A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story

Groundbreaking, influential, transformative. From its beginnings in 1907, the Pittsburgh Courier has been a leader among the nation’s African American newspapers – sparking historic change on issues ranging from education, housing and employment to discrimination in the military. With rare archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary explores the Courier’s impact on civil rights, social justice, culture and sports. The paper also provided historians with an invaluable chronicle of everyday life in the black community.

A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story aired on Feb 22, 2018.

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Michael Bartley, Tonia Caruso and Chris Moore host this forum featuring a panel of guests with different backgrounds, views and experiences on gun violence. An invited audience includes gun violence victims, concerned citizens and representatives from community groups. Viewers will also be encouraged to join the forum through social media as WQED navigates the complex issues.

Original airdate: May 30, 2013

Tonia Caruso examines the complexities of the gun control debate. Gun experts, community groups, representatives from the mental health community and more weigh in on the issues and obstacles in the search for common ground. And as the arguing continues in Washington, Debra Germany of Pittsburgh isn't waiting for politicians. After her son was shot and killed, she's determined to make a difference by stopping gun violence in her community.

Original airdate: May 30, 2013

After the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in the African American community in Pittsburgh. You could call them "The New Trailblazers." Reporter Harold Hayes explores the careers of attorney Blaine Jones and PA Rep. Ed Gainey. The program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics, while offering perspective from those who once walked in their shoes.

Original airdate: May 13, 2013

WQED's Chris Moore hosts this forum during which Democratic candidates discuss how they'd work to improve Pittsburgh's future.

Original airdate: May 02, 2013

WQED's Chris Moore and The Pittsburgh Foundation's Grant Oliphant host a forum for the democratic candidates in the Pittsburgh mayoral race. The topic is "Race and Poverty."

Original airdate: Apr 25, 2013

How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their  decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these  topics and offer some iQ: smartparent advice on how to talk with your  children about gender inequity in the media.

Original airdate: Apr 25, 2013