Ariel Worthy

Digital Producer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Ariel finally made a “big move” 45 minutes down the interstate to the University of Alabama where she studied Journalism and International Studies. During her time in college she interned with Tuscaloosa News, a daily newspaper in her college town. After college, she got her first job back in her hometown with Birmingham Times, a weekly where she served as reporter and editor. Ariel made an even bigger move to Pittsburgh and joined the 90.5 WESA family as digital producer. She is adjusting to experiencing actual cold weather. 

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Critics of Pittsburgh's proposed gun-control regulations were vocal during a post-agenda hearing convened by City Councilor Darlene Harris Tuesday afternoon. 

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Natalia Rudiak still remembers driving down Route 51 on a day in 2012 when she saw a billboard of her face being put up. 

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city is prepared for a lawsuit over recently introduced gun ordinances.

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

As citizens attended a recent public hearing to speak for and against an effort to regulate guns within Pittsburgh city limits, Mount Washington resident Brooke Nadonley was doing a different kind of advocacy. 

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Emotions were high at Pittsburgh City Council's Thursday night public hearing on the city's pending gun-control legislation. Over 100 people — including dozens from around the county and even the state — registered to speak in the City-County Building lobby: Officials had moved the location there from council's smaller chambers on the fifth floor.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Earlier this week, gun rights protesters gathered en masse at the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

Five years in, Mayor Bill Peduto’s inner circle is constantly changing.

Matt Rourke / AP

Some federal employees in western Pennsylvania are feeling the brunt of the partial government shutdown.

John Amis / AP

Inside the former Holy Rosary School, the Ibeji Drum Ensemble and Sankofa Village group have been playing djembe drums and shakere instruments, providing a backdrop to traditional African dancing. The  performers have been practicing for the Dec. 29 celebration of Kwanzaa.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA


  Pittsburgh City Council introduced new legislation on Tuesday that will ban certain firearm accessories, ammunition and modifications within city limits. Those who violate the law, for example, by possessing large-capacity magazines or silencer, could be fined $1,000 for each violation.  

Provided by the Quincy Kofi Swatson Campaign

The May primary is a half-year away, but already Pittsburgh City Council races are drawing interest. And 27-year-old Quincy Kofi Swatson is seeking the City Council District 1 seat currently held by Darlene Harris.

Ariel Worthy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, at the insistence of President Donald Trump, prompted protests across the nation, including Pittsburgh.