People

  • Current Events/Sports Contributor

    Bob Dvorchak worked for forty-four years as a journalist with Uniontown Newspapers Inc., the Associated Press, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has received awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Golden Quill awards...

  • Medical Contributor

    Christopher Hughes is a critical care medicine physician here in Pittsburgh, with over twenty years experience. He has been a leader in organized medicine including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, AMA, and others.

    His special areas of...

  • Legal Contributor

    David Harris is a highly qualified legal contributor to Essential Pittsburgh. David Harris studies, writes and teaches on topics from police behavior and regulation to national security and the law. Harris is currently a professor at the...

  • Technology Contributor

    Deb Diamond Smit is currently a writer at The Pittsburgh Foundation and is the Innovation & Job editor at Pop City Media. She is also a writer at Dowling & Dennis and a freelance writer at “Debra Diamond Smit.” Her previous experience...

  • Travel Contributor

    Elaine Labalme is a fully cultured pioneer of the United States. After leaving her Wall Street job in 1994, Labalme traveled the U.S. writing about her experiences from eating out in New Orleans to relaxing in spas and resorts such as Nemacolin...

  • Media Contributor

    Jeff Ritter is currently an associate professor in communications, media and technology at La Roche College. He is Partner and Manager of Colleague-Connect at Ross Publishing, an online business designed to create networking opportunities for...

  • Culture Contributor

    Joe Wos is a Pittsburgh based, cartoonist, storyteller, and writer. Joe grew up in North Braddock, a life long "real" Pittsburgher he is the son of a steelworker who always encouraged Joe's artistic and creative pursuits. As a cartoonist he...

  • Producer

    Margaret J. Krauss produces 90.5 WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh, a series that explores the lesser-known history of the city and region.

    A freelance...

  • Economic Contributor

    Jay Sukits is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research interests are in capital market efficiency, corporate finance,...

  • Business Contributor

    Rebecca Harris is one of Essential Pittsburgh’s most experienced business contributors. In 2009, Harris became the Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University after 20 years of building a strong and rich reputation...

  • Local Business Contributor

    Rhonda Schuldt is a passionate advocate for supporting the local Pittsburgh economy. In 2005, she founded Local Goodness, a resource that connects Pittsburgh residents to local farms, roadside stands, and specialty shops. Rhonda also sits as...

  • TV & Current Events Contributor

    Rob Owen is TV Editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He previously worked as TV/Radio writer at the Times Union in Albany, NY, and as a features writer at the Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va. While at the Times-Dispatch, Owen helped create ...

  • Current Events Contributor

    Steve Hallock, Ph.D., director of the School of Communication and director of its graduate studies program, joined the faculty in the fall of 2007 following a two-year stint as an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois...

  • Tech & Innovation Contributor

    Terri Glueck is the Director of Communications & Community Development at Innovation Works, one of the country’s most active and influential seed-stage investors. She works with regional and national media in order to promote Pittsburgh’s...