We did some amazing work in March.
Our newest photographer, Steph Chambers, couldn’t have captured the moment any better. Steph was at Osborne Elementary in Sewickley when Army Capt. Erik Nowak, in the Middle East since September, surprised his daughter, Imogen, by showing up in at an assembly in the school gym. The photo shows Imogen welling with tears and hugging her dad like she’d never let go.
The PG’s food page is always a feast for the eyes, and the March 15 offering was especially good. The focus was Arthi Subramaniam’s piece on the versatile potato. Andrew Rush and Gretchen McKay supplied the main art — photos of potato-inspired dishes — and page designer Alyssa Brown ran a “potato primer”– thumbnails of potato varieties — down the right side of the page. Inside were recipes and more photos. A great team effort–with just the right number of cooks in the kitchen!
After an accident involving one of its vehicles in Arizona, Uber suspended testing of its driverless vehicles, including those in Pittsburgh. Our resident Uber expert, Daniel Moore, was the only person who could turn this story around on a dime. Fortunately, Sunday editor Jerry Micco was able to reach Dan at home on a Saturday night, and Dan did a first-rate job on a tight deadline.
During a negotiating session with the Company, we cited Dan’s story as an example of the Guild’s top-shelf work. Jerry, who is on the Company’s negotiating team, joined us in singing Dan’s praises.
Guild members have produced some great stories in recent months based on documents obtained through FOIA and RTK requests.
There was Sean Hamill’s December report on the CDC’s biased response to a Legionella outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA, Ed Blazina’s February bombshell that the Sept. 2 fire on the Liberty Bridge was not the contractor’s first there, and, now, Mark Belko’s use of township emails to reveal UPMC as the mystery tenant in a South Fayette development.
Records requests can be laborious and time consuming. But as these stories showed, they can pay off in spades.
A year after five adults and an unborn child were fatally shot at a backyard cookout in Wilkinsburg, Dan Majors revisited the crime and its impact on the community. The result was a nice piece of narrative journalism with extensive comments from the police chief, a detective who helped crack the case and neighbors who are trying to move the community forward.