Andrew Conte has worked as the founding director of the Point Park University’s news service since 2005. He also serves as the founding director of the University’s Center for Media Innovation, which opened in September 2016.
Previously as an investigative reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Andrew covered a wide range of topics that included cybersecu
rity, federal prosecutions of law enforcement officers, rising health care costs and offshore banking.
Andrew has received numerous national and local awards for his reporting including a Scripps Howard Foundation award for business reporting, the Carnegie Science Award and first-place honors from the Inland Press Association, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Associated Press Society of Ohio. The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has recognized Andrew with its top award four times, while the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists has awarded him three times with its top prize.
Andrew has written three books. The Color of Sundays tells the story of the first blacks in professional football, and the Independent Book Publishers Association recognized it with a Silver Ben Franklin Award. His national best-selling sports book Breakaway tells about the behind-the-scenes dealings to keep the Penguins hockey team in Pittsburgh. His latest book, All About Roberto Clemente, came out in December 2016 and tells the life story of the Pirates’ outfielder for early readers.
Andrew received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. You may find more information and a monthly media innovation column at www.AndrewConte.com.