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Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Ariel finally made a “big move” 45 minutes down the interstate to the University of Alabama where she studied Journalism and International Studies. During her time in college she interned with Tuscaloosa News, a daily newspaper in her college town. After college, she got her first job back in her hometown with Birmingham Times, a weekly where she served as reporter and editor. Ariel made an even bigger move to Pittsburgh and joined the 90.5 WESA family as digital producer. She is adjusting to experiencing actual cold weather.

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Pittsburgh City Council passes bill to ban single-use plastic bags in the city

Pittsburgh City Council officially passed legislation to ban the use of single-use plastic bags in Pittsburgh

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh City Council created a COVID racial equity task force in 2020. It has never met

Councilor Ricky Burgess introduced the bill to be made up of doctors, elected officials, university staff and community leaders
By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh City Council preliminarily approves long-delayed ban on single-use plastic bags

The bill would bar retailers from using single-use plastic bags during check out.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Mayor Ed Gainey promised police changes, but Pittsburghers differ over way forward

Since being elected mayor, he has proceeded cautiously.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Republicans pass on Pittsburgh for 2024 national convention

Visit Pittsburgh said that they were notified by the bid committee on Friday that the city had officially been removed from consideration for the 2024 RNC. The agency also said the committee did not provide a specific reason for the decision.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA and Chris Potter/WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilor proposes ‘stop and frisk’ reforms for Pittsburgh Police

Pittsburgh could reform its police department’s stop and frisk to include using their body cameras to document their reason for a stop, notifying dispatch in advance, or any other method the police chief allows.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Gainey tells GOP Pittsburgh ‘would be excited to host’ 2024 presidential convention, but not everyone agrees

“Pittsburgh is a world-class city primed for economic recovery and downtown revitalization as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh is vying to host the 2024 Republican National Convention

Pittsburgh is one of four cities vying to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh police officer accused of using work email to sign up for Oath Keepers placed on administrative duties

Mayor-elect Ed Gainey says Lieutenant Philip Mercurio should be fired because he poses a threat to not only the public, but other officers, particularly officers of color.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh Police union says they will file grievance for vaccine mandate

Three police officers have died from COVID complications in recent weeks, and last month the public safety department said 39% of officers were unvaccinated.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA