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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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


This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. "Journey to Medicine" follows middle school students, medical school students and seasonedprofessional physicians as they pursue careers in medicine.

Original airdate: Mar 18, 2013


This documentary profiles Pittsburgh native Lou Astorino, the only American in history to design a building at the Vatican. Astorino's "Chapel of the Holy Spirit" is where cardinals pray before choosing a new pope. WQED's production team is granted unprecedented access to the chapel, which is closed to the public. Production team: reporter Michael Bartley, producer/writer David Solomon, camera/editing Paul Ruggieri, camera Frank Caloiero.

Original airdate: Mar 12, 2013


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