I acquired the drone data used in this story by downloading every drone application PDF using wget and then converting thousands of PDFs to text files with pdftotext. We then narrowed our data to Pennsylvania to create a database of all 92 drone companies primarily operating in Pennsylvania.
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Lead in Pittsburgh’s water supply was barely under the Environmental Protection Agency’s action limit. This is a short explainer about the common sources of the lead and risks of being exposed to lead.
We follow up on a story that we worked on a year ago about excessive overtime at the Kane Regional Centers, nursing homes owned by Allegheny County. In the year since we last reported on this issue, nothing had changed.
With substantial percentages of police, fire and EMS personnel pension eligible, I wrote about overtime and the lack of staffing in Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department in the context of how is the city planning for a potential wave of retirements.
I helped our criminal justice reporter digitize and analyze 10 years of Pennsylvania State Police discipline reports.
Pennsylvania had the second-worst vaccination rate in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I digitized eight years of vaccination records to find out why the state was failing. I found that Pennsylvania’s low vaccination rate was not caused by the state’s medical, religious or philosophical exemptions, but because the state allowed students to attend school for up to eight months without having all of their required vaccines. In response to my reporting, the Secretary of Health wrote an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Department of Health changed the provisional period to five days.
I worked with our criminal justice reporter to analyze the most recent four years of Pittsburgh crime stats at the neighborhood level. I converted the data from PDFs to a spreadsheet and wrote roughly half of the story that showed South Side Flats had the most crime since 2010.
As a preview to the Anima film festival, I examined the rise of Asian animated films from outside of Japan and the opening of the festival with a Goro Miyazaki film.
This was a quick turn on one of my first days at Reuters based on a press release.
With American University professor Wendall Cochran, I did the interviews and data analysis for this story as part of the Investigative Reporting Workshop’s popular BankTracker series.