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Mike Clark
Mike Clark anchors WTAE-TV Channel 4 news and is one of the region's most-recognized television journalists. He's covered everything from regional disasters, to Pope John Paul II's funeral, to a humanitarian mission in Peru, earning honors that include the 2006 Bill Burns Award from the Catholic Youth Association. Mike now reserves some of his time to report for public TV, bringing an expertise in human interest reporting to WQED.

Dave Crawley
Dave has produced more than 3,000 human interest stories as the "KD Country" and features reporter for KDKA-TV. He's also one of WQED's best-known contributing reporters. As a poet, Dave has authored the children's books, "Reading, Rhyming and 'Rithmetic," "Cat Poems," and "Dog Poems," which was selected one of the "Best Children's Books of the Year" by the Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College. Dave has won 12 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award and scores of other broadcasting honors.

Jim Cunningham
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham also lends his expertise to WQED's television line-up, reporting on music, arts and culture. From the symphony to the opera, Jim keeps viewers tuned in to the Cultural District in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Beth Dolinar
Many Pittsburgh television viewers remember when Beth chose family life over her career as a WTAE-TV reporter. Years later, she returned to TV as a contributing reporter for WQED, winning a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for her first feature, "From The Ashes," the story of the Ebenezer Baptist Church's comeback after a devastating fire. A respected print journalist as well, you'll find Beth's byline in her weekly column for the Washington Observer-Reporter. She has previously contributed feature stories for Pittsburgh Quarterly and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Chris Fennimore
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.  Chris is responsible for selecting and scheduling the television programs that air on WQED’s four channels.

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 75 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," "The Struggle for 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 regularly performs with Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland All Stars.

Harold Hayes
Pittsburgh has watched Harold's solid reporting during his 30 plus years at KDKA-TV. He's covered everything from local news to national political conventions, Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Harold now calls on that experience in his long-form perspective reports for WQED.

Mike Lee
Mike brings his innovative style to arts, entertainment and human interest reports for WQED. He earned a 2010 Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination as host of WQED's "Science Mission 101," produced the WQED documentary, "Lasting Lessons: Dr. Randy Pausch & The Last Lecture," and contributed features for "OnQ." Formerly a professional sports executive and creator/host of cable TV's "Pittsburgh 365," Mike is a native Pittsburgher, alumnus of Shady Side Academy, Dartmouth College, Yale School of Management, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Doug Oster
He's well-known as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Backyard Gardener, co-host of the "Organic Gardener's Radio Show" on KDKA-AM and author of several books. But Doug also reserves a spot in his busy schedule as a contributor to WQED-TV, reporting on gardening and the great outdoors. In 2009, Doug won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for the WQED documentary, "Gardens of Pennsylvania," and was a long-time contributor to "OnQ." Doug's proudest accomplishment is founding "Cultivating Success," a gardening program for foster and adoptive children.

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