Angie Schmitt is a leading Midwestern urbanist blogger who makes her home in Cleveland.
She is the founding editor of Rust Wire, a collaborative media project exploring the struggles of cities in the industrial Midwest.
- Angie leads a volunteer team that has included dozens of amateur and professional writers and photographers throughout the “Rust Belt” region of the United States.
- Rust Wire has been recognized for outstanding original reporting and commentary by Atlantic Cities, Governing Magazine, Grist, The Chicago Reader, Salon, the Indianapolis Star, Details Magazine and Crain’s Business.
Angie also manages the New York City-based transportation reform advocacy blog, the Streetsblog Network, a collaboration between more than 400 bloggers throughout the world.
- According to the rating site Klout, the Streetsblog Network has been the most influential Twitter feed on transportation in the world, behind only US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Because of her expertise in the areas of industrial cities and progressive transportation reform, Angie has been cited as an expert source in a variety of forums and publications, including the Washington Post, Slate, the Washington Examiner, the Las Vegas Sun, Area Development Magazine and GOOD. In addition, she has appeared on radio, podcasts and television programs and been a featured speaker at institutions across Ohio and throughout the world.
Angie is also active in her community on a volunteer level, especially in promoting sustainable urban living. She serves on the board of directors for Northeast Ohio’s bike advocacy organization, Bike Cleveland, where she co-chairs the advocacy committee. She also assists a variety of community groups by providing pro-bono communications work.
Prior to becoming a full-time blogger, Angie was a reporter at newspapers across the state of Ohio, including the Youngstown Vindicator and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Toledo Blade.
She holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s with honors in political science and journalism from Ohio State University.