HowStuffWorks Authors

These are the talented people on the HowStuffWorks website team who currently contribute articles to or edit for If you have comments on an author's article, you can submit your comments via e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

Nicole Antonio, Editorial Director
Nicole Antonio studied poetry and screenwriting at the University of Southern California, obtaining a B.A. in English and a Master's in professional writing. She's written about everything from golf courses and tattoos to hotel workouts and Disney Parks.

Nathan Chandler, Contributing Writer
Nathan Chandler is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, and has researched and written about consumer tech for more than 10 years.

Laurie L. Dove, Contributing Writer
Laurie L. Dove began as a newspaper reporter, then built a career as a freelance journalist and editor for national magazines. She has been the owner and publisher of a magazine and newspaper, and is the author of several books. She earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts with a Mass Media emphasis from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and is pursuing a master's degree.

Kristen Hall-Geisler, Contributing Writer
Kristen Hall-Geisler has been an automotive journalist since 2002 and has written about everything from electric car racing to exotic car test drives to the intricate insides of engines. She is the author of the historical novel "Skull and Sidecar" as well as the nonfiction books "Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self" and "Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories."

Alia Hoyt, Contributing Writer
Alia Hoyt is a freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism with a major in public relations from the University of Georgia. She has been published by such outlets as CNN, Yahoo! Shine, Animal Planet, TLC and upwave.

Kate Kershner, Contributing Writer
Kate Kershner has a degree in creative writing from Western Washington University.

Patrick Kiger, Contributing Writer
Patrick J. Kiger has written for publications ranging from GQ and Mother Jones to the Los Angeles Times. He also is a blogger for the AARP, National Geographic News and the National Geographic Channel. From 2007 to 2013 he was a blogger for the Science Channel. He also is the co-author of two books on American pop culture and the origins of trends.

Robert Lamb, Senior Writer
Robert Lamb holds a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee.

Melanie Radzicki McManus, Contributing Writer
Melanie Radzicki McManus has worked as a radio station news reporter, as a press secretary in the Wisconsin State Legislature and as editor of two local publications. Since 1994, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in travel and fitness.

John Perritano, Contributing Writer
John Perritano is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor from Southbury, Connecticut. He holds a master’s degree in American history from Western Connecticut State University.

­Dave­ Roos, Contributing Writer
Dave Roos is a freelance writer and organic farmer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in religion from Duke University.

Jonathan Strickland, Senior Writer
Jonathan Strickland holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia.

Cherise Threewitt, Contributing Writer
Cherise Threewhitt is a Chicago-based writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Saint Michael's College.

Marshall Brain, Founder
Marshall Brain is the founder of HowStuffWorks. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University. Before founding HowStuffWorks, Marshall taught in the computer science department at NCSU and ran a software training and consulting company. Learn more at his site.