Patrick Doyle

A Pittsburgh-based editor and writer.

Category: Crime

Can Pittsburgh’s New Police Chief Save the Bureau?

Over the past few months, I’ve been reporting on Cameron McLay, chief of police for Pittsburgh, and his quest to turn the long-troubled bureau into a cutting-edge, community-focused police department. Topics covered: brutality, police-minority relations, blackjacks, high-speed chases, community policing, corruption, a Twitter scandal, the DOJ consent decree, hiring, pay, and the union. Oh, and that time a camera caught a Pittsburgh sergeant beating the hell out of a teenager outside of Heinz Field.

You can read my profile of McLay in the May issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.


The clergy sex abuse scandal exploded onto front pages across the country in 2002. A painful decade later, the Archdiocese of Boston has begun to rebuild. But a stubborn question remains: What kind of man wants to become a priest?

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The Politics of Killing

Fifteen years after the Chuck E. Cheese massacre in Aurora, the shooter is still on death row. Nathan Dunlap’s execution may bring a day of reckoning for Governor Bill Ritter. Check it out online at or read a PDF with the original design here.

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