About Us

City & State PA is the premier multi-media news firm that dedicates its coverage to Pennsylvania’s state and local government, political and advocacy news. Our in-depth, non-partisan coverage serves Pennsylvania’s leaders every day as their trusted guide to the issues impacting Pennsylvania. We offer comprehensive coverage through our daily First Read e-brief, monthly print magazine, and premier events.

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Our Staff

Tom Allon,


Tom has been a leader in local neighborhood-based jour­nalism and the New York City publishing industry for the past 25 years. He is currently the CEO and co-owner of City & State NY, the most influential political media compa­ny in New York State. He can be reached at tallon@cityandstatepa.com.

Steve Farbman,


In 2013, Steve Farbman was approached by his friend Tom Allon with an opportunity to invest in City & State. The two had worked together more than a decade earlier when Steve was CEO of News Communications, a publisher of 23 weekly newspapers and Tom was the publisher of its Manhattan-based properties. Previous to that Steve was chief operating officer at American Lawyer Media, where he spent more than 15 years managing a variety of properties, including newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters and live events. Since 2003, Steve has owned and serves as CEO of Touchpoint Media, a custom content and marketing agency serving clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to amateur sports associations.

Greg Salisbury,


Greg Salisbury is a Philadelphia native and a proud resident of West Philly. He has been involved in journalism since becoming editor of the Estes Hills Elementary newspaper when he was in sixth grade. He is thrilled and relieved to finally have a definable rationale for obsessing over all things political every day. Greg can be reached at 215-490-9314 ext. 3002 or gsalisbury@cityandstatepa.com.

Ryan Somers,

Managing Editor

As managing editor at City & State, Ryan oversees the production of all City & State publications, including City & State New York, City & State Pennsylvania, New York Nonprofit Media and City & State Reports. He has been with the company since April 2015. Prior to joining City & State, he worked at the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and The Journal News in Westchester, New York. Ryan can be reached at rsomers@cityandstatepa.com.

Allison Murphy,

Director of Pennsylvania Operations

Allison Murphy is a Philadelphia transplant originally from Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 where she was a 4 year Varsity Letterman with the Men's Rowing team. After college she pursued coaching at the High School and Collegiate levels, and coached the Washington College team to 4 years of top 10 NCAA finishes. Allison can be reached at 215-490-9310 ext. 3005 or amurphy@cityandstatepa.com.

Sana Dows,

Production Manager

Sana Dows has been the Webmaster and data analyst for the Philadelphia Public Record newspaper for the past 16 years. She is a graphics and production specialist with database skills. Sana graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems. She can be reached at 215-755-2000 or sdows@cityandstatepa.com.

Ryan Briggs,

Staff Reporter

Ryan Briggs is a native of Bucks County who has lived in Philadelphia since 2004. A graduate of Temple University, he has covered urban politics and policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, City Paper, Next City, Plan Philly and Philadelphia Magazine. Ryan can be reached at 215-490-9314 ext. 3003 or rbriggs@cityandstatepa.com.

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