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June 15-19 Explained: Two Years Since Antwon Rose's Death & Making A Living Working Outside

Amy Sisk
90.5 WESA
Following a vigil in March 2019 in Rankin, attendees look at an altar in Antwon Rose's honor.

On this week’s Pittsburgh Explainer, we revisit a story from our series Still Working, produced by Margaret J. Krauss and Kevin C. Brown about how work shapes who we are and how we see the world.

Millions of Americans work outside, in agriculture, construction, and many other professions. Still Workinglooks at the work of a minor league baseball player, a dairy farmer, and a lifeguard.


In the midst of national protests against racism and police brutality, this week Pittsburgh marked the two-year anniversary of the death of Antwon Rose Jr. Rose, who was black, was 17-years-old when he was shot in the back by white East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld. 

Eight months later, Rosfeld was found not guilty of homicide, among other charges

Rose’s death and the subsequent verdict sparked protests throughout the city. The teenager’s name is still chanted at today’s demonstrations. 



Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.