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Jody DiPerna

Jody DiPerna

Jody is a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Dish and a frequent guest on the radio show, “Walking on Air with Betsy & Sal,” on WLBK in Dekalb, Illinois. For several years, she penned the weekly “Left Field” column for Pittsburgh’s City Paper. An irreverent sports fanatic, she lives on the North Side and is currently at work on a book about professional women’s football.

Recalling Poet Muriel Rukeyser and her Work on the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Disaster

When she was just 23, poet Muriel Rukeyser drove from her home in New York City to the hollers of West Virginia, fueled by a desire to investigate and document the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel mining disaster. By the time she arrived in 1936, many of the men who had dug the tunnel were…

Queens of the Court

If you think it’s hard to compete with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the field, imagine competing with them for a chunk of the area’s sport-​obsessed, male-​dominated fan base. But two exceptional women, Agnus Berenato of the University of Pittsburgh and Suzie McConnell-​Serio of Duquesne University, are prying some eyes away. Between them, they…
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