Marylee Williams

Editor/Producer for The Confluence

I'm a multimedia journalist originally from the Gulf South. I graduated Louisiana State University, and then promptly left triple-digit temperatures, 90 percent humidity and gulf seafood to attend UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where I concentrated in audio. I graduated in May 2017, and moved to Madison, Wisconsin for the Lee Ester News Fellowship at Wisconsin Public Radio. Prior to joining WESA, I was the senior producer on All Sides with Ann Fisher, a daily public affairs show on WOSU Public Media, based in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Activists and elected officials say they want answers about the arrest of a protester Saturday during a peaceful and regularly scheduled Black Lives Matter demonstration. 

Matt Rourke / AP

 


On today's program: Allegheny County plans to open all polling locations, recruiting more than 6,500 poll workers for the November election; and two years after the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, some say more changes need to be made. 

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On today's program: Newsroom employees at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette vote to walk out after three and a half years of negotiations failed to produce a new contract; groups in Pittsburgh and across the country work to preserve historic sites significant to communities of color; and amid the pandemic, some museums worry about their futures. 

Carolyn Kaster / AP

 


On today's program: A new rule from the Trump administration could put homeless transgender people at greater risk; the Historic Review Commission considers six sites in Pittsburgh for historic designation; and some COVID-19 patients’s symptoms last beyond the expected two week range.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

 

On today's program: Local colleges and universities plan to welcome students back to campus amid the pandemic; a Pittsburgh-based research firm says one third of parents surveyed are uncomfortable sending their children back into classrooms; and experiences with racism take a toll on the mental health of people of color.

Matt Rourke / AP

 


On today's program: Pittsburgh-area employees filed 100 complaints related to COVID-19 concerns with OSHA in the early months of the pandemic; professional sports teams with racist names and logos consider rebranding; and RealTime Interventions, a local live-arts production company, takes its events online.

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KEVIN GAVIN: El presidente Trump firmó un memorando el martes que prohibía que los inmigrantes indocumentados fueran incluidos en el censo respecto al trazado de líneas para los distritos del Congreso. Esto ocurre después de que en 2019 la Corte Suprema rechazara su intento de preguntarles a los encuestados del censo si eran ciudadanos. Mónica Ruiz es la directora ejecutiva de Casa San José, un centro de recursos comunitarios que defiende y ayuda a los latinos a integrarse en el área de Pittsburgh.

Alan Diaz / AP

 


On today's program: The Trump campaign is suing 67 Pennsylvania counties over mail-in ballots; a key demographic that elected Donald Trump in the 2016 election is changing; and Carnegie Mellon University is using a phased approach to bring researchers back to the lab.

Hans Pennink / AP

 


On today's program: A possible COVID-19 vaccine moves into Phase 3 trials, but it could be another minimum of six months until Americans get the drug; the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is pushing for a system-wide redesign; and a brief history of the Pittsburgh left. 

Michelle R. Smith / AP

 


On today's program: A presidential memorandum on the U.S. Census could impact historically undercounted communities; the Biden campaign’s recommended climate change policy and the impacts on the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania; and how the candidates' policies on climate change might influence voters in the November election. 

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: PWSA and elected officials announced the lead levels in water are now in compliance with EPA and DEP requirements; on the 30th anniversary of the ADA, advocates and activists look to the  future; and a new grant program will help minority business owners in Pennsylvania struggling due to the coronavirus. 

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

 


On today's program: Pittsburgher and longtime activist Sala Udin remembers Congressman John Lewis; advocates say holding businesses accountable for ADA compliance often falls to people with disabilities, not the city; and how Montgomery County is using contact tracers to get the coronavirus under control. 

 

Carolyn Kaster / AP

 


On today's program: People with disabilities are still facing new challenges 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act; the economy is opening but experts say some industries are adapting to the “new normal” better than others; and a Chambersburg Post Office shows how COVID-19 safety precautions that got wrapped up in election-year politics.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

 

On today's program: The city is seeking applicants for a new LGBTQIA+ Commission that hopes to make Pittsburgh more inclusive; a Nigerian disability rights advocate makes a virtual journey to Pittsburgh to mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and in a divided Pennsylvania town, three women are organizing anti-racist protests and bringing people together.

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