Mariah Neuroth joined the Reader just before Chicago went into lockdown in March 2020, and she’s since become a central nervous system of innovation across every side of the organization— essentially translating what happens on the page into real-world applications. “The Reader has always been the cultural heartbeat of Chicago and it is a privilege to contribute to the work,” she says. The northern New York native first landed in the midwest as a student at the University of Missouri, and she later earned her Master’s in youth development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a Gemini, Mariah is full of good vibes and positive energy, which she brings to her work, as well as her favorite Chicago activities, such as swimming at Promontory Point and checking out live music at the Metro. If you weren’t already convinced that Mariah is a jill-of-all-trades, she’s also a fourth-generation maple sugarer who spends what little free time she has converting a minibus into a tiny home and being an excellent cat mom to Lady Logan (aka Go Go). She also claims she does a “mean goat impression,” and while she hasn’t shown it off at work yet, we trust that it lives up to the hype. Is there anything Mariah can’t do?