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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
 

Trisha Pittman recalls having three days to figure out the bizarre road system -- if you can give it that name -- of Pittsburgh when she came here in 2000.

Now that she has, she is confident on being a dependable voice to commuters every morning on WPXI-TV.

"I love it 100 percent," she says. "The No. 1 reason people watch TV in the morning is weather. No. 2 is traffic."

Pittman has been the voice -- and now face -- of morning traffic reports for more than 11 years. She came here from the Lehigh County area in 2000 to work on KDKA radio. She moved to WPXI in 2001, where she will celebrate a decade in October.

She graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1999, and immediately moved into traffic reporting, where she started giving listeners "a heads up" about bad spots. She says she was commended by a disc jockey about it, leading to a now familiar set of Pittman-isms, such as "all green, all good" and "accidents and incidents."

She lives in Sewickley with her husband, Kevin, and son, Quinn.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:

Sandra Bullock, because I think she would understand my sense of humor. I love cracking myself up!

I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR, or laptop•

Cell phone!!

My favorite reality show:

"Dancing with the Stars." I'm obsessed.

Favorite brunch food:

I have a jar of peanut butter on my desk. I eat it by the spoonful about 5 a.m. every Monday through Friday.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

All. I'm a chic who loves sports. The raw emotion keeps me wanting more.

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Merrill Hoge. (That's my Steelers jersey!)

Top thing on my 'Bucket List' to do before I'm gone:

Learn to play "Devil Went Down to Georgia" on the fiddle.

In five years, I'd like to:

Still be working at WPXI. I honestly love my job.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:

My husband still is best friends with a kid he met the first day of kindergarten. To me, that sums up Pittsburgh.

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Pecan butter and blackberry jelly on toasted wheat -- yum!

One word my mother would use to describe me:

Spitfire

Celebrity crush:

Golfer Phil Mickelson

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:

Rum balls from Christmas two years ago

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A painter/artist

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

The Beach Boys at the Allentown Fair

The best concert I've ever seen:

Tie between Michael Buble and Toby Keith/Trace Adkins

TV marathon I could watch all day and why:

"Pawn Stars." I'm addicted to Rick's laugh.

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Grand Concourse

Saturday mornings you'll find me:

Running!!!!

The movie that always makes me cry:

"Remember the Titans" and "The Blind Side"

My most treasured fashion accessory is:

Sunglasses

My most embarrassing junk food:

Twizzlers -- I eat a big bag every week.

The last book I read:

Kara Gougher's "Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons"

My childhood nickname was:

Mugs

My favorite "bad" movie is:

"Bring It On"

My first job:

GAP Kids

I never travel without my:

Chapstick

People would be surprised to know that I:

Can look at a cow in a field and know what kind it is.

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