Sarah Kovash

Digital Engagement Editor

Sarah Kovash connects 90.5 WESA listeners with the station's online content and social media platforms, in addition to reporting and editing. 

She previously worked as a web producer for KDKA-TV, as a freelance journalist for the Valley News Dispatch covering local government throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley and at NPR station KPBS in San Diego. 

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When it comes to pizza, everyone knows Chicago has deep dish and New York has a thin, foldable crust.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority relating to partial lead line replacements the authority made between 2016 and 2017.

Allegheny County District Attorney / AP

The jury for East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld’s trial will come from Dauphin County.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Are we getting pounded with snow this weekend or not? 

It's still unclear. 

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

A new Kickstarter campaign aims to produce a bobblehead series featuring Negro League baseball legends, including three from Pittsburgh.

The bobbleheads, which will be produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, mark 100 years since the creation of the Negro League in baseball.

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If you’re looking to get rid of your Christmas tree, the city has 10 drop-off locations for tree recycling.

Rather than sending your spruce or douglas fir to the landfill, you can offer it to the Forestry and Environmental Services division of the Public Works department to be turned into pine mulch.

You can drop off your tree between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 29 through Jan. 26 at the following locations:

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In Pennsylvania, unless you live in a big city like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Erie, your fire department is almost certainly made up of volunteers.

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In the wake of Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, several organizations are providing grief, counseling and other services to help those affected by the tragic incident. Here is a list of places to seek help and ways to give.

For those directly affected by the shooting:

A family assistance center at the Jewish Community Center has been set up for people who were in the synagogue Saturday and their family members. The JCC is located at 5738 Forbes Avenue and appointments are available via 412-422-7200 or on a drop-in basis.

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Allegheny County District Attorney / AP

A gag order barring anyone involved with the case against East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld from talking about it has been issued.

According to multiple reports, judge Alexander Bicket issued the gag order late Wednesday.

Allegheny County District Attorney / AP

The judge overseeing East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld’s case has recused himself.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

In court Tuesday morning, East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld’s lawyer said he may file motions to seek a jury outside of Allegheny County and to have the judge hearing the case removed.

Marc Levy / AP

After a 12-day lockdown at all state prisons, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections says it’s resuming normal operations.

John Fetterman for Lt. Governor / via AP

The family of 17-year-old Antwon Rose has filed a federal lawsuit against the borough of East Pittsburgh, as well as its mayor, police chief and the officer who shot Rose.

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Protesters marched Downtown Friday, while criticizing city leaders for new protest policies that limit their abilities to block certain roads. 

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a precautionary flush and boil advisory for some streets in the Brighton Heights and Marshall-Shadeland neighborhoods. 

The authority says the advisory is due to low water pressure after a 16-inch water main broke 2 a.m. Monday.

While the main has been fixed and water pressure has since been restored, PWSA says it's procedure to issue a water advisory out of caution.

John Fetterman for Lt. Governor / via AP

Allegheny County Police said Tuesday afternoon that a juvenile will be charged in connection with a drive-by shooting that preceded the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose last week.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police / Twitter

June will mark national Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBT community, and Pittsburgh Police are showing solidarity with a rainbow-adorned patrol car. 

It was unveiled Tuesday and will be on display downtown throughout June. 

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officials said in a press release that it’s part of the department’s “ongoing community outreach efforts.”

Keith Srakocic / AP Photo

A UPMC employee who has tuberculosis is currently on leave and the hospital is reaching out to patients.

Officials confirmed in a statement that the employee contracted TB. That person works in the UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Department and was also seen at a Presby ophthalmology clinic, as well as at a doctor’s office at Magee-Women’s Hospital, they said.

courtesy of Vivien Li

Riverlife president and CEO Vivien Li will leave the organization after two-and-a-half years at its helm.

The organization said in a release Friday morning that Li is leaving to spend more time with her family. She tendered her resignation this week, with Friday being her last day.

Pete Mendez, owner of Mendez Consulting, will take over as interim director in Li’s absence.

In a statement, Li said she enjoyed her time with the organization, but needed to prioritize family members in ill health.

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Uber's self-driving car operations in multiple cities, including Pittsburgh, have been suspended after a woman was killed in Arizona. 

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Erika Strassburger made history Tuesday night as the first woman elected to represent Pittsburghers living in Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze on Pittsburgh’s City Council with 64 percent of the vote.

Keith Srakocic / AP

It's not actually spring, but Pittsburgh's warm and rainy winter has made it hard to tell. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Winter is far from over, but a warm front through the Pittsburgh region is just enough to give Yinzers a taste of spring. With the high projected to be in the 70s Tuesday, we've put together a list of (totally silly) ways to take advantage of some unexpectedly warm weather in the heart of February. 

1. Go on a quick kayak trip ... on a major Downtown street.

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While the upswing in temperatures might have some Pittsburghers excited to ditch their coats, it’s helped create a nightmarish pothole season for city roads.

Graphic via Sarah Kovash | Photos via AP and NCTC Archives Museum

In honor of Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day, if you prefer), we've put together a list of inspiring quotes about love -- and life -- from some famous Pittsburghers. 

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Friday marks two big events: National Pizza Day and the deadline for the state legislature to create a new congressional map and submit it to the governor. (However, lawmakers said Thursday they would not be able to meet the Friday deadline.) 

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh is expected to get as much as 5 inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning's commute – and the city says it's prepared.

Carlos Osorio / AP

Got a nasty tire eater in your neighborhood? The city of Pittsburgh wants to hear from you.

City officials announced Wednesday that public works crews will conduct a pothole “blitz” starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. They plan to work 12-hour shifts repairing potholes through Saturday.

In a press release, the Department of Public works said it already has a list of 300 reported potholes. Residents are encouraged to report additional potholes via the city’s 311 line.

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