Staff

Justin McGonigle
Owner

 

The Steelers have always been a central part of my life. I grew up listening to WDVE tapes recorded off of the radio of Steelers fight songs, and wearing Steelers jerseys as a fashion statement. I joined the SteelerNation.com message board when I was 12, and this site has been a big part of my life ever since. I’ve found life long friends and met some of the best people on earth through this site. In 2015, I was able to help revive the site and develop a news website and all of our social media platforms. I can’t wait to continue to grow with all of you. Go Steelers!


 

 

Brandon J. Wallace
Managing Editor

 

I’m a Steelers fan first, and a human being second. BLEED black and gold. I love everything #SteelerNation and I’ve been with this staff since February 2018. I now reside in sunny San Diego, CA, but that doesn’t stop me from going to at LEAST 3-4 Steeler games a season. I graduated from Old Dominion University in 2010, and if I’m not watching a Steelers game, you can catch me at the beach, stuffing my face with Golden Oreos, in front of a Marvel movie, or on the basketball court. I report breaking news and I’m also the website manager here. Follow me on Instagram @bwall_24! And if you need a new website for your business or personal brand, hit me up! I’m a web designer too! Check out https://www.peterdarker.com/


 

 

G.Stryker
Podcast Host | Writer

 

I’m a man of many talents. Business owner, classically trained baritone, song writer, hockey goalie, horseman, pilot, season ticket holder, radio DJ. After receiving my BioPsychology degree from UMBC, I went onto earn my degree in Communications/Media from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Within months, I was on air talent for the 99.1 WHFS Morning Show in Washington, DC while also serving as the voice for the women’s soccer team, the Maryland Pepsi Pride. In 2003, I started Mid-Atlantic Promotions to serve PepsiCo and now have five offices up and down the east coast!

I joined the forum at SteelerNation.com in 2005 where I enjoyed writing well researched threads to start discussions. I became a season ticket holder in 2007, the same year Coach Tomlin joined the franchise. I played WR, DB, and KR in high school. I started breaking down WRs for SteelerNation.com in 2017 as one of our first sports writers. In 2018, I started hosting the SteelerNation.com Podcast in week 3 and have had a great time interviewing Steeler players and alumni like Rocky Bleier, Chris Wormley, Merril Hoge, and Bruce Gradkowski to name a few.

I live in Maryland with my wife, daughter and cat, and I root loudly and passionately for my Steelers. On game days, you may see me in the crowd dressed in my Sunday best to root the Steelers onto victory.

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Jess Costello
Journalist

I’ve been with SteelerNation.com for a little over a year now and love every minute of covering all things Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m from the Cleveland area but have been a life-long Steelers fan. I’m working on my sports journalism degree at Ohio University and have been blessed with the opportunities to have worked at places like WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland, ESPN3, and FOX8 News in Cleveland. Just a crazy sports fan telling it as I see it.


 

 

Jared Villani
Writer


 

 

Matt Papiernik
Writer

I’ve been a freelance sports writer for several years, centered around football, baseball, basketball, and fantasy sports. I’m born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and a diehard Steelers fan. I love sharing my thoughts and opinions on all things sports, especially when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I also received my BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2016, and have a career in Material Research and Development. Follow me on Twitter!


 

 

C.J. Lester
Writer

Current resident of Charleston, West Virginia and raised in McDowell County, West Virginia. I live in Charleston with my wife and I have been a proud Steelers fan my entire life! Through tears of joy and tears of crushing defeat, I have rooted for the greatest organization in the NFL and will continue doing so for as long as I can. I am an Emotional and Behavior Disorders teacher for Kanawha County Schools and a freelance sportswriter. Check out my Twitter!


 

 

Jordan Defigio
Writer

Hailing from the legendary Steel City, I’ve been a fanatic of all things Pittsburgh since I took my first breath. I’m new to Steeler Nation but I’ve been writing for years and recently started a podcast about Pittsburgh sports and Pittsburgh beer called Helmet Hair. I’m always looking for opportunities to talk football, hockey, and baseball with anyone who shares that same passion. My ultimate bucket list item is to be a Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers season ticket holder and I’m currently working towards creating the ultimate Black and Gold nook in my condo. I’m honored to be a part of the team here at Steeler Nation and look forward to sharing news and my opinions with you.


 

 

Jonathan Clark
Writer

Hey, I’m Jonathan Clark. I’m 23 years old, I live in Upstate NY, and I’m currently working full-time and freelance for SteelerNation.com. I’ve been a Steelers fan ever since I can remember, probably for the last 16 years. Unfortunately, I don’t get to attend Heinz Field much, but that doesn’t stop me from watching every game. I can safely say that I have not missed a single Steelers game from my couch in these past 16 years and I am proud of it. You’ll see me writing about anything Steeler football from post game analysis, to off-season moves, voicing my opinions for you guys to think about! Look for my articles, let me know how you feel! Follow me on twitter @jonclark_7


 

 

John Walker
Writer

Hey, I’m John Walker. Born and raised in McKeesport, PA, I’ve been a Steelers fan my entire life. I’ve been writing about and covering the Steelers for 5 years now but didn’t join the SteelerNation.com team until May 2020. I’ve had the pleasure of working with several players and I’m looking forward to interacting with all of our readers as well. I enjoy my family and everything Pittsburgh! I also enjoy continuously building my large collection of Steelers game worn jerseys and signed helmets. I very much appreciate all of the interactions and discussions with my content, so if you ever want to talk black and gold, just get at me on Twitter @realjohnwalker or even my personal Facebook!


 

 

John Marcius
Graphic Designer

Born and raised just outside of the Steel City, I am a hardcore Pittsburgh sports fanatic who loves my Steelers. I graduated from Saint Vincent College in 2018 with a degree in Business Management, and now have a career in project management. While a student at Saint Vincent College, I had the opportunity to work alongside the Steelers for two years at training camp. During this time, I drove Steelers players, staff, and their families around campus, which led to many once in a lifetime interactions and relationships. Being the sports fanatic that I am, I have also developed a passion for collecting sports memorabilia.  This hobby influenced me to teach myself graphic design so that I could develop my own unique photos to add to my collection. I’m excited to share my graphic work with Steeler Nation! Follow my graphics Instagram @JJM_Graphics to keep up with all of my new work!