30 Days a Black Man

In 1948 Pittsburgh's greatest journalist Ray Sprigle went undercover and then shocked the country with his powerful expose of the Jim Crow South. The history book that retells the amazing forgotten story.

Dogging Steinbeck

When Bill Steigerwald retraced the 1960 road trip John Steinbeck made for  'Travels With Charley' in 2010 he found the iconic road book was more fiction than fact. The true story of how Steigerwald changed the way 'Charley' will be read forever.

Exposing Old Jim Crow

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Sprigle spent 30 days living like a black man in the segregated South. What he saw made him ashamed to be an American. What he wrote woke up the country. Read his original 1948 series.

A ‘Sister Souljah’ Moment for Trump in Kenosha — How about a presidential committee on national police reform?

September 1, 2020 |
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What if President Trump had a Sister Souljah moment and said something like this last week when he visted the wreckage of Kenosha, Wisconsin: Jacob Blake was not the best-behaved guy in town, and he made a terrible mistake by resisting the police. But he didn’t deserve to be shot seven times in the back.…

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A ‘Sister Souljah’ Moment for Trump in Kenosha — How about a presidential committee on national police reform?

September 1, 2020 |
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What if President Trump had a Sister Souljah moment and said something like this last week when he visted the wreckage of Kenosha, Wisconsin: Jacob Blake was not the best-behaved guy in town, and he made a terrible mistake by resisting the police. But he didn’t deserve to be shot seven times in the back.…

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Western PA. to Gov. Wolf — We’re dead. Please remove your knee.

August 15, 2020 |
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For all you folks who think Gov. Wolf’s strict strangulation of Western Pa. to fight the Covid-19 ‘pandemic’  is justified and that schools should remain closed to protect the children, please wake up, look at the facts and get a grip.  Kids rarely catch Covid-19, don’t readily infect others and don’t ever die from it…

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Going to school in the Age of Covid is not going to be fun — or funny

July 19, 2020 |

OK, let’s pretend that Covid-19 is especially lethal to kids and that extraordinary steps need to be taken to open and operate our public schools safely. Let’s pretend that the state of Pennsylvania’s guidelines for reopening schools are not totally insane, laughable and unrealistic. Let’s pretend that the nannies and medical experts who came up…

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Pittsburgh’s Phantom Pandemic — as misreported by The New York Times

July 13, 2020 |
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‘Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging’ ‘Pittsburgh, a sister city to Wuhan, China, saw only modest cases for months. In the last two weeks, cases are suddenly soaring’ The headline and content of this July 12 article about how Pittsburgh has dodged the Covid-19 bullet are a perfect example of…

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Pittsburgh’s Phantom Pandemic, IV — Numbers you need to know

July 4, 2020 |
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Zero. Everyone in Allegheny County — especially the local media — needs to know that number. 0. That’s how many people in Allegheny County under 20 years of age have died of Covid-19 — in four months. Here’s another number you should know — one that the local panic media might want to mention now…

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Q&A: Thomas Sowell, our great economist emeritus

July 2, 2020 |
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One of the many highlights of my long and enjoyable career in journalism was to have met the great economist Thomas Sowell twice and interviewed him several times. I first met Sowell, who’s just turned 90, in Los Angeles in the 1980s when the conservative/libertarian free-market economist and social critic came in to personally shake…

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Q&A: Tucker Carlson, before he became King of Cable — and GOP presidential timber

Tucker Carlson of Fox News has risen to the top of the cable news heap to become the most-watched, most-hated and most influential commentator in our politically fractured and deeply divisive country. He’s so popular, now he’s being touted as a Republican presidential candidate for 2024. The Washington Post, his former colleagues at MSNBC and…
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Bill Steigerwald

Bill Steigerwald is a veteran journalist from Pittsburgh. His new nonfiction book "30 Days a Black Man" tells the amazing but forgotten story about an undercover mission by a Pittsburgh newspaperman into the Jim Crow South in 1948 that shook up the whole country. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette star reporter Ray Sprigle's nationally syndicated series "In the Land of Jim Crow" exposed the iniquities and humiliations suffered by ten million black Americans in the segregated South. It shocked the white people of the North, angered the South and started the first national debate in the media about ending America's legal apartheid. Kirkus Review said "30 Days a Black Man" is "a fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure..." that Steigerwald turned "into rollicking, haunting American history." ... READ MORE