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Mary Robb Jackson

jackson Mary Robb JacksonMary Robb Jackson joined KDKA-TV as a general assignment reporter in 1980. In addition, she was a weekend anchor, lifestyle reporter and a co-host of “Evening Magazine”.

Mary Robb came to KDKA-TV after serving as a general assignment reporter, consumer reporter, and an anchor at WPXI-TV.

Among her many achievements, Mary Robb received a 1996 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for her series of reports from Vietnam (“Vietnam: Finding Peace”), looking at that country twenty years after the fall of Saigon through the eyes of a local veteran.

She has also received a National Gabriel Award Certificate of Merit, Matrix Awards, the Golden Quill and the Senator John Heinz Community Advocate Award. She also received Regional Emmy Award Nominations for her coverage of the Memorial to the Victims of US Air Flight 427, and the annual POW/MIA Vigil.

Mary Robb also received the Robert L. Vann Award in 2007 for television spot news, which was presented by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and the Distinguished Alumna Award, presented by the Pitt Alumni Association.

She has been consistently recognized for her work by “Women In Communications”, and received an Associated Press Award for her special feature reports on Pittsburgh’s homeless women.

Improving the welfare of veterans of all eras is a personal commitment for Mary Robb and she has participated in “The Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program”, “Stand Down”, “Sharing and Caring, Inc.” and “The Annual Veterans Bowl.” For those efforts, she has been honored with the Pennsylvania American Legion Patriot’s Award, as well as awards from Vietnam, and Korean War Veterans Organizations.

Mary Robb holds a Masters of Arts and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she was awarded the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship.

Mary Robb has also appeared with the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Mary Robb is married to Michael Challik, Chief Photographer at KDKA-News. They are the proud parents of one daughter.

Mary Robb is also a breast cancer survivor and participates in events supporting education and research.

You can e-mail Mary Robb at mjackson@kdka.com.

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Attempt To Serve Warrant Results In 2-Hour Standoff In Beaver County

A standoff occurred in New Galilee when a suspect initially refused to cooperate with the police when they arrived to serve a warrant.

07/03/2014

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Isiah Smith Gets 5-15 Years In Fatal Oakland Shooting

Isiah Smith, who was accused of shooting and killing a former Slippery Rock University football player, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison Wednesday morning.

07/02/2014

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Washington County Man Scheduled For Execution Next Month

A Washington County man is scheduled to be executed sometime next month, but the likelihood of that happening is pretty slim.

07/01/2014

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Unidentified Tick-Like Bugs Cause Concern For Residents

The Allegheny County Health Department says they have been getting a lot of calls about swarms of unidentified flying objects, some sort of black bug that looks like a tick.

06/30/2014

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Woman Arrested After Allegedly Punching 11-Year-Old Son In Face

A Beaver County woman is facing charges after allegedly punching her 11-year-old son in the face.

06/12/2014

(Source: Smith Family Friend)

Community Mourns Boy Killed In Zip Line Accident

For a kid, it doesn’t get much better than a thrill ride on a zip line. There is some danger with the aerial rope slides, but usually it’s a low risk.

06/11/2014

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Lori Sperling)

Scott Twp. Residents Upset Over Neighbor’s Reptile Hobby

Michael Whewell loves snakes. He has a passion for them. He can tell you that they smell with their tongues, and that his favorite is a 10-foot long Albino Burmese Python.

06/10/2014

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Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Closing School, 3 Churches

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is closing a K-8 school due to low enrollment, and three churches that haven’t been used as worship sites since 2011.

06/09/2014

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New Kensington Boy Won’t Be Expelled Over Toy Gun At School

Under dangerous weapons policies, kids have been suspended for everything from bringing a toy gun to school to using a hand gesture as a pretend gun.

06/06/2014

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Pa. Game Commission Relocating Overprotective Hawks

Residents trouble by dive bombing hawks can feel better as the game commission removes the nest.

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA–06/04/2014

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Pope Urges Importance Of Having Kids, As Millennials Choosing Not To

Time magazine’s 2013 cover story touted a new demographic group: the child-free, suggesting that millennials did not necessarily see having kids as very important to a successful marriage.

06/03/2014

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Woman Knocked Out Cold By Aggressive Neighborhood Hawk

Remember that 1963 movie where Alfred Hitchcock in a cameo appearance walks out of a pet shop as Tippi Hedren walks in?

06/02/2014

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Bishop, Local Catholics’ Opinion Mixed On Celibacy, Marriage In Priesthood

What is it about papal press conferences taking place on planes? After discussing same-sex couples on a previous flight, this time the 77-year-old pontiff responded to questions about celibacy and married priests.

05/30/2014

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Homewood’s ARThouse Finds A New Home

Hale Street in Homewood at the turn of the 20th century was a neighborhood for middle-class African-American families making decent livings working in the nearby mansions of men who made Pittsburgh an industrial powerhouse.

05/29/2014

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Tent Caterpillars Setting Up Camp In Parts Of Area

Eastern tent caterpillars – or bag worms – form their white, cobweb-like nests every year. This year, experts say there are even more in our area.

05/28/2014

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