J. Dale Shoemaker is a reporter for PublicSource concentrating on city government and data analysis. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a former PublicSource intern.
Prior to joining the team here, he covered local and breaking news in Bethlehem and Allentown, Pa., as an intern for The Morning Call.
Originally from Duncansville, Pa., he also covered environmental news as an intern for The Allegheny Front and was the managing editor of The Pitt News, Pitt’s daily and independent student newspaper. While writing for The Pitt News, he earned a Student Keystone Press Award for his profile of Ophelia Ferguson, a popular cashier on campus. And in May 2015, he was awarded a Heinz Endowment Grant to pursue his internship at The Allegheny Front.
After a recent family gathering, Jaiya Correll-Greene sat down to watch the Disney Channel with her younger cousin. The characters in the show were planning a party and one asked: “What will the theme of the party be?”
“Brown,” one of the other characters replied. “Because no one looks good in brown.”
Correll-Greene was struck. When she was a kid at camp, other kids had made fun of her dark skin. Why would anyone say that brown was ugly — clothes, skin or otherwise?
O’Neil told about 300 people at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall on Monday evening how she’s witnessed algorithms causing harm: She worked as an analyst on Wall Street during the financial crisis of 2008 and saw first hand how corruption and greed masked their true intent behind ‘math.’
PublicSource sat down recently with Dr. Karen Hacker, the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, for an in-depth discussion about the lead crisis, the opioid epidemic, air pollution and more. Here are the key takeaways.
A plan introduced Wednesday to balance the state budget threatens a significant amount of funding to the Allegheny County Port Authority and could result in its public transit system having to cut operations by up to half. A proposed cut of $80 million to the agency could mean cuts twice as deep as what the agency sustained several years ago when it was left with a $35 million deficit. Port Authority Spokesman Adam Brandolph said the 2011 and 2012 cuts in state funding and the resulting deficit caused the agency to eliminate 29 bus routes, close the Harmar garage and lay off 200 employees. “These [cuts] would be similar if not much worse,” he said. “We would anticipate these cuts to be just as drastic if not twice as drastic.”
Proposed cuts to various pots of state money — including funds that are allocated to public transit — were the Republican lawmakers’ way of proposing a balanced state budget more than two months after the deadline has passed.
In an audit, Controller Chelsa Wagner says the agency “has taken no meaningful action to protect the residents of Allegheny County,” leaving residents with faulty data and misinformation about how to avoid the risks of lead exposure.