About Metromode

Metromode is a digital news magazine focused on the dynamic communities, businesses, and residents of southeast Michigan, and is part of the Issue Media Group family. We cover what's next in entrepreneurship, creative culture, and urban development in metro Detroit.

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Meet the Metromode team, and contact us here

Kate Roff, Managing Editor

Kate is an award-winning freelance writer and journalism educator, currently based out of Detroit. She is the managing editor of Metromode and Model D, and a special lecturer at Oakland University. You can reach out to her here.

Mike Galbraith, News Editor
If the name sounds familiar you might recognize it from his byline in our sister Urban Innovation Exchange publication. Galbraith has also contributed stories to the University Research Corridor, Workforce Intelligence Network, and Mode Shift. Galbraith is also a singer-songwriter who has performed in area coffee houses, pubs, and music venues, including the Lager House and the Old Miami. If you have a development news tip for Galbraith, drop him a line here.

Contributors: Nina IgnaczakPatrick DunnDavid SandsSarah WilliamsErin Marie MillerBrianne TurczynskiGreg Tasker, Melinda Clynes, Sarah Gudenau, Blake Woodruff, Leah Olajide, Sierra Okoniewski, Layla McMurtrie, Genevieve Fox, Veronica Johnson

Photography: David LewinskiNick HagenDoug CoombeJoe PowersSteve Koss

Social Media: Chrishelle Griffin, Lauren Reid, Madeline Mason, Cayla Smith

Emeritus EditorsKate Roff, Nina Ignaczak


Metromode is published by Issue Media Group (IMG).
Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. IMG operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of solutions-based journalism to report on community change.  Our publications aim to connect readers to their communities' most visionary and innovative people, projects, businesses, and organizations — fostering civic capacity, improving understanding of key issues, amplifying underserved voices, and building community attachment during a time of local media decline.

We work with like-minded stakeholders across public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations whose values and missions align with ours through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists connect with community stakeholders through regular listening sessions designed to build trust and shape authentic community stories.

IMG's work has been recognized and supported by leading journalism organizations nationally including INC Magazine, Knight Foundation, Columbia Journalism Review, Facebook, Lenfest Institute, Google, Solutions Journalism Network, Ground Source, and Society for Professional Journalists.

Michigan Assets 
Issue Media Group’s Michigan footprint of 18 local online community news sites is grounded in cross-sector stakeholder coalitions comprised of leadership in foundations, nonprofits, government and municipalities, education, community and economic development, health, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Through regular community listening sessions, these leadership coalitions help guide relevant community-informed coverage, increase local audience engagement and ensure influential readership networks.   
All Michigan content is published through a growing network of sites that include: Detroit’s Model D, Grand Rapids Rapid Growth, Metro Detroit’s Metromode, Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti’s Concentrate, Kalamazoo / Battle Creek’s Second Wave Southwest, Flint’s Flintside, Port Huron’s The KeelCatalyst Midland, Route Bay City, Epicenter Mount Pleasant, UPword in the Upper Peninsula, and Rural Innovation Exchange covering Michigan's rural community. Every week, Second Wave is published to a statewide audience featuring a listing of top stories from across IMG’s network of sites. Current Michigan assets include over 120 community partners, 80 journalists, 4.6 million annual readers, 280,000 emails, and 213,000 social media followers.

Detroit's Model D: www.modeldmedia.com 
Second Wave (statewide):  www.secondwavemedia.