Election 2016

Just behind the rhetoric and promises of this Presidential election year are the real issues that will affect us all.

Join veteran moderator Chris Moore and a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of election-specific subjects and how they could shape lives here in the Keystone State.

Each month, Chris and his guests will tackle a different issue, chosen because of its special resonance to Pittsburgh, the region and you.

My Vote: A WQED Panel Discussion

As the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nears, moderator Chris Moore sits down with a group of local voters who talk openly about who they voted for in the presidential election and why.  Voters explain the campaign messages that appealed to them, and discuss whether they feel post-election healing is a possibility.

My Vote aired on Jan 19, 2017.


Issues and Impact


Dave Majernik Vice Chair, Republican Committee of Allegheny County

Valerie McDonald-Roberts Chief Urban Affairs Officer, City of Pittsburgh



Betty Cruz, Project Director, Community Blueprint

Mark Goldstein, Immigration Attorney



Cheryl Moon-Sirianni Asst. District Exec. for Design, PennDOT

David Dzombak Prof., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University



Grant Ervin Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis Exec. Dir., Women for a Healthy Environment 

Gun Control


Rob Conroy, Esq. Director of Organizing, CeaseFire PA

Kim Stolfer President, Firearms Owners Against Crime



Ashley Woodson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Linda Hippert, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

National Security


Colin Clarke, Ph.D. Associate Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

Lawrence E. Likar, J.D. Professor, LaRoche College and Retired FBI Agent

Health Care


Dr. Andrew Simpson of Duquesne University, an expert on health care and urban health care issues.

Richard F. Galardini, Chairman and CEO of JRG Advisors, is an expert in Employee Benefits Consulting and Insurance Brokerage.

Economy and Jobs


Sewon Hur Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Tim Schooley Journalist, Pittsburgh Business Times

Interviews and Web Extras

Go Vote, Pennsylvania!

Watch Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes discuss the process of online registration and the importance of Pennsylvanians' involvement in the political process.

The Thomas Merton Center and Civic Engagement

Watch Antonio Lodico of the Thomas Merton Center discuss the importance of civic engagement.

Magdeline Jensen Interview

Watch Magdeline Jensen discusses the history of YWCA, the local chapter and the important role of women in shaping our country.

Our Partners

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Thomas Merton Center Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College