Katherine Blackley

Essential Pittsburgh Fellow

Katie is from Ashland, Ohio and is on schedule to graduate from Duquesne University in May 2014 with a B.A. in Media Management and Production as well as English Literature.

She has served as a WESA fellow with 90.5's daily news program Essential Pittsburgh since May 2013 and hopes this will lead toward her career goal of being a producer in public radio or public television.

Fun fact:  "I do Sesame Street character impressions...Ernie is my best."


Essential Pittsburgh
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Fox News "Mole" Emerges with Book

Joe Muto is the Fox News "mole" that leaked videos to Gawker.
Credit Alexis Lamster

After graduating from Notre Dame, Joe Muto moved to New York in search of a media position.  He ended up with the Fox News Company, eventually becoming a producer for the top-rated show,The O’Reilly Factor.  After eight years he decided he wanted to search for another position.  He was, after all, a liberal at heart and he noted that since the Obama administration, Fox News was becoming progressively more conservative and far less “fair and balanced.”  Muto approached Gawker as a possible employer after leaving Fox, but was instead encouraged to begin writing for Gawker while still an employee at Fox.  He was to be the liberal inside the right-wing media group.  

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bridges Around the State Evaluated by PennDOT

Most Pittsburgh bridges are in need of some sort of restoration.
Credit jeffrybt / flickr

In the wake of the deadly bridge collapse in Washington, interest has increased in the current condition and safety of Pennsylvania’s bridges. With the average age of bridges on the state system well over 50, PennDOT must evaluate the numerous bridges and consider the needs and costs of the state infrastructure.   According the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Allegheny County has 2,247 bridges yet many of them are categorized as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Pittsburgh Artist Finds Inspiration in a Century-Old Timepiece

The Kaufmann's Clock has served as a meeting place for Pittsburghers for a century
Katie Blackley 90.5 WESA

After a century in downtown Pittsburgh, residents of the city can still recall telling friends and family to “meet me under the Kaufmann’s Clock.” The bronze ornamental clock, which still hangs at the corner of Smithfield Street and Fifth Avenue, has served as a meeting place for Pittsburghers for years. Macy's celebrates the clock's 100th anniversary with a city proclamation of May 17th as "Meet Me Under the Clock Day" as well as events surrounding this cherished Kaufmann's tradition.

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