“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

Selected awards, recognitions and grants:

  • Clinic presentation, People Powered Publishing, 2018.
  • Poster presentation, Engagement Scholarship Consortium, 2018.
  • Grant recipient, FISA Foundation, 2018 – $50,000 for All-Abilities Media Project.
  • Grant recipient, The Heinz Endowments, 2018 – $17,000 for Pittsburgh Media Ecosystem project.
  • Grant recipient, 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.


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