Natasha Khan

Web and interactives developer | PublicSource

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412.515.0063

Natasha Khan does web development and produces digital content for PublicSource. She manages the site and works with reporters to create graphics and multimedia content to make their stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as PublicSource'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.

While at ASU, she won several awards, including the top student prize for an in-depth project from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work on an expansive election fraud database during the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, she was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Cronkite School and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to use mobile air sensors to study pollution near shale gas sites.

In 2014, she was awarded first place in the enterprise/investigative category from the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association for a data story she co-wrote about the state's shoddy recordkeeping for amusement ride inspection reports.

She has been published in The Washington Post, NBC.com and The Sacramento Bee.

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Content by Natasha Khan

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Could tracking firearms more closely in Pittsburgh reduce violent crime?

Public safety When Pittsburgh police officers seize guns, they usually aren’t taking the firearms from their lawful owners, according to a new study.

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Video: Reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County for PublicSource

Health Reporter Mary Niederberger speaks about how she was affected by her reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County and what she hopes people will take away from this story. She also talks about the special considerations she and PublicSource Managing Editor Halle Stockton took when deciding how to present the story because of its sensitive subject matter.

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The derailment roundup

Environment Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening. And June was a busy month for crashes.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents, new safety regulations and other train derailments across the country, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories each month.

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Join us for an event

Join us from 3-5 p.m. July 31 at the Bible Center Church in Homewood for an afternoon of solidarity and community as storytellers and performers from around the city come together to share their experiences with neighborhood violence and healing. 
 

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The number of kids this year who brought guns to their schools

Public safety Kids were caught bringing guns to schools at least 269 times during the 2015-16 academic year, including eight times in Pennsylvania (see map below), according to an analysis of media reports by The Trace, an online news outlet focused on gun issues in America.

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Before you eat another can of soup, read this

They collect dust in the back of your cupboard until you’re too lazy to run out to the grocery store. So you crack one open, plop it in a bowl and shove it in the microwave. Voila, dinner.

But a new study shows that people can be exposed to the industrial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) by consuming canned foods — and that canned soups are the worst.

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Digital media innovator to lead PublicSource

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Some facts about Pittsburgh you should know

data We just thought you'd like to know some basic (but relevant) information about Pittsburgh.

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An oil train exploded in Oregon last week. Those same trains travel through PA all the time.

Environment The United States almost made it a full six months into the year without a crude oil train crash.

But that record was reset last week when 16 cars on a 96-car Union Pacific train veered off the tracks on June 3 in Mosier, a small Oregon town with a population of about 400.

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There was some big fracking news this week so we rounded it up

ENVIRONMENT A lot happened this week. Profanity laced emails by a top environmental regulator. How Hillary Clinton spread fracking worldwide. A new study showing kids are most at risk for health problems near fracking operations. 

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