Journalism career

Center for Media Innovation ground-breaking in October 2015.

Center for Media Innovation ground-breaking in October 2015. Scheduled to open September 2016.

Andrew serves as the founding director of Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation. He has 25 years of experience in journalism, most recently as an investigative reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Center opened in September 2016.

Andrew has reported on cybersecurity, offshore bankinghealth care costs and medicine. He has worked at newspapers in Cincinnati and South Florida, and he covered Congress for Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry-Go-Round column in The Washington Post. Andrew has received the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists’ Spotlight Award three times and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Ray Sprigle Memorial Award four times.

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In the Tribune-Review newsroom.

At Point Park, Andrew founded the Point Park News Service, a journalism education program. He also is the author of “The Color of Sundays,” a nonfiction book about race in the NFL, and “Breakaway,” a book about the Penguins hockey team.

SELECTED AWARDS

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists:  Spotlight Award – 2014, 2009, 2007

Inland Press Association: 1st Place, Explanatory — 2015; 1st Place investigative — 2014, 2010; 1st Place, Local News – 2011, 2008

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Truth in Finances Award, 2014, 2013

National Headliner Awards: Finalist, 2014

Society of American Business Editors and Writers: Finalist, 2014

U.S. Attorney David Hickton, on left, stops by WESA's Studio A to talk with me.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton, on left, stops by WESA’s Studio A to talk with me.

Press Club of Western Pennsylvania: Ray Sprigle Memorial Award for overall best reporting at a large-circulation daily publication — 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009

Scripps Howard Foundation: William Brewster Styles Award, recognizing outstanding national business and economics reporting — 2013

The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation: Finalist – 2012

Carnegie Science Award – 2010

Association of Health Care Journalists: 1st place, Awards for Excellence – 2009

Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors: 1st place, Investigative Reporting – 2009

Pennsylvania Bar Association: 1st Place, Special Report/Series — 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Journalist of the Year – 2007, 2004; Best Enterprise/Investigation — 2014, 2008

Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Finalist – 2005

Austria Press Agency: Writing for Central Europe Award, Finalist – 2004

 

FELLOWSHIPS

East-West Center:  Fellow, Japan-US Journalists Exchange – 2009

German Marshall Fund of the United States: Journalism fellow – 2003

 

EDUCATION:

conte-16Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; MS, with honors, 1997

Dickinson College; BA American Studies, with minors in Russian and English, 1993

American University; Semester in Washington, D.C., 1991

Mendeleev Institute; Russian language and Soviet culture program; 1991

 

Photos by Stephanie Strassburg.

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