Natasha Khan

Web and interactives developer | PublicSource

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, and The Sacramento Bee.

Content by Natasha Khan

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No permit? No problem for major air polluters around Pittsburgh

Nearly a third of major air polluters in Southwestern Pennsylvania are running without permits required by the U.S. Clean Air Act, according to a Pittsburgh-based environmental watchdog group.

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Is Pittsburgh’s land bank operational? City says yes. Residents disagree

Overlooked communities In October, it will have been two and a half years since the Pittsburgh passed legislation to create its own land bank.

But city community groups say there hasn’t been much progress in setting up solid policies or procedures under which a Pittsburgh land bank would operate.

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Video: Why you should care about rising school pensions costs in Allegheny County

Our reporter Eric Holmberg explains.

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The harsh numbers behind women’s pay inequality in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania continues to be one of the worst states in the nation for a woman seeking equal pay.

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How to check safety records for rides in Pennsylvania amusement parks

A fun day in the sun turned to inexplicable horror on Sunday when a freckled 10-year-old boy who loved soccer was decapitated on the world’s largest water slide in Kansas City.

In Pennsylvania, state law requires that rides be inspected at least every 30 days by state-certified inspectors at amusement and water parks and each time rides are set up at carnivals and fairs.


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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.