The Devil Strip

The Devil Strip is an independent community news organization that’s served the greater Akron, Ohio area for almost five years. This fall, we’ll become a community-owned local news cooperative to give residents a say in how our organization runs. This is how we’re aligning the incentives of our business and operational structure with the values of our mission and our journalism. In effect, instead of unionizing our newsroom, we’re unionizing our audience.

H.L. Comeriato

H.L. Comeriato reports for The Devil Strip, a community-owned, independent news outlet in Akron, Ohio. Comeriato covers health care in the region in its broadest sense from gun violence to immigrants navigating the Medicaid system. Comeriato is a writer, editor and multimedia journalist living and working in Akron, Ohio. Their work includes contributing to TransAkron, a visual storytelling project and comprehensive, educational resource designed to explore the lived realities of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people living in the Rustbelt. Comeriato is a graduate of the University of Akron Williams Honors College and has interned with the Akron Community Foundation. Currently, they serve on the Board of Directors for the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative. Their work has appeared both in print and online.