Nov 22, 2022 - News

Introducing Axios Cleveland

Axios Cleveland reporters Troy Smith and Sam Allard.

Axios Cleveland reporters Troy Smith and Sam Allard

Starting Jan. 9, a newsletter featuring the biggest stories affecting the Cleveland area will be available to you every weekday morning. Sign up here.

Why it matters: Cleveland has three pro sports teams, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, world-class arts and culture and an ambitious young mayor with a mandate for change.

What's happening: Reporters Sam Allard and Troy Smith will tackle the top stories in Northeast Ohio.

  • The goal is to get you smarter faster on the news that matters in the region: whether it's the latest drama on the political scene, how Cavaliers fans are embracing a breakout season or which local artists you should keep an eye on.

What we're watching: Expect a friendly rivalry between Ohio's newsletter teams.

  • Troy and Sam say Cleveland is "far more important and culturally relevant than Columbus."
  • We say: Bring it on, rookies. 😤
What you need to know about Troy
  • I’ve lived in the Cleveland area for nine years. I previously covered music and pop culture for and The Plain Dealer with a focus on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • I'm originally from Rochester, N.Y. where the amount of lake effect snow makes Cleveland feel like a tropical paradise. I also wear love for my St. Bonaventure University Bonnies on my sleeve.
  • My wife and I live on the west side of Cleveland. When I’m not chasing our young children around, I enjoy pro wrestling, horror movies and the best Belgian beer money can buy.
What you need to know about Sam
  • For the past 10 years, I've been on staff at Cleveland Scene, the scrappy alternative weekly. I've written mainly about politics, business and social justice, and I maintain a running commentary of city affairs on Twitter.
  • I was born and raised on Cleveland's near west side. After stints in Chicago, New York and Sarajevo, I now live with my wife and dog less than half a mile from my childhood home in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.
  • I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fanatic and an NBA stats junkie. When the Cavs aren't buffering on Bally Sports, my wife and I love going to the movies, enjoying Cleveland's lively bar and restaurant scene, and plotting real and imaginary trips around the world.
  • (I must hereby disclose that I picked up golf during the pandemic and, to my enduring bewilderment, have become a disciple of the game.)

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Columbus stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more