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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Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to an eviction moratorium that prohibits landlords from refusing to renew a lease if a tenant has struggled to pay rent. The legislation protects people who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including renters with month-to-month leases, who have less protection than tenants with long-term leases.

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While first responders have been given priority access to the coronavirus vaccine, evidence suggests local public safety workers are being vaccinated at different rates.

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Some members of Pittsburgh City Council are expressing disappointment over a bill intended to stoke action on how the city schools have responded to the coronavirus. Last week councilors Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle introduced a “declaration of educational emergency” to urge the reopening of elementary schools, and to address the widening achievement gap between Black and white students.  

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has presented the names of the first members of the city's new LGBTQIA+ Commission. City Council will take up the nominations tomorrow morning.

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Pittsburgh City Councilors Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle want to declare a "state of educational emergency" for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and on Tuesday proposed a bill urging a speedy return to in-person learning in district buildings. The move comes a week after the school board decided to continue online learning for the district -- and the board's president did not welcome the move.

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Like a lot of residents of Pittsburgh’s City Council District 4, Krista Bradley says her neighborhood of Brookline gets too little attention from snowplows – although sometimes she says it gets too much.

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Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation that would ban no-knock warrants, a move that would inscribe in city law a ban on a law-enforcement tactic that local officials say the city already doesn't use.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

Mayor Bill Peduto announced on Thursday afternoon his bid for re-election for his seat as Pittsburgh's chief executive. 

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Dannielle Brown spent much of 2020 on a hunger strike to protest her son’s death at Duquesne University. And while the school has taken action in response, it seems likely the dispute will continue in the new year.

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Pittsburgh City Council took a final vote to approve the city's half-billion dollar budget Monday -- and shortly afterward took steps to enact a year-old tax hike to help improve city parks.

The dust has yet on settle on the 2020 elections, but politicos are already looking ahead to the municipal elections of 2021, in which the mayor of Pittsburgh and four city council seats are up for grabs. And already at least one challenger, Bethani Cameron, says she intends to challenge City Council District 4 incumbent Anthony Coghill.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Last November, Pittsburgh voters narrowly approved a property tax hike to improve city parks. In the months that followed, lengthy City Council debates on implementing the tax sparked disputes between members about how to move forward. Then came the coronavirus, which put the whole discussion on hold last spring — until this week.

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Pittsburgh City Council preliminarily approved a COVID sick leave bill on Wednesday that would require employers with over 50 employees to provide paid sick leave for those sidelined by the coronavirus.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the city's proposed budget for 2021 on Monday. The spending plan totals $564 million and includes no tax hikes or layoffs -- for now.  

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As uncertain as the 2020 election has been, one thing appears clear: A ballot referendum to strengthen Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board is certain to pass. More than three-quarters of city voters voted in favor. If the reforms go into effect, officers could face stricter discipline, including termination, for not cooperating in investigations.

Valerie Gaydos and Michele Knoll

Pittsburgh’s western suburbs may not have seen as much of the coronavirus as other areas, but the pandemic is still a key concern in the race for state House District 44. First-term Republican House member Valerie Gaydos says she has been encouraged to see that residents of her district — which sprawls from airport-area suburbs like Moon to Ohio River Valley communities like Sewickley — follow COVID guidelines. She says residents will make “smart” decisions on their own, but the state’s guidance has been confusing and should be more transparent. 

From Philly To Erie, 12 PA Voters Talk About Their Crucial Swing State Vote

Oct 27, 2020
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With a week to go until Election Day, Pennsylvania has lived up to its hype as a key battleground state that could decide the presidency. 

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and members of the Community Taskforce for Police Reform presented their recommendations for changes in policing on Monday.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Voters in the city of Pittsburgh have a referendum on the ballot this fall. It’s an effort to strengthen the city’s police review board. But there is a chance that even if it passes, the issue may not be settled on Election Night.

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The city of Pittsburgh announced plans to invest new funds in its Black communities through an initiative called “Avenues of Hope.” The plan is to directly invest in small businesses and residents of seven historically Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto talked about police reform during an online panel discussion Thursday hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. During the discussion, he explained why firing problematic police officers — who have been a target of protests this summer — can sometimes be difficult. 

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A total of just seven police officers, only three of whom are full-time, currently patrol the streets of four Allegheny County boroughs. But officials in Braddock, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock and Rankin say they want to combine their forces into one regional police department.

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Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that requires council approval before city police can purchase facial recognition or predictive policing technology.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

In October 2018, Marquis Jaylen “JB” Brown died at Duquesne University just after he turned 21. Pittsburgh Police say he broke a dorm room window with a chair and jumped out.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

As Pittsburgh City Council returned from its August recess on Tuesday, Councilor Corey O’Connor introduced legislation that would regulate the city’s purchase of facial recognition technology. The systems are computer-based, and usually analyze images and characteristics of a person’s face to match them to photographs in a database. 

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Mayor Bill Peduto announced changes to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s protest policy on Friday afternoon, following a week of confrontations between police and demonstrators.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

A second consecutive night of protesting outside of Mayor Bill Peduto's house ended in chaos as participants were corralled into Mellon Park by police, then shoved and sprayed with what appeared to be pepper spray by officers.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

As Dannielle Brown began day 40 of her hunger strike to get answers on the 2018 death of her son Marquis Jaylen “JB” Brown, Duquesne University held a press conference Wednesday to argue it was doing what it could to respond.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

It has been just over a month since Dannielle Brown started her hunger strike on Freedom Corner to get answers from Duquesne University on her son's death. And while the University said in July that it would provide her the records she seeks, Brown is still waiting. 

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

With its August recess looming, Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday tackled a handful of bills that would change the police department's budget and some of its policies -- a legislative response to nationwide protests following police killings of unarmed Black people.

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