Ten reporters contributed to this summer sampler with scenes from the Pittsburgh area. We like the team’s reporting for dialogue, for the senses (how could you do a piece on summer and not write about smell, taste, color and sound?), the attention to irony. The piece has an appropriately summery, carefree tone. We get the sense the reporters enjoyed themselves and expect their readers did, too.

Read “It was the first day of summer 2004,” by Bob Batz Jr., Dan Gigler, Chico Harlan, Michelle Massie, Laura Pace, Johnna Pro, Amy McConnell Schaarsmith, Rebekah Scott, Corilyn Shropshire and Joe Smydo

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