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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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.

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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:

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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UPDATE: PWSA has lifted the flush and boil advisory as of 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. 

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for parts of Hazelwood, Swisshelm Park and Greenfield.

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Snow blanketed roadways during rush hour Friday morning, making many people’s commutes slow and slippy.

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Jan 31, 2019

Above is a 30-minute mix of WESA's Dividing Lines series, meant for awards. For the full series and web versions, click here:

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has undertaken mass layoffs of administrative staff, sources told WESA. Those who lost their jobs include everyone working in admissions and career services. The human relations and information technology departments were also hard hit. 

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority remains out of compliance with federal standards for lead in drinking water.

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The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said it is conducting an internal investigation of policies around drinking alcohol while doing undercover police work. According to the city’s open records officer, no formal policy currently exists.


December tests of Pittsburgh’s expanded ShotSpotter system were successful, according to Daniel Shak, manager of public safety technology for the city. The acoustic gunshot detection system is now live in all police zones in the city.

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The Department of Health has announced that none of the eight applicants to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana for research institutions has been awarded a permit. Spokesperson April Hutcheson said six of the applications were incomplete and two did not meet minimum standards.


Colfax K-8 school in Squirrel Hill has been cleared after being placed on lockdown for more than two hours Wednesday morning. 

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Under a gray sky, neighbors, community members and mourners visited the site of Saturday’s deadly shooting in Squirrel Hill Sunday morning. Authorities say 11 people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire in the basement of Tree of Life synagogue.

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About half of Pittsburgh Public Schools' 23,000 students attend their neighborhood schools. The map that assigns kids to those schools last changed in 2012, and that realignment was meant to even out class sizes and reduce excess capacity.

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The Peduto administration released its 2019 capital and operating budget proposals late Friday evening, as part of its obligation to submit spending plans to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority ahead of the formal introduction to City Council in November.

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A scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

The annual Heinz Awards recognize achievement in the arts, public policy, the economy and other areas. The recipients of the 23rd annual awards were announced Tuesday.



Francesca Tortorello’s son, Alexander, was born in November. That’s when she and her husband Michael DeBruyn became engaged in the epic battle all new parents must face: the battle for sleep.

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

*The flush and boil advisory has been lifted as of Saturday, September 8. Residents in Spring Hill are no longer being recommended to take precautionary measures. 

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for parts of the Spring Hill neighborhood.