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Matt Churella

Matt Churella, Staff Writer

  • Graduated High School: 2016, Cambria Heights High School (Patton)
  • Year: Senior
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: April 2021
  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Journalism/Psychology
  • Years with The Advocate: Three
  • Progression: Contributing Writer, Staff Writer, Opinions Editor, News Editor, Our Town Correspondent, Daily American Correspondent, Altoona Mirror Stringer, The Tribune-Democrat Stringer, Editor-in-Chief
  • Prefers: News
  • Accomplishments: 2018 Journalism Award, 2019 WJAC-TV Award, 2019 Walter W. Krebs Award, Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship recipient for outstanding young journalism
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Senior Joe Romano picks up his food Jan. 9 at the Pitt Stop café where students can exchange one meal swipe per meal period for a combination of food options.

Exchange flexibility sought

Matt Churella, Staff Writer
January 17, 2020
Allan Scott and his Christian rock ‘n’ roll band are to perform in the Whalley Memorial Chapel on Friday. | Photo: Sam Zubler

Former addict is to rock at chapel

Matt Churella, Editor-in-Chief
December 5, 2018

Students are charged

Matt Churella, Editor-in-Chief
December 5, 2018
L&M Excavating workers installed a storm drain inlet Nov. 2 to a drainage system near a Biddle Hall sidewalk where water had collected frequently during storms.

Sidewalk drainage added

November 14, 2018

Committees merged to two

Matt Churella, News Editor
November 14, 2018

Conversion planned

Matt Churella, News Editor
November 14, 2018
Freshman Josh Salava pets therapy dog Shaylee in Owen Library on Oct. 17.

Dogs soothe midterm stress

Matt Churella, News Editor
October 24, 2018
Junior Hannah Brown talks with student government President Sam Miller during an Aug. 27 meet-the-senators meeting. Brown was one of the few to attend the meeting.

New meeting time has no more ties

Matt Churella, News Editor
September 12, 2018
Pitt-Johnsotwn junior pitcher Brady Walker started for Martella’s Pharmacy in the AAABA Championship Game on Aug. 11 against New Orleans at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.

Cats played role in first champion

Matt Churella, News Editor
September 12, 2018
An unwanted ingredient was found in a student’s March 26 lunch.

Data dictates food options

Matt Churella, News Editor
April 18, 2018

Students have been charged

Matt Churella, News Editor
April 18, 2018
Senior Brady Willis pays Sodexo worker Lori Seigh for his food at the Tuck Shop.

Food quality polled

Matt Churella, News Editor
April 11, 2018
Owen Library Director Peter Egler talks to student government senators about the library’s resources at a Feb. 27 meeting.

More staff needed for night

Matt Churella, News Editor
March 21, 2018
After the sidewalk and bike path connect project is completed, students are to be able to safely walk from campus to the Richland Town Centre.

Sidewalk project is underway

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 28, 2018

Commuter involvement rebooted

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 28, 2018

New tool can aid class scheduling

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 28, 2018
Pitt-Johnstown administrators are not going to cover costs to renovate the Log Cabin, which does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Log Cabin to cost too much

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 14, 2018
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-71st, answers audience questions at a Feb. 6 forum in the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service.

Forum panel discusses boundaries

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 14, 2018
A grounds maintenance worker plows snow Jan. 30 off the sidewalk near Blackington Hall.

Snow removal reorganized

Matt Churella, News Editor
February 8, 2018
South Lodge pipes froze Jan. 7, causing flooding throughout both Buckhorn and Sunset Lodges. At least some students’ personal property was damaged.

No help for water damage

Matt Churella, News Editor
January 31, 2018
Student government members (left-right) Keirstin Ward, Gretchen Sheppard, Brady Willis and Joe Evanko particapate in a toy buy at Toys R Us Nov. 7

Students, Marines buy toys

Matt Churella, Opinions Editor
November 15, 2017
U.S. veteran  and Pitt-Johnstown student Cameron Carr stands in front of The Heroes Memorial near Whalley Chapel Friday.

Wreath was placed to honor veterans

Matt Churella , Opinions Editor
November 15, 2017
Students talk to study abroad representatives at a fair Oct. 11 on the Student Union’s second floor.

Learning abroad discussed at event

Matt Churella, Opinions Editor
October 18, 2017
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