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90.5 WESA Reporters Nominated for 17 Golden Quill Awards

Sarah Schneider
90.5 WESA

Among what seems like a never-ending stream of headlines related to the coronavirus, 90.5 WESA received some good news Monday: reporters in our newsroom were nominated for 17 Golden Quill Awards! 

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's 56th Tri-State Golden Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Media and Communications recognizes professional excellence in written, broadcast, photographic, video and digital journalism, and communications in Western Pennsylvania and neighboring counties in Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.

Winners will be announced during the Golden Quill Awards dinner, which has been tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Our nominated pieces are:

Spot/Breaking News

Students Walk Out of Class, Demand Justice for Antwon Rose
Sarah Schneider, Virginia Alvino Young

The Confluence: Experts Consider the Future of Cannabis in Pennsylvania
Kevin Gavin, Megan Harris, Kiley Koscinski

What’s at Stake When There’s a Language Barrier Between Families and Schools?
Sarah Schneider, Virginia Alvino Young

Public Affairs/Politics/Government
“Trump Delivers on Promise to Help Presque Isle’s Beaches, but Other Environmental Threats Remain”
Lucy Perkins

“Pittsburgh Wants to Hire More Black Officers, Some Say It Has to Change From Within”
Ariel Worthy

News Feature
As Political Tides Shift, Chances at Commutation Rise for Pennsylvania Lifers
An-Li Herring

 “The Shot Heard ’Round the State: City Gun Rules Could Have Impact Even If Not Enforced
Ariel Worthy

Traditional Feature
How Fixing Pittsburgh’s Crumbling Sidewalks Fits Into the City’s Transportation Future
Margaret J. Krauss

Being ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Means Addressing the Trauma That Can Lead to Violence
Liz Reid

Fentanyl Test Strips Could Save Lives, But They're Illegal in Pennsylvania
Sarah Boden

Natural Gas Drilling Can Fracture Political Alliances on Both Sides of the Aisle
Chris Potter

“Brunot Island Once Hosted Explorers, Automobile Races and Now, Lots of Wildlife”
Katie Blackley

“Self-Taught Pittsburgh Artist Gets First Solo Exhibit at Age 89”
Bill O’Driscoll

“Does Pittsburgh Have Its Own Style Of Pizza? An Exploration of the City’s Pies”
Sarah Kovash

“32-Year-Old Mom Launches Comeback to Elite Gymnastics”
Amy Sisk

“The Confluence: Retired Officer Therese Rocco Says Those in Need Can Still
Knock on Her Door”

Kevin Gavin, Megan Harris, Kiley Koscinski
“Damon Young’s Memoir Tackles ‘Living While Black’ in Pittsburgh”
Bill O’Driscoll