Insider Louisville

200 South Fifth Street, 300N
Louisville, KY 40202

About Us

Insider Louisville is a locally owned online news source covering business, government, neighborhoods, arts and culture in Metro Louisville.

Our mission is to deliver useful, engaging information about critical issues. We tell stories, tell them sharply, and in a way that respects the intelligence of our audience. We at Insider Louisville believe that a literate, discerning and critical citizenry is crucial to the well-being of the city.

Meet the Insider Louisville team:

Tom Cottingham

Tom Cottingham is a serial entrepreneur and publishing executive who first came to Louisville in 1984 when he and Doug Cobb started The Cobb Group. Subsequently, Tom was one of the founders of and CEO of TechRepublic and The NarrowCast Group. Tom served for eight years on the Anchorage Independent School Board, served on the board of The Louisville Orchestra, and is a supporter the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana. Email Tom at

Jon Pyles

Jon Pyles has worked in publishing for over 35 years, 30 of those in management. He has participated in five startup publishing businesses, the most recent two online. His latest venture was the co-founding and product marketing management of Prior to that, Jon served as VP of membership for (purchased by in 2001 and now a property of CBS Interactive), VP of circulation for The Cobb Group, and director of circulation for the San Diego Business Journal. Email Jon at


Mickey Meece
Managing Editor

Mickey Meece is a native of Louisville, a Kentucky Colonel and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She worked at The New York Times for 13 years in various capacities on the business and features desk, including assistant to the editor, small business editor, weekend editor and staff editor. Mickey served as executive editor of USAA Magazine, the Money magazine for military families, and was an editor for the American Banker newspaper, where she reported on the credit card industry. Email Mickey at

Sara Havens
Culture Editor

Sara Havens is a former editor of LEO Weekly, where she worked for 15 years, spending much of that time reporting on this city’s arts and entertainment offerings. She’s known around town as The Bar Belle and is the author of “The Bar Belle” book. You can reach sara via email at

Caitlin Bowling
Staff Writer

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling came to Insider Louisville from Business First. Prior to that, she lived and worked in North Carolina. She is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and covers restaurants, retail and Southern Indiana. Email Caitlin at

Boris Ladwig
Staff Writer

Boris Ladwig is a former business reporter and finance editor at a south-central Indiana daily newspaper, German native, soccer aficionado and travel enthusiast. Email him at

Joe Sonka
Staff Writer

Joe Sonka is a former news editor at LEO Weekly and founder of the Kentucky political blog Barefoot & Progressive. Sonka also has written for The Nation, ThinkProgress and RH Reality Check, and is occasionally a talking head on MSNBC sharing his thoughts about Kentucky politics. Email him at


Brian Eichenberger
Director of Client Relations

Brian came to Insider after more than a decade of developing out-of-the-box concepts for radio marketing teams. He is an avid podcaster who adores conversation and storytelling. When not at the Insider offices, he is writing or consulting on marketing, social media and the concert industry. Email him at

Jamie Smith
Account Manager

Jamie has many years of sales and marketing experience; from Real Estate to Craft Beer.  Her passions include her family, her dog Lilly, all mediums of art, live music festivals and ALS fundraising. She enjoys all facets of being outdoors, is known to be a social butterfly and is thrilled to be specializing in the growth of local startup businesses.  But most importantly she still prefers sailboats to square cut sandwiches. Email her at

Carla McKinney
Account Manager

Carla has many years of Talent Acquisition experience.  She spent 6 years in healthcare with both Signature Healthcare and Kindred and 10 years in agency with Ajilon and Robert Half Management Resources working with Accounting and Finance professionals.  She is a graduate from the University of Louisville.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband David traveling, playing golf, and dining at our wonderful local restaurants.  Recruiting top talent has changed dramatically over the years so Carla will be working with companies to attract talent by helping them promote their company culture and employment branding through our media platform. Email her at

 John Rivers
Account Manager

John is a South Carolina native who has lived in Louisville for 11 years. He has many years of experience in sales, specifically in insurance and direct marketing. When not in the Insider Louisville office, John enjoys trying new restaurants, supporting local businesses, sipping rye bourbon, listening to NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” and watching James Bond films. He has not tried every burger spot in Louisville but is getting close. Email John at

Courtney Paris
Inside Sales Coordinator

Courtney is a Floyds Knobs native and comes to IL with print ad sales experience, specifically in the automotive industry. When she’s not busy helping readers find out about local businesses, you can usually find her either behind her camera, shuffling her kids to swim meets, swatching samples in a makeup store or buying a bunch of craft stuff she doesn’t need. Her happy place is on the beach with a cold drink. Email Courtney at


Jim McKiernan
Director of Marketing Operations

Jim is a transplant from Chicago. He has more than 15 years of business development and sales experience in digital media. Most recently Jim worked for the Tribune Company. In 2004, he helped start Infoition, a boutique media intelligence company whose clients included the White House, federal agencies, Congress, and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Infoition, Jim also worked on Capitol Hill for then Congressman Mark Kirk (IL-10) as a legislative aide and political advisor (2001-2004). Email him at


Rachel Braziel
Client Success Coordinator

Rachel is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. She brings experience in public relations, social media management, and brand development. Still relatively new to Louisville, she enjoys exploring the city and learning to get around without GPS. Email her at


Toni Bowers
Creative Services Manager

Toni Bowers has been in the publishing business, as an editor, writer, and content coordinator for over 25 years, primarily in the technology sector. She worked for The Cobb Group and TechRepublic before coming to Insider Louisville. You can reach Toni at