Guild-Gazette: October 2016



We did some amazing work in October.

  • The PG’s coverage of the local dining scene is diverse and exciting, just like the restaurants and bars that are opening their doors here. October’s offerings included Mark Belko’s piece on a new cigar bar Downtown and Dana Cizmas’ story on the improbable success of the Pittsburgh pickle guys, and even though it appeared in November, we’ll also sneak in mention of Diana Nelson Jones’ story on the cafe and restaurant coming to Homewood.

    The PG is smartly playing these stories across the paper — in biz, mag and local — to reflect the impact the new businesses are having on our culture, economy and neighborhoods.


  • If you see you colleagues do good work, let us know, as Jon Silver did here:

    “what an incredibly poignant photo by darrell. let’s give him a shout out, no?”

    He was referring to Darrell Sapp’s photo of newborn Ella Diekman and her liver donor, Amanda Crow, 25. The photo was taken when the two met for the first time at Children’s Hospital. As Courtney Linder reported, Ms. Crow decided to donate part of her liver even though she had no connection to Ella’s family.  Without a liver, Ella would have lived just a couple of years.

  • Speaking of poignant photos, check out Rebecca Droke’s Oct. 6 shot of Andre Heinz leaning in to kiss his mom, Teresa Heinz, at an Oct. 5 event commemorating her leadership of the Heinz Endowments.

  • The New York Times is revered for its obituaries, but do their writers have anything on ours? We don’t think so. Take a look at Jon Silver’s marvelous story on Mary Cavasina, a trailblazing Canonsburg doctor.

  •  Mike Henninger sent along kudos, too, regarding Biz’s big project on the power grid:

    Zack Tanner did a hell of a job designing this project”:
    Yes, he did, and Daniel Moore did terrific work with the conception and execution of this project, and Mike did a great job with the photography. Congratulations all around.

This is not a comprehensive list of the outstanding work our members did in October. There isn’t space for that. We do, however, want to make shout-outs a regular feature of the newsletter and we want to cover as many newsroom departments as possible. So when you notice good work, please let us know.


gold-star-2-1A warm welcome back to Bob Batz and Scott Mervis, who have returned to the newsroom after extended convalescences. We missed you!

gold-star-2-1Congratulations to our Guild president, Mike Fuoco, whose continuing coverage of the Jim Fogle odyssey won first place in the Special Report/Series division of the William A. Schnader Print Media Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis law firm. (Fogle, if you don’t recall, spent decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Mike is following his transition to life on the outside.)

Monthly Guild raffle

sarris-candiesCongratulations also to Anya Sostek, who won the raffle for $50 in movie gift cards anonymously donated by Guild members. This month, let’s raffle a gift card to Sarris Candies (or a chocolatier of the winner’s choice). To enter, send an email to by Dec. 10. Put “chocolate” in the subject line.


social-list-thumb-3-640x552Join your colleagues for some holiday cheer. The annual Guild holiday party will be held  from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 3 at Social in East Liberty. The cost is $15 for Guild members and their guests. Enjoy lots of good food and an open bar. For tickets, see Mike Fuoco, Melissa Tkach, Alyssa Brown, Molly Born or Dan Gigler.



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