Curtis Johnson

Email: cjohnson [at]
Twitter: @CurtisWJohnson

The publisher of Citiscope, Curtis Johnson brings decades of experience as a manager of nonprofit enterprises, extending from college presidencies to heading a regional think tank, to a stint as chief of staff to a U. S. governor. He was also chair of one of the United States’ two regional governments. He co-authored hundreds of feature newspaper articles for more than two dozen newspapers and three books with Neal Peirce about regional and urban issues. He also co-authored the 2008 award-winning book, Disrupting Class, with Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn. 

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.

Carey L. Biron

News Editor
Email: cbiron [at]

Carey edits Citiscope’s news and opinions coverage. In addition, he edits for the Washington Post and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

​Gregory Scruggs

Senior Correspondent
Email: gscruggs [at]

Gregory writes about urban issues worldwide and has reported from over a dozen countries. As a United Nations correspondent for Citiscope, Gregory extensively covered the global debate leading to the UN’s Habitat III conference on cities in October 2016. He specializes in cities and culture in the Americas and previously lived and worked in Brazil. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

David Hatch

Email: dhatch [at]
Twitter: @ReinventCities

David writes on global urban trends for Citiscope and previously edited a column called Citisignals. 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

Patralekha Chatterjee

Twitter: @patralekha2011

Patralekha Chatterjee is a correspondent for Citiscope based in Delhi. She is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written extensively on Asian cities.

Brendon Bosworth

Twitter: @BrendonBosworth

Brendon Bosworth is a correspondent for Citiscope based in Cape Town and is the editor of UrbanAfrica.Net, a project of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Brendon is an independent journalist who writes mainly about environmental and social issues with a recent focus on mental health. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.   

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

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

​​​Sunil Dubey
Academic based at the University of Sydney and senior advisor to Metropolis World Association 

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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