Andrew Conte

Journalists' Perspectives On The 2016 Elections

Nov 4, 2016
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The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program.

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist, and host, Kevin Gavin. They’ll go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

The Confluence broadcasts live from Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation. As the 2016 election season winds down a panel of journalists join us to discuss the presidential and senate races. We’ll also examine how the media has covered the elections.

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The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program.

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalists, and host, Kevin Gavin. They’ll go behind the headlines, taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

This week it was announced that beginning in December Pittsburgh will become a one newspaper town. We'll look at the impact the Tribune Review dropping its print edition has on the city's journalism landscape. Health issues are also in the news. We'll  discuss Governor Tom Wolf's urging of state lawmakers to combat PA's opioid epidemic and Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's  Epipen profits testimony on Capitol Hill. Our look ahead, looks back at golf legend Arnold Palmer.  

New Media Ventures Kick Off In Pittsburgh

Sep 13, 2016
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Tuesday marks the official launch of two new media ventures in Pittsburgh.

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Former Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigative reporter Andrew Conte knows newspapers. The industry is not dying, he said.

As the new director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, Conte -- still a monthly columnist -- is using his delight for an evolving craft to help prepare aspiring storytellers.

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Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Conte will lead Point Park University’s new journalism facility, school officials announced Wednesday.

The Center for Media Innovation was built with a $2.5 million grant from the Allegheny Foundation, which was created by late Trib owner Richard Mellon Scaife. Trib Total Media is also a sponsor of the media center.

NCFTA: the Local Cyber Company You Don't Know

Oct 19, 2015
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The National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) is a little-known non-profit operating out of the Second Avenue Technology Corridor. NCFTA President Emeritus Maria Vello sat down with us to discuss how the organization is bringing together federal agents, academics and business security workers in the fight against hackers. 

The Color Of Sundays

Oct 8, 2015
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Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter and author Andrew Conte laces together a history of racism in sports and the creation of the 1970s Steelers dynasty with his latest book, The Color of Sundays.

The book tells the story of Pittsburgh Courier sports writer turned Steelers scout Bill Nunn Jr., who by 1970, was the first African American promoted to a front office position with the Pittsburgh Steelers as Assistant Director of Player Personnel. 

Though at first reluctant to have a book published about his life and work, Conte says Nunn warmed up to the idea when they agreed to make the story not just about one man and the Steelers, but rather as a story about black athletes finally getting recognized by the National Football League.

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A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers are looking to push the state’s primary elections a month earlier to ensure that voters have what they believe would be more of a say in the next presidential nominee. Since the 1950s during presidential election years, Pennsylvania’s primary elections have been held mid-April, meaning by the time ballots are tallied, both the Democratic and Republic parties have typically already chosen their nominee. House Bill 1318 proposes pushing the primary to mid-March, along with the primaries of Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.

Forgotten Courier Closet Yields Wealth Of Pittsburgh Black History

May 21, 2015
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One photograph shows a young Fidel Castro with boxer Joe Louis, standing next to men in shorts and beach shirts.

Another shows six Tuskegee Airmen huddled outside of a plane as they pore over a map sprawled on the ground.

Gun Shot Survivors Find Their Lives Forever Changed

Nov 24, 2014
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More than one-hundred thousand people in America are shot each year. Seventy-five thousand survive.

Many of them still carry the bullet. How has it impacted their lives? We pose that question to reporter Chris Togneri who spent six months interviewing survivors, including Jeff Smith, a Pittsburgh Police detective who was shot in the line of duty.  They join guest host, Tribune Review reporter Andy Conte, in Studio A.

The Blurred Line Between Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism

Nov 10, 2014
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Tribune-Review reporter Andrew Conte joins us to discuss how the lines between online thefts and all-out warfare continue to blur as hackers become more effective at attacks that threaten to cause serious economic damage.

Last week the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to cyber security insiders reporting that a destructive malware program known as "BlackEnergy" has been placed in key U.S. infrastructure systems.

We discuss this and other cyber crime issues Conte has investigated for his special series, Cyber Rattling: The Next Threat

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This week Russian hackers reportedly stole 1.2 billion internet credentials from major U.S. companies and others around the world in what may turn out to be the biggest data breach ever. The hackers stole usernames and passwords from 420,000 websites that range in size and popularity.

Tribune-Review reporter Andrew Conte covered cyber crimes by Russians earlier this summer and said what’s surprising is these data breaches happen all the time.

“We had a story the other day about different Russian hackers," Conte said. "One guy had 600 million credit cards that he had stolen and was selling. The U.S. government figured, ‘Well, $500 per credit card, $300 million in damages,’ but the fact is, it could have been much, much more than that.”