Ron Cassie is a Senior Editor at Baltimore magazine and the author of "If You Love Baltimore, It Will Love Back: 171 Short, But True Stories." He’s won national awards for his coverage of the death of Freddie Gray, sea-level rise on the Eastern Shore, and the opioid epidemic in Hagerstown. He reported from Haiti in the days following the tragic earthquake, New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and from Uganda as part of a humanitarian relief effort. His work has appeared as a notable selection in The Best of American Sports Writing, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, in Newsweek, CityLab, Huffington Post, Grist, The New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, alternative weeklies, including Baltimore City Paper, and Urbanite, where he served as editor-in-chief before coming to Baltimore. He's been a finalist for the Folio and City and Regional Magazine Association Writer of the Year awards. He is a two-time Religion Writer of the Year runner-up. He holds masters degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, where he is a doctoral candidate, and has taught writing at McDaniel College and Towson University. Prior to becoming a full-time journalist, he spent almost two decades swinging a hammer, riding a bike, and pouring drinks for a living.