PublicSource staff recognized for outstanding work

PublicSource reporters Eric Holmberg and Halle Stockton recently won a Truth in Finances award given by the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants. The awards honor reporting that clarifies financial issues or exposes fraudulent activities that affect the wellbeing of individuals, communities or companies in Pennsylvania.

July 20, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg: The most vulnerable will suffer from budget battle and delay

County services for the homeless, children and those with physical disabilities, among others, will be hurt by the continuing delay of state funds as legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf struggle to come to terms on a budget. Pittsburgh: Turnpike tolls go up, but not for all

Pennsylvania tolls will go up for you and me. But not for everyone. Pennsylvania turnpike employees and contractors continue to drive free, despite auditors general in the state saying they shouldn’t. Beaver County: Man dies from rattlesnake bite

If you know someone who gets bitten by a rattler, don’t try to suck the venom out, just call 911.

June 29, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Some same-sex couples can’t quite believe it

In some cases, they’ve waited for more than 30 years. Now that same-sex marriage is available everywhere, couples in the Commonwealth wonder what else will change about their lives. Allegheny County: Continuing to work on infant mortality

The black infant mortality rate in the county is high — 13.7 deaths per 1,000 black babies born, according to a five-year study. Pre-term births, poverty, smoking and obesity are contributing factors. Visiting nurses may help.

June 29, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Some same-sex couples can’t quite believe it

In some cases, they’ve waited for more than 30 years. Now that same-sex marriage is available everywhere, couples in the Commonwealth wonder what else will change about their lives. Allegheny County: Continuing to work on infant mortality

The black infant mortality rate in the county is high — 13.7 deaths per 1,000 black babies born, according to a five-year study. Pre-term births, poverty, smoking and obesity are contributing factors. Visiting nurses may help.

PublicSource reporter promoted to managing editor

Halle Stockton, a reporter with PublicSource for three years, has been promoted to managing editor.

In her new role, Stockton will continue her coverage of healthcare, aging and people with disabilities. She will also be a frontline editor of stories by staff members and freelancers.

PublicSource reporter receives national award

Halle Stockton of PublicSource has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ national prize for feature reporting for ‘Love and Disability.’

The group recognizes ‘exceptional professional journalism’ produced in 2014 in print, radio, television and online categories.

Talking about heroin

It’s not an easy subject. Heroin. But it’s important to talk about it. We were honored last week to have as guests for a PublicSource event people in recovery who are now giving back to the community, and parents who’ve lost children to drug addiction and are reaching out to other parents. They need to talk about addiction so that we can see that they’re people just like us who had a disease.