Ryan Loew

Senior Digital Content Editor

Ryan Loew is the Senior Digital Content Editor for 90.5 WESA, where he curates web content and produces multimedia stories.

Ryan previously worked at as a multimedia producer for The Roanoke Times in Virginia. There he produced in-depth stories on topics including the debate over chronic Lyme disease, the treatment of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the displacement of manufacturing jobs in Southwest and Southside Virginia. Prior to that he worked as a reporter at the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal.

The Youngstown, Ohio native studied newspaper journalism at Kent State University, graduating in 2007.

Skilled in various multimedia tools and techniques, and always curious about what’s next, Ryan is passionate about showing the human face of news stories and breaking down complex issues in compelling ways.

3:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Watch: As A New Building Rises In Pittsburgh, An Ironworker Looks Back

Third-generation ironworker Al Williams has been spent more than 30 years on construction sites in the Pittsburgh region. Currently he's working on the latest addition to the city's skyline, the Tower at PNC Plaza.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Standing nearly 30 stories above downtown Pittsburgh, Al Williams — a third-generation iron worker with 36 years of experience — is in his element.

The 54-year-old has logged roughly 70,000 hours working on countless structures around the city of Pittsburgh. That's included PPG Place, Consol Energy Center and the Liberty Bridge. Now he's working on the newest addition to Pittsburgh’s skyline, the Tower at PNC Plaza.

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11:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Why Do You Choose To Stay In Pittsburgh?

What keeps you in the Steel City?
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA is joining public radio stations from around the country looking at what keeps people in place.

Why do you stay in Pittsburgh‬? Post a photo to Instagram with your answer using the hashtag ‪#‎WhyIStay‬, and we may share your photo here.

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11:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

At The Water Bank, A Sense Of Ministry

Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Pastor Lee Dreyer helps organize the Water for Woodlands water bank at White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church in Renfrew, Pa.

The church distributes water to 34 families whose wells went bad around the time fracking started in the region. The coincidence can't be proven but residents said they can tell by taste, smell, color and skin reaction that their water hasn't been right.

Read more of this story at the website of our partner PublicSource.

Station News
11:48 am
Thu April 24, 2014

90.5 WESA Wins Two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Credit The Radio Television Digital News Association

This week, 90.5 WESA was recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the large market radio category. The Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, presents the awards in honor of outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

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Vox Pop
6:21 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season

Fans pose for a picture outside PNC Park Monday. With a 1-0 win over the Cubs, things appear to be off to a good start for the Bucs fans.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Following their first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day Monday.

Fans flooded the North Shore for the game, with some stopping to share some thoughts on what they expect from their team this season.

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Vox Pop
11:39 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter

Wave goodbye: Carrie O'Connell, of Scott Township, delivers some parting words for this winter.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Harsh winters can be a fact of life here in Pittsburgh. This one was different, though — at least it felt that way.

Plunging temps. Frozen pipes. Endless snow. Don't forget the cavernous potholes and worrisome reports of dwindling road salt supplies.

As spring approaches (it's coming, we promise), we recently gave Pittsburghers the chance share their thoughts on these past months of wintry misery:

Essential Pittsburgh
9:16 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling

Essential Pittsburgh host, Paul Guggenheimer, gets a handle on how to get these stones to curl across the ice.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5WESA

Curling is growing to be one of the most watched sports at the Winter Olympics. Although it may be a little while before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture.

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5:58 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

An Evening with Diane Rehm

Each weekday, listeners across the country tune in for the Diane Rehm Show, which has grown from a local morning call-in show to one of public broadcasting's most popular programs. Diane came to Pittsburgh's Hillman Center for Performing Arts recently to talk about her career in public radio.

2:09 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck

The Rubber Duck Project passes by Point State Park in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.

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7:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside

A worker looks north down the inbound Liberty Tunnel as crews work on the ventilation arch wall.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

For drivers heading in and out of the South Hills in recent weeks, the daily commute has been trying at times.

Construction on the 5,888-foot-long Liberty Tunnel has prompted 24-hour closures of first the outbound side, then the inbound.

That's meant detours.

And while commuters making their way around the tunnel closures have likely seen workers on the north and south ends of the tunnel restoring concrete facades, much of the work inside the tubes has gone unseen.

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6:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Photos: Volunteers Descend on the Andy Warhol Bridge for Yarn Bomb Effort

Volunteers spent much of Saturday and Sunday blanketing the Andy Warhol Bridge with brightly colored yarn panels as part of the Knit the Bridge project.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

If a "yarn bomb" can be compared to a foot race, this one was a marathon.

Over the weekend scores of volunteers beset the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, affixing hundreds of pre-made, brightly colored yarn panels to the steel span.

But it was all months in the making, with hundreds of knitting and crocheting artists from across the region getting involved in the grassroots Knit the Bridge project.

Among those hanging panels on the bridge over the weekend was Pam Volz of Mt. Lebanon.

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9:52 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Andy Warhol Bridge to be Closed Tonight, Through Weekend

The Andy Warhol Bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic starting at 6 p.m. Thursday for sidewalk and deck repairs, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. The bridge will remain closed through 6 a.m. on Monday.

The installation of the Knit the Bridge project is also planned for this weekend. The project is expected to be the largest “yarn bomb” ever in the United States. Installation will begin Saturday morning and be completed by Sunday evening.

Public Safety
8:39 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Storm Update: Some Roads Remain Closed; Dry Weather Forecast for Today

UPDATE: 12:19 p.m.

PennDOT is reporting that of state routes closed in Allegheny County, Route 4057 (Locust Street/Roosevelt Road) is closed between Center Avenue in Emsworth Borough and Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township.


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7:08 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Photos: Venture Inside Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention

Furries gather for a photo op Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh as part of Anthrocon, which organizers bill as the world's largest convention for those fascinated with animal characters.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Since 2006, furries, or people fascinated with anthropomorphics, have descended on Pittsburgh for Anthrocon. It's billed as the world's largest furry convention, and this year, organizers expected the event to attract more than 5,500 participants.

"Anthrocon has become so deeply entwined with Pittsburgh itself," said Anthrocon CEO Samuel Conway. "This is a magnificent city, and heck, if they want to keep having us, we'll keep coming back."

Pittsburgh Marathon
4:43 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

5 Things to Know for the Pittsburgh Marathon

Runners participate in the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon.
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Some 30,000 runners are expected to hit the streets in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday. Whether you're a runner, a spectator or just someone who needs to navigate the city this weekend, here's some key things to know:

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11:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

PennDOT: Disabled Tractor Trailer Cleared from Northbound Route 28

Updated post: 1:45 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reporting that a disabled tractor trailer blocking traffic on northbound (outbound) Route 28 has been cleared.

Original post: 11:39 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reporting that a tractor trailer is disabled on northbound (outbound) Route 28 in the single lane construction zone.

Northbound traffic is stopped, according to PennDOT. Drivers are advised to consider alternate routes.

10:16 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Squirrel Hill Tunnel Outbound to Close for Rehab Work this Weekend

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising drivers that the outbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel on the Parkway East (I-376 eastbound) in Pittsburgh will be closed this weekend.

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