Five of the Best Smiles in Pittsburgh

We asked five Pittsburghers with outstanding smiles what they love about this city.

Pittsburgh gives us lots of reasons to smile. There’s a never-ending list of things to do and see. There’s history. There are the Steelers. Pirates and Pens. And there’s a hometown feel that resonates — no matter what part of the region you’re from.

We asked five Pittsburghers with outstanding smiles what they love about this city. You may recognize them by what they do — or you may just recognize their friendly faces. Here are five people with some of the best smiles in Pittsburgh.

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Gregory Polanco

Pittsburgh Pirates Right Fielder

“The thing that makes me smile the most about Pittsburgh is the friendliness of the people. No matter where you go in the city, there is always someone willing to help you whenever you need help.”

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Rick Sebak

WQED Documentarian

“Even as a kid, I was aware that a smile can get you ahead in life. I remember that my mother entered me in WTAE’s Paul Shannon Smile Contest around 1960, when I was in second grade. I got to go to the station in Wilkinsburg, and I wore my Cub Scout uniform; even though I was just a runner-up to the girl who got the crown, it was totally cool to be on [Shannon’s show] “Adventure Time.“ What I love about Pittsburgh is how everything connects.”

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Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant

President & CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

“The Pittsburgh region is beautiful in tangible and intangible ways. The natural beauty of our four seasons and the tapestry of the neighborhoods make us special. The fact that we have such a rich set of parks, within an urban setting, that are accessible to the public always makes me smile. It also reminds me of the responsibility we all have to ensure that access to a healthy life remains available to our region’s children long past our individual time on this earth.”

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Heather Abraham

KDKA-TV Anchor & “Pittsburgh Today Live” Host

“My family makes me smile. And Pittsburgh is a big family. Have you even worn a Steelers jersey in a different city? Did you make new friends? This place we call home unites us. I love that! I’m also so fortunate to have a job that makes me smile. Meeting up-and-coming artists, comedians, chefs … we have so many talented people here.”

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Sabrina Saunders Mosby

President & CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh

“My personal mantra is, “Smile and Move.” Pittsburgh’s unique number of bridges make me smile because they serve as a consistent reminder of all the ways people are connected in the region and the progress made when we choose to cross them.”

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