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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.

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.

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.

Richard Cook
  Rich produces two of WQED's high-profile weekly series, "Pittsburgh 360" and "Horizons" and previously produced feature stories for "OnQ." His broadcast career began in 1981 as an intern for KDKA Radio, where he eventually become news director. During his tenure, the station was recognized by the Associated Press as the top news operation in Pennsylvania, three years in a row. He joined KDKA-TV in 1994 as a news producer, then went to WTAE-TV as executive producer in 1999, earning his first Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for breaking news coverage of a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg, PA. His work also earned awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Associated Press, and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Rich earned his second Emmy® in 2009 as producer of WTAE-TV's 50th Anniversary special.

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."

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.

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.

Don McCall
Creative camera work is Don's specialty, and with nearly 38 years of experience behind the scenes, his cutting edge camera work defines the unique style and presentation of WQED Productions.

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."

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.

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 "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 24 Emmy® Awards and 61 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter, two national Gabriel Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, CINE Golden Eagle Award, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, and seven 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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