Christopher Ayers

All Things Considered Host

Christopher started listening to public radio shortly after he picked up the keys to that '98 Chevy Cavalier back in 2004. He no longer has that car (it's kind of a funny story), but he still listens to--and now has a hand in creating--public radio programming everyday. 

Before coming to Pittsburgh in April 2016, Chris was the morning newscaster at Indianapolis member station WFYI for two years. A native of Columbus, Ind. (known for its architecture, Cummins diesel engines, and as the hometown of that guy that wears the beret on MythBusters), he's spent the majority of his life in Central Indiana and will not hesitate to tell you how absolutely amazing a place it is, and that you will surely agree if you'd just take the time to go. ("Tell 'em Chris sent ya!") 

Here at 90.5 WESA, Chris produced the local portion of NPR's Morning Edition and served as primary fill-in host until Jan. 2018 when he moved to weekday afternoons as the local host of NPR's All Things Considered

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The Penguins will visit the White House on Tuesday to commemorate last season's Stanley Cup Championship win, becoming the first professional sports team to attend a White House ceremony since President Donald Trump criticized NFL players last month.

Trump said first at a political rally in Alabama, and later via Twitter, that professional athletes who protest police violence by kneeling during the national anthem should be fired. 

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*UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2017 at 12:04pm

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that Congressman Tim Murphy will resign effective October 21.

That significantly speeds up Murphy's departure timeline; on Wednesday, the Republican from Upper St. Clair said he would not seek re-election in 2018.

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Change happens fast in the world of tech. The newest smart phones make those released a decade ago look as out-of-fashion as a fax machine. Here in Pittsburgh, you can't walk a couple blocks without seeing a self-driving car. It often feels we're ahead of the technological curve. 

90.5 WESA takes a daily look at the ins and outs of the tech industry with the Marketplace Tech Report. You can hear it twice each day, every morning at 9:23 AM and every afternoon at 12:30 PM.

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Last week, Major League Baseball suspended Pirates center fielder Starling Marte for 80 games for using performance enhancing drugs.

That suspension means Marte, who has four more years left on a $31 million contract, won’t be eligible to play in the post-season, even if the Bucs make the playoffs this season because of a rule change agreed upon in the most recent round of collective bargaining.

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Former President Barack Obama will be among the mourners attending the funeral of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Tuesday's Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul Cathedral in the city's Oakland section.

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In 1916, Montana’s Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A century later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is the first female candidate to lead a major party’s ticket. And with two weeks left until Election day, she’s leading in the polls.

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Trib Total Media’s shift toward a digital-only model is playing out amid a larger narrative of an entire industry in transition.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review will produce its last print edition and become a free, digital-only publication, the paper’s parent company announced Wednesday.

Print operations will cease Nov. 30. The company's Pittsburgh newsroom will continue publication online from its North Shore offices led by senior editors Luis Fabregas, Jeremy Boren and Rob Amen.

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Smokestacks and glowing furnaces, emblems of heavy industry, once dotted Pittsburgh’s river banks. In recent years, though, projects backed by public-private investment have turned to making the Steel City’s riversides havens for recreation and leisure.

Now, some redevelopment boosters hope a new tax credit will encourage financiers to invest more in waterfronts throughout Pennsylvania.  

Point State Park join Pittsburgh 2030 District
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Point State Park is one of the city’s greenest spots -- to the eye, at least. With its grass-covered path leading to the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio, it’s about as close to nature as one can get in the heart of Downtown. 

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File Photo / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Bernard Lindstrom will take the helm at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on a temporary basis. The PWSA board named Lindstrom its interim executive director at a special meeting Thursday after its initial choice for a permanent director withdrew his name from consideration in July.

Lindstrom comes to the Authority after 25 years in the U.S. Army. He most recently served as Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District from 2013 before retiring in July. His initial contract with PWSA will last through March 12.

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The Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority was created by the state legislature back in 2004 to shepherd the city through a period of financial hardship as Pittsburgh teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.