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Had her daughter died from an overdose, or from the frigid December night? The question had obsessed Donna since Danielle’s death. Finally, she had the chance to ask the only person who might have answers: A man known as One-Eyed Vinnie.
For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette project Needle in the Family Tree: After Danielle’s Fall.


Diane Dalton finally visits the empty house where the body of her daughter, Jenn, was found months before. As Jenn’s family is stuck looking for answers, the rest of the world, including those who were with Jenn in her final hours, carries on.

This is the closing video for Life and Death on Santron Avenue, a long form multimedia project on one block in Pittsburgh’s overdose capital of Carrick. In April, a high school student’s quick action in the middle house stopped dope from destroying her small family. In the height of summer, the house on the left became the endpoint of a reckless ride that nearly proved fatal. And on a drizzly August afternoon, dope ushered death onto the barren back porch of the house on the right, hurling one family into a chasm of pain. As fall approached, a sleepless and grieving father drove along Santron after midnight and posed questions no one would, or could, answer.


Danielle McClain’s family knows the battles of drug dependence, her son’s urn in her living room stands as a constant reminder. How do you better understand a son in addiction & protect the next generation? She explains how she sees it. Social media edit for the Post-Gazette project Keeley and the Vial.


Alcoa Corp. is leaving Suriname, after driving its economy for a century. Along the Upper Suriname River, an area almost the size of Allegheny County was flooded to provide water for the Afobaka Dam in order to power Alcoa subsidiary Suralco’s aluminum production complex. The construction of the reservoir and dam forced the relocation of 43 Saamaka villages and their some 6,000 residents– some of whom still wait for electrification of their villages over a half century later. Social media teaser for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: The Land Alcoa Dammed.