Naomi Starobin

Keystone Crossroads Editor

Naomi is the editor for Keystone Crossroads. She comes to the project from WSHU Public Radio in Connecticut, where she was News Director. Before that, she was a factchecker at Consumer Reports magazine. She has a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Naomi is a Philadelphia native and is thrilled to be returning to her roots and working with a great team to report on Pennsylvania's cities.

Eleanor Klibanoff in front of the city of Scranton.
Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

In this special broadcast of Take Note on WPSU, you’ll hear excerpts from a new show from Keystone Crossroads. It's called “Grapple,” and it gives voice to people living and working in distressed communities across Pennsylvania. You’ll hear conversations that help tell the story of America’s profound economic and social changes. Including how places have changed over time to what distressed communities are grappling with today. 

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

 

For a while now, Keystone Crossroads has been running a series called "Ideas Worth Stealing." It's a look at what we can learn from how people in cities around the U.S. and the world are solving urban problems.

Altoona Forum
Kate Lao Shaffner/WPSU

Altoona area residents who came to the Keystone Crossroads/WPSU public forum described their hometown with these words:

  • full of promise
  • sad
  • isolated
  • a nice place to raise a family
  • nostalgic (some say to a fault)

And the word "nativism" came up a fair amount. This simultaneous nostalgia, sadness and hope was a common theme in discussions among the 60 people who attended the forum at Penn State Altoona's Devorris Downtown Center on Tuesday evening.