Our Staff

Kathy Knauer

Kathy Knauer

Executive Producer

Kathy Knauer is the executive producer of The Allegheny Front. She came to radio by accident, volunteering to help out a little then got roped in. That was over 18 years ago. For many years, Kathy was an environmental scientist with a wastewater agency and worked at Carnegie Mellon University managing a water quality survey of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers and small watersheds. She has a Master of Science in Environmental Health from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Managing Editor

Julie Grant got her start in public radio at age 19 while at Miami University in Ohio. After studying land ethics in graduate school at Kent State University, Julie covered environmental issues in the Great Lakes region for Michigan Radio’s Environment Report and North Country Public Radio in New York. She’s won many awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award in New York, and was named “Best Reporter” in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition , The Splendid Table and Studio 360. Julie loves covering agricultural issues for the Allegheny Front—exploring what we eat, who produces it and how it’s related to the natural environment.

Kara Holsopple

Kara Holsopple

Host/Production Director

There’s a lot of diversity in our region—from subdivisions to woodlands, technology hubs to communities left behind. Kara Holsopple is interested in exploring all of it. With thorough reporting and an open curiosity, she’s committed to telling stories about the environment that connect people to the faces and places close by—and the wider world. Kara is a lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, except for her undergraduate years at Sarah Lawrence College. She holds a masters degree in professional writing from Chatham University and has been a feature writer for regional magazines. Kara got her start in radio working with Pittsburgh Indymedia’s Rustbelt Radio. She produced "The Allegheny Front Rewind" series, celebrating the show's 20th anniversary. One summer, she read all of Agatha Christie’s detective novels.

Reid Frazier

Reid Frazier

Reporter/Producer

Reid R. Frazier covers Marcellus shale and energy for The Allegheny Front. His work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, and Burn: An Energy Journal. He's won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association, and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Marijke, daughters Anya and Ruby and Irene, the sidewalk terrier.

Lou Blouin

Lou Blouin

Reporter/Web Editor

Lou has worked as a writer, reporter and radio producer for the past 10 years, and was The Allegheny Front's enterprise reporter in 2015. His work has appeared on Here and Now, NPR's The Salt and Marketplace, and he is a semi-regular contributor to WHYY's health and science program, The Pulse. In a previous life, he played bandoneon in a nuevo tango band. He now lives in Detroit.