People

  • News Assistant
  • News Assistant
  • 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 has just completed a graduate degree in media and culture at Carnegie Mellon University. For his degree at CMU, he undertook a study of the Federal Communications Commission that attempts to demystify the regulatory agency in 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...

  • News Assistant
  • 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

    An Illinois native, Sarah Schneider collaborates on special projects including the Life of Learning Initiative as WESA’s PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) fellow. Sarah first came to know Pittsburgh by way of an internship...