Jessi Hempel is BusinessWeek's Innovation Editor. She came to the magazine in 2003 to cover philanthropy and also has written about social networking, web collaboration, and design. Previously, Jessi worked for Time Asia in Hong Kong. Before pursuing journalism, she spent time in Haiti doing HIV/AIDS education work and taught fourth grade in Harlem with Teach for America. Jessi graduated from Brown University and received a master's in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. When she's not following a story, Jessi can be found training for her next belt—she's now a green belt with a blue stripe—in Tae Kwan Do, running laps in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, or posting viral videos on her MySpace profile.
Based in Chicago, Michael Abramson has contributed photography to BusinessWeek since 1984. His work has also appeared in numerous national and foreign magazines, and been exhibited at museums and galleries including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. His subjects have included former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan, as well as workers in a recycling plant and wild mustangs in South Dakota. He also provided photographs for two books about the Thorne Rooms at The Art Institute of Chicago. Abramson has taught photography at Columbia College Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design. He received a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MS in Photography from the Institute of Design.