You know that the steel industry was born here. You know that we put fries on everything. But do you know Pittsburgh, for real? 

Whether a newcomer to the Steel City or a longtime resident, our home is bound to make you curious. Pittsburgh is bursting with history, intricacies and quirks. Our new 12-part email course is an effort to unpack the nuances of our city and be a resident guide for those wanting to learn more.

The course is a primer for all things Pittsburgh. We’re hoping to fascinate you. To help you make discoveries or connections. To help you learn something new and useful. If you join, you can be entered to win a giveaway. Ready to join yet? Want to learn more? Visit

Not ready to join the course yet?  Follow along with us anyway for insights and course updates. And let us know: What does it mean to you to be a Pittsburgher? Can you be a “true Pittsburgher” if you aren’t born here? What’s your weirdest Pittsburgh story? Tag us @PublicSourcePA on Twitter or @publicsource on Instagram using #LearnPittsburgh to share your story.

This fact-based local reporting drives impact and creates change. Help power that impact.

James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” PublicSource exists to help the Pittsburgh region face its realities and create opportunities for change. When we shine a light on inequity in our region, like the “completely unacceptable” conditions in low-income housing in McKeesport, things change. When we ask questions about policymakers’ decisions, like how Allegheny County is handling COVID-19 safety for its employees, things change. When we push for transparency on issues that affect the public, like in the use of facial recognition software by Pittsburgh police, things change.

It takes a lot of time, skill and resources to produce journalism like this. Our stories are always made available for free so that they can benefit the most people, regardless of ability to pay. But as an independent, nonprofit newsroom, we count on donations from our readers to support this crucial work. Can you make a contribution of any amount (or better yet, set up a recurring monthly gift) to help ensure we can continue to report on what matters and tell stories for a better Pittsburgh?