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Chris Moore
Chris Moore has hosted and produced countless remarkable programs and feature reports since joining WQED in 1980. Formerly the host of the long-running "Black Horizons" and "OffQ," he is now hosting "Horizons," moderating "4802," and is a contributing producer to "Experience." The Mid-Atlantic Emmy® winner has brought to life documentaries like "Wylie Avenue Days," which focused on the heyday of Pittsburgh's Hill District. A Vietnam veteran, he has often incorporated his own life experiences in specials like "In Country," the story of his friends and comrades' return to Vietnam. Outside of WQED, Chris hosts the live call-in TV show, "Pittsburgh Now" for PCNC and has his own weekend radio show on KDKA-AM 1020.

Rick Sebak
Rick Sebak has been making TV programs for WQED since 1987. His documentaries are often called collectively "The Pittsburgh History Series," although they are individual stand-alone programs. Popular for decades, these Sebak productions include such Pittsburgh favorites as "Kennywood Memories," "Things That Aren't There Anymore," "Downtown Pittsburgh," "North Side Story," "The Strip Show," and many others. Rick has also produced a dozen national programs for PBS, including "A Hot Dog Program," "Sandwiches That You Will Like," "A Flea Market Documentary," and "A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway." In 2004, Rick was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for producing and one for writing, on a program titled "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor." He is the recipient of numerous Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and other broadcasting honors. Rick's latest venture is a weekly series on WQED, "It's Pittsburgh & a Lot of Other Stuff," which premiered in the fall of 2010.

Contributing Reporters

Mike Clark
Mike Clark anchors WTAE-TV Channel 4 news and is one of the region's most-recognized television journalists. He's covered everything from regional disasters, to Pope John Paul II's funeral, to a humanitarian mission in Peru, earning honors that include the 2006 Bill Burns Award from the Catholic Youth Association. Mike now reserves some of his time to report for public TV, bringing an expertise in human interest reporting to WQED.

Dave Crawley
Dave has produced more than 3,000 human interest stories as the "KD Country" and features reporter for KDKA-TV. He's also one of WQED's best-known contributing reporters. As a poet, Dave has authored the children's books, "Reading, Rhyming and 'Rithmetic," "Cat Poems," and "Dog Poems," which was selected one of the "Best Children's Books of the Year" by the Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College. Dave has won 12 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award and scores of other broadcasting honors.

Jim Cunningham
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham also lends his expertise to WQED's television line-up, reporting on music, arts and culture. From the symphony to the opera, Jim keeps viewers tuned in to the Cultural District in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Beth Dolinar
Many Pittsburgh television viewers remember when Beth chose family life over her career as a WTAE-TV reporter. Years later, she returned to TV as a contributing reporter for WQED, winning a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for her first feature, "From The Ashes," the story of the Ebenezer Baptist Church's comeback after a devastating fire. A respected print journalist as well, you'll find Beth's byline in her weekly column for the Washington Observer-Reporter. She has previously contributed feature stories for Pittsburgh Quarterly and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Chris Fennimore
As WQED Multimedia’s Director of Programming and host of ‘QED Cooks, Chris Fennimore wears many hats (and occasionally an apron) at the station. Since 1991, the Brooklyn native, who joined WQED Pittsburgh in 1985 as Director of National Programming, has served as Director of Programming.  Chris is responsible for selecting and scheduling the television programs that air on WQED’s four channels.

In August 1993, Chris incorporated his own love for cooking with his responsibility for providing quality television programs -- and inaugurated the cooking marathon format with "Zucchini Cheesecake." Since then, he has produced -- and hosted -- more than 75 live cooking marathons, ranging from "A is for Appetizers" to "S is for Seafood." Public television stations across the nation now air the national versions of the programs under the series title, “America’s Home Cooking.”

He launched QED Cooks in 1996 as a half-hour series featuring segments from the cooking marathons. The series airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. on WQED tv13 along with national PBS cooking shows.

Chris began his career in public broadcasting in 1973 at WNET/New York and has been involved in the development of national projects including "Seasons of Life," "The Struggle for Democracy," "Children of Darkness" and "Big Band Bash.”

After studying under Marshall McCluhan at Fordham University, he went on to receive a graduate degree in Film and Television from the City University of New York. Chris lives in Regent Square with his wife Laura and their son Joseph. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Banjo Club and regularly performs with Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland All Stars.

Harold Hayes
Pittsburgh has watched Harold's solid reporting during his 30 plus years at KDKA-TV. He's covered everything from local news to national political conventions, Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Harold now calls on that experience in his long-form perspective reports for WQED.

Mike Lee
Mike brings his innovative style to arts, entertainment and human interest reports for WQED. He earned a 2010 Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination as host of WQED's "Science Mission 101," produced the WQED documentary, "Lasting Lessons: Dr. Randy Pausch & The Last Lecture," and contributed features for "OnQ." Formerly a professional sports executive and creator/host of cable TV's "Pittsburgh 365," Mike is a native Pittsburgher, alumnus of Shady Side Academy, Dartmouth College, Yale School of Management, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Doug Oster
He's well-known as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Backyard Gardener, co-host of the "Organic Gardener's Radio Show" on KDKA-AM and author of several books. But Doug also reserves a spot in his busy schedule as a contributor to WQED-TV, reporting on gardening and the great outdoors. In 2009, Doug won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for the WQED documentary, "Gardens of Pennsylvania," and was a long-time contributor to "OnQ." Doug's proudest accomplishment is founding "Cultivating Success," a gardening program for foster and adoptive children.

Production and Technical Staff

Rebecca Jean Born
Rebecca is an Emmy-nominated director for WQED-TV's studio-based productions and special projects, senior manager of production and broadcast operations, and the station's female voice-over artist. Rebecca produced Experience: Duquesne University Tamburitzans, which received the 2013 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Documentary, City of Asylum (2005 Telly Award and Emmy nomination), Masters of Glass (2003 Matrix Award) and many feature stories for local production. Since arriving at WQED in 1996, Rebecca has been involved with engineering, local and national productions, WQED-FM, underwriting, outreach and promotion.

Frank Caloiero
Frank has been with WQED since 1993, serving as videographer and editor on many award-winning WQED documentaries, programs and specials including "The Last Chapter," "Teen Dating Violence: The Murder of Demi Cuccia," "Teens OnQ," "Brainfood" and "One Year in Brownsville." In 2011, Frank served as editor and sound engineer on the immensely popular aerial documentary "Pittsburgh From The Air."  His national credits include dozens of PBS and Discovery Channel programs including "Rediscovering America: The Real Ben Franklin," "Nobel Legacy," "Biodiversity: Exploring the Web of Life" and "Jobs: The Class of 2000." His videography and editing is now seen daily in the WQED productions "Experience," "Pittsburgh 360" and "Horizons," Frank also teaches AVID editing at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He has been honored with many industry accolades including numerous Emmy® Awards and nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Jerry Cobbs
With a keen ear and 30 years of remote and studio experience, Jerry guarantees the smooth and seamless sound of WQED Productions as our audio technician.

Chip Connelly
Chip leads the field in video, videotape, master control and technical direction, and is an occasional director.

Dave Foreman
Dave is a second-generation engineer who excels in FM, camera, videotape, audio and technical direction.

Amy Grove
As WQED's media manager, Amy coordinates the AVID editing process for most of WQED's productions. A talented editor herself, you'll see Amy's work in the America's Home Cooking Series ("From the Garden" and "C is for Chocolate") and memorable WQED feature reports like "The Johnstown Flood," and "From Darkness to Light." She also served as location manager on feature films such as "Promises Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story" and "Sudden Death."

Dick Lasota
Our audio technician is also the WQED Shop Steward for IATSE Local 820. During his 39 years of service with WQED, Dick has worked on a multitude of televisions productions, including "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Mike Laver
Mike is a jack-of-all-trades who often fills in with audio, videotape or as cameraman.

Jim Ochtun
When he's not working as a primary camera operator, Jim can be found applying his decades of experience in the WQED nerve center as master control operator.

Paul Ruggieri
The photojournalist-editor joined WQED in 1999, with an extensive background in news and programming. Paul has 50 Emmy nominations, 19 Emmys, two Gabriel Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle and numerous other broadcasting awards, His notable work includes "Stone Soldiers: Saving the Gettysburg Monuments," "From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust," "From Pittsburgh to the Vatican," "Leo Beachy's Legacy," "Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope," and Rick Sebak's "Pittsburgh A to Z", "Things We've Made." and "It's The Neighborhoods."

Minette Seate
The producer of "Horizons" and producer/host of "Filmmakers Corner" has contributed an extensive body of work to WQED. Minette was the long-time producer of "Black Horizons," the nation's longest-running minority affairs program. Her credits also include the documentaries "In Country: A Vietnam Story," "Torchbearers," "Jim Crow Pennsylvania," and "Barbershops PA Stylin'" Minette produced feature stories for "OnQ," was the associate producer on numerous Rick Sebak programs, production supervisor at Bermuda's state-run station "CITV," and science supervisor on the public radio program "Everyday Science." A multiple award winner, Minette served as the voice for a stuffed dinosaur on a Canadian children's program and participated in the prestigious PBS Producers Academy.

David Solomon
WQED's executive producer joined the station in 2000 and has written and produced notable documentaries including the nationally distributed "Portraits for the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black,"  "Long Road Home" and "Losing Lambert." His other award-winning programs and features include "The Donora Smog," "Dixmont," One Year in Brownsville," "Stone Soldiers," "Leo Beachy's Legacy," "The Big Savage Tunnel," "Alicia's Message," "The Darr Mine Disaster," "Fallen Hero: The Ross McGinnis Story" and "From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust."  David has earned 28 Emmy® Awards and 65 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter, three national Gabriel Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, three Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, and ten Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Previously, David was a long-time KDKA-TV news producer, and contributed feature stories to The Wall Street Journal.

Frank Warninsky and Jimmy Seech
Frank does most of the lighting design and teleprompter operating, and Jimmy does most of the floor managing.

Contributing Producers

Gina Catanzarite
Gina is an award-winning television producer, writer and teacher who has worked in her fields since 1987. Her accolades include six Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, 16 Emmy® nominations, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, four Telly Awards, a Matrix Award, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania. National credits include the PBS documentary "Making a Difference," hosted by Danny Glover, "John Updike: In His Own Words," and two series that helped launch the HGTV network, "Lucille's Car Clinic" and "Jane Nugent's Garden Party." Additional credits include "Facing Welfare Reform," "The Case of Missing Human Potential," "Beyond Convention," "Pittsburgh's Living Room" and "Living With Grief" hosted by Cokie Roberts. Additional credits include WQED's "The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats" and the Emmy® winning state-wide series "Teens OnQ" and "Brainfood." Her production of the "2009 Military Spouse of the Year" was played at a White House ceremony. Print credits include co-authoring Lucille's Car Care (Hyperion, 1996); regular columnist for Parents Choice Foundation and the Microsoft magazine, UnderWire;  freelance writer for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Prospects, Moms.com, Eyes On The Prize.org, The Pittsburgh History Series and The Pittsburgh Press. Since 2005, Gina has also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching broadcasting at Point Park University and Robert Morris University.

Maria Kakay
Maria is a contributing producer of feature reports for WQED's "Pittsburgh 360." Previously, she spent nine years in television news at WTAE-TV, winning a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for "spot news" and two National Headliner Awards. Maria earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State University, and her master's degree from Point Park University.

Iris Samson
As a contributing producer for WQED, Iris has brought TV viewers memorable documentaries including "Stories of the Holocaust," "Return to the Roots of Civil Rights" and "The Valley That Changed the World." Her features for "Pittsburgh 360," "Horizons," and previously, "OnQ," have explored topics ranging from high-tech to history, medical to community affairs, and art to entertainment. Iris was an integral part of the production team on the multiple award-winning WQED documentary "From Pittsburgh To Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust." Accolades include an Emmy® Award and multiple nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter, two Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Associaton of Broadcasters Award for her documentary "Visiting Volant." Iris also has a print background that includes nearly two decades as a writer/assistant editor at The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.

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