Marina Weis

Digital Content Intern

Marina is on track to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism and multi-media from Point Park University  in May 2014.   She came to WESA in January as digital content intern and following graduation will pursue a career in multi-media journalism--hopefully in Pittsburgh.

Fun fact:  "I'm a sci fi nerd--specifically Star Wars--the original three movies were the best.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing

Lyft cars are identifiable by a fuzzy pink mustache.
Credit Marnie Schleicher / 90.5 WESA

  Sean Conboy online editor at Pittsburgh Magazine's 412 Blog breaks down trending topics in Pittsburgh, from social mobility to dining trends, Google Fiber, and most notably, the ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber

“Basically it’s taking what people see as a jitney sort of service and actually taking it into the 21st century,” Conboy said about Uber and Lyft.

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Millennials in Pittsburgh
4:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Community Leader Lauren Byrne on Being a Millennial in Pittsburgh

Lauren Byrne is the executive director for Lawrenceville United.
Credit Marina Weis / 90.5 WESA

Since she was a little girl, Lauren Byrne wanted to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, a community leader in the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation.

After graduating college, she worked in Mayor Bob O’Connor’s office and transitioned into Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office. There she did what was “in her blood,” making changes in communities in the department of neighborhood initiatives.

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Business
7:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Leveled Up: How This Pittsburgher Achieved Every Kid's Video Game Dream

Mark Bussler poses in his "Intergalactic Space Arcade," where he broadcasts his reviews and answers online fan questions.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

For video game enthusiast Mark Bussler, simple, retro 8-bit games can be just as fun as complex modern ones.

He should know, and in fact, it's his business to know.

The 38-year-old of Oakmont has been collecting games since he was five, and today his collection reaches the thousands, all thanks to fans who send him old-school games and accessories to review on his website, Classic Game Room.

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Health
10:54 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Six Things To Know About Refugees and Health Care in Pittsburgh

As a child in war-torn Somalia, Aweys Mwaliya saw friends and family killed in massacres. He and his family eventually fled, spending a decade living in refugee camps. Nine years ago, he was resettled in Utah and later moved to Pittsburgh. Among his fellow Somalian refugees, he said there are a lot of people who need mental health help, but most won’t go for it.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

In 2012, more that 58,000 refugees were resettled in the United States. A couple thousand of them came to Pennsylvania. Many of these refugees come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Many arrive healthy but develop chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Others feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time. 

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