Chris Zurawsky

Chris Zurawsky
Christopher Zurawsky
Born May 16, 1962 (1962-05-16) (age 49)
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
Political party Democratic
Zurawsky For Council

Christopher Zurawsky (born May 16, 1962) is a political candidate from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He is currently running for the 5th District seat of the Pittsburgh City Council,[2] which includes Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Lincoln Place, Swisshelm Park, Regent Square, Glen Hazel, Hays, and New Homestead.[3] He has received endorsements from the Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club,[4] Democracy For America[5], and the Gertrude Stein Club.[6] These organizations serve to educate voters by endorsing progressive candidates who promote democracy and civil rights.

Zurawsky currently serves as the secretary of the 14th ward Independent Democratic Club, where he was formerly president.[7] Moreover, he is serving his third term[8] as a committee member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.[9] Zurawsky has been involved in the democratic process in the East End of Pittsburgh, and through his service, he has been an advocate for Pittsburgh voters.[10]

Zurawsky grew up in Brentwood, Pennsylvania and graduated from St. Sylvester Grade School and Brentwood High School. He received his Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh, and he holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh.[11]

Zurawsky has worked as a journalist for the New Pittsburgh Courier, the McKeesport Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has taught Journalism at the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, Zurawsky is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Association of American Cancer Institutes.[12] In this position, Zurawsky helps cancer patients and their families throughout Pittsburgh by traveling to Capitol Hill to inform lawmakers about the life-saving work performed at cancer research centers like the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Hillman Cancer Center.[13]

Chris’ wife, Sarah Flanders, grew up on Murray Avenue and is a Taylor Allderdice High School graduate. They have two sons, Nicholas, a Central Catholic High School sophomore, and Peter, a 6th grader at Pitt’s Falk School. The family has owned a home in Squirrel Hill since 1999.

Chris is a member of St. Rosalia Parish, in Greenfield, as well as the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He is also a board member of Home of Hope – U.S., a non-profit that works with the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, in southern India, to care for poor orphaned children.


  1. ^ Potter, Chris (February 3, 2011). "And they're off: Field of candidates expands in some Democratic primary races". Pittsburgh City Paper. 
  2. ^ O'Toole, James (December 6, 2010). "Onorato's re-election choice could trigger many others". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ "District 5 Map". City of Pittsburgh. 6 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 Endorsements". Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club. April 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Democracy For Pittsburgh". Democracy For Pittsburgh. April 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gertrude Stein Club of Greater Pittsburgh". Gertrude Stein Club of Greater Pittsburgh. April, 2011. 
  7. ^ Zurawsky, Chris (November 3, 2010). "All means all". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  8. ^ Smydo, Joe (April 11, 2011). "City Council races seen as test of mayor's clout". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  9. ^ "Allegheny County Democratic Committee". Allegheny County Democratic Committee. 5 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Zurawsky, Christopher (May 13, 2006). "Weekend Perspectives: Vote, despite it all". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  11. ^ "Regionalism: Capstone Participants". University of Pittsburgh School of Public and International Affairs. 5 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "AACI". American Association of Cancer Institutes. 5 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "AACI Update / May 2010". American Association of Cancer Insitutes. May 2010. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.