R Bar Open Stage

Craig King on bass, Twizzy Thornhill on drums and Max Woodhall on guitar perform at open stage night at the R Bar in Dormont on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015.

Capes 4 Heros

October Twisdale, 6, of New Castle, Delaware peers out of a telephone booth after Captain America gave him a cape during the Capes4Heros event at the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015.  Capes4Heros hosted a superhero celebration and distributed 150 capes to children facing life-threatening challenges.

Accident Scene

Emergency workers stand with victims of a car accident along Liberty Avenue near 16th Street in the Strip District on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Paying in Advance

Sandy Brown, 61, poses for a portrait in her Saxonburg home on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Brown had breast cancer surgery in December.  On the day before surgery, she received a call from the hospital asking for payment or else they would cancel the procedure. Read Luis Fabragas' story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

WWE Daniel Bryan

Bryan Keller, 4, of Farrell, PA flexes his muscles with WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan as the professional wrestler visits with patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Monday afternoon, March 9, 2015. The WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital as part of "Conner's Cure," an organization named in honor of Conner Michalek who passed away at age 8 from medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord.  "Conner's Cure" provides funds for pediatric brain and spinal cancer research and medical care for children and their families.


Cyndi Gropp of Gibsonia pulls her grandson, Harrison, 3, on a sled as her husband, Fred, follows behind at North Park on a snowy Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Skating with Elsa

Nicole Geiger-Holloway dressed as "Elsa," left, pulls Abby Gerst, 8, of Fawn Township, Jessica White, 9, of Highlands, Stephanie Vozar dressed as "Anna," and Danni Wolverton, 8, of Pine Township at North Park's Ice Rink on Sunday, March 1, 2015. 

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks at the honors convocation after being installed as the university's 18th chancellor at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Petite Mort

Yoshiaki Nakano and Alexandra Kochis rehearse "Petite Mort" at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in the Strip District on Feb. 25, 2015.

Study Time

Savannah St. Clair, 14, studies her geography homework as she sits in her father, Chuck's booth, St. Clair Taxidermy out of Boswell, PA, at the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show at Monroeville Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.


Ice floats on the frozen Allegheny River near the North Shore on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Jennifer Wen Ma

Artist Jennifer Wen Ma stands in her installation, "A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" for the Market Square Public Art Program on Tuesday Downtown in Market Square.  The installation will run from Feb. 19 through April 12.

Steamy Installation

Samuel Garland, 51, of North Braddock moves mulch for the installation, "A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" by artist Jennifer Wen Ma in Market Square on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.


David Case, owner of PMI in Market Square, is silhouetted against a wall at Perle in Market Square on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Youth American Grand Prix

Emily Fonville, 15, of Rochester, MI, center, rehearses on  an open stage during the auditions for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals on Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown, Feb. 14, 2015. Throughout the weekend hundreds of ballet dancers from 9-19 attended workshops, competitions, and dance classes.  YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training.  Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York.

African American Heritage

John L. Ford Sr. is reflected in a display case as Capt. Darren Rogers, 911th Air Force Reserves, speaks at the 5th Annual African American Heritage Celebration's "Black Veterans With Success, Their History, Health and Commitment to Excellence" event on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

The Shipyard

David Crouse, 90, of Allison Park sits in his workshop, "the shipyard," where he builds model ships in his home on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Sister Nyirumbe

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Thursday, evening, Feb. 5, 2015 at Duquesne University. Honored by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2014, Sister Nyirumbe is the subject of the documentary, Sewing Hope, which chronicles her work at the Gulu vocational school, where she works with survivors of the Ugandan civil war. Many of the young women and girls were kidnapped from their families and forced to be married and child soldiers.  To learn more about Sister Nyirumbe's work and the film, Sewing Hope visit sewinghope.com.

A Flight of Gulls

Gulls flock to Pittsburgh's three rivers near the North Shore on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The gulls have migrated from the frozen Great Lakes to the open waters of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers of Pittsburgh. Estimates put the flock's size as high as 7,000 and comprising of many different species of gulls including ring-billed, herring gull, Iceland gull, glaucous gull and lesser and greater black-backed gulls and kelp gull. Read more about the visiting gulls in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Snowy Bloomfield

A person walks up a snowy street in Bloomfield on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 after the recent winter weather left several inches of snow throughout the region.

Boyce Park Slopes

Skiers take to the slopes at Boyce Park during their SnowFest 2015 on January 24, 2015 in Plum, PA.  SnowFest 2015 runs from Jan. 23-25 and includes indoor and outdoor games, activities as well as the usual activities offered at the park.

Clemente Statue

Snow clings to the Roberto Clemente statue outside of PNC Park on a frigid Jan. 6, 2015.

Pittsburgh from Troy Hill

Steam rises above the former Heinz plant on the North Side from Troy Hill Road on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Haiti's Earthquake

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving a death toll that Haiti's government puts at 316,000.  I traveled to Haiti for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in the days that followed the earthquake.  These are a few of my images. 

iPhone Moments of 2014

 Las Vegas, NV
 Las Vegas, NV
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Ocean City, NJ
 Ocean City, NJ
 South Side, Pittsburgh, PA
 Tony Hawk, Carnegie, PA
 Pittsburgh, PA
Ligonier, PA

A collection of some of my favorite iPhone photos from 2014. 

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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