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Kurt Sampsel

Intern, Essential Pittsburgh

Kurt Sampsel has just completed a graduate degree in media and culture at Carnegie Mellon University. For his degree at CMU, he undertook a study of the Federal Communications Commission that attempts to demystify the regulatory agency in the interest of helping average members of the public gain more oversight and control over the media system.

Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Kurt has been a Pittsburgh resident since 2008, and he’s always trying to learn more about the Pittsburgh region. As an intern for WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh, Kurt brings a background as a teacher of writing, communications, and media studies. To his teaching background he adds a personal passion for storytelling and for journalism in the public interest.

In his spare time, Kurt enjoys sampling new and different pizzas throughout the Pittsburgh region, and he maintains a pizza review blog with his best friend, a fellow Pittsburgh pizza enthusiast.