WESA, Allegheny Front Win Golden Quills

May 25, 2018

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 54th Golden Quills Awards on May 24th, 2018 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The competition recognizes professional excellence in print, broadcast, and digital journalism, including photography and videography in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Below is a list of winners and finalists from Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, including 90.5 WESA, The Allegheny Front, and 91.3 WYEP. 

Spot/Breaking News, Radio Winner: Katie Blackley, WESA, Anti-Abortion Congressman Reportedly Asks Woman to Get an Abortion

Finalists: Kathleen Davis, WESA, In Memory of Murdered Pitt Student, ‘Alina’s Law’ Would Further Protect Domestic Abuse Victims 
Kathleen Davis, WESA, Last PA Judicial Election Saw Record Amounts of Money Spent. What About This Year?

 Feature, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, Would This Bleeding Veggie Burger Get You to Skip the Meat? 

Finalists: Megan Harris, WESA, Carnegie Libraries as Literary Preppers: How Your Favorite Sleuths Predict Demand
Kara Holsopple, The Allegheny Front, City Wins in Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics
Virginia Alvino Young, WESA, You Can Go Through Horrible Things, But You Can Shine, Too: Wilkinsburg One Year Later

 Education, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Sarah Schneider, WESA, How a Lottery Determines the Path for Many Pittsburgh Students

Finalists: Sarah Schneider, WESA, How Do Pittsburgh-Area Schools Incorporate Maker Spaces? It Depends on the Money

Business/Technology/Consumer, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Margaret J. Krauss, WESA, Snagging Amazon HQ2: Who Wins When Tax Subsidies Lure Big Business to PA?

Finalists: Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, From Coal Town to Trail Town
Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, The Emerging Demand for ‘Greener’ Aluminum
Margaret J. Krauss, WESA, Bikes May Have to Talk to Self-Driving Cars for Safety’s Sake 

Health/Science. Radio and Podcasts Winner: Liz Reid, WESA, Meet Two Women Who Had Abortions After 20 Weeks

Finalists: Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, Can a Town Prove That Its Health Problems Are Caused by Pollution?

Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front, On Health Effects, Blame the Trucks, not Fracking?
Kara Holsopple, The Allegheny Front, Lead-Tainted Water Is a Big Problem in Pittsburgh. So Is Lead in the City’s Soil

Environment, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, Pipelines Fuel Concern for Waterways in Coal Country

Finalists: Kara Holsopple, The Allegheny Front, Please Don’t Buy Japanese Barberry. Forests Will Thank You
Staff, The Allegheny Front, Trump on Earth Podcast: Episode 1: What Trump Can (and Can’t) Do
Staff, The Allegheny Front, Trump on Earth Podcast, Episode 26: Roads, Bridges and the Future of Civilization

History, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Sarah Kovash, WESA, Documenting the Pittsburgh Potty: An Architectural Mystery in Our Basements

Finalists: Katie Blackley, WESA, Those Strange Structures Along Route 51? They’re Mementos to a Bygone Trade
Margaret J. Krauss, WESA, Rebuilding New Kensington, The City Alcoa Made
WYEP Staff, “WYEP Celebrates Women’s History Month”

Arts & Entertainment, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Virginia Alvino Young, WESA, From Ireland to the Hill District, One Drummer Hopes You Haven’t Forgotten Pittsburgh’s Jazz GreatsFinalists: Katie Blackley, WESA, From Mound to Mainstage: ‘Summer King’ Captures Life of Pittsburgh Baseball Player Josh Gibson
John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck, YaJagoff.com and YaJagoff Podcast, “Pittsburgh Irish Festival”
Rosemary Welsch, WYEP, Live & Direct With Michael Kiwanuka

Lifestyle, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Sarah Kovash, WESA, Documenting the Pittsburgh Potty: An Architectural Mystery in our Basements

Finalist: Katie Blackley, WESA, Redd Up Your Pittsburghese: A Deep Dive Into How Yinz Talk

Sports, Radio and Podcasts Winner: Katie Blackley, WESA, Pickleball Is Becoming a Big Dill in Pittsburgh

Finalists: Megan Harris, WESA, Meet the Mathematical Muscle Behind the Pittsburgh Marathon
Jeff Hatthorn, KDKA Radio, “KDKA-AM 5:46 Sports”

Documentary, Radio Winner: Julie Grant, Kara Holsopple and Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front, Hazardous to Your Health

Finalists: Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front, Struggling to Stay in Appalachia After Coal Layoffs
Robert Mangino and J.R. Randall, KDKA Radio, “Pittsburgh for Puerto Rico”
Brian Siewiorek, WYEP, Warhol & Music