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News, Interviews and Special Features from the Erie Times News -




Persico reflects on 10 years as Catholic bishop of Erie

Lawrence T. Persico, 71, was installed as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Erie on Oct. 1, 2012. In an interview with the Erie Times-News on Oct. 17, 2022, Persico discusses his decade-long tenure, including his handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis, and his hopes for the diocese over the next four years. Persico must submit his retirement papers to the Vatican when he turns 75.


Don Stroz, of Erie, describes living with HIV for 32 years

Don Stroz talks about testing positive for HIV in 1990 and how he has lived a healthy life for more than three decades since.


U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly news conference

In a July 22, 2022 news conference in Erie that he called, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-16th Dist., challenged reporters and pushed back on issues including his acceptance of the 2020 election results, his opponent in his 2022 re-election race and allegations about presidential pardons.


Afghan refugee in her own words: 'My life is safe'

Shamila Samiahmady, a 32-year-old refugee from Kabul, Afghanistan, speaks in her Arabic language about resettling in Erie as another refugee, Abdul Bashir Masood, interprets. The interview was conducted March 15 with Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink at the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants Erie field office.


Audio of shots being fired in fatal shooting in Erie on July 1, 2021

Hear audio of multiple shots being fired in a west Erie neighborhood on July 1, 2021. Police say the shooting led to the death of a man in a home in the 500 block of West 29th Street just before 4 a.m. on July 1. The audio was taken from nearby surveillance video, of the fatal shooting incident.


Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, rallies in Erie

Hear from Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, toured Presque Isle State Park on Sept. 21, 2020 before holding a rally in support of his father outside the bayfront convention center in Erie, Pennsylvania. He stopped at Perry Monument at Presque Isle State Park and spoke with Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink.


Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor reflects on his first five years at the helm

Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor talks on July 28, 2020 about his first five years at the helm of the Catholic-affiliated university in Erie, Pennsylvania.


April 9, 2020 conference call with Pedro Rivera, PA Dept. of Education Secretary

Listen to a conference call with Pedro Rivera, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, talk about what's next now that Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all schools to stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.


North East resident Leslie Reed Hurst discusses experience with COVID-19

North East resident Leslie Reed Hurst discusses testing positive for COVID-19 with Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink on April 1, 2020.


Joan Martin, founder of Erie County's first rape crisis center

Listen to a Q & A with Joan Martin, 79, who founded the Erie County Rape Crisis Center in 1973 and served as the first president of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.


Spotlight: Every beer growler is unique at Moose Head Pottery near Waterford

Listen as John Petro, owner of Moose Head Pottery in Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, talks, Feb. 25, 2020, about what is special about the beer growlers he creates. Audio by CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/Erie Times-News


Erie County Department of Health official discusses the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus

Charlotte Berringer, R.N., director of community services for the Erie County Department of Health, and | Erie Times-News health reporter David Bruce get you up to date about the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus in this audio, which was recorded on March 10, 2020.


Linda Fink and the Meadville Market House

Linda Fink, 64, of Saegertown, was one of the fourth generation of women in her family to sell flowers and produce at the Meadville Market House. Her great-grandmother started the tradition in the early 1900s. She talks about her experiences and memories of helping them. She mentions several photographs included in the attached gallery.


Artist Susie Hosterman talks about her work and her inspirations

Erie artist Susie Hosterman will be displaying photographs and acrylic paintings at the quarterly Gallery Night event, Feb. 28, 2020, sponsored by the Erie Art Museum. Listen as she speaks, Feb. 11, 2020, about process, inspiration and what's next for her work. Audio by CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/Erie Times-News


Crawford County metal artist Bill Brady Jr. talks about his work and his inspiration

Hear from Bill Brady Jr., a metal artist who lives near Centerville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Brady, 77, lives and works in a 1963 Chevrolet school bus, creating whimsical, eclectic mobiles and other metal sculptures out of tin roofing metal. Audio by CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/Erie Times-News


Ken Nickson, coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Erie School District.

Ken Nickson, the Erie School District's first coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion, discusses his role and strategies.


Erie Family Center holds their first Diaper Depot program

Listen as Erie Times-News reporter Madeleine O'Neill checks in, Jan. 27, 2020, on the day-long grand opening of the Diaper Depot at the Erie Family Center in Erie, Pa. This diaper giveaway program is expected to provide 5,000 diapers to about 150 needy families. Officials at the EFC hoped to distribute 5,000 diapers to 150 families who signed up for Monday’s event. The Erie Family Center is a nonprofit that offers parenting classes and other resources to local families. They plan to continue...


Edinboro University art student, professor, talk about the 100th anniversary of the program

Claire Nelson, a freshman 3D animation student from Gettysburg, and art professor Malcolm Chrishilf explain what they like about the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's art program, and why it's important. The program is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 with a series of Art100 gallery shows and lectures. Audio by CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE, Erie Times-News


Q&A: Michelle Jaggi, Erie County census outreach coordinator

Michelle Jaggi, Erie County census outreach coordinator, explains how the 2020 census will proceed in Erie County.


GoErie Live: Doug Smith, clerk of Erie County elections, talks about new voting machines

In a conversation about Erie County's new voting machines on Jan. 14, 2020, Erie Times-News reporter Kevin Flowers and Doug Smith, clerk of elections for Erie County, run down all the new information. The machines will be in use for the 2020 primary election in April.