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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.

Latest by Ariel Worthy/WESA

In Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, some fear new development could force people out. They’ve seen it before

After the PPG Paints Arena was built, some people could no longer afford to stay in the district, or find housing. The developers say there’s a plan to help with that.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Dannielle Brown announces end to hunger strike, creation of foundation in son’s name

Brown said the foundation will collaborate with colleges to improve safety, accountability, and transparency on college campuses. Another goal of the organization is to ensure that all campus police will be equipped with body cameras.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh City Council extends coronavirus eviction ban

The legislation would ban landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent, if the failure to pay stems from the coronavirus.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Mother on hunger strike says she will continue pressing Duquesne for answers in son’s death

Dannielle Brown spent much of 2020 on a hunger strike to protest her son’s death at Duquesne University.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

From Philly to Erie, 12 Pa. voters talk about their crucial swing state vote

Our network of reporters talked with people across the state about who they are voting for and how they’re being affected by the biggest issues of the year — including COVID-19, the economy, and protests for racial justice.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY, Min Xian/WPSU, Emily Previti, Peter Crimmins/WHYY, Alanna Elder, Sam Dunklau and Ariel Worthy/WESA

Pittsburgh mayor announces public safety changes after protest ends in pepper spray, arrest

Last Saturday, protest bike marshall Matthew Cartier was arrested by officers in an unmarked white van, sparking multiple protests at Mayor Bill Peduto’s home this week.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Police pepper spray, shove protesters after talks with Mayor Break Down

Peduto told the protesters he would listen to what they had to say and invited them onto his porch. He was asked about the East Liberty protest in June, during which police used bean-bag rounds, smoke and other crowd control tactics, in addition to arresting multiple protesters.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA

Over one month in hunger strike, mother still demands answers from Duquesne University

Marquis Jaylen Brown died in October 2018 after he fell from the window of his dorm on the 16th floor of Brottier Hall on Duquesne’s campus.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA