Team Bios

Maggie Medoff

Maggie Medoff is a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh. Through her studies in Anthropology and Journalism/Nonfiction Writing, she’s been able to observe and ask questions about communities and causes that are important to her. Engaging in social justice efforts at school has also helped her establish an even stronger voice and identity in her writing.
Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Maggie came to Pittsburgh for her undergraduate studies, but was quickly drawn to its small city charm and vibrant arts and cultural life.  
As a new intern and storyteller at Storyburgh, Maggie is eager to write pieces about the ways community members and organizations are working to change how local schools educate students about consent and sexual assault. She is also interested in learning more about immigrant populations in Pittsburgh. 
In her free time, Maggie enjoys cooking, taking long walks, and movie nights with friends. 

Caitlin Bell

Caitlin Bell is a senior B.A. Writing for Screen and Media major at Point Park University, expected graduation in May 2020. Projects she has worked on include: The Margins (2019) as screenwriter and script supervisor, RED (2018) as a production assistant, Thicker Than Blood (2018) as a production assistant.

She has also written a number of scripts including FAG, Cherry, Citizen Dwayne, and others. She is passionate about storytelling, especially for underrepresented communities and individuals. Bell recently produced a podcast, Do You Know Who Murdered Me? (2019), investigating the unsolved murder of Christine Guenther in 1981.

During her internship at Storyburgh, Caitlin is responsible for creating a list of potential underwriters and funding sources for Storyburgh, writing one story of her choice, and documenting Storyburgh Social Media Action Plan.

She is pursuing a career in the film and television industry with goals of becoming a television writer or producer.

Pamela Monk

Pamela Monk is a storyteller, teacher and writer.

She spent 17 years in the Ithaca (NY) City School District where she taught middle school science and language arts, and oversaw her middle school performing arts program. During her Ithaca years, she was a founding member of Odyssey Storytellers. In 1999 she joined the faculty of Penn State’s Donald P. Bellasario College of Communication in the Journalism Department where she teaches courses in feature writing for online publication. Her interests have led her to create a variety of theatre events that involve song parody, storytelling and audience participation. Her plays have been produced in PA and NYC, and her writings have been published in a wide variety of outlets.

She is the founder of State of the Story, a personal narrative storytelling initiative that began in 2012 in State College, PA. A sampling of her work can be found at

Teresa Hamilton

Teresa Hamilton is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State University, writer and storyteller.

A professionally trained journalist, with over 15 years of experience teaching writing at high school and university levels, Teresa began writing stories at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, where she earned a BA in Mass Communications with emphasis in Print Journalism. She received her MS in News and Editorial Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed secondary teaching certification in Journalism and English including graduate work in 20th century American literature at Eastern Illinois University.

Storytelling has always been part of her life. She listened to her grandmother, mother and father tell stories about family members she never met and stories about family whose faces have slowly faded from her memory.  Her stories about family, Black Southern living, human behavior and education are used in the freshman honors course and advance business writing course that she has been teaching for 8 years.  Teresa is a co-founder of State of the Story.

Alyse Horn

Alyse Horn, a Penn State University graduate, brings her talent, experience and interests to Storyburgh as managing editor. While reporting for and editing PSU’s student-run newspaper The Daily Collegian, Alyse studied print journalism and minored in philosophy.

Since college, she has served as managing editor for The Northside Chronicle and, among other organizations, has worked with New Sun Rising, Work Hard Pittsburgh and teQ Magazine.

Spending much of her childhood outdoors, Alyse said it has been natural to see her journalistic interests transition towards focusing on environmental issues. Her life interests remain broad, however, but she said journalism allows her to keep a balance.

“I look at it like I have attained my childhood goal of being a ballerina on Monday, a veterinarian on Tuesday, a teacher on Wednesday… because each story allows you to step into the shoes of the people you are writing about.”

Will Halim

Will Halim can recall sitting on the balcony of his aunt’s house as a child and watching the people below. He was curious; where were they going? What were their stories?

These thoughts stuck with him, and later in life he wanted to expand on how humans could learn from each other through storytelling. In 2015, Will founded Storyburgh with the intention to connect people, nonprofits, and other mission driven organizations to share knowledge and amplify human experiences through words and images.

Will’s storytelling medium is photography, which he pursued in high school and in Los Angeles until he moved to Pittsburgh with his family in 2010. In LA he experimented with paparazzi, glamour and street photography, but Pittsburgh has honed his eye to capture and expose the interconnection between us all.

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Please join us on Wednesday January 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty to listen to authentic and personal stories that reflect the humanity behind the storytellers’ roles and occupations in our community.

The stories will be as diverse as the storytellers themselves as they work as community activist, academic, professional, nonprofit and government workers. Moreover, most of them have either experienced or are/were working in the low wage/poverty/homelessness space.

This year Storyburgh is partnering with PublicSource to produce “Stories of Struggle and Survival” that will be held at the Great Room in East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). Other media partners are 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.


*The event is free; any donation is welcome and appreciated.
Storyburgh and PublicSource are both nonprofit organizations.


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