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Melissa Tkach ’99 Part of Pulitzer-Winning Team

Melissa Tkach with her award

A multimedia producer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Melissa Tkach ’99 joined Paula Reed Ward ’96 in contributing to the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

In response to the story “Paths to the Pulitzer” from the Summer/Fall 2019 edition of IUP Magazine, Melissa wrote that she worked with video, photo galleries, and 911 audio recordings used in the Post-Gazette’s web coverage of the tragedy. She joined the newspaper staff in 2000 and moved back and forth between the sports and web desks until she settled in the video (now visuals) department in 2007. She is also an executive board member and mobilization chair for the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and president of the Great Lakes District Council.

Melissa credits IUP retirees Jay Start and Bob Russell, among others, for teaching her the skills she uses every day.