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

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.

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

Madison Croxson

Content Producer

Madison is a full-time content producer for Bham Now, with a special interest in Magic City’s food and wellness scene. A transplant from Maryland, she’s passionate about showcasing the incredible innovation and advancement happening in Birmingham every single day.

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Education: The University of Alabama
Birmingham Favorites:
White Trash Cookie from Cookie Fix, Ginger Sunshine Kombucha from Harvest Roots, Sol y Luna Chilaquiles and anything from Hero Donuts

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

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

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
Nathan Watson

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

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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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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Cecilia Wood

Content Producer

Cecilia is the Saturday Content Producer at Bham Now, writing stories and covering fun local events for the ‘gram… probably with a coffee in hand.

Hometown: Hoover, AL
Education: Auburn University, major in Professional and Public Writing and minors in business, Spanish, and marketing
Birmingham Favorites: Santos Coffee & Crepes, Trattoria ZaZa Pasta, Cahaba Brewing Company Beer

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Jessica Broom

Account Executive

Just a Bham transplant calling the Magic City home who loves connecting businesses that make this place so magical to the people passionate about supporting them.

Hometown: Loganville, GA
Education: University of North Georgia
Birmingham Favorites: Anything and everything at El Barrio, the local art community, and those sunset skyline views.

Tira Davis

Tira Davis

CONTENT PRODUCER

Tira is a content producer for Bham Now, where her favorite thing is thinking about what makes things tick. If you don’t see me on Bham Now’s Now the News, you can catch me anywhere in the Magic City making TikToks of our local favs.
Hometown: Center Point, Alabama
Education: Associate in Science Degree, Communications & Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism
Birmingham Favorites: Muñoz Mexican Grill, Fat Charles BBQ, and picnics and relaxing at the park.
Olivia Moses

Olivia Moses

Content Producer

As a Texas transplant, Olivia is Instagram Manager + Content Producer for Bham Now. When she’s not shooting Instagram stories all over Birmingham, she’s busy dreaming of the perfect grid layout.

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Education: Samford University, JMC major with a Marketing minor

Birmingham Favorites: Ghost Train Brewing, The Ono Poké, and walks around Railroad Park!

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Randall Porter

Cultural Curator

Randall is a Cultural Curator. His goal is to bring people together and expose them to unique places and experiences in Birmingham. At the center of it all is Fashion. Randall is a huge advocate of how personal style carries more power than people realize. And, he likes to showcase that through his instagram and blog.

Hometown: Oxford, AL (Hobson City, IYKYK)
Education: University of Montevallo, Major: Mass Communications Minor: Communication Studies | Public Relations
Birmingham Favorites: Atomic, PaperDoll, Bottega, Essential but seriously though… I love everything Birmingham. This city is my favorite.