January 12, 2022

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation has announced that WQED is being recognized with five awards in its 33rd annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards contest. The recognition honors excellence in journalism coverage of African American and African diaspora communities, individuals and issues for content produced during the calendar year 2020.

WQED’s Robert L. Vann Media Award Winners, 2021

Arts/Entertainment“En Point: Black Dancers, Black History” Gina Catanzarite, Dave Forstate, Amy Grove, Ash Warren

Documentary“The Good Fight” Minette Seate, Chris Moore, Amy Grove, Frank Caloiero, Dave Forstate

Enterprise/Investigative“Childhood Lost: The Adultification of African American Girls”Minette Seate, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate, Frank Caloiero, Paul Ruggieri, Darryl Ford Williams

Public Affairs/Politics/Government“VOICES” Anne Casper, Nathalie Berry, Alisyn Blackwell, Ryne DeCaprio, Dave Forstate, Amy Grove, Aidan McGarvey, Paul Ruggieri

Science/Environment“The Air That We Breath”Iris Samson, Ash Warren, Amy Grove


September 24, 2021

WQED scored 6 wins during this year’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony. The honors included the coveted Community Service Emmy® and the station’s sixth Emmy® for Overall Excellence, a record in that category among stations in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

WQED’s Emmy Winners, 2021

Overall ExcellenceWQED MultimediaDeborah Acklin, President & CEO

Education/Schools – Program Feature/SegmentThe Hunger LessonBeth Dolinar, ProducerDavid Forstate, Photographer

Community ServiceChildhood Lost ProjectMinette Seate, Supervising ProducerArts/Entertainment – Short Form Content“Keep Pittsburgh Dope”Anne Casper, Producer/VideographerAidan McGarvey, VideographerRyne DeCaprio, Graphic DesignerEducation/Schools – Long Form ContentSOS: Amusement Parks – Grades 5 & 6Gina Catanzarite, ProducerAnnette Banks, EditorHistorical/Cultural – Long Form Content“An Unlikely Refuge: Surviving the Holocaust in Shanghai”Iris Samson, ProducerFrank Caloiero, Editor/PhotographerDavid Forstate, PhotographerIlana Diamant, Researcher“Lifestyle – Short Form Content”August Wilson Park: “You plan right…”Annette Banks, Producer/Editor


Pennsylvania Association of Broadcast

Outstanding Documentary“An Unlikely Refuge: Surviving the Holocaust in Shanghai”

Outstanding Public Affairs Program“Childhood Lost:The Adultification of African American Girls”

Outstanding Feature Story“A Crowning Achivement”


Golden Quill Awards

Best of Show: Ed Romano Memorial Award – Videography“Pittsburgh Circus”Aidan McGarvey, Anne Casper, Amy Grove

Video: Science/Environment“The Air That We Breathe”Iris Samson, Ash Warren, Amy Grove

Video: News Feature“Life After Hate”Beth Dolinar, Amy Grove, Dave Forstate

Video: Arts/Entertainment“En Pointe: Black Dancer, Black History”Gina Catanzarite, Amy Grove, Ash Warren

Audio: Arts/Entertainment“Composer: Christopher Tin”Katie Brill, Bryan Sejvar

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

Craft Achievement: Video Essay“Lasting Impressions”Paul Ruggieri

Craft Achievement: Feature Videography“Pittsburgh Circus”Aidan McGarvey, Anne Casper, Amy Grove


Ronald H.Brown Corporate Leadership AwardPresented by Urban League of Greater Pittsburghhttps://www.youtube.be/D3A5ftZzPjU

CFO of the Year by Pittsburgh Business TimesCFO of the YearMike Waruszewski