Chris Montgomery joins Billy Penn as developer

Chris Montgomery
Joan Brady

Billy Penn has found its developer: Chris Montgomery, a newly-minted Temple University graduate, starts today.

Montgomery was a key part of the team that launched Billy Penn this October, alongside Daniel Bachhuber and Stijn Debrouware. Most recently, he worked as a web developer for the University’s School of Media and Communication. He also spent two years as web editor of The Temple News, where he won awards for his work redesigning the student newspaper’s site, as well as spearheading the site’s first experiment in longform digital storytelling, “Chop Boom.”

“I knew I wanted to work at Billy Penn when I realized the team is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of local media. I wouldn’t work at Billy Penn if I didn’t think it was benevolent, useful, and cool,” Montgomery says. “It is all of those things, in my opinion. I actually *use* the site out of my own free will – it’s not just a job working for The Man.”

“We’re very excited for Chris to join us at Billy Penn, where he’ll have an immediate impact on our journalism,” said Chris Krewson, the site’s editor. “His passion for the site and for the city is infectious, and we’re looking forward to his help as we work on building new features for the site in the weeks to come.”

Montgomery is the first of Billy Penn‘s hires in 2015, as the site looks to expand in the New Year.

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Chris Krewson is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national nonprofit association that serves local journalism entrepreneurs build sustainable news organizations, and the founding editor of Billy Penn. He lives in Havertown.