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6AM City, the fastest growing newsletter-first local media
company is on pace to more than triple the size of the business in 2021. Over the next six
months, 6AM City will expand into 24 cities nationwide and reach more than one million
subscribers. To help facilitate this expansion, the company has added experienced media
executives to its board and leadership team.

“We have spent the past five years establishing the foundation that would allow us this
opportunity,” said Ryan Johnston, 6AM City’s CEO. “Our team, product, and process are ready
and prepared to build out a national network of 6AM Cities.”
As we emerge from the pandemic, cities across the country are intensely focused on economic
recovery and future growth. 6AM City has positioned itself as a catalyst to help municipalities
attract and retain the very best talent by educating and activating current and prospective

6AM City will accelerate expansion in 2021 by announcing its next 14 markets — including
five metros on the west coast, two in Texas, and several in the Midwest, adding to eight current
markets across the Southeast. Additional markets will be named in the coming months. Say
hello to:
Boston, MA  (BOStoday)
Portland, OR (PDXtoday)
Seattle, WA (SEAtoday)
San Diego, CA (SACtoday)
Sacramento, CA (SACtoday)
San Jose, CA (SJCtoday)
Louisville, KY (LOUtoday)
Lexington, KY (LEXtoday)
Kansas City, MO (KCtoday)
Richmond, VA (RICtoday)
Madison, WI (608today)
Indianapolis, IN (INDYtoday)
Fort Worth, TX (FTWtoday)
San Antonio, TX (SATXtoday)
These cities were identified as expansion markets for 6AM City because of their level of Pride
in Place™.

“One year ago today, it would have been easy to label us as a local media company serving
cities in the southeastern United States,” said Michael Mazzara, VP of Expansion. “At the time
we launched a PickMyCity™ campaign receiving hundreds of requests from all over the
country — both from new community members and legacy residents seeking a resource to
strengthen the relationship with their cities. Combining that national interest with hundreds of
hours of research on population growth, thriving community efforts and Pride in Place™
metrics, we found these next cities to be some of the strongest in the country. City expansion
is a mix of art and science.”

In prospective markets, 6AM City has established partnerships with organizations looking to
expedite economic recovery, including economic development entities, professional sports
teams, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These relationships are accelerating the company’s

In each city, 6AM will be hiring local editorial and sales staff that will exude CurioCity™,
maximizing the live, work, and play environment in which they will be immersed. While many
local media companies are struggling to retain talent, 6AM City continues to be on a hiring
surge. The company currently has dozens of open positions in editorial, sales, marketing, and
creative roles that can be located in any of the cities that the company serves.

In addition to the markets announced, 6AM City plans to crowdsource two additional markets
for 2021 through a PickMyCity™ initiative, where interest from local economic developers,
investors, advertisers, editorial talent, and publishers with established audiences will help to
identify the remaining markets for this year.

To support these efforts, Emily Parkhurst has been hired as VP of Content and will be
responsible for all editorial and branded content produced by 6AM City. As a core member of
the leadership team, she will guide earned and paid content, and work closely with the revenue
generation team to align content strategies with sales opportunities.

“Local media has never been more important and I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity
to join the leadership team at 6AM City,” Parkhurst said. “This organization has a proven track
record of success and a compelling product that resonates with readers. Our content drives
civic pride and community engagement in some of the most dynamic and fastest-growing
cities in the country. Hiring talented and committed people who are proud of their cities and
believe in the 6AM mission will be a big part of my focus in the coming months.”

Adam Ryan has also been appointed to the Board of Directors. Adam’s experience as the
former President of The Hustle will provide strategic value as 6AM’s expansion will tap further
into the intersection of content and commerce.

“As the media landscape continues to evolve, the need for a trusted local publisher remains at
the top of the list of opportunities. With the successful content distribution 6AM City is
achieving on a local level, they are positioning themselves to seamlessly intertwine commerce
opportunities into their roadmap,” Ryan said. “This talented team is trailblazing a new path for
what a successful media organization looks like. I look forward to the journey ahead.”
“6AM City will continue to seek experienced media talent as we position for exponential growth
into 2022 and beyond. We can’t wait to share upcoming product innovations that will continue
to differentiate 6AM from other media brands,” said Ryan Heafy, the company’s COO

About 6AM City

About Emily Parkhurst: Emily Parkhurst is a national award-winning journalist and media
executive. She was most recently the market president and publisher of Puget Sound Business
Journal in Seattle, WA, part of the larger American City Business Journals chain.
She joined PSBJ in 2012 and served as a reporter, managing editor, and editor-in-chief before
being named publisher in 2018. Prior to 2012, she was an education and government reporter
in her home state of Maine.

Under her leadership, the PSBJ won the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta
Chi award for public service journalism and the 2018 SABEW award for real estate reporting.
She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an
undergraduate degree in classical music performance from the University of Southern Maine.
She also holds several volunteer board positions, including vice-chairman of the board of
trustees for the Cornish College of the Arts and incoming co-president of the Washington state
chapter of the International Women’s Forum.

About Adam Ryan: Adam Ryan is an operator, advisor, and investor in companies that
intertwine content, community, and commerce. He is currently an operating partner at The
Chernin Group, investor in several startups, and is notably the former President of The Hustle

6AM City Inc- 6 AM City is redefining the future of local media as the fastest growing
newsletter-first local media company in the country, delivering the most relevant need-to-know
local news and events via a daily email at 6 a.m. The newsletters are a five-minute read,
conversational in tone and politically unbiased. 6AM isn’t in the business of manufacturing
content to replace the local newspaper — rather you can think of 6AM as a distribution center
for all local content, which specializes in packaging, distribution, performance, convenience,
and profitability. For more information, visit their website at or follow their social
media channels on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.