And when Pittsburgh's winter skies turn this blue, it's impossible not to get out and run.

Why I changed my mind and decided to start running

A dearth of stolen bases made me realize that the time had come to move it.

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Blown away by Pittsburgh’s working class

Three Saturdays back, I had a weekend essay published in the Post-Gazette. The response from across Pittsburgh in the days after it ran was gratifying. I’ve collected some…

Magoc family train platform

Seven decades later, family model train circles the holiday track

On a Lionel train’s place in our family’s basement and hearts.

Morning light on the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications at Weimer Hall in Gainesville, Fla.

What I did and didn’t get done in journalism graduate school

Graduate school can be good for journalists. For me, though, it was not good for improving this space.

Spring 2014 in photos: PNC Park, Erie and the Strip District

Wild horses roam Paynes Prairie in January 2012.

Assistantship recap: helping UF’s advanced online reporting courses

I concluded the first year of being a teaching assistant at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. See my class’ work here.

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Visiting a dry Paynes Prairie

Still, the area remained beautiful.

A family portrait from America in the late 1920s. My grandfather is on the right.

A passage to Ellis Island

Steve Magoc is going to need a new hat.


Sketch based on “When a Man Falls…” by Stephen Crane

“That looked better in my head.” Yet not quite as good as it still appears in the minds of those who saw it.

Engine Co. No. 8 on Erie's east side.

30 photos of historic buildings in Erie, Pa.

Or, how I completed a freelance assignment entirely on a bicycle.

Beach 6 sunset, Erie, Pa. — July 22, 2011.

Photos from a summer around Presque Isle

I’m starting to think I didn’t spend enough time in Erie’s most beautiful locale when I was growing up.

newspaper digitization setup

How to digitize your entire college newspaper archive

Imagine having instant access to the written history of your campus.

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Erie’s 2011 roll cloud in photos

I stumbled into what became perhaps one of the coolest cloud formations of the year above Erie.

Mercyhurst College 2011

Those last six months of my senior year

Like most, I had a busy end to my last days in college.

ethan magoc website

Rebranded, redesigned, relaunched

Everything had become a little stale.