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Pittsburgh Profiles: Mayor Sophie Masloff – Authentically Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh Profiles: Mayor Sophie Masloff - Authentically Pittsburgh 

Mayor Sophie Masloff: Authentically Pittsburgh An Unlikely Mayor Jewish, a septuagenarian, and a woman without a college education, Sophie Masloff was a mayor unlike any other Pittsburgh had ever seen before. While she may have been unlike any other mayor, she was quintessentially Pittsburgh. Her life embodied many of the things that define Pittsburgh and those who live here, making her one of the city’s […]

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Diana Napper’s Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

Diana Napper's Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

When Diana Napper makes a promise, she keeps it. In 1990, her best friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman lost her battle with breast cancer. Before Carol Jo succumbed to the disease, Diana promised her that she would pursue a lifelong dream of designing jewelry and opening a jewelry store, selling her designs that would fund a hospice in Carol Jo’s name. Diana honored that promise […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman – A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman - A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Elsie Hillman-A Woman Unafraid of Going into the Trenches If Pittsburgh were to have a royal family, it would have to be the Hillmans. But unlike Queen Elizabeth, who is a benign figure head presiding over ribbon-cuttings, the late Elsie Hillman, the grande dame of Pittsburgh’s most prominent family, donned a headband instead of a crown and went into the trenches to make a difference […]

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Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Today, many people are aware of the scourge of human trafficking, but in 2003, that wasn’t the case. That year, Mary C. Burke, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Carlow University, watched a report of an undercover journalist as he was approached by children offering to have sex with him. This report shined a light on the despicable, shadowy world of human trafficking. The Program Director […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Patricia George – Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Patricia George - Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George, a pulmonary hypertension specialist at UPMC, knows well how serious a disease pulmonary hypertension is and how little people know about this devastating illness. This year, to raise awareness, Dr. George and Team PHenomenal Hope competed in The Pioneer – a seven-day race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps. What is Pulmonary Hypertension? PH is a disease of the lungs and often goes […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson – Pittsburgh’s Playwright

Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson - Pittsburgh's Playwright

In the last century, Pittsburgh spawned two Pulitzer-prize winning playwrights: George S. Kaufmann and August Wilson. Kaufmann’s greatest success came in the first half of the 1900s with the prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing in 1931 and the drama You Can’t Take it With You in 1936, while Wilson won two Pulitzers during the last half of the century with Fences in 1987 and […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns – Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns - Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Maxine Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, which is impressive in itself, but to have done so for 50 years and still be on top of her game and the world at 91 is extraordinary. A small town girl from Grafton, West Virginia, Mrs. Bruhns has made herself at home in the world, visiting more than 80 countries […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland – The Solution Man

Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland - The Solution Man

“You’ve got to look like the solution, not the problem,” said Bill Strickland at a 2002 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Monterey, California. For nearly 50 years, Pittsburgh native Bill Strickland has been applying his simple solution to help at-risk kids, single parents, and displaced workers visualize and achieve their dreams. According to Strickland: You solve problems by creating a world-class environment because people […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak – Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak - Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Watching a Rick Sebak show is like visiting your grandparents’ attic with your kindly, cool uncle. As he dusts off and opens the boxes and trunks, he gives you a little history, unearths some long-forgotten treasures, tells some great stories, and stumbles across some surprises.  And in the process, you also learn a bit about yourself. Described by some as a national treasure, a visionary […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Billy Gardell – Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

Pittsburgh Profiles: Billy Gardell - Pittsburgh's Funny Guy

Marty Allen, Frank Gorshin, Dennis Miller—those are some of the funny guys the Pittsburgh area has produced over the years.  The latest one to cause belly laughs is Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell. Billy Gardell, the “Mike half” of the CBS smash sitcom Mike & Molly, which also costars actress Melissa McCarthy, was born in Pittsburgh on August 20, 1969. The Swissvale native moved to the […]

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