Projects

Troubled Kids, Powerful Drugs

PublicSource conducted a two-year investigation into the psychiatric medications prescribed to youth offenders at the state’s juvenile correctional facilities.

Powerful antipsychotics and other psychotropics were purchased at rates alarming to health and justice experts, as well as the lack of state oversight on prescribing to youth offenders.

 


 

The Aftermath of Murder

PublicSource, in collaboration with 90.5 WESA, examined the ongoing tragedy of unsolved homicides in Pittsburgh and the disparate impact on the city’s black community. Half of the city’s homicides went unsolved from 2010 through 2015.

A staggering 97 percent of unsolved murders had a black victim.

 


 

 

Clearing the Air

Shale gas drilling picked up steam in Pennsylvania nearly a decade ago, but some communities are just now experiencing development. Many residents in Penn Township, a rural-residential suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, are trying to fight it.

PublicSource has followed the events there since April 2015. We placed air quality sensors at five homes to monitor pollutants near the contested well pad for two months. We will report soon on the data we found.

 


 

Heroin: Riding the Rush

Heroin and opioid painkillers continue to devastate the state and region in an epidemic that has killed thousands of Pennsylvanians and cost the state billions in collateral expenses.

PublicSource is telling the personal stories of addiction and recovery and examining why more isn’t being done at the state and local levels to fund treatment, reduce the harm of addiction and equip police and residents with the life-saving overdose antidote.

 


 

#generation

In 2015, 18- to 34-year olds became the nation’s largest living generation. And everyone took notice, from professors and politicians to realtors and marketers.

In Pennsylvania, Millennials make up more than a fifth of the population. Here, we explore what makes this generation unique.

 


 

In the balance: Supreme Court 2015

PublicSource covered the historic 2015 Pennsylvania Supreme Court race for three open seats on the seven-member court. We tracked campaign contributions and television ads, explaining who was trying to tip the balance of the court and how the candidates spent their money.

 


 

Marcellus Life

Marcellus Life is a PublicSource project that tells the stories of people living and working in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom.

 

 

 


 

Coming Home PA

Coming Home PA was a project about veterans’ return to civilian life in Pennsylvania. The project — spearheaded by PublicSource and reported in cooperation with its local media partners — covers employment, education, health and social issues.

 

Troubled Kids, Powerful Drugs

PublicSource conducted a two-year investigation into the psychiatric medications prescribed to youth offenders at the state’s juvenile correctional facilities.

Powerful antipsychotics and other psychotropics were purchased at rates alarming to health and justice experts, as well as the lack of state oversight on prescribing to youth offenders.

 


 

The Aftermath of Murder

PublicSource, in collaboration with 90.5 WESA, examined the ongoing tragedy of unsolved homicides in Pittsburgh and the disparate impact on the city’s black community. Half of the city’s homicides went unsolved from 2010 through 2015.

A staggering 97 percent of unsolved murders had a black victim.

 


 

 

Clearing the Air

Shale gas drilling picked up steam in Pennsylvania nearly a decade ago, but some communities are just now experiencing development. Many residents in Penn Township, a rural-residential suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, are trying to fight it.

PublicSource has followed the events there since April 2015. We placed air quality sensors at five homes to monitor pollutants near the contested well pad for two months. We will report soon on the data we found.

 


 

Heroin: Riding the Rush

Heroin and opioid painkillers continue to devastate the state and region in an epidemic that has killed thousands of Pennsylvanians and cost the state billions in collateral expenses.

PublicSource is telling the personal stories of addiction and recovery and examining why more isn’t being done at the state and local levels to fund treatment, reduce the harm of addiction and equip police and residents with the life-saving overdose antidote.

 


 

#generation

In 2015, 18- to 34-year olds became the nation’s largest living generation. And everyone took notice, from professors and politicians to realtors and marketers.

In Pennsylvania, Millennials make up more than a fifth of the population. Here, we explore what makes this generation unique.

 


 

In the balance: Supreme Court 2015

PublicSource covered the historic 2015 Pennsylvania Supreme Court race for three open seats on the seven-member court. We tracked campaign contributions and television ads, explaining who was trying to tip the balance of the court and how the candidates spent their money.

 


 

Marcellus Life

Marcellus Life is a PublicSource project that tells the stories of people living and working in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom.

 

 

 


 

Coming Home PA

Coming Home PA was a project about veterans’ return to civilian life in Pennsylvania. The project — spearheaded by PublicSource and reported in cooperation with its local media partners — covers employment, education, health and social issues.