Kate Giammarise


Kate is covering the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.


She covered poverty, social services and affordable housing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for nearly five years; prior to that she spent several years in the paper’s Harrisburg bureau covering the legislature, governor, and state government.


She was part of the P-G staff that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting on the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She has won numerous state and local awards for her reporting and was honored with a 2020 Keystone Media Award for her beat reporting on poverty.


She also previously reported for several newspapers in Ohio and covered the steel industry for a trade publication.


She can be reached at kgiammarise@wesa.fm or 412-697-2953.


Every month, there’s a rough week and a half period for Jennifer Eber and her daughter, when they have exhausted their monthly food stamp benefits.

Lisa Rathk / AP

State officials have disbursed more than $7 million to Pennsylvania dairy farmers to help them cover COVID-19-related financial losses.

Michael Dwyer / AP

Black Friday, the traditional kick off to the holiday shopping season, will feature fewer “doorbuster” early morning sales at big box retailers this year, according to one consumer expert.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Bastian Harris is one of many people in Pennsylvania who qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – but they have struggled to get any money.

Larkin Page-Jacobs / 90.5 WESA

A statewide rental assistance program meant to aid both landlords and tenants struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic still has more than $130 million left unspent, according to numbers released last week.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

As the Affordable Care Act goes before the Supreme Court Tuesday for the third time, one group in Pennsylvania that helps people enroll in health care coverage says despite the court challenge, the law is still in effect and health care coverage is still available.

Allyson Ruggieri / 90.5 WESA

Starting Monday, many Pennsylvanians could be vulnerable to utility shutoffs when a coronavirus-related moratorium that has been in place since mid-March will end.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Food insecurity has increased by more than 40 percent in southwestern Pennsylvania, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, according to one new estimate.

Courtesy of York County Food Bank

More than one-third of respondents in a recent WESA/Campos survey said their financial health has changed for the worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People without a bachelor’s degree were more likely to say their finances were worse off than those with a degree, and Black survey respondents were more likely than whites to say their finances are now worse.

Emma Lee / WHYY

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to the loss of up to 15,600 child care spots in Allegheny County, and could push parents of young children out of the workforce if those losses become permanent, according to a new report.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Attorneys and volunteer tenant advocates are visiting dozens of district courts in Allegheny County to make sure renters are aware of their rights and what assistance is available to them – and their landlords – to keep them housed during the pandemic.

Kathleen Davis / 90.5 WESA

When Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald rolled out his preliminary 2021 budget last week, he proposed a new county department: Children Initiatives.

But that proposed new department is based on an old idea — the Allegheny County Children’s Fund.

“You may recall a couple of years ago that residents put a … referendum question on the ballot to increase the millage to fund some pre-K and some early childhood initiatives,” Fitzgerald said to County Council members when he presented his budget proposal.

Eric Risberg / AP

The rate of uninsured children jumped last year by the biggest annual increase in more than 10 years, according to a report released Friday.