Meet some of the folks behind Rustbelt Radio



As we noted in today's edition, independent news program Rustbelt Radio is currently off the air while it assesses its future. The group is collecting feedback from its listeners and community as to what they want to see in the program, if it should continue. Feedback can be submitted online via Facebook, or email at

Here are some of the folks behind the voices previously heard on Rustbelt programming:

Jessica McPherson: Got involved in 2003-04, with a focus on environmental issues. "There are so many environmental issues underreported or not reported," says McPherson. "There was a need and I thought 'I could do that.'"

Carlin Christy: Got involved around 2004, as one of her friends was involved in the project, which is an offshoot of the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center. Focused on social-justice issues and immigration. Reported live from Mexico on multiple occasions, including this dispatch from 2006's International Women's Day,

Lizzie Anderson: Started in 2006 covering prison justice and among her projects was the segment "2.3 million and Rising," which focused on prison issues. "I like being able to do something," says the activist. "It just seems important to have an outlet to inform" the people.


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