About Concentrate

Concentrate tells the new story of Washtenaw County — a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play. The web site and weekly online magazine are published Wednesdays. Get Concentrate free in your e-mailbox each week by signing up here.

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Concentrate is published by Issue Media Group. Our publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and foundations to support and expand coverage of job growth, economic development, real estate, non-profit innovation, city building, and placemaking. Learn more about our underwriting policy here.

A brief history of the Concentrate crew:

Managing editor: Patrick Dunn

Patrick started writing for a startup newspaper in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan when he was still in high school. That paper is now dead, but Patrick's career in journalism somehow managed to take off over the ensuing decade. Patrick has written for national publications including The A.V. Club and Paste, as well as a slew of Michigan-based publications including the Detroit News, the Ann Arbor Observer, Hour Detroit, Pulp, MLive, and Real Detroit Weekly. He started writing for Concentrate in 2012 and has since become a regular contributor to its sister publications, Model D and Metromode.
Patrick graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He lives in Ann Arbor. When he's not pitching, editing, or writing stories, he can usually be found at the movies or in the woods.

Managing photographer: Doug Coombe

Doug made the transition from longtime record store employee to photographer when he started to document the Detroit music scene in the early '90s. He started his photojournalism career with Orbit magazine and moved to the Metro Times in 1999. In addition to Metro Times Doug has photographed for Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo, The Wire, Billboard, Wax Poetics, and NME. Doug started photographing for Concentrate in 2010 and also is a regular contributor to its sister publications Metromode and Model D.

Doug studied photography at Washtenaw Community College after he got his degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor. He is currently working on a photo book of his Detroit music photography.  In addition to photography Doug has other expensive habits like buying old soul and jazz albums, vintage guitars and Criterion films. Check out his website or Instagram for more of his work.

Innovation and jobs/development news writer: Sarah Rigg

Sarah has been involved in journalism since she began producing a one-page photocopied neighborhood "newspaper" in grade school, later reporting for and then editing her high school paper. She has worked on staff at Heritage Newspapers and the (now defunct) Ann Arbor Business Review and has written as a freelancer for various publications ranging from The Crazy Wisdom Journal to the News-Herald to AnnArbor.com. She began writing for Concentrate in February 2017.

When she isn’t writing for Concentrate or doing freelance reporting and editing for other publications, she can be found cuddling her cats, bicycling, doing jigsaw puzzles with her husband, or playing board games with friends.


Senior writer: Natalie Burg

Natalie's career began in journalism, writing for such publications as The Lansing State Journal and The Ann Arbor News before taking an unexpected turn into downtown development. After working as the DDA Director for the city of Owosso, she merged her writing and development backgrounds into one, regularly contributing to Lansing's Capital Gains, Metromode, Concentrate, and Forbes.com, specializing in community development, local government, and entrepreneurship.

When not glued to her computer screen, Natalie can be found at the dog park with her dogs Lois and Gunshy, Instagramming said dogs, or talking about (and sometimes to) the pair of them at great length. She also serves as Superfan in Chief of her husband, local singer/songwriter Mike Vial


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