Thomas Buell Jr.
Journalist and writer
Thomas Buell, Jr. is Lead Partner of VERSO PARTNERS: Communications in Pittsburgh, PA, which provides public affairs management services for an international clientele including corporations, non-profit organizations, news publications and foreign governments. He also serves as part-time Director of Development & Marketing at GlobalPittsburgh, a non-profit organization working with the U.S. Department of State as the designated regional liaison for the International Visitor Leadership Program.
Buell started his professional career in 1981 at The Charleston (WV) Gazette, where he was Business/Labor Editor. In 1987, he accepted a job as a business reporter at The Pittsburgh Press, where he was assigned to work with the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team. He won several regional journalism awards, and was a finalist in the UCLA Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business Journalism. During this time, Buell also was a regular contributor to The New York Times National Desk, as well as BusinessWeek magazine, USA Today and other publications.
Buell graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and studied journalism at Harvard University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Arthur D. Alexander
Photographer and videographer
Arthur “Daniel” Alexander, is a dual Brazilian/American citizen living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receing his bachelors degree in Social Communication in 2006, he launched a career in advertising in Brazil. He advanced from art director to creative director of Life Social Web, a brazilian ad agency, where he oversaw major accounts including Pizza Hut and Honda. At the same time, Alexander began parlaying his graphic design and branding skills into the promotion of volunteerism among Brazilian youth, helping to advance GADE Volunteers, a non-profit organization based in Belem, Brazil. In 2014 Daniel immigrated to Pittsburgh and began working with Amizade, becoming their Marketing and Communications consultant. He oversees all digital media and communications for their global network.
Alexander fully engaged The Switchboard Stories project as an outlet for his interests in photography and videography, and described the opportunity as a life-changing project that furthers the cause of global engagment.