ALL COLUMNIST POSTS

Beth Dolinar Moving on, but where?

This next phase of my life will begin by staring at a map, confused about where to stick the next pin.

January 12, 2017

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski Lucky 13 for this column

This month marks the start of this column’s 13th year! I am thrilled to write Ask Mary Jo. Responding to young people brings me joy.

January 11, 2017

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 6–8 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

Kristin Emery The squeaky wheel got the grease!

Is it too late to wish you a happy New Year? I’m kicking off 2017 with a smile thanks to a change of heart by our editors at the Observer-Reporter. We got the news in December that several local columnists would be cut in the latest round of belt tightening, which unfortunately is...

January 10, 2017

Kristin Emery is a meteorologist at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, an O-R columnist and writer for Total Health magazine and other publications. Kristin is a Washington native, graduate of Washington High School and West Virginia University and works to fund her hobbies of travel, skiing, diving and golf.

Laura Zoeller Smart shoppers? Not so much

Perhaps harder than it was saying goodbye to you is trying to express my gratitude to all of you who emailed me, and the editors, about my column ending. I am grateful and humbled that so many of you care to hear my stories. It is very validating and heartwarming. Thank you.

January 09, 2017

Laura Zoeller is a farm wife and mother who has been blessed with a wonderful – and funny - life.

Dave Molter The reindeer-Grandma effect

January is typically the month when we quote others in an effort to make sense of life. For example: “Don’t eat that cookie after the dog had it in his mouth!” – Mom

January 08, 2017

Dave Molter is a freelance writer and Golden Quill and Keystone Press Awards winner. He also is a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area.

Dale Lolley Steelers show greatness, fallibility in same game

Steelers were good but there's still room for improvement.

January 08, 2017

Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.

John Steigerwald Running games, third downs could be key for Steelers, Dolphins

It might come down to third down.

January 07, 2017

John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.

George Block Flintlock hunting can be frustrating

It’s the time of year when the woodlots are full of Daniel Boones carrying their flintlocks.

January 07, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Beth Dolinar A Christmas surprise

So where were we?

January 05, 2017

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski Talking about mental health

Q.How do you talk with your family about your mental health?

January 04, 2017

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 6–8 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

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