My journalism career began in New York City with CBS network TV news. 

A passion for public radio brought me home, to the Philadelphia market. 

A passion for storytelling brought me to Pittsburgh.

Sample Broadcast & Digital Content for Essential Pittsburgh

Popular Call-in Conversations

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean

1st place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category PAPBA -- Since 1984, Sister Prejean has advocated for the abolishment of the death penalty & counseled death row prisoners.

Aging Out of Foster Care

Aging Out of Foster Care

3rd place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category PAPBA - The support of a steady home is something most 18 year olds take for granted, the sort of security a steady home provides is missing from the lives of kids in foster care.

The Black Middle Class in Pittsburgh

The Black Middle Class in Pittsburgh

1st place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category for the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards - A forum devoted to the history & current experiences of the Black middle class in Pittsburgh

Features & Interviews in the Field 
Summertime in the Steel City

Summertime in the Steel City

From yoga in Market Square, to giant rubber duckies and furries, hear an ode to summer in Pittsburgh from Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine. Then, explore 80 years of the Gershwins' frequently covered tune, "Summertime," narrated by 91.3 WYEP host Brian Siewiorek.

A Flock of Seagulls in the Burgh

A Flock of Seagulls in the Burgh

Thousands of seagulls roost at the Great Lakes this time of year, but because of the polar vortex, the lakes are totally frozen. in 2014 they made a rare migration to the North Shore.

Like Black Friday For Vinyl

Like Black Friday For Vinyl

What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major industry events, limited edition albums and people camped out in front of record stores.

To Market! 

An Essential Pittsburgh Series Voiced by Heather

Award Winning Broadcasts

On Topic with Mayor Peduto

On Topic with Mayor Peduto

Mayor Bill Peduto has been a monthly guest on Essential Pittsburgh since he was sworn in at the beginning of 2014.

Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads

Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads

A lively convesation about the history of Pittsburgh's bizarre traffic behaviors and road layouts.

Heroin Addiction: A Complex Epidemic

Heroin Addiction: A Complex Epidemic

How heroin addiction & overdoses touch all communities. And the statewide efforts of journalists to cover the complexities of this epidemic.

The Future of Restaurant Tipping

The Future of Restaurant Tipping

When Bar Marco announced plans for a no-tipping policy we talked with servers, the owner and discussed the pros & cons of doing away with the tipping wage.

Environmental Justice Organizing & Storytelling

Part of a One PA and Mothers Out Front storytelling project featuring mothers in Southwest PA and the day to day impact of fracking and the petrochemical buildout.

Neglected Histories

Producer and Director

A new documentary series focused on neglected properties and neighborhood change.

 www.neglectedhistories.com

 
 
 

 

Heather McClain

 

Digital media producer, focused on local stories and sustainability

 

Tel: 610-763-0067