Awards and Accolades

September 19, 2021

WQED was awarded six Mid-Atlantic EMMY awards, including Overall Excellence.

Overall Excellence

WQED Multimedia
Deborah Acklin, President & CEO

 

Community Service

Childhood Lost Project
Minette Seate, Supervising Producer

 

Arts/Entertainment – Short Form Content

Keep Pittsburgh Dope
Anne Casper, Producer/Videographer
Aidan McGarvey, Videographer
Ryne DeCaprio, Graphic Designer

 

Education/Schools – Long Form Content

SOS: Amusement Parks – Grades 5 & 6
Gina Catanzarite, Producer
Annette Banks, Editor

 

Historical/Cultural – Long Form Content

An Unlikely Refuge: Surviving the Holocaust in Shanghai
Iris Samson, Producer
Frank Caloiero, Editor/Photographer
David Forstate, Photographer
Ilana Diamant, Researcher

 

Lifestyle – Short Form Content

August Wilson Park: “You plan right…”
Annette Banks, Producer/Editor 

 

December 5, 2020

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation has recognized WQED with five wins in the 32nd annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards, honoring print, broadcast, photography, and online journalism coverage of the African American and African Diaspora communities of Western Pennsylvania. 

WQED’s Robert L. Vann Media Award Winners, 2020 

Arts/Entertainment

“Alisha B. Wormsley: Art & Humanity”
Anne Casper and Andrew Holman 

  

Documentary

“Serving Time, Too”
Beth Dolinar, Paul Ruggieri, Dave Forstate 
 

News Feature 

“Here Lies...”
Nathalie Berry, Amy Grove, Zak Boyle, Harold Hayes 
 

Public Affairs/Politics/Government 

“The State of Black Pittsburgh 2019”
Minette Seate, Christopher T. Moore, Lisa Washington, Rebecca Jean Born 

  

Sports 

“USS Cunningham: The Biggest Fight of My Life”
Brian Cook and Zak Boyle 
 

September 19, 2020

WQED scored 12 wins during the first ever virtual Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony tonight. The honors included the coveted Community Service Emmy® and the station’s fifth Emmy® for Overall Excellence, a record in that category among stations in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 

WQED’s Emmy Winners, 2020 

 

Education/Schools - Program Feature/Segment

“The Hunger Lesson”
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
David Forstate, Photographer  

  

Entertainment - Program/Special

“All the Marbles” 
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
Zak Boyle, Producer/Photographer/Editor  

  

Health/Science/Environment - Program Feature/Segment  

“The Air That We Breathe”
Ash Warren, Producer/Photographer 
Iris Samson, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor  

  

Health/Science/Environment - Program/Special

“The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma”
Beth Dolinar, Producer  
Paul Ruggieri, Editor/Photographer  
David Forstate, Director of Photography  
Amy Grove, Editor 
 
Historic/Cultural – Program Feature/Segment  

“A Crowning Achievement” 
Annette Banks, Producer/Editor 
Ash Warren, Photographer 

 

Historic/Cultural - Program/Special

“The Good Fight”
Minette Seate, Producer 
Christopher T Moore, Producer       

 

Human Interest - Program/Special

“Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton’s Long Journey”
David Solomon, Producer 
Paul Ruggieri, Editor 
David Forstate, Photographer 
Michael Bartley, Narrator 
Zak Boyle, Field Producer 
Amy Grove, Field Producer  

                

Societal Concerns Program- Feature/Segment 

“Life After Hate” 
Beth Dolinar, Producer  

  

“Ride to Rescue”
Nathalie Berry, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor/Photographer 
Andrew Holman, Photographer 
Michael Bartley, Narrator  

  

Community Service 

 “Serving Time, Too” 
Beth Dolinar, Producer  

 

Overall Excellence

“WQED Multimedia” 
Deborah Acklin, President & CEO
Talent – Reporter – Features/Human Interest 
Beth Dolinar 
(Reporting Compilation) 

 

September 3, 2020 

The Golden Quill Award winners were announced tonight during a virtual ceremony, and WQED is honored to have received 12 awards - a new station record. The honors included two "Best of Show" honors for overall excellence in broadcast journalism and video, and wins in the “Documentary” and “Multi-Platform Project” categories. 

 

Additionally, the Golden Quill Awards honored Chris Moore with the 2020 President's Award in lifetime achievement, presented annually by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. 

 

WQED’s Golden Quill Awards, 2020 

 
Documentary 

“The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail” 
WQED Production Team 

 

News Feature 

“Light in My City” 
Anne Casper, Ash Warren 

 
Medical/Health 

“The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma” 
Beth Dolinar, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate 

 

History/Culture 

“Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton’s Long Journey” 
David Solomon, Paul Ruggieri, Paula Zetter 

 
Arts/Entertainment 

“Visible” 
Anne Casper, Andrew Holman 

 

Lifestyle

“Drop by Drop” 
Annette Banks, Anne Casper, Aidan McGarvey 

 

Sports 

“USS Cunningham: The Biggest Fight of My Life” 
Brian Cook, Zak Boyle 
 

Profile

“My Interview with Fred" 
Rick Sebak, Anne Casper, Kevin Conrad 

Video Essay 

“Celebrating Cornbread” 
Dave Forstate 

 

Multi-Platform Project 

“Serving Time, Too” 
Beth Dolinar, David Solomon, Paul Ruggieri 

 

Best of Show: Video 

“Celebrating Cornbread” 
Dave Forstate 

 

Best of Show: Broadcast Journalism 

“The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail” 
WQED Production Team 

 

August 5, 2020 

WQED was honored this evening with 30 Regional Emmy® Award Nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter, including the coveted categories of Overall Excellence as well as Community Service, which garnered nods for two station community projects, "Future Jobs" and "Serving Time, Too." 

 
WQED’s Emmy® Nominations, 2020 
 

Arts/Entertainment- Program Feature/Segment 

“Painting with Light”
Andrew Holman, Producer 
Anne Casper, Producer  

  

“Pittsburgh Circus”
Aidan McGarvey, Producer  

                               

Arts Program/Special 

“En Pointe: Black Dancers, Black History”
Gina Catanzarite, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor/Photographer 
David Forstate, Photographer 
Ash Warren, Photographer 
Anna Singer, Narrator  

  

Education/Schools- Program Feature/Segment  

“The Hunger Lesson”
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
David Forstate, Photographer  

                               

Education/Schools- Program/Special  

“iQ smartparent: Inspiring Pre-School Scientists”
Gina Catanzarite, Producer 
Lisa Washington, Narrator  

  

Entertainment- Program/Special  

“My Interview with Fred”
Rick Sebak, Producer 
Anne Casper, Editor 
Kevin Conrad, Editor  

  

“All the Marbles”
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
Zak Boyle, Producer/Photographer/Editor  

  

Health/Science/Environment- Program Feature/Segment  

“The Air That We Breathe”
Ash Warren, Producer/Photographer 
Iris Samson, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor  

             

Health/Science/Environment- Program/Special

“The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma” 
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
Paul Ruggieri, Editor/Photographer 
David Forstate, Director of Photography 
Amy Grove, Editor  

                               

Historic/Cultural– Program Feature/Segment  

“A Pearl Harbor Story: Remembering at Age 101”
Anne Casper, Producer/Photographer/Editor 
Andrew Holman, Sound Editor  

  

“A Crowning Achievement”
Annette Banks, Producer/Editor 
Ash Warren, Photographer  

  

Historic/Cultural- Program/Special  

“The Good Fight” 
Minette Seate, Producer 
Christopher T Moore, Producer  

     

Human Interest- Program Feature/Segment  

 “The Braddock Piano”
Anne Casper, Producer/Photographer/Editor 
Andrew Holman, Audio Engineer  

                

Human Interest- Program/Special  

“Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton’s Long Journey”
David Solomon, Producer 
Paul Ruggieri, Editor 
David Forstate, Photographer 
Michael Bartley, Narrator 
Zak Boyle, Field Producer 
Amy Grove, Field Producer  

  

Interview/Discussion Program/Special  

“iQ smartparent: Teen Suicide: Getting Help & Finding Hope”
Gina Catanzarite, Producer 
Rebecca Jean Born, Director 
Annette Banks, Associate Producer 
Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content  

 

“The State of Black Pittsburgh 2019”
Minette Seate, Producer 
Rebecca Jean Born, Director 
Christopher T. Moore, Host 
Lisa Washington, Host 
Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content  

  

Lifestyle Program- Feature/Segment  

“Drop By Drop”
Annette Banks, Producer/Photographer/Editor 
Aidan McGarvey, Photographer  

  

“Colony Café”
Aidan McGarvey, Producer/Photographer  

  

“Handmade Hearts” 
Anne Casper, Producer/Photographer/Editor  

  

Public/Current/Community Affairs Program- Feature/Segment  

“Light In My City” 
Anne Casper, Producer/Photographer/Editor 
Ash Warren, Photographer  

  

“At Home, At Last”
David Solomon, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor  

  

Public/Current/Community Affairs- Program/Special  

“Serving Time, Too”
Beth Dolinar, Producer 
Paul Ruggieri, Editor 
David Forstate, Director of Photography  

  

Societal Concerns Program- Feature/Segment 

“Life After Hate”
Beth Dolinar, Producer  

  

“Ride to Rescue”
Nathalie Berry, Producer 
Amy Grove, Editor/Photographer 
Andrew Holman, Photographer 
Michael Bartley, Narrator  

  

Overall Excellence 

“WQED Multimedia”
Deborah Acklin, President & CEO  

  

Community Service  

“Serving Time, Too”
Beth Dolinar, Producer  

“Future Jobs Initiative”
Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content  

Editor- Program 
Aidan McGarvey 
(Editing Compilation)  

  

Talent – Reporter – Features/Human Interest 
Beth Dolinar 
(Reporting Compilation) 

 

Writer 
David Solomon 
(Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton’s Long Journey)  

 

April 20, 2020 

WQED has been recognized with 26 finalist designations in the 2020 Golden Quill Awards. Sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the competition honors journalism excellence in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia. Congratulations to the finalists. 

 

WQED’s Golden Quill Awards Finalists, 2020 
 
Enterprise/Investigative 

“Serving Time, Too” 
Beth Dolinar, Paul Ruggieri, Dave Forstate 
 
Documentary 

“The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail” 
WQED Production Team 

 
Public Affairs/Politics/Government 

“Our Compelling Interests: Out of Many Faiths” 
Jill Neely, Rebecca Jean Born, Lisa Washington 
 
 

Public Affairs/Politics/Government 

“Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Community Forum” 
David Solomon, Rebecca Jean Born, Lisa Washington 

 

News Feature 

“Light in My City” 
Anne Casper, Ash Warren 

 

Traditional Feature 

“Tyrion’s Tale” 
Nathalie Berry, Amy Grove, Zak Boyle 
 
 

Traditional Feature 

“Body of Work” 
Gina Catanzarite, Amy Grove, Zak Boyle 
 
 

Business/Technology/Consumer 

“Future Jobs: The Digital Series” 
Richard Capaldi, Ryne DeCaprio 
 
 

Business/Technology/Consumer 

“Just a Minute: Tech and Trending in Pittsburgh” 
WQED Digital Production Team 
 
 

Medical/Health 

“The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma” 
Beth Dolinar, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate 
 
 

Science/Environment 

“Straw Forward” 
Annette Banks, Ash Warren 
 
 

Science/Environment 

“STREAM Girls” 
Gina Catanzarite, Amy Grove, Glenn Syska 
 
 

History/Culture 

“Here Lies…” 
Nathalie Berry, Amy Grove, Zak Boyle 
 
 

History/Culture 

“Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton’s Long Journey” 
David Solomon, Paul Ruggieri, Paula Zetter 
 
 

 Arts/Entertainment 

“Building the Festival of Trees” 
Annette Banks, Ash Warren, Amy Grove 
 
 

 Arts/Entertainment 

“Visible” 
Anne Casper, Andrew Holman 

 

Lifestyle 

“Drop By Drop” 
Annette Banks, Anne Casper, Aidan McGarvey 
 
Lifestyle 

“Pittsburgh Eats” 
WQED Digital Production Team

 

Lifestyle 

“My Seven Weeks in Magee” 
Rick Sebak, Frank Caloiero, Aidan McGarvey 

 

Education 

“Time Out: Talking With Students About Opioids” 
Beth Dolinar, Frank Caloiero, Aidan McGarvey 

 

Education 

“Future Jobs: Growing Our Region’s Workforce” 
Iris Samson, Frank Caloiero, Dave Forstate

 

Sports 

“USS Cunningham: The Biggest Fight of My Life” 
Brian Cook, Zak Boyle

Sports 

“All the Marbles” 
Beth Dolinar, Zak Boyle

Profile 

“My Interview With Fred” 
Rick Sebak, Anne Casper, Kevin Conrad

 

Video Essay 

“Celebrating Cornbread” 
Dave Forstate 

 

Multi-Platform Project 

“Serving Time, Too” 
Beth Dolinar, David Solomon, Paul Ruggieri

 

January 29, 2020 

 

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters announced its PAB Award winners today. Two WQED productions were honored. 

 

WQED’s PAB Winners, 2020 

 

Outstanding Public Affairs Program 

"Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton's Long Journey”
David Solomon, Paul Ruggieri, Paula Zetter 

 

Outstanding Judges' Merit Award 

"Friends and Neighbors"
Minette Seate, Frank Caloiero 

 

February 26, 2021 

 

Three WQED productions have been recognized with PAB Awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, which honors broadcasting excellence throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  

 

Outstanding Documentary 

An Unlikely Refuge: Surviving the Holocaust in Shanghai
Iris Samson, Frank Caloiero, Dave Forstate 

 

Outstanding Public Affairs Program 

Childhood Lost: The Adultification of African American Girls
Minette Seate, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate 

 

Outstanding Feature Story 

A Crowning Achievement
Annette Banks, Ash Warren 

 

February 11, 2021 

 

Ronald H. Brown Corporate Leadership Award

WQED is proud to receive this prestigious honor from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.  Now in its 25th year, the award honors outstanding individuals, organizations or corporations in the Greater Pittsburgh community who exemplify leadership in improving the quality of life for African Americans. The station was recognized for its longstanding production and educational work in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. 

 

March 2021 

 

Golden Quill Awards / WQED Finalists   

 

Excellence in Video/Broadcast Journalism 

 
Public Affairs/Politics/Government 

“VOICES: The Most Livable City for Who?” 
Anne Casper, Ryne DeCaprio, Alisyn Blackwell 

 

News Feature 

“Life After Hate”   
Beth Dolinar, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate

Business/Technology/Consumer 

“Future Jobs: Technology and Our Changing Workforce”   
Tonia Caruso, Frank Caloiero, Dave Forstate 

Science/Environment

“The Air That We Breathe” 
Iris Samson, Ash Warren, Amy Grove 

Arts/Entertainment

“En Pointe: Black Dancers, Black History”   
Gina Catanzarite, Amy Grove, Ash Warren

 

“Autism: Behind the Lens”   
Dave Forstate 

 

Lifestyle

“Pittsburgh Eats”   
WQED Digital Production Team 

 

Education 

“The Hunger Lesson”   
Beth Dolinar, Paul Ruggieri, Dave Forstate 

Profile

“Jean Bryant: A Crowning Achievement” 
Annette Banks, Ash Warren 

  

Feature Video 

“Pittsburgh Circus”   
Aidan McGarvey, Anne Casper, Amy Grove 

Video Essay

“Lasting Impressions”   
Paul Ruggieri 

 

Excellence in Audio Journalism 

 Arts/Entertainment 

“Composer Christopher Tin”   

Katie Brill, Bryan Sejvar    
WQED-FM

 

“Laura Gordon – Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company”    

Katie Brill, Bryan Sejvar    
WQED-FM    

 

For a complete list of all organizations in the competition - click here: 
2021 Golden Quill Finalists (westernpapressclub.org)