously, Cindy served as President of Alabama Media Group and CEO of AL.com for 16 years.

Hometown: Bessemer, AL
Education: Mechanical Engineering and MBA, both from The University of Alabama
Birmingham Favorites: Chez Fonfon and listening to the trains roll through downtown

Wade Cline

Sales Manager

Wade is the Business Development Manager for Bham Now where he assists in overall management of client partnerships, develops new service strategies and helps connect Bham Now to businesses & non-profits in Birmingham.

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Education:
Samford University ‘17
Birmingham Favorites: Automatic Seafood, Ghost Train and The Pizitz

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Sharron Swain

Managing Producer

Sharron is the Managing Producer at Bham Now and loves working with the team, our clients and all the incredible people of Birmingham to help make our city better.
 
Hometown: Mountain Brook, AL, Roebuck Springs since 2008 
Education: A BS in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University in the UK
Birmingham Favorites: Kayaking on Lake Purdy, hiking at Ruffner, and my kids’ school, Alabama Waldorf.
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Pat Byington

Content Director

Pat is the Content Director at Bham Now and loves to write about conservation and inspirational local stories. 

Hometown: Florence + Sheffield, AL
Education: Degree in Latin American and Environmental Studies from The University of Alabama. 
Birmingham Favorites: Birmingham Legion FC, ROJO, One Pratt Park in Pratt City & Ruffner Mountain

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Sheila McCallum

Content Producer

Sheila creates the newsletters you find in your inboxes every week. She tries to find the balance between the silly and serious and speaks fluent sarcasm.
 

Hometown: Monterey, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Bowling Green State University
Birmingham Favorite: James Spann’s “all-in” severe weather coverage

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Patience Itson

CONTENT PRODUCER

Patience is living out her passion for writing as a Content Producer and also produces Bham Now’s Tuesday and Friday newsletter.

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Education: B.S. in Mass Communication with a focus in Journalism from the University of Montevallo
Birmingham Favorites: Cocina Superior, Birmingham Museum of Art, Railroad Park

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Vicky Lewis

Content Producer

Oh, ya know just your average newsletter writing, weekend Instagram posting, food AND fun-loving, Birmingham exploring, slightly pup-obsessed twenty-something.

Hometown: Prattville, AL
Education: UAB Class of 2017
Birmingham Favorites:
Greg Brady @ Jack Brown’s, Chicken St. Charles @ Ruby Sunshine, Strawberry Moscow Mule @ 41st Street Pub & Aircraft Sales

Gabi Hembree

Account Executive

As Account Executive, Gabi connects with clients and prospective clients to build relationships and help them reach their individual marketing goals.
 
Hometown: Ardmore, AL
Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing-management with a minor in Chinese from UAB
Birmingham Favorites: Vulcan at night, Railroad Park and literally anything from The Pizitz Food Hall
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Jacob Blankenship

Content Producer

As a Social Media Content Producer for Bham Now, Jacob helps gather analytics and shares Instagram Stories of his explorations around Birmingham.

Hometown: Odenville, AL
Education: Associate in Applied Science, Business Management & Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing
Birmingham Favorites: Eugene’s Hot Chicken, looking up at skyscrapers and enjoying Birmingham restaurants!

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Hannah Chambley

CONTENT PRODUCER

 You can find Hannah Instagrammin’ the Birmingham skyline, behind the camera shooting photos or writing stories (with too many puns) for Bham Now.

Hometown: Valley, AL
Education: BA in Journalism with a minor in studio art from Auburn University
Birmingham Favorites: All of the local thrift + antique stores, Lou’s Pub and anything from Surin West

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Beth Cunningham

CONTENT Producer

Beth is a Content Producer at Bham Now.
 
Hometown: Pensacola, FL 
Education: B.S. and a B.A. from The University of Southern Mississippi  
Birmingham Favorites: Bamboo on 2nd, Nabeel’s in Homewood, Oak Mountain State Park, and Sozo Trading Co. 
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Nathan Watson

Content Producer

Nathan is a Content Producer at Bham Now who loves all things Birmingham, especially its history! 

Hometown: Leiper’s Fork, TN
Education: Bachelors at Birmingham-Southern College 2019
Birmingham Favorite: Any of the views, but especially Vulcan Park

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Matthew Niblett

Multimedia Producer

As a Multimedia Producer, Matthew always has his camera in hand taking photos around town and creating videos you see on Bham Now. 

Hometown: Hayden, AL
Education: Self Taught
Birmingham Favorite:
 TrimTab Beer and Jack Brown’s Burgers

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Irene Richardson

CONTENT PRODUCER

Irene is a Content Producer who writes stories about a little bit of everything. But, her favorite topics cover anything local artists are up to in the ‘ham. You can also find her managing Bham Now’s Twitter one emoji at a time.

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Education: University of Alabama, major in Public Relations and minor in French
Birmingham favorites: L’envoûteuse at the Birmingham Museum of Art, chicken curry from:momo, Highland Park neighborhood

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Chaise Sanders

CONTENT PRODUCER

Chaise is a Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Education: Birmingham-Southern College, Class of  2019
Birmingham Favorite: Railroad Park and FIVE’s patio during Sunday Jazz Brunch. Honestly just say the word “brunch” and I’m there

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Lexie Dillard

Sales Intern

As marketing coordinator, Lexie helps build relationships with current clients, while making connections with potential new Bham Now clients. 

Hometown: Jasper, AL
Education: Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham Favorite: Ramen from Kome and Ikko, Beer from TrimTab and concerts at Iron City.

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Grace Howe

CONTENT Intern

As a Content Intern for Bham Now, Grace is writing about all things Birmingham, and is helping share stories on Bham Now’s social channels.
 

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Education: Currently a student at The University of Alabama
Birmingham Favorites: Going to shows at Iron City, burgers at Jack Brown’s, walks on the Vulcan Park trail