No Surprise, Tourists' Love Puts Pittsburgh in Top 10

It appears more and more tourists are happy to spend their vacations in the 'Burgh.

photo by Dave Hallewell, Hi-Fi Fotos


People who live elsewhere but choose to vacation in Pittsburgh, leave with a smile on their face. That's the obvious conclusion to news that the 'Burgh has been named among the Top 10 Cities in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Destinations on the Rise for 2016

“This is another honor for Pittsburgh because this award comes directly from the great reviews and positive opinions of our visitors,” Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH said in a statement. “This award demonstrates that our visitors are liking what they see. All Pittsburghers should be proud of their part in making this city one of the top cities in the world.”

For Pittsburghers who want compare their town to others on the top 10 list:

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  2. Orange Beach, Alabama
  3. Destin, Florida
  4. South Lake Tahoe, California
  5. Jackson, Wyoming
  6. Estes Park, Colorado
  7. Anchorage, Alaska
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Portland, Maine
  10. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii



photo courtesy of university of pittsburgh athletic department


#PittIsIt: Narduzzi's contract extended

At the University of Pittsburgh, eight and four gets you two more. Pitt has announced a two-year contract extension for head football coach Pat Narduzzi, who in his first year, led the Panthers to their most successful regular season in six years, compiling a record of eight wins and four losses. 

“Pat Narduzzi has adrenalized Pitt football on and off the field,” Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes said in a statement. “We are proud of what our program has accomplished this season. Moreover, we're excited about what our student-athletes can continue to achieve–on the field, in the classroom and in the community–under Pat's long-term leadership.”

Narduzzi's new contract will last through the 2021 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“I'm greatly appreciative and humbled by the support and faith that Scott Barnes and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher have shown me,” Narduzzi said. “The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible place with incredible people. My family and I plan to make Pittsburgh our home for a very long time and we're glad the leadership at Pitt feels the same way.”

The Panthers have accepted an invitation to play in the Military Bowl where they will face Navy in Annapolis, Maryland on December 28.



#AwardNominees: Michael Keaton, cast of ‘Spotlight’

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgher Michael Keaton is included in a list of nominees for acting awards. This year, Keaton and the cast of “Spotlight,” a film chronicling the Boston Globe's exposé  the Boston Archdiocese cover-up of pedophile, has been nominated for best ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild. The movie has also received Golden Globe nominations for best screenplay, best director, and best drama. The movie also features Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James and Stanley Tucci.

“Spotlight” is also generating some serious Oscar buzz. The Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 14.

Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for last year's role in “Birdman,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture.



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