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Production and Technical Staff

Nathalie Berry
Since joining WQED in 1999 as a field producer for "OnQ," Nathalie has won two Emmy Awards and earned numerous Emmy nominations. She's also the recipient of two Golden Quills and a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Gardens of Pennsylvania as best documentary. Nathalie has more than 25 years of experience in television news and production. She now produces stories and documentaries for WQED programs including "Experience," "Horizons" and "Pittsburgh 360." Previously, she worked in news production at KDKA-TV for 17 years.

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.

Pierina Morelli
She got her first camera in third grade and has been shooting ever since. Pierina arrived at WQED in 1999 to help launch OnQ Magazine as a producer/photographer/editor. She has garnered seven Emmy® Awards and multiple nominations for her documentaries and features, along with honors including the Gabriel, Edward R. Murrow, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and Golden Quill awards. Her production credits include "The Allegheny River Islands: Urban Oases," "The Valley That Changed The World," "Return to the Roots of Civil Rights," "From Pittsburgh to Haiti: A Mission of Mercy" and "From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust." Previously, Pierina worked for Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV and WKBN-TV in Youngstown. She is a graduate of Ohio University.

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."

Alicia Schisler
Since joining WQED in 1993, senior producer Alicia Schisler has earned four Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, 12 Emmy® nominations and has been recognized with the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Excellence. In 2012, Schisler was nominated for two Golden Quill Awards for her writing and production of the national television end of life documentary "The Last Chapter" and her special on young adults who are "Living with Autism." She spent a year producing and overseeing the station's "Managing Marcellus" programs and projects exploring the controversy over natural gas drilling. Schisler currently produces WQED's Friday night news and public affairs program "4802" and documentaries for the station's "Experience" series, including "Beyond Baby Blues," a study on postpartum depression. From 2000 to 2010, Schisler produced "OnQ," an award-winning nightly news magazine broadcast.

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 25 Emmy® Awards and 63 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, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, and nine 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.
 


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