At the vigil for shooting victims in Squirrel Hill. Photo by Ryan Rydzewski.

In the days and weeks after the mass shooting last year at the Tree of Life synagogue, the world saw an outpouring of kindness and support in Pittsburgh. Students organized a vigil. Businesses opened their doors to offer assistance and free services.

And as our Public Editor Andrew Conte wrote in his column just days after the shooting took place, Pittsburgh’s journalists did remarkable work locally and nationally to tell the story of the violence and its impact on our community.

Pittsburgher Ramesh Santanam wrote a powerful story for The Associated Press about what Thanksgiving felt like in the wake of the nation’s worst act of anti-Semitic violence. Public Source published a thought-provoking piece by Tereneh Idia about the varying responses to shootings in our community. And a profile of Mayor Bill Peduto in The Washington Post explored his experience leading the city forward after this tragedy.

This powerful coverage continued, and months later the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting was awarded to the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for work the judges described as “immersive, compassionate coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.”

As the first anniversary of the shooting arrives, our friends at have created a strikingly beautiful and impactful documentary about our city’s efforts to heal from the terror of this dark day in Pittsburgh history.

We’re glad to share it with you: Watch it here.

Melissa Rayworth

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...