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PITTSBURGH Throughout the entire month of March, WQED: The Neighborhood Channel (13.3 digital) continues its monthly “themed” local productions from the WQED archives with “Right OnQ.” These programs have garnered accolades from Golden Quills to regional Emmy® Awards. “Right OnQ” brings the most popular shows together for one solid month of viewer and critic favorites.

Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope – This touching story of one Monongahela teen’s suicide transforms grief and trauma into a lesson of hope and redemption. Called “insightful” and “compassionate” by viewers, Losing Lambert chronicles the questions left in the wake of suicide, the parents struggling to cope, and the future of suicide prevention.

Dr. Randy Pausch and the Last LectureWhen he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch decided to share his life lessons with his family and the world in his best-selling book, “The Last Lecture.” OnQ contributor Mike Lee collects Pausch’s teachings, as well as some stories from friends and colleagues.

Darr Mine DisasterMore than 100 years after it happened, the Darr Mine explosion in Fayette County remains the worst mining accident in Pennsylvania history. An Emmy® Award-winning OnQ team looks back at the tragedy with rare photographs, interviews with a relative of Darr’s only survivor, and a theory on how a religious holiday prevented more deaths in the disaster.

Big Savage TunnelBig Savage Tunnel is one of the most viewed programs on OnQ OnDemand. Nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award, this documentary digs up the history of how a train route became the Great Allegheny Passage for biking and hiking in the Laurel Highlands. OnQ tells the story of the tunnel’s rehabilitation and restoration.

From Pittsburgh to Haiti: Mission of MercyMore relevant now than ever, OnQ travels to Haiti’s Hospital Albert Schweitzer, founded and supported by western Pennsylvanians. This poignant documentary won a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for Television Photography Feature/Series.

Masters of Glass OnQ showcases internationally renowned artists in this special on the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the first open and comprehensive glass art studio in southwestern Pennsylvania. This special edition won the Matrix Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in Communications for Best Television Feature.

Stone Soldiers: Saving the Gettysburg MonumentsGettysburg is home to more than 1300 monuments placed across its historic battlefield. Unfortunately, time, nature and vandals have damaged these American treasures. OnQ takes a look at the people working to repair, preserve, and protect the “stone soldiers” in this winner of a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award and two Golden Quill Awards.

Celebrating Rodef Shalom – When the historic Reform Jewish Temple celebrated two major anniversaries – its 100th year in Oakland and its 150th year for the congregation – OnQ was there. This nostalgic special won the Golden Quill Award for Outstanding Television Public Affairs/Documentary.

The Gift of LifeOnQ has the story of a Pittsburgh woman in desperate need of a kidney transplant and her friend who stepped up to help. Opal and Emmy® Award-winning correspondent Tonia Caruso goes inside the operating room as she reports on the importance of living donors.

From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust – This celebrated OnQ documentary follows Pittsburgh Holocaust survivors and teachers from throughout western Pennsylvania on a trip to Poland to participate in the March of the Living. They travel to World War II concentration camps and towns in this winner of an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Gabriel Award. This documentary was also nominated for five Regional Emmy® Awards.

OnQ is WQED’s nightly newsmagazine show, the only one in the region and one of five in the country. In its 10th year, OnQ features stories about the regions culture, business, history and human interest topics. A multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award winning program, OnQ was the first news and information program to broadcast in high-definition (HD) in the Pittsburgh market. Other prestigious awards for OnQ include: The CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award and the Telly Award. In 2008, OnQ was also selected to be part of the Paley Center for Media Studies archives.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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