Jakob Lazzaro

Newsroom Intern

Jakob Lazzaro is an intern at WESA, covering all sorts of things as a general assignment reporter. He studies journalism and history at Northwestern University and previously worked at his hometown alt-weekly – the Charleston City Paper in Charleston, South Carolina. 

 

Jakob first came to southwestern Pennsylvania in early 2018, covering the 18th congressional district special election for Medill On the Hill – Northwestern’s Washington, D.C.-based undergraduate political journalism course. He's a big fan of exploring Pittsburgh and believes true podcast fans listen at 0.25 speed.

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A new game developed by Carnegie Mellon University students is helping elementary schoolers understand what life is like for kids on the autism spectrum. 

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In the movie The Martian, actor Matt Damon's character is stranded on Mars. He’s been left for dead during an evacuation from a dust storm. Unable to communicate with his crewmates, Damon's character is forced to survive alone on the planet for more than a year before he's rescued.

Damon's predicament could have been solved much sooner, however, with help from a new self-healing electrical circut developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Integrated Soft Machines Lab.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced rule changes allowing the manufacture of new products containing asbestos after they undergo EPA review.

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Josh McIntyre moved to Pittsburgh two years ago after growing up in Latrobe, Pa. Standing in a back aisle of the North Side’s Giant Eagle on Cedar Avenue during a quiet evening, he said the store is the sole option in the neighborhood.

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It’s a hot July day and 86-year-old John Zavacky is chatting with friends in the South Side Market House’s Senior Center. In the background, an air conditioner hums while drawing the warm outside air into the cavernous main room.

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The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s collection of plant specimens is housed in rows of tall, dusty metal filing cabinets on the building’s upper floors. When researchers want to study one of the collection's specimens, they have to request it through the mail sight unseen and wait to see if it's what they need.

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Allegheny County has 1,404 tons of illegally dumped trash, according to a new survey from Allegheny CleanWays and the county board of health.

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Despite laying off 100 self-driving car operators last week, Uber said it still plans to have its autonomous vehicles back on Pittsburgh's roads this summer.

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A new art exhibit exploring sacred space in a secular world has opened at Regent Square’s Concept Art Gallery. It’s the work of Carnegie Mellon University architecture professor Doug Cooper and his wife, fellow architecture professor Stefani Danes.

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The world’s largest "furry" convention is back for its 13th year at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown. Anthrocon runs through Sunday, and this year’s theme is “Movie Monsters.” 

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It’s Pennsylvania’s first Fourth of July with legal commercial grade fireworks, and the City of Pittsburgh is warning consumers of the dangers they bring.  The state eased restrictions on types of fireworks available for purchase last fall when legislators repealed the Fireworks Act.

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Route 30 is open to traffic again following the April landslide that destroyed a 300-foot section of the road near East Pittsburgh. Repairs included shoring up the collapsed hillside, installing a replacement drainage system, and adding a retaining wall anchored by steel piles at the base of the hill.

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Pittsburgh is getting its second medical marijuana dispensary after Cresco Yeltrah+, or CY+, opened its Strip District location Tuesday.

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About 100 people protested in front of Pittsburgh’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on Monday, rallying against President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. They then marched to the Hot Metal Bridge, blocking traffic for about 45 minutes.

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Protesters packed Pittsburgh’s Sixth Presbyterian Church Wednesday night to denounce the Trump administration’s family separation policy, which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their families after their parents were detained for attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

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Some Pennsylvania State Police troopers are now wearing body cameras as part of a federally funded six-month pilot program. Select troopers from Troop B in Uniontown, Troop J in Avondale and Troop T in Somerset underwent special training before being deployed with the cameras.

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An American flag education center is opening in downtown Pittsburgh. 

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Ten new diesel buses are coming to Allegheny County's roads, thanks to a $3.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman said they will be cheaper, cleaner to operate, and offer a quieter, smoother ride. 

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The $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner moved one step closer Tuesday after a federal judge ruled in favor of the two companies in an antitrust suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.