About Us

The Manual is simple — we show men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming, or the outdoors, we’re here to provide insight into it all. As our name, The Manual, implies, we offer a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, from how to tie a bow-tie to how to cook a steak. We don’t boss you around. We’re simply here to bring authenticity and understanding to all that enriches our lives as men on a daily basis.

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Founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, by our parent site, Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on sharing genuinely interesting and informative experiences from a national perspective.

We have a team of seasoned writers based around the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, and the East Coast, who test the gear, shake the cocktails, cook the food, and meet with the brands we cover — all in an effort to bring you everything you need to be a man in the 21st century. Take a look and let us know how we’re doing.

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Editorial Team

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NICOLE RANEY
Managing Editor

Nicole Raney is a Texas native, writer, photographer, and the Managing Editor of The Manual (a job that’s kind of like being in the air traffic control tower, but with more words, a lot less pressure, and likely just as many Airplane! references). You can also hear her as a member of The Manual’s podcast, Beards, Booze, and Bacon, a weekly series that interviews interesting folks from all sorts of industries — food, fashion, fun, and more.

She came to Portland, Oregon, via Austin, where she was an editor at CultureMap, a network online publications crafting unique lifestyle content for locals. Prior to that, she worked for Emmis Communications and served as a digital content producer for two popular morning shows, Dudley and Bob with Matt on 93.7 KLBJ and Jason and Deb on 101X, as well as the company’s other radio stations. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, which allowed her to intern at the ever-growing SXSW. When Nicole isn’t playing with words and images, she is eating ridiculous amounts of tacos and spending time outside. View profile.

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SAM SLAUGHTER
Food and Drink Editor

Sam Slaughter is the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for the better part of the last decade. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in English Literature and he is the author of two collections of short fiction, as well as the forthcoming cocktail book Grown Up Drinks (Andrews McMeel 2019). His literary fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in over 40 publications while his food and spirits writing has been featured in the likes of Maxim, Bloomberg, The Bitter Southerner, InsideHook, Supercall, Thirsty, Southern Kitchen, Chilled, and more.

Sam is Wine and Spirits Education Trust Certified in Spirits (awarded with high honors) and an honest-to-goodness Kentucky Colonel. He has been the judge of four national cocktail competitions, served on the World’s Best Bars 2017 voting panel, and had a cocktail he created featured at the Lincoln Center Theatre for the 2016 season. Sam gets around, having visited over 500 breweries, wineries, and distilleries on four continents.

Sam is one of the cast members of The Manual’s podcast, Beards, Booze, and Bacon, a weekly series that has interviewed a numerous high-profile industry people, including chef Hugh Acheson, chef Angie Mar, Reverend Nat West (Rev Nat’s Hard Cider), chef Anthony DiBernardo, author of Rosé All Day Katherine Cole, and Old Forester Bourbon master taster Jackie Zykan, among others. He’s been featured on Oregon Public Radio’s The Four Top, We Like Drinking, Drinking Dirty in Jersey, The Whiskycast, The Writer’s Bone, The Saftacast, The Yemassee Podcast, Trends With Benefits, YEAH That Soccer Podcast, Citizen Lit, The Drunken Odyssey, and This Podcast Will Save Your Life. He’s also appeared on Cheddar and the online series, Drinking While Interviewing, in addition to The Manual’s own video and Facebook Live content. View profile.

Content and Media Production

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GENEVIEVE POBLANO
Content Manager

Born and raised in California, Genevieve Poblano is a Los Angeles native that has always been in tune with the creative forces that surround her. Staying true to her West Coast roots, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the Content Manager at The Manual and our Spanish-speaking brother site Digital Trends en Español. With a B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts from California State University, Northridge, she has an undying passion for film and media.

You can find her at a local concert, watching a cult film, chowing down at a vegan festival, or at the airport waiting for her connecting flight on her way to her next adventure. Genevieve will always be taking photographs wherever you find her.

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GREG NIBLER
Podcast Host

Greg Nibler is the ever-affable host The Manual’s weekly podcast, Beards, Booze, and Bacon. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world.

Greg has worked as a host, producer, and writer in radio and television since the early 2000s. You can find such companies as CBS Radio, Alpha Broadcasting, the Portland Trail Blazers, Funemployment Radio (his very successful podcast!), and our brother site, Digital Trends, on his resume. Greg is also the co-founder of the Portland Podcast Festival. He feels we live in a wonderful age of technology, as it’s theoretically possible his childhood dream of owning a hoverboard, flying car, and a holodeck could actually come true.

Contributors

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Amanda Gabriele

Amanda Gabriele is a food and travel writer at The Manual and the former senior editor at Supercall. She can’t live without the three Bs — bourbon, barbecue, and beards — and loves to cook in platforms. Amanda resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her collection of vintage furs, but you can find her 24/7 on Twitter. View profile.

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Beau Hayhoe

Beau Hayhoe is a fashion PR pro and freelance style writer based in Brooklyn. Beau’s menswear writing work has appeared on a number of prominent independent men’s style sites, including Dappered, Effortless Gent, Genteel Flair, and VOUCH Mag. He also contributes to GearMoose and GearHungry. Outside of working hours, Beau enjoys craft beer and live music.  View profile.

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Ben Hitch

Ben Hitch, well, he’s the first of his name and one hell of a character. You can find him exploring the streets of San Diego looking for menus that offer up a big ole ice coffee or something that most wouldn’t try.. Formerly, you may have seen him parading around into two different plaids, but with age and help from a select few, he has learned and come to appreciate dressing to the finer things in life. And if you ever have the pleasure, be warned, he packs some serious sass. View profile.

Bryan Holt

Bryan Holt

Bryan Holt is a writer, editor, designer, and multimedia storyteller based in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate from the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. He enjoys sitting with a cup of cold-brewed coffee and a notepad while watching the world pass by, dabbling in music production from time to time, and reading short stories. View profile.

Chelsea Batten

Chelsea Batten

Chelsea Batten is a writer, photographer, and Kerouac groupie. One of the original digital nomads, she was seduced from life on the road by the wild beauty of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. She covers diverse topics for The Manual related to travel, gear reviews, and odd cultural sidetracks. She’s currently building a yurt on the shore of Lake Superior. View profile.

Clay Abney

Clay Abney

Clay Abney is a PR guru and freelance writer living in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia, where he spends his days trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and working when the mood strikes. At 48 (the new 28), he still competes in multi-day adventure races, loves abusing gear, and traveling to remote off the grid locations around the globe. View profile.

Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl is a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, including travel, fashion, literature, LGBT rights, pop culture, and anything that has to do with his home state of Texas. View profile.

David Duran

David Duran

David Duran is an award-winning travel writer who has visited all seven continents and more than 70 countries. His writing interests include luxury, as well as adventure travel, culinary, hospitality, and everything and anything to do with airlines. He’s been published in more than 30 major outlets. When not travel writing or planning his next trip, he can be found speaking and presenting about travel at conferences, symposiums, and gatherings around the world. View profile.

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J. Fergus

J. loves writing about the vices of life — decadent food, strong drinks, potent cannabis, and increasingly invasive incredible technology — as well as culture and relationships. You might have seen their name in Foodbeast, Tastemade, Chowhound, and The Spruce Eats. They use they and she pronouns, but they’re always Mx. Fergus. View profile.

Jahla Seppanen

Jahla Seppanen

Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in Denver, Colorado, who watches WWE, 007, and baseball in her spare time. Her writing has appeared in Maxim, SHAPE, Strong Fitness Magazine, Dwell, and InsideHook, along with international literary fiction reviews. Her vices include long runs and tequila with mango juice. View profile.

Jacob Kienlen

Jacob Kienlen

Jacob Kienlan is the Digital Marketing Strategist at The Manual and our brother site, Digital Trends. He is responsible for tracking down awesome savings and delivering them to the people. With over four years of writing, social media, and marketing experience, he has a keen eye for all of the deals and discounts the internet has to offer. He is driven by a firm belief that everyone should have access to quality products at an affordable price. View profile.

John Jones

John Jones

John Jones is a Jersey City-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to architecture, interiors, and textiles. When he’s not herding cats with his husband, he’s training for his next Tough Mudder or hanging out in St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. View profile.

Kelsey Machado

Kelsey Machado

Kelsey Machado is a professional interior designer with over a decade of experience in the field. Along with running her studio, Kelsey is a writer and traveler. Born and raised in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts, she loves getting outdoors for hiking, kayaking, and camping. When not traveling the world in search of good food and inspirational architecture, she enjoys nights at home with her guy, their cat, a bottle of wine, and a superhero movie. View profile.

Lee Heidel

Lee Heidel

Lee Heidel is the managing editor of Brew/Drink/Run, a website and podcast that promotes brewing your own beer, consuming the best craft beer in the world, and then running off the calories. Based in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Lee is a two-time honoree as one of Southern Living magazine’s Bloggers to Watch. View profile.

LeeAnn Whittemore

Leeann Whittemore

LeeAnn Whittemore is a writer, artist, and graphic designer who grew up in the Midwest before moving to the Gulf Coast. As a Creative Writing undergraduate, she was selected to read in the Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival and has earned six Hoosier State Press Association Awards for her work in advertising. She enjoys reading biographies, questing to listen to every podcast ever recorded, and curling up with a good Netflix binge. View profile.

Lucas Coll

Lucas Coll

Lucas Coll has been a freelance writer for almost a decade and has penned articles on tech, video games, travel, cars, and men’s lifestyle topics. He’s held a special interest in computers and consumer technology ever since his mother brought home a Nintendo Entertainment System when he was four years old (a decision she regrets to this day), and has written everything from news articles and deal roundups to in-depth product features and hands-on reviews. When he’s not writing, Lucas can usually be found in his Hobbit hole reading, gaming, smoking his pipe, and messing about with computers. View profile.

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Mark Stock

Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. He’s helplessly tied to European soccer, casting for trout and grunge rock. More of his work can be found on his website. View profile.

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Miles Branman

Miles Branman developed a passion for cars early thanks to a neighbor’s collection of rare vehicles. What grew into an obsession with performance and design drove Miles to automotive journalism and grassroots racing. Since 2011, Miles has produced and edited content for his own site and channels. He has contributed to Robb Report, Digital Trends, Automotive News, and Coast Magazine. View profile.

Mike Richard

Mike Richard

Mike Richard is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer, and travel junkie. Since 2006, he has edited, written for, and kept the gears running behind the scenes at Vagabondish. His travel advice has appeared on the websites of industry-leading publications for ‘Forbes’, ‘Travel + Leisure,’ ‘USA Today,’ CNET, and ‘National Geographic.’ He enjoys speaking in the third person. View profile.

Ross Collicutt

Ross Collicutt

Ross is an outdoor adventure writer, amateur photographer, and computer programmer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. When not writing or editing photos for his own website, Pure Outside, he can be found attempting every outdoor sport available. So far he loves backcountry skiing and is terrible at yoga on stand-up paddleboards. View profile.

Stefan Doyno

Stefan Doyno

Stefan Doyno is a two-time Emmy-winning television producer who has worked for various shows at ABC News, including Good Morning America and Nightline. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including AOL, MTV, Quest Magazine, and The New York Post.nHe received his masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was one of the original contributors here at The Manual when we started up in 2012.

Steven John

Steven John

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, spotted in a kayak or canoe, and usually at home with his wife, son, and daughter. His books hang out here and, aside from The Manual, he regularly contributes to Business Insider, New York Magazine, and other sites. View profile.