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Best Local Celebrity to Take a Selfie With 

Rick Sebak 

The local chronicler of all things Pittsburgh (past, present and deep-fried) is frequently out and about, and judging by the tags on social media, is generous with his snap-happy fans. Nothing says “Rick Sebak is my homeboy” quite like your beaming mug paired with his.

2nd: Pittsburgh Dad
3rd: Sally Wiggin

Best Nonprofit

Hello Bully
412-235-1997 or 

Hello Bully is a pit-bull-terrier rescue group that hopes to educate the public and repair the dogs’ reputation. This nonprofit relies on volunteers to help them in their operations. It offers classes, adoptions, a fostering program and a halfway house for homeless pit bulls.

2nd: Animal Friends
3rd: Biggies Bullies

Best Local Instagram Account

Keep Pittsburgh Dope

Chancelor Humphrey uses his Keep Pittsburgh Dope account to showcase the people and vibe of Pittsburgh. With clean, bright portraits, he tells an individual’s story. His subjects range from adorable children to chic twentysomethings to elders in the community.

2nd: Steel City Grammers, @steelcitygrammers
3rd: Rick Sebak, @ricksebak

Best Local Twitter Account

Pittsburgh Dad

Curt Wooton and Chris Preksta are the co-creators of Pittsburgh Dad. The Twitter account offers a sitcom-style portrayal of the typical yinzer. The feed keeps fans abreast of new videos, comments on daily news and the continuing adventures of this well-known character.

2nd: Bill Peduto, @billpeduto
3rd: Mark Madden, @MarkMaddenX

Sue Kerr, winner of Best Local Blogger - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
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  • Sue Kerr, winner of Best Local Blogger

Best Local Blogger

Sue Kerr

Born and raised in West Mifflin, Sue Kerr has been blogging since 2005. She founded Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents and serves as its editor-in-chief. She also blogs for The Bilerico Project and BlogHer, and has begun a new project, Amplify, to document LGBT voices in Western Pennsylvania.

2nd: PittGirl
3rd: Ya Jagoff 

Best Local Podcast

Drinking Partners

With a just-chillin’ vibe, and a stash of craft beers and spirits, local comics Ed Bailey and Day Bracey have chatted up everyone from local comedians to Mayor Bill Peduto. Now they’re a virtual institution themselves, with their 100th episode due in November.

2nd: Marta on the Move
3rd: Ya Jagoff

Best Activist 

Julia Johnson

She’s only in her mid-20s, but Johnson’s passion for community organizing has made her, for many, the face of activism in Pittsburgh. Last year, she told City Paper: “It’s important for me to do my best, and to fight, not only for myself, but for others around me, and to leave a better world for the next generation.”

2nd: Jia Ji
3rd: Jasiri X

Best Local Radio Personality 

Mark Madden, WXDX

Being loud and occasionally obnoxious isn’t usually a recipe for success, but WXDX’s Mark Madden has turned that combo into a winning talk-radio formula. His no-nonsense conversations with listeners, even when he’s hitting them with verbal roundhouses, have made him a favorite.

2nd: Mikey and Big Bob, KISS FM
3rd: Randy Baumann, WDVE

Best On-Air Sports Personality 

Mark Madden, WXDX

Yes, he’s gruff and loud, and yeah, he can be meaner than a shithouse rat, but WXDX’s Mark Madden knows his sports. He talks football and baseball with ease, and he’s maybe the best guy in the city on Penguins hockey.

2nd: Mike Lange, Penguins Radio Broadcast
3rd: Bob Pompeani, KDKA

Best Philanthropic Pittsburgh Steeler

Charlie Batch

With his Best of the Batch Foundation, the Homestead-born former QB now spends his post-NFL career improving the lives of underserved youth in Pittsburgh, with a focus on reading, computer literacy, sportsmanship and athletic facilities. 

2nd: Franco Harris
3rd: Troy Polamalu 

Best Philanthropic Pittsburgh Pirate 

Andrew McCutchen

It might be easier to name causes the Pirates centerfielder doesn’t give to or raise money for. McCutchen and his Cutch’s Crew foundation provide money for Make-a-Wish, Children’s Hospital and many other charities. He raises money annually for the youth baseball league where he got his start. And most importantly, he’s always willing to give his time.

nd: Josh Harrison 
3rd: Starling Marte 

Best Philanthropic Pittsburgh Penguin 

Mario Lemieux

Lemieux was stricken by Hodgkin’s lymphona in 1993, the prime of his career. He has been cancer-free for more than two decades, but he still raises funds through his Mario Lemieux Foundation to help find a cure for cancer.

2nd: Sidney Crosby
3rd: Pascal Dupuis 

Best Bike Path 

Great Allegheny Passage 

Affectionately known as the GAP trail, this paved/gravel path starts at Point State Park and traverses the Appalachian Mountains all the way to Cumberland, Md., car-free. Sections within the city offer stunning glimpses of the Monongahela River and former and still-operating steel mills.

2nd: Montour Trail
3rd: Three Rivers Heritage Trail

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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