People

  • News Fellow

    Jess was accepted as a WESA fellow in the news department in January 2014.  The Erie, PA native attends Duquesne University where she has a double major--broadcast journalism and political science.  Following her anticipated graduation in May...

  • News Fellow

    Jess is from Elizabeth Borough, PA and is a junior at Duquesne University with a double major in journalism and public relations.  She was named as a fellow in the WESA newsroom in May 2013.

    Her career goal is to work as a foreign news...

  • Intern, Essential Pittsburgh

    Kurt Sampsel is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University. For his degree at CMU, he is working on a dissertation on the history of the Federal Communications Commission that attempts to demystify the...

  • News Fellow

    The Erie, PA native has been a fellow in the WESA news department since May 2013. Having earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Duquesne University, he is now pursuing an M.A. in multi-media management. Michael describes his career...

  • Essential Pittsburgh Intern

    Nikki Abban, a native of Maryland, is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Film Studies. During the Fall 2014 semester she is interning with “Essential Pittsburgh.” Nikki plans to pursue a...

  • Programming Fellow

    A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, Reid joined 90.5 in May 2013 as a fellow in the WESA programming department. The triple major--English writing, sociology and film studies is on track to receive his degree from the University of Pittsburgh in...

  • PULSE Fellow

    Sarah Schneider comes to Pittsburgh by way of the prairie state of Illinois. She spent the summer of 2014 getting to know Pittsburgh as a reporting and photography intern with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She now collaborates on special...