Deanna Garcia

General Assignment Reporter

Deanna fell in love with public radio in 2001, when she landed her first job at an NPR station: KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, NM, where she also attended college. After graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communications, she spent a summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern at NPR's Morning Edition. Following that, she was a reporter/All Things Considered Host at WXXI in Rochester, NY. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Deanna was the local All Things Considered host for KUNC in northern Colorado. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys watching movies and TV shows on DVD (the Golden Girls and Little House on the Prairie are among her favorites), bicycling, yard work, and reading.



North Side
1:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

New Partnership Aims to Get More North Siders to Work

Northside Works! combines two workforce development entities. The NSLC facility, equipped with computer stations, will go from part-time to full-time.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

The North Side Leadership Conference (NSLC) and North Shore Community Alliance (NCA) are combining to improve services for North Side residents seeking employment.

The two entities both previously offered workforce development services. NSLC has a location convenient to all bus lines on the North Side and existing computer stations.

“NCA has a more robust workforce program with many more services than what the Conference offers,” said NSLC Board Member Gloria Rayman. “So by combining our resources, we can offer so much more to all of our neighbors.”

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4:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

PA Reps. Murphy, Doyle Optimistic about Future of 911th Airlift Wing

Representatives Tim Murphy (front) and Mike Doyle said they are optimistic the 911th Airlift Wing will remain open beyond 2014.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

Less than one week after the Air Force announced it would not be closing the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township, elected officials met to look toward the future.

Pennsylvania Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) were active in the fight to keep the base open because of its cost saving for the military, among other things.

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1:29 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

ALCOSAN, Communities Urged to Work Together on Regional Approach

Panel Chair Jared Cohon (speaking) flanked by ALCOSAN Executive Director Arletta Scott Williams (L) and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
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A more regional approach to stormwater and wastewater management would mean better water quality, better service and a more efficient system overall. That’s according to a report from an independent review panel convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the request of ALCOSAN.

The Authority serves 83 communities, each of them is responsible for collection and then conveyance to ALCOSAN pipes, then the Authority is responsible for treatment.

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4:33 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Frisbee-Throwing, Climbing Robots Take Over Pitt’s Peterson Events Center

Students carry a robot as they prepare for a practice run Thursday as part of the FIRST Robotics Pittsburgh Regional Competition.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Frisbee-throwing robots are the main event in a competition at Pitt’s Peterson Events Center Friday and Saturday.

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5:36 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Bishop Zubik Welcomes New Pope

Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Bishop David Zubik welcomed the selection of a new pope.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA

Pittsburghers are quickly reacting to the word that a new pope has been chosen including Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Bishop David Zubik who said he "prayerfully and joyfully" welcomes Pope Francis I.

“Our new Holy Father brings with him the experience of a dedicated pastor who has served the Church so well in his many years of ordained ministry,” said Zubik.  “That experience – and the rock-steady faith that has guided him – will be his comfort and strength in the challenging days ahead.”

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Women's Rights
2:06 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Women's Rights Movement in Pittsburgh: 1967 to Today

The Women's Rights Movement is a feature of the 1968: The Year that Rocked America exhibit. Freedom Trash Cans were used during the 1968 Miss America Pageant protest as a way to discard things such as bras, Playboy magazines, girdles and other items in symbolic gesture.
Credit Heinz History Center

1968 was a notable year in American history, the Vietnam War was raging, Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated, and the Women’s movement was gaining national attention.

Pittsburgh was among the hotbeds of change with civil unrest in the hill district, war protests on campuses and through all of that, the women’s rights movement was charging forward.

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12:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

911th Airlift Wing Will Not Be Closed, Will Remain at Full Strength

The United States Air Force announced today the 911th Airlift Wing will remain open through 2014, a decision based on funding years.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA

The United States Air Force has announced it will not close the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township. The base had been slated for closure as cost saving measure, but federal, state, and local officials have been involved in a year-long fight to keep it open.

“All eight planes will remain, the 911th will remain at full strength, and also the 171st Air Refueling Wing will also remain at full strength with 16 planes. All in all, it’s great news for the region,” said Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18).

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Government & Politics
4:20 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Future of 911th Airlift Wing to be Announced Wednesday, Murphy Hopeful

The future of the 911th Airlif Wing will be announced Wednsday, Congressman Tim Murphy is hopeful it will remain open.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

According to Congressman Tim Murphy (R-18) the Air Force will announce Wednesday whether or not the 911th Airlift Wing will be closed. The 911th in Moon Township was slated for closure by September 2013. The Air Force said the move would save $354 million over five years but supporters have said from the beginning that the numbers used to determine the savings were faulty.

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3:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Downtown Pittsburgh Shifting to Full-Fledged Neighborhood

Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming more of a neighborhood, as more people move there to live, not just work.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA News

It’s often said Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. There are the bustling neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the struggling neighborhood of Homewood, and the transitioning neighborhoods in between. Then there’s a shadow neighborhood. Some people call it the Golden Triangle, some call it the business district, and others call it home.

“It’s not just a thoroughfare for the buses, or somewhere where you go to your office from 9 to five, but I actually live here and love it a lot,” said Gina Mucciolo.

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Women, Labor
2:21 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

DNC Chair to USW Women’s Conference: “We Have Some Catching Up To Do”

US Represntative and Head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, addresses the United Steelworkers International Women's Conference in Pittsburgh. USW International President Leo Gerard (right).
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

In the midst of Women’s History Month, about a thousand women, and many men, gathered in Pittsburgh for the United Steelworkers International “Women of Steel” conference. The keynote was delivered by US Representative and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Government & Politics
10:17 am
Mon March 11, 2013

PA Lawmaker Wants to Draw Game Developers to the State, Proposes Video Game Tax Credit

The video gaming industry is huge and growing, moving beyond what people think of as traditional video games. PA lawmaker wants to encourage growth in that sector in the commonwealth.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program is lauded by state and local officials as a success, and one state lawmaker wants to implement a similar tax credit program for another entertainment industry – video games.

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) has introduced the Video Game Tax Production Credit bill aimed at attracting game developers to the state. He said the video gaming industry is huge and growing.  

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2:45 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Senator Casey Takes on Bullying, Applauds Efforts of Pittsburgh Mifflin K-8 School

Senator Bob Casey talks to a sixth grade class at Pittsburgh Mifflin preK-8 School about efforts to stop and prevent bullying in schools across the country.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) used a sixth grade classroom as a backdrop to talk about bullying. Students, teachers and parents at Pittsburgh Mifflin preK-8 School have implemented an aggressive anti-bullying campaign, and Casey said he’s like to see such efforts at all schools. To that end, he has introduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act. A bill that will tackle bullying.

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Pittsburgh Politics
4:33 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michael Lamb will get Allegheny County Democratic Committee Endorsement – by Default

The Allegheny County Democratic Committee meets this weekend for its endorsement meeting. Before Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he was leavening the race for reelection, he was on the endorsement ballot along with City Controller Michael Lamb. Lamb now remains the only name on the ballot.

“I understand that there are several other people running in the primary, but for the actual endorsement of the party, there will only be one,” said Committee Chair Nancy Patton Mills.

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Allegheny County
4:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Allegheny County Board of Health OKs Minor Changes to Air Quality Standards

The Allegheny County Board of Health has approved minor changes to ambient air standards and enforcement. Going forward, instead of listing the individual ambient standards, state and federal standards will be referenced.

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Education, state budget
3:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Flat State Funding for PA Community Colleges Could Jeopardize Accessibility, Affordability

Community College presidents from around the commonwealth addressed the House Appropriations Committee during a budget hearing this week, making the case for increased funding.

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Minimum Wage, Employment
2:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Low-Wage Pittsburgh Workers to Obama Administration Official: Raise the Minimum Wage

Acting Deputy Administrator for the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division Mary Beth Maxwell (center), hearing the stories of Nikki Edmonds (left) and Sandra Burden (right) during a roundtable discussion. The women work for minimum wage and told her raising the wage from $7.25 to $9.00 would be very helpful.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

Hannah Williams works for a temp agency where she makes minimum wage: $7.25 per hour. The single mother also goes to school. She said her job doesn’t provide the living she and needs.

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Ravenstahl Bows Out
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Why Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl Ended His Reelection Bid

Just 11 days after launching his reelection bid, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he is no longer seeking a second full term. In front of a room packed with reporters, Ravenstahl said he began his political journey ten years ago as an ambitious and determined 23-year-old.

“The city I ran for office to represent in 2003 no longer exists,” he said, “it’s so much different today, it’s evolved into a bigger and better place, it’s become a place that’s recognized as America’s most livable, it’s become better.”

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Allegheny County
2:38 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Vision Team Reports Released – Some Work already Underway, More to Come

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald details highlights of Vision Team recommendations. The teams came up with more than 300 ideas, contained in more than 700 pages.
Credit Margaret J. Krauss/90.5 WESA

More than 300 recommendations are included in the reports of 12 Vision Teams, which were assembled last year to come up with ideas to improve county operations.

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Economy & Business
5:06 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone Expanding Role – Housing, Recreation Projects on Tap

Sharpsburg main street, like several others, has suffered from years of decline
Credit Josepeh/Flickr

Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ) completed the Enterprise Zone program in June 2012, but thanks to new funding it will continue its work in Millvale, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Blawnox, O’Hara, and Shaler. Previously those who worked for ARTEZ focused solely on business development opportunities.

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3:12 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Thermostat Challenge Marks International Polar Bear Day

One of two polar bears at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

Wednesday February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, a day aimed at raising awareness to the continuing threat to polar bear habitat and encourage action to reduce individual carbon footprints.

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2:34 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Chambers, Business Groups Call on Harrisburg to Enable Municipal Pension Reform

The Coalition for Sustainable Communities (CSC) is calling on state lawmakers to include municipal pension reforms in upcoming deliberations.

“We have literally dozens and dozens of municipalities with very severe pension problems across Pennsylvania. These are pension problems that, without changes to pension laws, municipalities will never be able to pay off,” said Brian Jensen, executive director of the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, and member of the CSC.

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10:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Federal Housing Regulators Clarify Anti-Discrimination Policy

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a new rule regarding the enforcement of the Federal Fair Housing Act and instances of discriminatory impact.

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4:12 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

National Black Women’s Health Advocate: Pittsburgh Must Improve Womens’ Health, Education

New Voices Pittsburgh's La'Tasha Mayes (left) and President and CEO of the Black Women's Health Imperative Eleanor Hinton Hoytt
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA News

February is Black History Month, March is Women’s History Month, and in the City of Pittsburgh February 15th through March 15th is Women of Color HERstory Month.

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Science & Technology
9:12 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Helium Shortage Affecting Party Balloon Business as well as Medicine and Science Helium.mp3

When asked what comes to mind when the word “helium” is uttered, everyone I asked had the same answer – balloons, second only to references of the “chipmunk voice” sucking on the gas gives you. Balloons and silly voices are, so far, the two things being hit hardest by the helium shortage. Rhonda Bastolla is the owner of Odd and Unique Furnishings in Homestead, which sells helium balloons.

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Economy & Business
2:58 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Peoples Natural Gas to Purchase Equitable Gas gas deal.mp3

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Pittsburgh-based EQT Corporation announced it is selling its natural gas transmission business, Equitable Gas, to Peoples Natural Gas for $720 million. The deal also includes 200 miles of Pennsylvania pipelines and storage pools, and long-term commercial contracts for EQT to provide gas transmission and storage services to Peoples.

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