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Chris Potter/WESA

Nearly three decades after leaving home for college, Chris Potter now lives four miles from the house he grew up in -- a testament either to the charm of the South Hills or to a simple lack of ambition. In the intervening years, Potter held a variety of jobs, including asbestos abatement engineer and ice-cream truck driver. He has also worked for a number of local media outlets, only some of which then went out of business. After serving as the editor of Pittsburgh City Paper for a decade, he covered politics and government at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has won some awards during the course of his quarter-century journalistic career, but then even a blind squirrel sometimes digs up an acorn.

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A small western Pa. community reveals how natural gas drilling can fracture political alliances on both sides of the aisle

In Franklin Park, which is solidly Republican, an effort to protect the air and environment meets the lure of jobs and economic promise. Politically, the issue is playing out in some unexpected ways.

By Chris Potter/WESA

President Trump rips Paris climate agreement, Democrats while in Pittsburgh

He touted his administrations deregulation as key to American economic growth.

By Chris Potter/WESA


Washington County judge lifts order that prohibited publication of document in drilling suit

Media law experts say that such gag orders — which exercise what is called “prior restraint” on material before publication — are exceedingly rare.

By Chris Potter/WESA