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April 10-16 Explained: Who's Running For Pittsburgh Mayor, The Vaccine Distribution Process & An Affordable Housing Lawsuit

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Isabelle Schmeler

On this week's Explainer:

WESA co-hosted a mayoral debate with the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation on Tuesday. Government and accountability editor Chris Potter was one of the moderators, and talks about where each candidate stands on issues including affordable housing, police reform and gentrification.

Pennsylvania's system for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine is complicated. General assignment reporter Kiley Koscinski explains how providers get their doses, and the latest on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause.

The a group representing Pittsburgh landlords challenged an affordable housing ordinance in 2015, and the case was heard by the state Supreme Court this week. Kate Giammarise breaks down the lawsuit, and talks about a new report on evictions in Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Listen on the NPR One app or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Liz Reid oversees newsroom operations at WESA. She 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 as an editor. You can reach her at
Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer of Pittsburgh Explainer and our Good Question! series. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.
Lucy Perkins covers federal government and elections on the Government and Accountability team. In 2019, she won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on abortion laws in Pennsylvania. Before joining the WESA newsroom, she was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. You can reach her at