About Andrew Conte, Ph.D.

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Andrew Conte serves as founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. He writes the Pittsburgh Public Editor column at NEXTpittsburgh. Previously, he worked as an investigative journalist, and he has authored several nonfiction books. Andrew’s newest book, Death of the Daily News (University of Pittsburgh Press), came out in September 2022. 

Most recently, Andrew worked as an investigative reporter at the Tribune-Review, where he won numerous national, state and local awards. The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania each has recognized Andrew with its top award four times. The Scripps Howard Foundation honored Andrew with the William Brewster Styles Award for outstanding national business and economics reporting.

Andrew’s book, The Color of Sundays, explores the role of race in the National Football League and examines how the Pittsburgh Steelers identified undervalued players at historically black colleges and universities. The Independent Book Publishers Association recognized the book with a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award. Prior to that, Andrew authored Breakaway, a best seller about how the Penguins hockey team built a championship franchise and a new arena. He also has written All About Roberto Clemente, a children’s book about the Pirates outfielder and Puerto Rican native.

Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Dickinson College. He recently defended his dissertation research on citizen gatekeeping of news to complete a Ph.D. in Community Engagement at Point Park University.


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