Megan Harris

Digital Editor / Producer

Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station; producer for the Criminal Injustice podcast; fill-in local Morning Edition producer; and producer/director for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live weekly news roundup.

Previously, Megan covered K-12 education and bicycle and pedestrian planning for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, education at The Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Ky., and crime and breaking news for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. She worked for a film production crew near Nashville, Tenn., and covered Division I sports at the University of Memphis.

In her off hours, she camps, climbs and Crossfits.

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Officials, community leaders and advocates gathered downtown Monday to renew a commitment to protecting human rights on the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. But what does that commitment mean in a practical sense?

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The state Supreme Court ruled to permanently shield the names of 11 unidentified priests listed in a grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse, citing Pennsylvania's unique right to reputation.

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An Allegheny County grand jury report released on Friday says the Pittsburgh Police command staff failed to properly conduct investigations following two officer-involved shootings, and stood by as Robert Swartzwelder, the president of Pittsburgh’s Fraternal Order of Police union, interfered with those investigations.

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Philadelphia fashion week, demand at Larrimor’s and a spot on Facebook’s small business council might not have been where Nisha Blackwell thought her sewing career would take her. According to the Homewood-based, bowtie business owner, she wasn’t sure how to turn on her machine a little more than four years ago.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

There are thousands of bridges big and small in Pennsylvania, and many are in need of replacement or repairs. 

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Gaps in medical resources across rural Pennsylvania can be challenging, even for nursing school recruiters hoping to ultimately fill the local workforce.

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The U.S. Supreme Court could soon make the process by which states confiscate property used in a crime, even if it was used tangentially, much more difficult for states like Pennsylvania. Some state civil asset forfeiture laws allow police to take cash, cars or real estate, even without proof of a crime.

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

 

People in the justice system often rely on law libraries for information, especially if they can’t afford an attorney. Sometimes those situations are complicated by mental health challenges.

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From tree and light displays to baked goods, music and shopping, the holiday season brings with it scores of Yuletide traditions in Pittsburgh.

For 57 years, they've included the Carnegie Trees display in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Architecture. The museum's Women's Committee erects five colossal Colorado spruce trees every winter, curatuting each to a unique theme. This year, members looked to Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik to set the tone.

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The assembly plant recently targeted by General Motors in Ohio's Mahoning Valley served as an economic lifeline for thousands of locals over the years. The announcement Tuesday effectively closes the Lordstown plant and six others next year as part of a larger campaign to restructure operations. 

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The region’s Amazon proposal was a collaborative learning experience for Pittsburgh leaders, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said this week, but according to Amazon, the region's talent pool isn't deep enough and the city lacks appropriate infrastructure.

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Pennsylvania is set to launch its sports betting industry soon -- the first wave of states to do so after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May legalized the industry nationwide. Lawmakers in Harrisburg have already accounted for expected revenue in the state budget, but there's a lot we still don't know.

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Mars, Pennsylvania wasn't named after the Red Planet, but it's fully embracing those celestial connections. 

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Hand-pulling noodles is a coveted culinary craft that takes years to learn and even longer to master. The chefs are part athlete, part artist, and restaurants like Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill need immigrants to make their business model work. 

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Infrastructure is more than roads, bridges and water lines. 

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Whether it’s participating in a match program to socialize with immigrant families or lending a helping hand at a soup kitchen, Pittsburghers are volunteering at a nationally recognized rate. Nearly 38 percent of local residents volunteer, placing the city in seventh place nationally for its collective rate of volunteerism.

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Amazon officially dumped Pittsburgh as a potential home for its second (and third) headquarters this week, opting instead to split its $5 billion in promised investment between Virginia and New York. 

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Transferring content from one video to the style of another relies on consistencies — a type of artificially intelligent mimickry that creates images after studying similarities and transforming them. 

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Many substance use disorder treatment centers expect their patients to immediately stop using when they enter treatment. But this approach, often referred to as quitting “cold turkey,” is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Fostering Youth Transitions / Data Brief via the Annie E. Casey Foundation

As many as 15,000 children are in Pennsylvania's foster care system at any given time, and a disproportionate number are often African-American. How can existing family relationships be better resourced and supported? And how can society better help kids transition from foster care to adulthood? 

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Braddock Mayor John Fetterman ascended to higher office on the Democratic ticket last week with incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, and he’s already off to a nontraditional start.

Lt. Gov.-elect Fetterman said Thursday he won’t relocate to Harrisburg or live in the official property associated with his new office.

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The decisive battle at Chosin Reservoir was one of the Korean conflict's most harrowing battles, fought in sub-zero temperatures along a frozen lake in the mountains.

Historian and author Hampton Sides says it’s also the most decorated battle in modern American history. He discusses his latest book, “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle,” on the 100th anniversary of what later became Veterans Day.

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Americans have been celebrating the service and sacrifices made by their fellow countrymen and women in every military conflict since the end of World War I.

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 Pittsburgh took the national stage after a gunman killed 11 Jews and injured six others in what prosecutors have dubbed a hate crime at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Matt Rourke / AP

High voter turnout, a record number of female candidates and vastly different messaging between the two major parties loomed large over Tuesday's midterm contests. 

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Ensuring Pittsburgh's African Americans enjoy economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights has been at the forefront of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh for 100 years.

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Fred Rogers' famous advice "look for the helpers" has been a salve for many this week as Pittsburghers struggled to cope with the shooting deaths of 11 people in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

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Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of a deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue that left 11 dead and six others injured. The shooting is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. 

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The alleged gunman behind Saturday's deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill faced formal arraignment Monday on 29 federal counts, including hate crimes, which could carry a death penalty. Robert Bowers, 46 of Baldwin, also faces state charges: 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

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As Pittsburgh mourns lives lost and affected by the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, thousands are coming together to hold vigils, raise money and offer interfaith support.

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