Julian Routh

News Fellow

Julian was accepted as a news department fellow with WESA in January.  

The Whitehall Borough native is majoring in multi-platform journalism (with a minor in political science) at Duquesne University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016.

Julian hopes to be a news writer with the Associated Press in a market like New York City,  "although working at the NY Times would be pretty cool too." He also has aspirations to write sports. 

Fun fact:  "I write and record my own music and love going to shows. My favorite band is Blue October...I've seen them seven times."

County Alerts
1:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

County Executive Fitzgerald Unveils New Alerts System

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald demonstrates the newly unveiled Allegheny Alerts system.
Credit Julian Routh

Reporters and county officials watched in anticipation as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald slowly typed his name and phone number onto a giant computer screen in his office Thursday morning.

After creating an account, a phone rang in the middle of the table, and a look of relief permeated Fitzgerald’s face.

That was the first notification from the newly unveiled Allegheny Alerts system.

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Forum Aims to Re-Energize Darfur Movement

When South Sudan separated from the North to form an independent country in 2011, the fight didn’t end.

In fact, it may be stronger than ever.

In an effort to promote advocacy, the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition (PDEC) is hosting a forum on South Sudan and Sudan on Sunday.

The event will bring together members of the Sudanese diaspora in Pittsburgh and speakers, including Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) and Jacqueline Burns of the U.S. State Department, to discuss developments in Sudan and how to reenergize the Save Darfur movement.

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Transportation
3:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

E-Bike Legislation Could Put Cyclists On The Road

A new bill that passed unanimously in the state Senate this week would allow riders of pedal-assist electric bicycles to drive their vehicles in the streets.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), would legalize e-bikes under the state vehicle code.  

“We’ve seen in Western Pennsylvania a lot of e-bike users being pulled over by their local police departments because there is a misconception that it might be a moped or some other mechanized form of travel when in fact these are really essentially bicycles,” Smith said.

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Business
3:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Crowdfunding Site for Small Businesses Launches in Pittsburgh

Jesus Martinez took out a Kiva loan for his restuarant La Palapa.
Julian Routh 90.5 WESA

When Tracy Carter was a member of corporate America, she daydreamed in her office about opening up her own hair salon.

She knew she was serious about her aspirations, but didn’t have the finances to jump start them.  

Rather than going to a bank for a loan, Carter found help from 95 donors on Kiva.org, a crowdfunding initiative that enables anyone in the world to lend money to small businesses.

Now, $5,000 later, Carter owns Shear Talent in Bethel Park.

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Housing
8:44 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

HUD Funding Assists Public Housing Maintenance

As part of a $1.8 billion assistance package from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Allegheny County Housing Authority and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will receive nearly $20 million to improve public housing units.

The awards, $4.1 million to the ACHA and $13.2 million to the HACP, are to be used to modernize, build, repair and renovate public housing developments.

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Health
9:58 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hepatitis Bill Promotes Quicker Testing

Nearly 200,000 Pennsylvanians have hepatitis C and don’t know it, and new legislation could help them find out.

The bill would require health care providers to offer hepatitis C testing to baby boomers, people born between 1945 and 1965.

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford), the bill sponsor, said a greater emphasis on testing would save lives.

“By increasing testing opportunities, this legislation will insure that more individuals living with hepatitis C can become aware of their infection status, get available treatment and take steps to prevent transmission,” Baker said.

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Public Safety
3:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

'Rocco’s Law' Moves Forward in Harrisburg

Six weeks after the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said goodbye to K-9 officer Rocco, legislation is advancing through the Pennsylvania House that would strengthen the punishment for those who harm a police dog.

Rocco’s Law, sponsored by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington), would make injuring or killing a police dog a felony of the second degree carrying a maximum fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison. This includes mutilating, disabling or poisoning a K-9 officer.

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Tobacco
3:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Kids Encouraged to Stand Up to Tobacco Industry

On March 19, kids across the country will show that the battle against the tobacco industry isn’t only fought in the courtroom, but on the playground.

The 19th annual Kick Butts Day, organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is a celebration of youth leadership and activism in the battle against smoking and tobacco marketing.

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County Government
12:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Paperless Office in Sight for Allegheny County Controller

To cut costs and encourage more effective communication between businesses and county government, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is taking the next step in having her office go paperless.

Vendors are now being urged to send invoices to the county electronically, which will save the office between $15,000 and $20,000 per year in postage, paper and ink. 

Businesses still have the option to submit paper invoices, but Wagner said she expects using the electronic system to be a requirement soon.

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National Guard
3:30 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Corbett Joins Opposition Against National Guard Cuts

Potential budget cuts to the Army National Guard have received opposition from 50 governors across the country, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

A letter signed by the governors asking President Obama to reconsider the cuts was delivered to the White House on Feb. 28. In the letter, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin wrote that the cuts “suggest a pre-2001 strategic reserve construct,” which would take funding back to levels it was it before the September 11 attacks. 

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Environment
10:16 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

PENNDot Calls for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t only for homeowners. It’s for the state, too.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has teamed up with the Department of Environmental Protection for its annual Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania  running now through May 31.

The cleanup calls on volunteers and groups to help clear litter from roadways, trails and shorelines across the commonwealth.

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Sexual Assault in Military to be Explored at Bricolage Performance

A performance at Bricolage in downtown Pittsburgh this Saturday will shed light on sexual assault in the military.

Fifth Wall: Sexual Assault in the Military, presented by the Bricolage Production Company and advocacy group Stop Sexual Assault in the Military, explores the problem through different artistic genres.

The program will include clips from the documentary The Invisible War, scenes from Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan’s Soldier’s Heart and a panel discussion with the audience.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Fun-a-Day' Pushes Pittsburghers to be Creative Every Day

When the rest of us were focused on fighting the polar vortex and the snows of January, a group of more than 70 Pittsburghers were focused on making art every day as part of the annual Fun-a-Day project.  Much of that work will go on display starting Friday, March 7.

Fun-a-Day, in its sixth year in Pittsburgh, encourages people to make a pledge to be creative every day during the month of January.

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Film
3:30 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Film Explores Lack of Elected Female Leadership in the US

Female presidents and prime ministers are currently serving in 18 different countries. Meanwhile, the United States has never had a female president, and is ranked 69th worldwide in women’s representation in national legislatures or parliaments.

What are other countries doing that America isn’t?

This question will be explored this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, when Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet premieres her documentary, Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?.

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Reading
3:30 am
Mon March 3, 2014

CCAC's 'Big Read' Focuses On Vietnam War

During March, the Community College of Allegheny County will be reminding Pittsburghers to enjoy a good book.

The Big Read, a national program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, will bring together organizations around the region to promote literacy.

“What we hope this will do for literacy is to spark an interest in reading because reading is good for the soul, it elevates the mind, it promotes critical thinking and it helps you to experience other cultures,” said Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs and Big Read project director at CCAC.

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Carnegie Mellon
4:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

CMU Receives $10 Million Gift For Business School Overhaul

The planned $201 million facility that will house Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has received a major investment from a world-renowned venture capitalist.

James Swartz, an alumnus of the business school, and his wife, Susan, gifted $10 million to the university to help fund the David A. Tepper Quadrangle.  The Quadrangle, a 4.5-acre expansion of the university’s north campus, will include a 295,000 square-foot facility on Forbes Avenue that will be home to the business school, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The Simon Initiative.

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Community
3:52 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Wexford 17-Year-Old Folds Paper for Good

Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz of Wexford wants you to know that folding paper can be meaningful.

The 17-year-old’s project, Origami Salami, is receiving national recognition for its service to the community. Jaskiewicz was named a distinguished finalist of the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which honors students in grades 5-12 who are making a positive difference in their communities.

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Youth Employment
3:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Youth Employment Focus of Pittsburgh Task Force

A 12-member task force has been assembled by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto with a goal of expanding job opportunities for the city’s high schoolers.

Specifically, the group has been tasked with overhauling the Summer Youth Employment Program.  Last year the program employed more than 300 residents between the ages of 14 and 21.

Stefani Pashman, chief executive officer of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, is among the members.  She said although the program is strong, it has plenty of room for growth.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bald Eagle Lays Egg in Pittsburgh

A screen capture of a live video feed shows a bald eagle in its nest in Hays.
Credit The National Aviary / www.aviary.org

One of the first pairs of bald eagles to nest in the Pittsburgh area in more than 200 years is expecting a baby soon.

The female bald eagle laid her first egg of the year Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the nest in Hays and will most likely lay another in the next 24 hours, according to National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill.

He said the female began her 35-day incubation period as soon as the egg was laid, setting the expected date of hatching toward the end of March.

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Health
1:02 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

State Draws Attention to Deadly Birth Disorder

A rare disorder that gets little attention and even less funding now has an entire month to build awareness.

The Pennsylvania State Senate has dedicated February as Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna County) sponsored the resolution, which passed unanimously, to draw attention to the non-inheritable chromosomal condition that affects one in every 2,500 live female births.

Blake hopes this will give physicians and family members of those living with the disorder a chance to share information and personal stories with the public.

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Valentine's Day
1:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Valentine's Contest Urges Pittsburghers to Love City

On Valentine’s Day, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is reminding Pittsburghers to give their city some love, too.  

The PDP held a contest challenging people to share what they love about Pittsburgh.

Contestants were asked to send the PDP a photo of them holding a sign bearing the message “I Love Downtown Pittsburgh Because…” somewhere in the city, along with a caption explaining why they love Downtown.

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Technology
3:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Worldwide Magazine Recognizes Pittsburgh Web Studio

Five years was all it took for Matt Griffin and his team of web developers to step from a leaky basement in Wilkinsburg into the international spotlight.

“A quarter of the ceiling dripped water whenever it rained or snowed, so we couldn’t put any computers over there,” Griffin said, chuckling. “That’s fairly humble beginnings.”

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Environment & Energy
3:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

New Method of Charging Electric Cars Could Bring Savings

A new study by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that electric car owners can cut costs if they forfeit control over when to charge their vehicles.

The study found that allowing the power grid to control charging is more beneficial than charging the vehicles during peak electricity times.

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School Safety
3:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

$3.9M Program to Help PA Districts Hire Police Officers Underway

A $3.9 million state grant program that will assist Pennsylvania school districts in hiring police officers has officially begun.

The program is awarding districts with money that must be used to strengthen school safety procedures.

With the funds, districts are expected to place a school resource officer or school police officer within the building or buildings in the district, Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said.

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Community
12:40 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Food Pantry Challenges Chefs to Cook With Simplicity

Delicious recipes don’t have to be complex.

That’s what Northside Common Ministries is teaching its patrons with its third annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge.

Ten local chefs were challenged to make a brunch item using only basic canned goods and other food typically distributed at the Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. 

The event at the New Hazlett Theater in Northside on Saturday at 11 a.m. is a fundraiser. For $25, attendees can enjoy the chefs’ creations and live music.

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