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Nearly three decades after leaving home for college, Chris Potter now lives four miles from the house he grew up in -- a testament either to the charm of the South Hills or to a simple lack of ambition. In the intervening years, Potter held a variety of jobs, including asbestos abatement engineer and ice-cream truck driver. He has also worked for a number of local media outlets, only some of which then went out of business. After serving as the editor of Pittsburgh City Paper for a decade, he covered politics and government at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has won some awards during the course of his quarter-century journalistic career, but then even a blind squirrel sometimes digs up an acorn.

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A voter guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 judicial elections

Voters will elect a slew of judges to Pa’s three statewide appellate courts — judges who will shape important policy in the state for at least a decade.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY, Sam Dunklau and Chris Potter/WESA

Republicans challenge small number of Allegheny County mail-in voters

The filings with the county Board of Elections – complete with $2,370 to cover a $10 fee for each challenge – were lodged by the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

By Chris Potter/WESA


‘He forgot the forgotten man’: Biden blasts Trump at post-debate stop in Pittsburgh

Joe Biden picked up a line of attack he and other Democrats have begun to deploy this fall: charging that the Trump White House was seeking to overturn he Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court.

By Chris Potter/WESA

‘He forgot the forgotten man’: Biden blasts Trump at post-debate stop in Pittsburgh

Biden’s brief speech in Pittsburgh was part of a one-day whistlestop tour, with crowds kept small to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

By Chris Potter/WESA

New poll: Biden with healthy lead in Pa. — but voters themselves think the race is a toss-up

“Even taking into account any polling error from four years ago, Biden is clearly doing well in swing areas."
By Chris Potter/WESA

Pittsburgh Labor Day parade canceled, to be replaced with ‘day of service’

Local unions will instead host a series of community-service events culminating in a “Labor Day of Giving” that will be marked with a blood drive and food distribution.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Pittsburgh officials sued in federal court over response to June 1 protest

The six plaintiffs themselves allege they were exposed to tear gas or wrongfully arrested.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Curfew declared as Pittsburgh protest of police brutality turns ugly

"I am tired of seeing black lives murdered. I'm tired of being tired."
By Chris Potter/WESA and Bill O'Driscoll/WESA

Southwestern Pa. businesses, officials glad to reopen; Beaver County upset about exclusion

Officials in Beaver County, the only western Pennsylvania county not included in the governor’s announcement, aren’t thrilled about the exclusion.

By Katie Blackley/WESA and Chris Potter/WESA
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