Neal Peirce

Email: npeirce [at]
Twitter: @NealPeirce

Neal is the founder of Citiscope, leader of its editorial operations, and coordinator of its contacts with foundations and urbanists across the world.  For 38 years, he wrote the United States’ first national newspaper column focused on cities and states, syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. He was a founder of National Journal magazine, wrote a series of ten books on the states and regions of the United States, and as leader of the Citistates Group co-authored newspaper reports on the issues and challenges of 25 metro regions. He was the lead author of Century of the City: No Time To Lose, based on the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2007 Global Urban Summit in Bellagio, Italy. He is a recipient of UN-Habitat’s “Scroll of Honour” for “a lifetime of journalism dedicated to reporting on cities for a better urban future.”

Christopher Swope

Managing Editor
Email: cswope [at]
Twitter: @cswope

Chris manages Citiscope’s day-to-day editorial operation, selecting stories of urban innovation and working with writers around the world to tell them. Chris joined Citiscope from NPR, where he was editorial coordinator of StateImpact, a project aimed at strengthening coverage of U. S. state government by NPR member stations. Previously, Chris was editor of the daily news service and managing editor at Governing magazine.

Farley Peters

Deputy Editor
Email: fpeters [at]

Farley works on development and outreach for Citiscope. She most recently has served as the chief strategist and manager for the Citistates Group.  Her background is in politics, policy and networking built through her experience with the Center for Policy Alternatives (Washington, D. C.) and as a lobbyist, campaign manager and state representative candidate in Illinois.

Curtis Johnson

Email: cjohnson [at]
Twitter: @CurtisWJohnson

The publisher of Citiscope, Curtis Johnson is also the longtime president of the Citistates Group, which made the point 20 years ago that regions were the action arenas that matter in today’s world. He also coordinates the work of Education Evolving, a national design shop for education policy. In the 1990s he was a policy adviser and chief of staff to a Minnesota governor, then chairman of the Metropolitan Council, one of America’s only two regional governments. He is a co-author of Century of the City and the 2008 book Disrupting Class. As an analyst and author he also co-authored with Neal Peirce two books about American regions and more than a hundred feature articles in more than 50 newspapers in 26 American regions. 

David Hatch

CitiSignals Editor
Email: dhatch [at]
Twitter: @ReinventCities

David curates Citiscope’s CitiSignals feature — timely news updates on global urban trends and breakthroughs. A contributor to other publications, he authored a detailed report on “Smart Cities” for CQ Researcher and a feature on Singapore’s embrace of innovation for Governing. David previously served as technology correspondent for National Journal and staff reporter with Crain Communications. He blogs about urban innovation at

Carey L. Biron

News Editor
Email: cbiron [at]

Carey edits Citiscope’s coverage of global debate leading to the UN’s Habitat III conference on cities in October 2016. As a reporter and editor, Carey has long focused on issues of international development, global governance and sustainability. Prior to joining Citiscope, he was a Washington correspondent for Inter Press Service and MintPress News. In addition, he edits for the Washington Post and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and works with African investigative journalists for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

​Gregory Scruggs

Email: gscruggs [at]

Gregory is Citiscope’s primary correspondent covering the global debate leading to the UN’s Habitat III conference on cities in October 2016. Gregory is a journalist who has focused on cities and culture, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. He covered World Urban Forum 5, Rio +20, Caribbean Urban Forum 4, and World Urban Forum 7 for Next City, where he is a frequent contributor. In 2011, he was a Fulbright study/research grant recipient to Brazil in urban planning and development. During that time, he interned at the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mary Newsom

Editorial Adviser
Twitter: @MaryNewsom

Mary assists Citiscope’s editing, writing, social media and communications. Mary is associate director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she directs the institute’s online publication, A nationally known writer and editor about urban growth issues, she previously was associate editor, editorial board member and op-ed columnist at the Charlotte Observer.

Board of Directors

Donald Borut, Chairman
Former executive director, the National League of Cities

Richard C. D. Fleming, Vice Chairman
Chairman & CEO Community Development Ventures, Inc. in St. Louis. Former CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce

Christine Platt, Secretary
Former President, Commonwealth Association of Planners, Durban

Barbara Berninger
Director of International Affairs, Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment

Gail Christopher
Vice president, the Kellogg Foundation; former director, Innovations in Government Program, Harvard University

Tom Downs
Member of the Board of Advisors of Network Rail Consulting, London, former Chairman of the Washington Metro system

William Stafford
Retired president, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and leader of its international city study missions

Nicholas You
Veteran urban analyst and planner; former U. N. Habitat official

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