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.

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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Pittsburgh’s Phantom Pandemic

April 20, 2020 |

OK, OK, though it’s getting less likely every day, I know the coronavirus could still flare up. But so far, since early March and as of April 20, there have been a total of 55 Covid-19 deaths in Allegheny County, where the city of Pittsburgh is located. In a county population of 1.3 million Steelers…

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Amazon Offers the Latest in Covid-19 Ware for Grandparents, sports fans

April 17, 2020 |

Just ordered this from Amazon so I can visit my granddaughter. They’re $999 each — in 1969 dollars — but the 50-year shipping option is free. Versions in team colors with players’ names and numbers on the back of the portable life support systems will be required for fans attending future MLB, NFL and NHL…

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Men at Work

April 17, 2020 |
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While on a walk with wife Trudi on the crowded Montour Bike and Walking Trail south of Pittsburgh last week we came upon four construction workers taking a break on a rooftop. As I took their photo I yelled to them to wave and jokingly accused them of violating local social distancing ordinances, but they…

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Radio Rant: Our Top Journalists Failed to Question Wild-Ass Covid-19 Predictions

April 17, 2020 |
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At the 60-minute mark of this podcast from Dan Proft, a smart radio talk-show guy in Chicago at AM 560 the Answer, I’m interviewed about the failure of our media to question the sky-high projections of U.S. Covid-19 deaths by disease modeler Prof. Neil Ferguson of Imperial College in London. Bill’s interview with Dan Proft…

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The New York Post vs. the New York Times

April 16, 2020 |

I’ve always used the wild and crazy and fun and reader-pleasing journalism of the New York Post and the smug, serious, boring, good-for-you journalism of the NY Times as the two ends of the newspaper spectrum. In the interest of maximum reader satisfaction, during my 30-plus career in newspapers — you remember them, don’t you…

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Dead Mag Walking — Time’s Hit Piece on Sweden’s Other Way of Fighting the Coronavirus

April 14, 2020 |

Maybe part of the reason Time magazine has become so irrelevant is that its journalism stinks. For decades Time and its weekly cousins Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report were the go-to-places to read continuing in-depth coverage of presidential races and world-shaking events like 9/11 and our serial wars in the Middle East. The…

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Bill's Q&A's

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