Katie Blackley

DIGITAL PRODUCER

Katie Blackley is a digital producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's usually exploring Pittsburgh answering Good Question! submissions from curious listeners.

After graduating from Duquesne University, Katie was an editor for KQV 1410 AM in downtown Pittsburgh and did freelance video work for the Civic Light Opera.

She’s passionate about all things Pittsburgh and believes someday she’ll solve the Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery. 

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Six and a half tiny homes with a tie to inventor Thomas Edison are the latest addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit. The model of Cement City, a historic district in Donora, Pa., represents an engineering experiment that challenged conventional homebuilding.

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Genealogies, time cards, and newspaper clippings are among the hundreds of artifacts in the Heinz History Center’s Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives

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Members of Pittsburgh’s transgender community and allies gathered downtown Thursday evening to protest what they call the attempted erasure of their identity by the Trump administration.

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It happens after many major tragic events: scammers. As donations pour in for victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting, the FBI warns that fake organizations have solicited people for donations.

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At the foot of the Cathedral of Learning, a building known for its representation of nationalities from around the world, students gathered to call for unity and demand changes to gun policy in the United States.

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Surrounded by large plastic pumpkins and American flags, Rob Rhoderick makes his way through piles of leaves along a quiet street in Greenock, Elizabeth Township.

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Maleeka Madison can’t catch a break. She’s too tall, too smart, and her skin’s too dark -- life is hard for the 13-year-old protagonist of Sharon Flake’s iconic novel, The Skin I’m In.

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Development of one of the largest urban farms in the U.S. is well underway on the former St. Clair Village site. Crews at the Hilltop Urban Farm have planted 68 fruit and nut trees in the one-acre youth farm, expected to open in April 2019.

After years of studies and plans, Hilltop Urban Farm director Sarah Ashley Baxendell said volunteers are preparing the land and vegetation for the winter, and are excited to start farming. Of the 107 acres available, 23 will be dedicated to agriculture.

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Some people find billboards disruptive and unattractive. They cover up scenery and distract drivers. But billboards are one of the oldest forms of advertising and are still a popular way for companies to get their message across.

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The undead made a rare daytime appearance Monday morning to celebrate the filmmaker considered to be the godfather of satirical horror. Fifty years after George Romeo’s "Night of the Living Dead" premiered in Pittsburgh, more than 30 organizations have created programming around its anniversary.

Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center

Native American culture will be celebrated this weekend at the 40th annual Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Pow Wow. The event includes more than 150 dancers and drummers from multiple Native American tribes.

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When Ben Avon resident Deb Sadowski walks around her neighborhood she begins on Center Avenue, but after a few miles following the same sidewalk, the street signs change.

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The skies above Pittsburgh are getting darker, and it’s not because of stormy weather. Look up around dusk this fall and you may see flocks of black birds, preparing for their annual trip south through Pittsburgh.

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Friends, family and fans gathered at Blue Slide Park in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood Tuesday evening to remember hometown rapper Mac Miller, who died Friday at age 26.

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The 40th Street Bridge connecting Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood with the borough of Millvale is unlike the rest of the city’s more than 460 bridges.

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*Updated September 8, 2018, at 2:50 p.m.

 

 

Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died at the age of 26.

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From Billy Joel’s Allentown to Zeke Manner’s The Pennsylvania Polka, the commonwealth has its fair share of musical odes. But until composer Ron DeGrandis put together his latest piece, The Pennsylvania March, the state has never had a tune in the traditional American march genre.

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Bells tolled 737 times for more than an hour downtown this morning, in memory of those who died from a drug overdose last year.

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Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Giddy crowds of kids from a local summer camp recently gathered in the lobby of the Duquesne Incline’s upper station on Mount Washington. 

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Thousands of crystals dangle above the heads of Pittsburgh theater patrons, reflecting light onto the walls and ceilings of the elegant halls. The glass giants help create a distinct aesthetic for the cultural institutions, exuding charm and sophistication.

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It's easy to get lost navigating Pittsburgh. Cars ascend and descend sloped roads at angles and maneuver countless one-ways and alleys. Because much of the city is arranged in this disjointed manner, moving through neighborhoods can feel emblematic of the Steel City.  

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A few dozen protesters rallying against the treatment of people of color by police officers in Allegheny County blocked off rush-hour traffic Monday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

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A series of festivals aiming to help black kids feel good about being black begins this weekend.

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While drivers won't find a poltergeist hanging out on the 100-foot long abandoned on-ramp that sneaks up on drivers heading east on Bigelow Boulevard, they might spot trees and shrubs sprouting through concrete in spite of heavy barriers.

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Protesters gathered in East Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon, pressuring borough officials to take action and responsibility in the wake of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose at the hands of one of its officers. 

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Hundreds gathered for the funeral for 17-year-old Antwon Rose at Woodland Hills Intermediate School Monday. Rose was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer last Tuesday after running away from a car that had been stopped by police. 

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Most Pittsburghers notice the billboard while they’re watching the Buccos on the North Side. Soft light beams from a triangle slowly rotating within a rectangular sign on a rooftop in the downtown Cultural District. No words or pictures float through the display, just the revolving shapes.

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The ink-stained walls of the former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printing pressroom could soon house a center celebrating free speech by a newly formed nonprofit called the International Free Expression Project.

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Urban fishing returns to Pittsburgh’s East End this summer. Carnegie Lake in Highland Park has been stocked with catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass for the first time in more than 20 years.

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