The storytellers’ story

This has been a difficult week for all of Pittsburgh. For my journalism friends, it has been especially challenging. Most of them have been working long hours since Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. They are exhausted and emotionally shaken. I tried to use the media column this week to tell their story:

KDKA-TV reporter Andy Sheehan was doing live reports at the corner of Northumberland Street and Shady Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday when Jeff Cohen from the Smallman Street Deli walked up with a corned beef sandwich.

Napoli’s sent over pizzas, and local residents brought cups of coffee and bottles of water for Sheehan and cameraman Fred Williams. Others let them come inside their homes to use the bathroom.

In the middle of a horrific tragedy — a gunman’s killing of 11 people and injuring of six others inside the Tree of Life Synagogue — Sheehan also found himself surrounded by his community. He lives just 300 yards from the synagogue.

“I know that neighborhood, where I was,” Sheehan told me later this week. “I know the congregation. I catch my bus in the morning right across from Tree of Life. I know the lay of the land, and I know the people who go there.” Read more…

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Talking about race & ‘The Color’

Ironically, we rarely talk about race whenever reporters interview me about The Color of Sundays. But Lynne Hayes Freeland set a new standard when she talked with me for her weekly program on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate.

You can check out the full interview herehttp://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/lynne-hayes-freeland-show/video-3333246-lynne-hayes-freeland/

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.

You can find the book at Barnes & Noble stores, online at Amazon.com, at lots of local retailers or directly through me

‘The Color’ LIVE — Appearance on KDKA-TV

I had a great talk with Brenda Waters and Jon Burnett on Pittsburgh Today Live. Jon played football at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s, and he brought a little of that personal experience to the discussion. You can see the full segment (and more of my red socks) here.

PTL

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/pittsburgh-today-live/video-3332212-author-discusses-new-book-the-color-of-sundays/

Pittsburgh Today Live — Friday morning

I will be making appearances on KDKA-TV over the next several days.

I’ll be visiting with Pittsburgh Today Live on Friday morning. I suppose it will be live (as the name suggests), so tune in at 9 a.m. to see if I goof up.

And then I’ll be visiting with Lynne Hayes Freeland on her show, which airs at 7 a.m. Saturday on the CW and at 6 a.m. Sunday on KDKA. We had one of the best discussions yet about The Color of Sundays. We talked pretty openly about race, which ironically does not come up often during my book appearances.

Because I know all of you won’t be setting your alarms, I’ll be sure to link to the shows here as well!

You can find the book at Barnes & Noble stores, online at Amazon.com, at lots of local retailers or directly through me

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.