Our Staff

Sean Derrick
Editor-in-Chief
Photographer/Reporter – Live Events

Email: sean@midwestrewind.com

 

Sean is a Successful photographer, business manager, science geek and lover of all things music and sports. Sean started shooting concerts for publications in 1990 and since then has covered over one thousand performances for four newspapers and two online publications. Sean loves the idea of conveying a story or a situation, as well as capturing a moment to remember for all time.

Sean also owns Thyrd Eye Photography.

 

 

 

 

 


Ryan Ledesma

Photographer/Reporter – Live Events

Self proclaimed ‘photographer of stuff that looks cool’, Ryan Ledesma has been photographing everything from nature to music for over 10 years. After earning a Degree in Commercial Photography in 2013, he has narrowed his focus on automotive, and live music photography. He fell in love with the live music scene after living in Chicago, and has been learning about and photographing it ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Keith Brake
Photographer/Reporter – Live Events

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Keith is a photographer specializing in capturing live music in venues of all sizes. As a current photography enthusiast and former cover band musician, Keith has had an intimate relationship with all things music as well as visual art. Transitioning from the stage to the photo pit was very natural for him and has turned out to be a perfect meld between the two artistic mediums.

 

Marie Taylor
Reviewer – Books/Live Events

Marie is a twenty-something book nerd and old house enthusiast who loves women’s history and reads anything that catches her fancy. She lives with her husband and two Great Danes in St. Louis, Missouri, although she is originally a Detroit, Michigan native. Marie hates whiny characters, mushrooms, and grouchy people (minus her husband), but she adores Agatha Christie, 20th century architecture, and hanging out with family and friends.

 

 

 


 



 Jen Cunningham
Reporter/Photographer – Theatrical/Live Events

 

jen-cunninghamJen is a successful business owner, artist, photographer, and mother of 4.  She is currently the coordinator for Artists Without Borders in the United States. As an avid art lover, she curates art pieces from all over the world. Jen is also the in house photographer for iHeart Media in St. Louis. Jen has been a professional photographer for 15 years. She spent 3 seasons with the NFL and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jen is also the owner of Gallery Saint Louis, Inc., and currently operates out of her Ste. Genevieve location, Riverside Studios.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Jeffrey T Kipp
Reviewer – Theatrical New Release Movies

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Jeffrey had a love and fascination with cinema since I was a small child. Growing up in a small, Midwestern town, the closest movie theater was at least a 20 minute drive, so it was kind of a big event when we did go  to see a movie.One of my fondest memories is of driving home at night from seeing a Disney film and lying in the back window of our 1959 Chevy with my sister, staring up at the sky, looking for Tinkerbell and Peter Pan amongst the moon and the stars.That childlike fascination and sense of wonder the movies inspired in me then remains even after all these years and it is what I hope to convey through anything I review.

 


Megan Kessler
Reviewer – New Music

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Megan has a degree in English/Lit and zero motivation to put it to use as a teacher. When she received a couple of step-kids for Hanukkah one year, she realized her vast reservoir of useless information surprisingly included music. Considering her joy of sharing her opinion with anyone who will sit still long enough to listen, she is delighted to put all those hours of creating writing practice to good use. Her oldest son hopes this will help cure her of singing obscure European pop songs in public.

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Pierce
Reviewer – Books

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Michael Pierce is a native St. Louisan, professional historian, document preservationist, raconteur, and general all-around decent human being. He likes to read. A lot. He currently resides in Ferguson with his wife Cindy and a Basset Hound named Fred.

 


Michelle Lindsey

Reviewer – Books/Movies

michelle-lindseyMichelle is an Iowan and currently a college student working toward a degree in English. She is a volunteer working with immigrants and refugees learning English, as well as a wife and mother. She finds herself becoming nerdier each year and is borderline obsessive about all things Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes related. Michelle enjoys great literature and finds grammar rules exciting. Her relaxing moments are spent taking long walks, but not on the beach; she hates sand. She loves the idea of living in California, though has never been there and peppermint makes her happy.

 

 


Nora Fitzgerald

Copy Editor
Reviewer – Books/Movies

 

Nora Fitzgerald is an avid reader, particularly of fiction, memoir, and travel. She has a master’s degree in journalism and has been published in PLAYBACK:stl and Florida State University Research in Review.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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