Publisher & Editor: Gray Cathrall
Founded in October 1998, the genesis of the Piedmont Post was a love of journalism by its founder Gray Cathrall. Moving away from a career as an insurance broker in San Francisco and Oakland, he created the sports section for The Piedmonter in the late 1980s and early 1990s. With two children participating in school sports in Piedmont, he noticed the absence of local school and sports coverage, and began reporting on various school sports. He was also Sports Editor of the San Leandro Times until founding the Piedmont Post.
As an active parent, he was the first male member of what for many years was known as the Piedmont High School Mothers Club, now known as the Piedmont Parents Club. He was an early leader of the Piedmont Soccer Club, wrote its bylaws and helped expand it to all grade levels from Under-8 through Under 19. It became accessible for all Piedmont youth, with a combination of competitive and recreational level teams. He became president of the Piedmont Boosters Club and helped write its bylaws. By living in the community and observing issues of importance to residents, it was clear that the mission of the Post would be simple: provide weekly content with articles and photos that would inform and entertain Piedmont residents. The paper remains committed to that vision some 21 years later.
City Reporter: Allyson Aleksey
Allyson Aleksey covers local government, school board and arts and entertainment for the Post. She covered local government for Beverly Hills Weekly and arts and entertainment for New Orleans’ Offbeat Magazine prior to joining the Post as its City Reporter. She received the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award in Online New Reporting for her nola.com feature on Covenant House and its efforts in supporting homeless youth in New Orleans.
Allyson obtained her B.A. in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans and taught at a private elementary school in Louisiana for three years before moving to California to pursue journalism in 2019. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Reporter: Jay Russell
Jay Russell, a 5th generation Piedmonter, began writing for the Piedmont Post in February 2020. His family has been in Piedmont since the city’s inception. After attending Beach and Piedmont Middle School, he graduated from Piedmont High in 2005, and earned a BA in Philosophy from UCLA. He spent five months in India on a study abroad program through UCLA.
Jay became serious about writing when he received a typewriter in 2015 and started producing a typewritten, in-print only, slapstick, satirical zine, “The Raver Tip,” which has created 33 editions.
He also writes for The Foolish Times, a monthly humor newspaper in Monterey. Jay enjoys camping, reading Sci-Fi novels and continuously hunting down vinyl records and typewriters.
Advertising Manager: Nancy Kurkjian
Bay Area native and a resident of Piedmont for 28 years, Nancy Kurkjian has been the Post’s Advertising Manager for 12 years. Though initially reluctant to take on this role, she has enjoyed considerable success due to her attention to detail in servicing the needs of the Post’s many advertisers. Graduate of Cal Berkeley, she has also served as Account Coordinator at Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco before changing careers. She worked several years in executive search in the financial field. After raising two children in Piedmont, she re-entered the workforce. She takes pride in maintaining an unusually low turnover among the Post’s advertisers.