Before relocating from Pittsburgh to New York in 1992, Mr. Sewald wrote many features and reviews for regional publications, most notably the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Several articles he authored concerning city leadership issues for Executive Report, Pittsburgh’s business magazine, received Golden Quill® award nominations for excellence in regional journalism. He also contributed articles to the California-based music magazine BAM and American Film. A feature for the latter about former silent-screen star Lina Basquette’s last fling in pictures at the age of 85 netted him a guest invitation to the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.

In 2003, after 11 years of working in New York City, Mr. Sewald moved his family back to Pittsburgh, but has continued to divide his writing and other media work between his hometown and Manhattan. Since 2006, he has written a regular personality profile feature called “What Do I Know?” for Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine, which received Golden Quill® awards in 2008 and 2009 from the Western Pennsylvania Press Club.