Rick Earle is a Target 11 Investigator for Channel 11 News. Rick arrived at Channel 11 in August of 1994 as the Westmoreland County Bureau Chief. In September of 2002, Rick began work with the Target 11 Investigative Team.
Rick was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication. He started his journalism career on his high school newspaper and worked in radio during college. Rick's first job in television was at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina. He also worked at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, before coming to Pittsburgh. Rick is married with five children.
In 1994, Rick received the Associated Press Award for "Best Spot News" for his coverage of a deadly Palm Sunday tornado. He was involved in the coverage of the Flight 93 crash in Somerset County on September 11th, 2001, and the award-winning coverage of the rescue at Quecreek Mine.
Rick says, "I work very hard to make sure the stories I cover are accurate, fair, and balanced. It's something I take very seriously."
Acting Pittsburgh police chief Tom Stangrecki issued an order this week advising officers to return to the practice of enforcing minor traffic violations, such as broken headlights or expired inspection stickers.
Two Pittsburgh Police Detectives have been placed on paid administrative leaving, pending an investigation by Allegheny County Police into the deadly shooting of a suspect wanted for killing a police chief.
After announcing that he plans to seek re-election, District Attorney Stephen Zappala spoke out Friday about the death of Jim Rogers, who died after a Pittsburgh Police officer hit him with a taser at least ten times.