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The Reporter’s Role at the Tree of Life Tragedies   

November 6, 2018

The tragic day, in which every Pittsburgher recalls in October, has reached its one-week mark.The community building, congregation healing, and overall #PittsburghStrong journey continues.John and Rachael sip and quite frankly sob at The Coffee Tree Roasters in Squirrel Hill with Owner Jean Swoope along with Aaron Martin of WPXI and David Kaplan of WTAE to understand the reporter’s role in a tragic episode like the one in Squirrel Hill last week. 

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Question of the Day

anecdote that is most impactful of that day?

06:42 Jean Swoope

Family owner of six The Coffee Tree Roasters in Pittsburgh, discusses her longevity in the Squirrel Hill location. Like many local businesses, Jean provides insight on how her business, employees and friends of the community were affected on the day of the Tree of Life shooting as well honoring one of her regular customers whose life was taken abruptly that tragic day through fond memories.

15:48 David Kaplan

A reporter of WTAE, David reflects on his accounts through a reporter’s point of view and as a Jewish man in the Pittsburgh community. He discusses his duty as a reporter as well as shining a light on how Pittsburgh comes together stronger in the wake of tragedy

Aaron Martin

Aaron, reporter of WPXI, recounts his involvement as a reporter on the first moments of reporting of the shooting. He discusses his personal perspective as well as the stories he captured in the aftermath of The Tree of Life Shooting.

45:46 Jean

revisits the goose-bump driven story about her coffee location being on lockdown and how those involved reacted.

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