“The Center has established a sound reputation as a sponsor of community conversations about the media and news coverage, and its director, Andrew Conte, is a well-respected, award-winning investigative journalist who has a media network that extends beyond the borders of our region.”

– Grant Oliphant, president, The Heinz Endowments, & David K. Roger, president, Hillman Family Foundations. April 18, 2018.


Photo by Emma Federkeil.

Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, founding director: 2016-present

Point Park University, part-time faculty: 2005-present

Selected grants, presentations and awards:

  • Presenter, Building Local News Ecosystems: A Knight Media Forum 2019 Preview – February 2019. Media Impact Funders.
  • Grant recipient, The Pittsburgh Foundation, February 2019 – $180,000 for McKeesport Media Oasis community newsroom project.
  • Clinic presentation,”McKeesport Media Oasis,” People Powered Publishing, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Media Oasis Project.”
    Andrew Conte, Point Park University; Keino Fitzpatrick,
    Significant disruption in the traditional journalism industry
    has created news deserts, or places where residents lack
    access to local news and information. Learn how the Media
    Oasis Project seeks to reconnect these people with
    community-generated content, while engaging college
    students and local youth. Poster presentation, Engagement Scholarship Consortium, 2018.
  • Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust, 2018 – $40,800 for All-Abilities Media Project.
  • Grant recipient, FISA Foundation, 2018 – $50,000 for All-Abilities Media Project.
  • Grant recipient, The Heinz Endowments, 2018 – $17,000 for Bridge Pittsburgh Media Partnership media ecosystem project.
  • Grant recipient, The Pittsburgh Foundation, summer 2018 – $7,000 for McKeesport Media Oasis summer pilot.
  • Social Impact Scholar, 2017-18, Center for Inclusive Excellence & Department of Community Engagement, Point Park University.
  • Grant recipient, Allegheny Foundation, 2016 – $2.5 million for developing Center for Media Innovation.

Nonfiction book author

Prior employment



Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists:  Spotlight Award – 2017, 2014, 2009, 2007

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 

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.

Carnegie Science Award – 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Bangkok, Thailand.

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


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

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