Fresh Fest
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Pittsburgh’s people, organizations and issues have been popping up all over the national and international news this week. From social issues and business development to the ever-popular subject of craft beer, here’s a roundup of attention for the Steel City:

NPR’s national news report yesterday featured Ariel Worthy’s strong coverage from WESA on the debate over gun control in Pittsburgh. You’ll find that here.

Earlier this week, Citymart ranked Pittsburgh number one for “small business accessibility,” saying our city ranks first for “providing the best discovery and decision-making experience” for startups and small businesses.

And Next City put a national spotlight on equitable development in Pittsburgh in this story about the businesses at 7800 Susquehanna St. in Homewood.

Meanwhile, USA Today’s 10BEST Readers’ Choice Awards has named Pittsburgh’s Fresh Fest the second place winner in their best beer festival category. “During the Fresh Fest Beer Fest in Pittsburgh, some 3,000 craft beer industry professionals and enthusiasts come together for a day celebrating Black-owned breweries with collaborations with Black artists and entrepreneurs from throughout Pennsylvania and the country.”

This is just weeks after Picklesburgh took USA Today’s top honors as Best Specialty Food Festival.

And even London’s Telegraph took a moment to give us some attention in a travel feature titled “Steel City: Why now is the time to visit Pittsburgh, birthplace of Andy Warhol.” Read that here.

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The Associated Press. Find a selection of her work at