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!

Allison Loudermilk, Editor-in-Chief
Allison Loudermilk earned her B.A. in environmental science from Barnard College and has a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia.

Kathryn Whitbourne, Senior Editor
Kathryn Whitbourne has a communications degree from Cornell University and was previously a magazine editor and an editorial supervisor at PR Newswire. In addition to her editing duties, she's written several articles for HowStuffWorks ranging from Wayne Newton to the Winter Solstice.

Sarah Gleim, Content Manager
Sarah Gleim has a B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University and an A.A. in culinary science from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has been on the editorial staffs of several magazines and has produced numerous cookbooks for the Southern Living brand.

Teresa Crowder, Editor
Teresa Crowder holds a B.A. in English/English Literature from Emory University.

Jason Koch, Animator
Jason Koch holds a bachelor's degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Atlanta and has been pushing pixels around for the last 15 years.

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's also the author of "Take the Wheel," a car-buying guide for women, published September 2013.

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 is a freelance writer living in Chicago and 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.