Chris Montgomery is the Developer at Billy Penn.
Chris is a 2014 graduate of the journalism program at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. His initial focus was in photojournalism before devoting himself to online development. He appreciates his ability to appear as either a stereotypical photojournalist or a stereotypical web developer without having to change clothes.
Chris was Web Editor at The Temple News from 2012 to 2014, where he redesigned the site, which became an early example of responsive design in college media. Under Chris’ product direction, The Temple News published an exhaustive multimedia story on Temple’s 2014 sports cuts, titled “Chop, Boom, You’re Gone.” The Temple News won numerous awards including the 2013 Student Keystone Press Award for Best Website and the 2014 ACP Online Pacemaker award, and was a three-time EPPY finalist for Best College/University Newspaper Website.
Chris most recently worked for the Temple University School of Media and Communication (SMC) as a web developer, where he aided in managing the School’s network of more than 60 WordPress sites. Chris rebuilt the websites for Temple TV and Temple Update in addition to helping relaunch Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the journalism program’s award-winning and student-produced hyperlocal news site.
When he’s not working for Billy Penn, one might think Chris stays far away from a computer. But no, Chris still enjoys learning more about web development and design, playing video games and listening to ambient or noise music, and spending too much time trying to find ways to do stuff more quickly. You can also find him wandering the streets of Philly or sitting by the Wissahickon or the Schuylkill. Even more rarely, Chris likes walking through deserts, icy landscapes, and cities that are not Philadelphia.
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