Terry Hazlett Networks return to tried-and-true formulas to lure viewers

The networks finally get it.

May 23, 2016

Terry Hazlett

Terry Hazlett opines about TV and culture.

George Block Bluegill offer plenty of opportunities for old, young

Strange as it may seem what is probably the most common and prolific fish in southwestern Pennsylvania is underfished.

May 21, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

John Steigerwald Time for Sullivan to go back to Fluery

Time to stick with Flower.

May 21, 2016

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

Mike Buzzelli The emperor gets some artwork

A few weeks ago when I was in Washington, D.C., I went to the recently renovated and revitalized Renwick Gallery. I love art and alliteration (apparently).

May 20, 2016

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and published author. He is a theater and arts critic for 'Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's online cultural talk magazine, and an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Carnegie Arts Initiative and the Carnegie Screenwriters. His book, "Below Average Genius" is a collection of essays culled from his weekly humor column here in the Observer-Reporter.

Beth Dolinar Tether between mom, child fraying

The avocados were finally ripe.

May 19, 2016

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 Love, lust are both powerful feelings

Q. How do I get over my attraction to someone? This person isn’t good for me. My friends tell me he’s not. I know he’s not. But when I look at him, I can’t stop thinking about him. Of course, he doesn’t know I exist, which kind of helps. Do you think I love him?...

May 18, 2016

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 Getting a handle on things

You might have noticed from reading this column that I travel a lot. Exploring is one of my favorite hobbies, and I’ve logged a new personal best in mileage this year. Yes, I still work for a living and, yes, I now plan to stay in the country for a while. After all, I need to replenish my...

May 17, 2016

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 Mothering instincts transferred

Mother’s Day was last weekend and, if you are a mother of any kind, I hope yours was blessed. This has become a bittersweet day for me in the three years since my mom passed away, as I both miss her and yet celebrate my own motherhood. It can be a challenging time.

May 16, 2016

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

John Steigerwald Lightning have a way of limiting opponent’s star players

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin might have a difficult time scoring against Tampa Bay.

May 14, 2016

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

F. Dale Lolley 12 new cases of CWD cause expansion of quarantine area

Chronic Wasting Disease spreading in Pennsylvania.

May 14, 2016

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.