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About Us

On this page, you will find:

  • An overview of Light Reading.
  • An introduction to our editorial team.
  • 3 rules for sharing news with Light Reading's editors.
  • Submission guidelines for Guest Perspectives.

Light Reading

Light Reading is an independent B2B digital media platform providing daily news, analysis and insights for the global communications networking and services industry. Our coverage aims to inform and enlighten all who work in this vital, multi-trillion-dollar sector.

Founded in 2000, Light Reading has been a part of Informa Tech since July 2016. The publication is part of Informa Tech's broader portfolio of specialist research, media, events and training for businesses and professionals working in technology. Our podcasts include The Divide, What's the Story?, The Light Reading Podcast, CxO Spotlight and the forthcoming Light Reading ICYMI.

Light Reading is the leading resource for telecom, mobile and cable network operators; cloud services players; and all the companies that develop and supply them with technology, applications and professional services. The editorial team has been reporting on the key communications industry trends since the turn of the century through an unrivaled network of expert journalists and contributors worldwide.

Our Editorial Team

Jeff Baumgartner

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor

Beats: Cable and Video, soup to nuts.

Jeff is responsible for day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. After serving as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, Jeff was Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, their sister publication. Jeff was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

Jeff is based in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and can be reached at [email protected]

Mike Dano

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies

Beats: 5G (and all that goes with it), Edge.

Mike is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. He has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for nearly two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless, where he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief.

Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at [email protected].

Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Nicole Ferraro

Nicole Ferraro

Editor, Light Reading, and host of The Divide

Beats: Broadband Networks, Digital Divide, Broadband Policy, musicals, dystopia.

Nicole Ferraro is an editor at Light Reading where she covers broadband policy, funding and network deployments. She's also host of "The Divide" on the Light Reading Podcast: an interview series about why and where the digital divide still exists and how companies, communities and policymakers are working to end it.

Nicole is based in New York City and can be reached at [email protected].

Follow Light Reading's broadband news on Twitter at @LRbroadband and find Nicole on LinkedIn.

Fiona Graham

Fiona Graham

Editorial Director, Light Reading

Fiona Graham is Editorial Director looking after Light Reading's global coverage, including commissioning. Previously the BBC's Technology of Business editor, Fiona joined Light Reading from Vodafone Group, and has also worked for The Telegraph and fintech startup WorldRemit.

Fiona is based in London and can be reached at [email protected].

Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Phil Harvey

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief

Beats: broadband evolution, smart cities and smart homes, private networks, Apple headphones, gin, old film cameras.

Phil has been a writer and editor covering networking and telecom companies and Internet startups for more than 20 years. He was a staff writer for UPSIDE and Red Herring, a contributing editor for D CEO, a managing editor at CRN and he was a writer and editor at Light Reading from October 2000 to April 2013. Phil can often be found taking photographs with his (too) many cameras.

Phil is based in Fort Worth and can be reached at [email protected]

Follow @futurephil on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Pierre Landriau

Pierre Landriau

Podcast Producer, Video Editor, BBQ expert

Pierre Landriau, a.k.a. "Le French Producer Extraordinaire," knows his way around B2B video marketing after working at three major UK publishing companies; Haymarket, UBM and now Informa. Pierre edits and produces all of Light Reading's podcasts, maintains that he's listed on IMBD, and claims that he once wormed his way into MTV for a day or two.

Pierre is based in London and can be reached at [email protected]

Virginia Martin

Virginia "Gin" Martin

Copyeditor

Gin is responsible for copy editing Light Reading articles, producing newsletters, and overseeing social media. Gin comes to Light Reading after a year of teaching high school English during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to teaching, they copy edited for the Murray State News and research publications Steeplechase and Intraspection.

Gin is based in Madisonville, KY and can be reached at [email protected].

Find her on LinkedIn.

Iain Morris

Iain Morris

International Editor

Beats: Automation, AI/Analytics, International Coverage, real ale.

Iain joined Light Reading as News Editor in 2015, and now as International Editor, he is responsible for coverage of EMEA, Asia/Pacific and AI/automation. Prior to this, Iain spent 15 years as a freelance writer and editor based in London, covering the telecoms sector for outlets like The Economist, The Observer and a variety of trade and business journals. Iain was previously lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, as well as a features editor at Telecommunications Magazine and editor at market-research company Analysys Mason. He follows Blackburn Rovers, so if you remind him how good they were 20 years ago, he'll buy you a pint (of real ale, only).

Iain is is based in London and can be reached at [email protected]

Paul Rainford

Paul Rainford

Copy Desk Chief and Assistant Editor, Europe

Beats: Grammar, EMEA news, British quirks.

Paul has worked as a copy editor and writer for his entire career covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and more, for UK publications like The Independent, Time Out and Campaign. After a brief, seven-year interlude to run a small hotel with his wife in the wilds of Exmoor, Paul is back in the world of online journalism, where he ensures all published content across Light Reading remains top-shelf.

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight and can be reached at [email protected].

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading & Curator, 5G Exchange

Beats: SD-WAN, Cybersecurity, houseplants.

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast. Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a comms role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects like the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four books at once, movies about space, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh and can be reached at [email protected].

Follow @KelsKusterer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


3 rules for sharing news with Light Reading's editors

    1) If you work in the industry and have a hot tip about breaking news in the global communications market, please email the appropriate member of our team (per contact information above).

    2) Please do not send any attachments unless requested; we will not open them.

    3) We are generally okay with news embargoes but please ask first.


Submission guidelines for Guest Perspectives

Our Guest Perspectives section appears in the right-hand column of lightreading.com, and the columns in that section are curated by our team and subject to our editorial process.

Do not send unsolicited material.

Please pitch your idea in a sentence or two via [email protected] with "Guest Perspectives" in the subject line.

If accepted, please make sure the column:

  • Uses straight quotes, apostrophes, etc. If you use "smart" punctuation, we will send it back.
  • Is filed either via plain text in the body of an email, or via Google Docs with open permissions and clear formatting.
  • PDFs, Word docs and all attachments not requested by an editor will be deleted.
  • Once more for emphasis: We will not open any attached files we didn't request; please do not send them.

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