Guild-Gazette: March 2017



We did some amazing work in March.


Photo credit: Steph Chambers

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.




Photo credit: Andrew Rush

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.



Photo credit: Rebecca Droke

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.


This is not a comprehensive list of the outstanding work our members did in March. 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.


Monthly Guild raffle

Pittsburg-Pirates-GCM-PhysicalCongratulations to Janice Crompton, who won last month’s raffle for a garden center gift card.

This month, let’s raffle a Pirates gift card, good for tix or merchandise.

To enter, send an email to by May 15. Put “Bucs” in the subject line.



Welcome to new hires Will Greer (sports), Shelly Bradbury (public safety) and Alexa Miller (art department). Also, congratulations to Courtney Linder for making the transition from intern to associate in business.

blueline8krb2t2nThanks to Matt Freed and his crew at Pints on Penn for being such fine hosts for the Guild’s spring party April 8. The turnout, which included many Guild retirees, was great. The food was good and plentiful. And Guild attorney Joe Pass eventually was reunited with his missing flip phone.

bluelineInterns will start showing up 301701-Welcome_Interns_REVon the PG’s doorstep next month, and we’re still in need of Guild members to mentor them. A good mentor is key to a successful internship. If you haven’t volunteered already, please consider doing so. Mike Sanserino is running the program this year.

bluelineSave the Date:


We’re proceeding as planned for the Guild baseball game — 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, vs. the St. Louis Cardinals — but be prepared for the tailgate to be in a new location.

And it’s one you are familiar with — the parking lot behind the North Shore building.

Because of a problem with our usual location — the provider at Ninth & General Robinson goofed and double-booked our date — we will move our pre-game tailgate to the parking lot behind our North Shore office. Dan Gigler is still working out the details with another caterer, but you can expect the usual ballpark-type menu.

And the best benefit: Instead of the usual Port-O-John, we can use our work ID cards to use the Post-Gazette bathrooms.

We’ve ordered 100 tickets in the upper deck down the right field line — out of the sun. Ed Blazina will put them on sale in June, when we should have all of the details worked out.



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