Monoamniotic Twins

Josephina Stroup and her sister, Isabella, a rare set of monoamniotic twins, born in the same amniotic sac, recover in the NICU unit at West Penn Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. To read more about the twins visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

VFW Ceremony

U.S. Navy veteran Joe Finnegan, 60, of McKees Rocks, a veteran of Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom, is seen through a wreath placed at a marker commemorating the 1914 gathering at the William Pitt Union in Oakland, which formed the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Lung Transplant

Kwesi Aguillera, 34 of Maloney, Trinadad and Tobago, raised money to have a lung transplant because his home country does not offer the procedure.


Mika Nagao of Imizu, Japan holds her 18-month-old daughter, Sumika, at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.  Sumika was one of the youngest patients to be transported from Japan on a ventricular assist device (VAD), which takes over the pumping action of the heart and offers lifesaving support, most often acting as a bridge to keep patients alive until donor hearts become available for transplantation. After the 16 hour flight from Japan to the United States, Sumika and her parents arrived at the Allegheny County Airport and were transported to Children’s Hospital by ambulance. The family received the news they had been waiting for in late May that Sumika would be getting a new heart. On May 30, Sumika received her heart and is doing exceptionally well.

Verona Flag

Aden Mowry, 3, of Verona runs past a flag along South Avenue in Verona as Shannon Starr follows behind on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Foot Patrol

Pittsburgh Police patrol on foot through Homewood on Tuesday afternoon, September 9, 2014.

A Solitary Walk

A person walks beneath the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Rudy Giuliani

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a lunch during a natural gas drilling conference at the Omni William Penn, Downtown on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

Trying to Save a Friend

Gregg Roman, 29, of Swissvale, a college friend of Steven Sotloff, worked to remove personal information about Sotloff being Jewish and an Israeli citizen from the internet while he was held captive by ISIS. To read more about Roman and his friendship with Sotloff visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Protest for Higher Wages

 Demonstrators are arrested along Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2014 after blocking traffic during a protest. Over 100 fast food workers marched through Wilkinsburg to the McDonalds along Penn Avenue to protest wages, demanding $15 an hour and the right to form unions.

Slim Forsythe

Slim Forsythe, 58, is photographed at Nieds Hotel, where he lives and performs, in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, 2014.  Forsythe who works in the city's budget office has lived a colorful life, having worked as a lawyer, a self-published author, a volunteer at Mother Teresa's House of the Dying in Calcutta, an anti-nuke protester, a school bus driver, and many other endeavors.  On Aug. 29 Forsythe was inducted into the America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Iowa. To read more about Forsythe visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Thommy Conroy, 34, of Bloomfield, is seen through a window of Colangelo's on 21st Street in the Strip District on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Tony Hawk

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse Skateboards Team visited Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  The team visited the world-class skatepark as part of a pre-opening performance at the conclusion of their Midwest Birdhouse on the Road Tour.  The 17,000-square-foot skatepark is named in memory of Vincent and Stephen Pitcher, avid skateboarders, who drowned on a camping trip in 2008.

Corbin & Hanner

Pittsburgh country-rock musicians, Bob Corbin, left, and Dave Hanner, right, of the Corbin-Hanner Band, photographed in Hanner's son, Jake's studio in Richland Township on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Corbin and Hanner wrote hits for some of the biggest stars in music, including Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Genetically Modified Soy

Mike Reskovac stands in his field of genetically modified soy in Uniontown on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles, the 2013 World Champion, competes on the balance beam at the Senior Women’s Preliminaries at the P&G Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.


A few of my frames from the 55th Annual North Washington Rodeo in Petrolia, PA on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 .

Michael Brown Vigil

 Julia Johnson, 22, of the South Side stands along Grant Street during a rally against police violence at the City County Building, Downtown on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014.
 Raymond Robinson, 39, of Brentwood, holds a sign as he joins the demonstration against police violence.
Vee King, 28, of Penn Hills holds a candle during the vigil. 

Foggy Morning

The city skyline in enveloped in fog below Mt. Washington on Monday morning, August 4, 2014.

Morning Dew

Water droplets hang on a spiderweb in the West End on a foggy Monday morning, August 4, 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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