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America's Home Cooking host Chris Fennimore.
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Chris Fennimore Bio

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.

In his current position, Chris is responsible for selecting and scheduling all television programs that air on WQED tv13 and writes a monthly food column for PITTSBURGH magazine.

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 50 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," "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 performs occasionally with a Dixieland band.

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