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Pittsburghers Mourn Franco Harris, Catcher of the ‘Immaculate Reception’

Commonwealth Media Services
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris speaks in 2017 during an announcement at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore about new prescribing guideline recommendations for the use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Franco Harris passed away Wednesday at the age of 72. WESA’s Oliver Morrison reports that some of his oldest fans visited Vento’s Pizza in Pittsburgh to mourn his passing.

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(Original air-date: 12/22/22)

Oliver Morrison is a general assignment reporter at WESA. He previously covered education, environment and health for PublicSource in Pittsburgh and, before that, breaking news and weekend features for the Wichita Eagle in Kansas. He started his career in New York reporting for local and national publications like City Limits and The Atlantic. He taught English and theater in the Arkansas Delta for seven years before switching careers in 2013. Oliver is a graduate of Deep Springs College, the University of Oxford and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.