The Rtvsrece team sitting and standing in an outdoor area.
The Rtvsrece staff, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood. (Photo by Stephanie Strasburg/Rtvsrece)

Newsroom:

Membership and operations:


Briana Bindus

Briana Bindus, an editorial intern, is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a bachelor of philosophy in English literature and communications. She has always had a passion for writing, further arising in her positions as assistant news editor for The Pitt News and associate editor at The Fifth Floor. Coming from northeast Philadelphia, Briana is an East Coast native, hoping to live in New York one day with a career in editing and publishing. Her interests lie in empowering all voices, particularly those of marginalized communities, and analytically thinking about fundamental questions. If she isn’t writing, Briana can be found traveling to new places, with a book in her hand, or drinking bubble tea. More by Briana Bindus


Jess Daninhirsch

Jess Daninhirsch, a photojournalism intern, is an undergraduate journalism major and history minor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jess is ecstatic to be able to capture her hometown on camera in a new way this summer. She is passionate about visual storytelling and firmly believes in the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Jess has been practicing photography since early middle school, but also enjoys filmmaking (and analyzing cinematography), writing, traveling, trying new vegetarian foods, dancing, singing and collecting vinyl records. But you will almost always find her with a camera in her hand (even while enjoying her other hobbies). More by Jess Daninhirsch


Emma Folts

Emma is a higher education reporter for Rtvsrece. In her role, she collaborates with Open Campus, a nonprofit newsroom focused on strengthening higher education coverage in local communities. Emma is particularly interested in reporting on issues of equity and accessibility in higher education. She first joined Rtvsrece as a reporting intern in summer 2020, and she was an editorial intern for the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2021. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper and online journalism. More by Emma Folts


Quinn Glabicki

Quinn Glabicki is a writer and photographer covering climate and environment for Rtvsrece. He is also a Report for America corps member. Quinn uses visual and written mediums to tell stories about how people in Western Pennsylvania interact with their environment and how climate change is impacting local communities. Previously, Quinn worked as a freelance photojournalist based in Pittsburgh. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Haverford College. More by Quinn Glabicki


Lee Hood

Lee is the Operations and Membership Coordinator at Rtvsrece. Lee joined Rtvsrece in 2024 after working at Pittsburgh City Paper in its marketing department. Lee has her master's degree in museum studies from The University of the Arts (RIP) and her bachelor's degree in public relations from Temple University. Lee worked for several museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore and was the director of marketing for a design firm based in Philadelphia. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Lee returned to her hometown in 2019.


Eric Jankiewicz

Eric Jankiewicz is a reporter focused on housing and economic development for Rtvsrece. A native New Yorker, Eric moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 and has since fallen in love with his adopted city, even if the city hasn't yet fallen in love with him. Before joining Rtvsrece, Eric was a court reporter for the Butler Eagle, where he covered criminal and civil proceedings, including several murder trials. Eric has also worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and NBC News. Eric graduated from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. When he isn't working, Eric likes to split his time between finding the best pizza in Pittsburgh and traveling around the area for whitewater kayaking. More by Eric Jankiewicz


Jennie Liska

Jennie is Rtvsrece’s executive director, revenue and operations. She oversees revenue generation and relationship development to support the growth of Rtvsrece and manages internal business operations. Before joining Rtvsrece, Jennie worked for Accenture in management and technology consulting. She also served on Rtvsrece’s Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. Jennie is a graduate of Penn State University. More by Jennie Liska


Rich Lord

Rich is the managing editor of Rtvsrece. He joined the team in 2020, serving as a reporter focused on housing and economic development and an assistant editor. He reported for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2005 through early 2020, leading projects on child poverty, the opioid epidemic, communities with concentrations of people accessing mental health services, and the federal use of confidential informants. He has covered the federal court and city government beats, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, for reporting on the Tree of Life massacre. Rich has also worked for the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He wrote a 2004 book about the subprime mortgage industry, called “American Nightmare: Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure of the American Dream.” His first journalistic foray was a column on the challenge of finding vegetarian food in Pittsburgh restaurants, published in 1994. Rich graduated from George Washington University, and he and his family can often be found on Western Pennsylvania bike trails. More by Rich Lord


Stephanie Mirah

Stephanie Mirah is the audience growth and engagement producer for Rtvsrece. In her role, she will continue to cultivate relationships with current Rtvsrece readers and subscribers while seeking new audiences both in person and online through social media, newsletters and more. Originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Stephanie attended American University in Washington, D.C., and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and literature. Most recently, she worked as a business reporter for The Post and Courier in South Carolina. More by Stephanie Mirah


Lajja Mistry

Lajja is the K-12 Education Reporter at Rtvsrece. Originally from India, she moved to the States in 2021 to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. Before joining Rtvsrece, she worked as a staff reporter and the Photo-Social Editor for Annenberg Media. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Caravan and the Los Angeles Review of Books among others. She wants to use journalism as a means to follow her passion for storytelling through text and visually driven stories. When she isn’t working, Lajja likes to journal, sing and go bird-watching. More by Lajja Mistry


Alyia Paulding

Alyia (they/she) is the Director of Membership and Development at Rtvsrece, working to establish and nurture relationships with donors and funders. Before joining Rtvsrece in 2020, Alyia worked to capture impact, convene support, and inspire action at nonprofits including the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Youth Collaboratory, and the Student Conservation Association. They were selected by the Institute for Nonprofit News as a 2023 member of the Emerging Leaders Council. They received their GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential in 2023. A native Pittsburgher, Alyia holds an associate’s degree in social science from the Community College of Allegheny County. They enjoy crochet, challenging board games, gardening, and unhurried hikes with their wife, and they're a stalwart friend of the Oxford Comma (sorry, journalism colleagues). You can email Alyia by clicking the envelope logo below, or scrolling up to the list of staff email addresses.


Cionna Sharpe

Cionna Sharpe is an undergraduate student majoring in decision science at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Newark, N.J., Cionna is focused on data storytelling, using her crafty data analysis skills to help create interesting and statistically accurate stories. She has a passion for traveling, tasting new foods and admiring different fashion aesthetics, as she is able to explore diverse cultures and cuisines, enriching her educational journey with a global perspective. More by Cionna Sharpe


Venuri Siriwardane

Venuri Siriwardane is a health reporter for Rtvsrece, with a focus
on mental health. She comes to Rtvsrece through the Staunton Farm
Mental Health Reporting Fellowship.

Venuri has a dual background in journalism and social science
research. As a reporter, she’s covered tech and business for Inc.
magazine and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey. As a researcher, she’s
studied the California DMV’s treatment of undocumented people. She
holds a master’s degree in politics and communication from The London
School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple
University. She loves playing tennis and reading about South Asian
history and politics. Contact: venuri@rtvsrece.com. More by Venuri Siriwardane


Halle Stockton

Halle is executive director, editor-in-chief of Rtvsrece. She has served as editor-in-chief since May 2022 after seven years as managing editor during which Rtvsrece won two consecutive international awards for general excellence from the Online News Association (2020, 2021). In 2017, the Institute for Nonprofit News selected Halle as one of 10 Emerging Leaders in U.S. nonprofit journalism. Prior to that, Halle was a reporter for Rtvsrece for three years and for the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune for four years. Halle has won several awards for her journalism; most notably, she was named a 2016 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and earned a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2015. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative program in Pittsburgh and an alumna of the American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders program. The Erie, Pa., native is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and its Daily Collegian. More by Halle Stockton


Stephanie Strasburg

Stephanie Strasburg is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker at Rtvsrece. Her recent work includes an investigation on sexual abuse in the Amish and Mennonite communities for which she and her fellow Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporters were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. She is part of the team that received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre. Her other projects examine the generational imprint of overdose, industry's impact on Pennsylvania's small cities and child poverty. A believer in photography’s ability to connect community, she serves as the education liaison for the Pittsburgh chapter of Video Consortium and is on a constant quest to pay it forward. More by Stephanie Strasburg


Evans Toviave

Evans Toviave is an undergraduate student majoring in international relations and political science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is this summer’s audience growth intern. From Northeast Georgia, Evans is passionate about telling the stories of those who would otherwise go unheard and aims to amplify marginalized voices. Evans aspires to forge a career at the intersection of law, media, humanitarian efforts and creativity. He envisions harnessing the power of these diverse disciplines to advocate for justice, amplify marginalized voices through compelling storytelling and creatively address societal issues. His goal is to seamlessly blend legal expertise, media influence, compassionate assistance and innovative thinking to contribute to a more equitable and just world. With Rtvsrece, Evans aims to develop new strategies that will bring new audiences to the news and foster important dialogue. More by Evans Toviave


Laura Turbay

Laura Turbay is a graduate student of journalism at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she does business and international reporting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston University. Originally from Boston, she spent most of her life in Cali, Colombia before journeying to New York to become a journalist and worked for the Mott Haven Herald as a student. She enjoys traveling to new cities and countries, with an affinity for the Middle East, and in her free time reads novels that also transport her to new places. As an editorial intern, she is focusing on economic development reporting. More by Laura Turbay


Natasha Vicens

Natasha is Rtvsrece's creative director. She runs the organizations visuals team, edits and produces interactive graphics, data visualizations and web packages for Rtvsrece. She manages the website and works with Rtvsrece's team of reporters, editors, videographers, photographers and freelancers to make stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as Rtvsrece's environmental reporter for three years. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.


Jamie Wiggan

Jamie began his journalism career at a local news startup in McKees Rocks, where he learned the trade covering local school boards and municipalities, and left four years later as editor-in-chief. He comes to Rtvsrece after a stint as news editor for Pittsburgh City Paper. Originally from Manchester, England, Jamie studied music in college and enjoyed some brief success drumming in rock bands before realizing his incessant curiosity outshone his rhythmic skills – prompting a return to school, a transatlantic move and ultimately a career in journalism. More by Jamie Wiggan


Charlie Wolfson

Charlie Wolfson is an enterprise reporter for Rtvsrece, focusing on local government accountability in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Charlie aims his coverage at the intersection of policy and politics, focusing on government's impact on residents rather than on party divisions. He was a Report for America corps member from 2021 to 2024. Previously, Charlie worked at the Boston Globe, first as a student co-op and then as a metro correspondent. Prior to joining as a full-time reporter, he contributed reporting to Rtvsrece on issues surrounding election law and voting access throughout the 2020 election cycle. He graduated in 2020 with a degree in journalism and political science from Northeastern University. More by Charlie Wolfson