Ariel Worthy

Digital Producer

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. 

After months of debate, hearings and protest, Pittsburgh's controversial gun legislation is officially on the books. Mayor Bill Peduto signed three gun-control bills which, if allowed to go into effect, would ban the use of some kinds of weaponry within city limits. But the city may well have to win a legal standoff with gun-rights advocates before that can happen. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

The Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval Tuesday to gun restrictions proposed after last year's synagogue massacre, inviting a legal challenge by gun-rights activists who have long tangled with the city over firearms.

Teresa Crawford / AP

On March 12, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking anti-discrimination ordinance to bar discrimination against pregnant women and their partners. The measure had moved quickly – Council passed it two weeks after its introduction – despite providing a significant expansion to existing protections for workers. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Two candidates running for the District 1 seat on Pittsburgh City Council, Quincy Swatson and Chris Rosselot, have withdrawn from the race.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday green-lit its controversial gun-control legislation by a preliminary vote of 6-3. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh City Council amended its controversial gun-control legislation Wednesday, making some provisions dependent on state approval, while adding new language councilors said the city can enforce on its own. 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

According to the Detroit News, a police video shows that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner cursed at Detroit police officers and grabbed at one of them during an incident at a Detroit hotel last week. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Matt Drozd has announced a bid for Allegheny County Executive. Drozd is County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's only declared challenger so far. 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has returned home after she was detained by police in Detroit on Tuesday. Her attorney, Heather Heidelbaugh, said officers handcuffed Wagner's husband when he tried to get back into their hotel room. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations will soon have a job opening for a new executive director. Carlos Torres, the commission's former director, stepped down last week -- for reasons that aren't clear. 

Torres could not be reached for comment, but the commission acknowledged his resignation Wednesday. Commission Chair Mariana Padias said Torres stepped down after the Office of Municipal Investigations concluded an investigation on him. 

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto put his support behind District 1 City Council candidate Bobby Wilson on Thursday. The endorsement distinguishes Wilson in a field that currently includes three other candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Councilor Darlene Harris. 

UPDATE: PWSA lifted the flush and boil water advisory for the western neighborhoods on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority issued a precautionary boil water advisory for parts of the Duquesne Heights, Elliott, Ridgemont, West End and Mount Washington neighborhoods. The advisory came after PWSA reported a water main break in Duquesne Heights this afternoon. 

Ariel Worthy / WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilor Erika Strassburger introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against pregnant women. 

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pittsburgh region could get hit with 4 inches of snow, just in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Critics of Pittsburgh's proposed gun-control regulations were vocal during a post-agenda hearing convened by City Councilor Darlene Harris Tuesday afternoon. 

Ariel Worthy / 90.5 WESA

Natalia Rudiak still remembers driving down Route 51 on a day in 2012 when she saw a billboard of her face being put up. 

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city is prepared for a lawsuit over recently introduced gun ordinances.

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

As citizens attended a recent public hearing to speak for and against an effort to regulate guns within Pittsburgh city limits, Mount Washington resident Brooke Nadonley was doing a different kind of advocacy. 

Ariel Worthy / WESA

Emotions were high at Pittsburgh City Council's Thursday night public hearing on the city's pending gun-control legislation. Over 100 people — including dozens from around the county and even the state — registered to speak in the City-County Building lobby: Officials had moved the location there from council's smaller chambers on the fifth floor.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Earlier this week, gun rights protesters gathered en masse at the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Kevin Gavin / 90.5 WESA

Five years in, Mayor Bill Peduto’s inner circle is constantly changing.

Matt Rourke / AP

Some federal employees in western Pennsylvania are feeling the brunt of the partial government shutdown.

John Amis / AP

Inside the former Holy Rosary School, the Ibeji Drum Ensemble and Sankofa Village group have been playing djembe drums and shakere instruments, providing a backdrop to traditional African dancing. The  performers have been practicing for the Dec. 29 celebration of Kwanzaa.

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  Pittsburgh City Council introduced new legislation on Tuesday that will ban certain firearm accessories, ammunition and modifications within city limits. Those who violate the law, for example, by possessing large-capacity magazines or silencer, could be fined $1,000 for each violation.  

Provided by the Quincy Kofi Swatson Campaign

The May primary is a half-year away, but already Pittsburgh City Council races are drawing interest. And 27-year-old Quincy Kofi Swatson is seeking the City Council District 1 seat currently held by Darlene Harris.

Ariel Worthy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, at the insistence of President Donald Trump, prompted protests across the nation, including Pittsburgh.