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Katie Blackley is a digital 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 lead producer for our Good Question! series and can usually be found exploring the city, answering inquiries from curious listeners.

After graduating from Duquesne University, Katie was an editor for KQV 1410 AM in downtown Pittsburgh and did freelance video work for the Civic Light Opera.

She’s passionate about all things Pittsburgh and believes someday she’ll solve the Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery.

Latest by Katie Blackley/WESA


How did Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets get its name?

Nestled between Allegheny Center, Manchester and East Allegheny, there’s a historic community with an unusual name: The Mexican War Streets. But how did the community get its name?

By Katie Blackley/WESA

‘Love locks’ come off the Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

An estimated 11,000 locks that had romantic inscriptions, or memorable dates inscribed on them had to be removed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

In solidarity with Ukraine, Pittsburgh church sends money from pierogi sales to relief efforts

A church in Pittsburgh is making pierogies to raise funds for relief efforts in Ukraine.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

How architectural tools with a cosmic twist help strengthen old Pittsburgh homes

Five-pointed, colorful metal stars that are fastened to the exterior of many of Pittsburgh’s old, brick houses are important anchors that reinforce bowing brick facades.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

Three years after the Tree of Life shooting, Pittsburgh remembers the 11 worshippers killed

Hundreds of people gatheredin Schenley Park to honor those who died or were injured, condemn antisemitism and promote unity throughout the city.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

AFL-CIO elects first woman, African American man to top leadership positions

New AFL-CIO officers named to replace Richard Trumka

By Katie Blackley/WESA

Legislation would ban transgender athletes from competing on cisgender female sports teams

The so-called “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” is among more than 40 similar proposals across the country aimed at prohibiting athletes who identify as transgender from competing in sports based on their gender identity.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

Federal pledge to investigate housing discrimination met by cautious optimism among Pittsburgh LGBTQ groups

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s pledge to investigate such cases means renters through federal housing programs now have a course of legal action.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

Demonstrators in Pittsburgh chant ‘burn your mask’ and ‘impeach Wolf’ in protest of coronavirus restrictions

The “Americans For Freedom” rally called for the end of a statewide mask mandate and other mitigation practices put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Liz Reid/WESA and Katie Blackley/WESA

Pittsburgh-area native Bianca Smith to be first Black female MLB coach

Bianca Smith says she’s “seen the outpouring” of support from the community in western Pennsylvania.

By Katie Blackley/WESA
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