Liz Reid


Liz Reid began working at WESA in 2013 as a General Assignment Reporter and Weekend Host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition Producer, Health & Science Reporter and currently as an Editor. Liz came to Pittsburgh from KRPS public radio in Southeast Kansas, where she was a Feature Producer and the local host of All Things Considered. Previously, Liz interned and freelanced at KQED public radio in San Francisco. She has an MA in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, where she also taught audio production classes. She’s done stints working in academia and the music industry, but she’s happiest in a public radio setting. When Liz is not reporting and hosting at 90.5 WESA, she likes to play baseball, cook, read and go camping.

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Life is busy, and it can be hard to keep up with the news. That’s why 90.5 WESA is launching a new podcast called Pittsburgh Explainer. Every Friday morning, we’ll bring you the biggest news stories of the week in 20 minutes. Hosted by WESA editor Liz Reid, you’ll hear from the reporters who cover politics, education, tech, health, arts and more, and get the real stories behind the headlines.

It’s the news you need, in the time you have. Pittsburgh Explainer launches Feb. 7.

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Markita Wilburn says cannabis got her through pharmacy school.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Greg Flisram will be the next head of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

At AgraPharm LLC’s warehouse in Beaver County, the scent of cannabis is potent.

“What you're smelling today is about only a third of what it really smells like when we first harvest the crop,” said AgraPharm’s CEO Ed Santillan.

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A city bus is currently stuck in a sinkhole in downtown Pittsburgh, after the pavement collapsed under it during rush hour.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, a gunman entered Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In less than 10 minutes, seven people died, including four teenagers.

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Contract workers at Google’s Bakery Square offices in Pittsburgh have voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers, by a 2-to-1 margin. The workers voted 49 to 24 to form the new Pittsburgh Association of Technology Professionals.

Toby Talbot / AP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a lawsuit alleging that members of the family that owns drug maker Purdue Pharma are personally liable “for the devastation of the opioid crisis,” according to a press release from his office.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Duquesne University is planning to admit its first class of osteopathic medical students in the fall of 2023. The field is growing; according to the American Osteopathic Association, about one in four medical students attends an osteopathic school instead of a traditional, allopathic medical school.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said city and county officials are in talks to build a homeless shelter in downtown Pittsburgh.

Rogelio Solis / AP

Pittsburgh Public Schools will introduce a new student assessment tool this year, which officials say will cut down on the total time children spend taking standardized tests. The Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP Growth tool, from the Northwest Evaluation Association, is an adaptive test: every student starts out with an average difficulty question.

Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority

*The flush and boil advisory has been lifted as of Thursday, August 15. Residents who have not run their water in in recent days should flush their taps for at least one minute before using water for cooking or drinking.


The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for Lincoln-Lemington and part of Homewood.


Police shot and killed a Penn Hills High School teacher who they say pointed a gun at them outside his home.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling on state and federal legislators to pass a variety of gun-control bills in the next 30 days. 

Kathleen J. Davis / WESA

The city of Pittsburgh is piloting a new glass recycling drop-off program, in an effort to reduce contamination in single stream recycling.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Allegheny County residents are no longer required to fill their cars with a special blend of gasoline in the summer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday.

The rule was first introduced in 1995 in order to reduce the formation of ground-level ozone, a pollutant that has been linked to negative health outcomes such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Both photos by Gene J. Puskar/AP

Most UPMC patients with Highmark insurance will lose in-network access to the medical system's doctors and facilities at the end of this month, a Commonwealth Court judge ruled on Friday. 

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Pittsburgh Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man at a Hill District home Tuesday night.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the home on McNeil Place was an AirBnB rental. The Trib reports:

Humane Animal Rescue

The city of Pittsburgh confiscated more than 30 exotic and domestic animals from a home in Beechview Tuesday. 

P. Solomon Banda / AP

More than 300 farms across the commonwealth have been approved to grow industrial hemp this year, a ten-fold increase from last year.

Photo by Jon Rubin

A dozen Pittsburgh artists will have their work exhibited in London beginning this weekend. The exhibition, titled Pittsburgh Art on the Bank, includes works from photographer Teenie Harris, sculptor Thad Mosley, interdisciplinary artist Alisha Wormsley, cartoonist Ed Piskar and others. It’s meant to publicize British Airways’ new nonstop flights from Pittsburgh to London Heathrow, which launched in April, and promote the Steel City as a vacation destination.

Allegheny County Health Department

Allegheny County’s top health official will leave at the end of July.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

A 36-inch water main in the Strip District broke Tuesday evening, flooding Smallman Street. Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said customers between 15th and 17th streets continue to be without water, and the roadway is blocked off to traffic between 14th and 17th streets.

Vincenzo Pinto / Pool Photo via AP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is criticizing the Catholic Church, saying the new rules regarding reporting of sexual misconduct don’t go far enough.

The Allegheny County Health Department will operate a free measles vaccine clinic on Wednesday, May 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA at 7140 Bennett Street in Homewood. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh’s air quality made headlines last week when the American Lung Association released its annual report: the region was listed among the top 10 most polluted cities in the country.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Six months ago, a gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, in what has been called the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on American soil. In the days after the shooting, Pittsburghers seized onto a phrase that both inspired and described the community’s response: “Stronger than hate.”

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

An Allegheny County jail inmate has died.

Timothy Pauley, 34, of Weirton, W. Va. had attempted suicide on Sunday and was found unresponsive in his cell.

Pauley was transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he died Thursday afternoon. The county medical examiner has not yet issued a cause of death.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Pauley was facing a homicide charge in the December death of 48-year-old Thomas Garner.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Two weeks after a Christmas Eve fire at U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works, the Allegheny County Health Department warned residents to limit time outside because of potentially dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide in the air. Three months later, Mon Valley residents say it’s still affecting their quality of life. 

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A former Pennsylvania pediatrician has been sentenced to 79 to 158 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients.