WQED-TV Awards & Accolades: 2017

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September 9, 2017

WQED celebrated five Emmy Award wins as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized excellence in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. The honors included Emmys in the coveted categories of Overall Excellence and Community Service. Congratulations to the following recipients.

OVERALL EXCELLENCE 
“WQED Multimedia”
Deborah Acklin, President & CEO

COMMUNITY SERVICE
“Hope After Heroin”
Maria Kakay, Project Producer

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Remake Learning: Network of Success”
Iris Samson, Producer
Lisa Washington, Narrator

HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT/SCIENCE - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis”
David Solomon, Producer/Director
Paul Ruggieri, Editor/Director of Photography
Michael Bartley, Narrator

EDITOR - PROGRAM
“WQED Sessions & Pittsburgh Eats"
Amy Grove, Editor

August 1, 2017

WQED was honored with 14 Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Honors include nods for the coveted categories of Overall Excellence and Community Service. These are the nominees in the following categories:

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Remake Learning: Network of Success”
Iris Samson, Producer
Lisa Washington, Narrator

HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT/SCIENCE - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis”
David Solomon, Producer/Director
Paul Ruggieri, Editor/Director of Photography
Michael Bartley, Narrator
Zak Boyle, Production Assistant

HISTORIC/CULTURAL - PROGRAM FEATURE/SEGMENT
“Hutch's Story”
Paul Ruggieri, Producer/Photojournalist/Editor

HISTORIC/CULTURAL - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Come by Here: A History of Five Churches”
Beth Dolinar, Producer
Iris Samson, Associate Producer
Harold Hayes, Narrator
Walter Francis, Videographer
Dave Forstate, Videographer
David Solomon, Executive Producer

HUMAN INTEREST - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Caregivers for Our Aging Population”
Nathalie Berry, Producer
Michael Bartley, Narrator
David Solomon, Executive Producer

INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Hope After Heroin: Fighting the Epidemic”
Maria Kakay, Producer
Rebecca Jean Born, Director
Christopher T. Moore, Host
Lisa Washington, Co-host

INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION - SERIES
“IQ Smartparent”
Gina Catanzarite, Producer
Rebecca Jean Born, Director
Darieth Chisolm, Host
Zak Boyle, Editor
Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content

LIFESTYLE -  PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“A Christmas Cookie Story”
Zak Boyle, Producer/Photographer/Editor
Samantha Gorsuch, Producer/Photographer/Editor

MAGAZINE - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“That's A Lot!”
Frank Caloiero, Producer/Photographer/Editor

PUBLIC/CURRENT/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS - PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Pittsburgh's Melting Pot Mission”
Iris Samson, Producer
Paul Ruggieri, Editor/Photographer
Darieth Chisolm, Narrator
David Solomon, Executive Producer

OVERALL EXCELLENCE 
“WQED Multimedia”
Deborah Acklin, President & CEO

COMMUNITY SERVICE
“Hope After Heroin”
Maria Kakay, Project Producer

EDITOR- PROGRAM
“WQED Sessions & Pittsburgh Eats"
Amy Grove, Editor

WRITER- PROGRAM
“Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis”
David Solomon

May 25, 2017

The 53rd Annual Golden Quill Awards recognized WQED with seven awards in competitive categories. Additionally, WQED's longtime host and producer Chris Moore received the coveted Service To Journalism Award for lifetime career achievement. The Golden Quill Awards are sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.

Television: Feature 

"Another Trip Downtown"

Rick Sebak, Kevin Conrad, Frank Caloiero

Television: Documentary

"Pittsburgh's Melting Pot Mission"

Iris Samson, Paul Ruggieri, Walt Francis

Television: Arts & Entertainment

"The Comedy Confluence"

Andy Kelemen, Mike Rubino

Television: Education

"Remake Learning: Network of Success"

Iris Samson, Paul Ruggieri, Frank Caloiero

Television: Public Affairs/Community Service

"Hope After Heroin: Fighting the Epidemic"
Maria Kakay, Rebecca Jean Born, Chris Moore

Television: Lifestyle 

"A Christmas Cookie Story"

Zak Boyle, Samantha Gorsuch, Paula Zetter

Digital: Education

"Remake Learning"

Iris Samson, Frank Caloiero, Paul Ruggieri

 

Service To Journalism Award
Christopher T. Moore

May 3, 2017

Two WQED productions won Robert L. Vann Media Awards. The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's Vann Awards recognize exceptional coverage of Western Pennsylvania's African American community.

TV Broadcast Sports Feature - First Place
“Charlie’s Story”
Paul Ruggieri

TV Broadcast Public Affairs - First Place
“The State of Black Pittsburgh”
Rebecca Born, Chris Moore and Minette Seate

 

May 1, 2017

WQED has been recognized with 12 nominations in the 2017 Golden Quill Awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Congratulations to the finalists in the following categories:

Television: Feature
"Another Trip Downtown"
Rick Sebak, Kevin Conrad, Frank Caloiero

Television: Documentary
"Hope After Heroin: The Epidemic in our Backyard"
Maria Kakay, Paul Ruggieri, David Solomon

Television: Documentary
"Pittsburgh's Melting Pot Mission"
Iris Samson, Paul Ruggieri, Walt Francis

Television: Arts & Entertainment
"The Comedy Confluence"
Andy Kelemen, Mike Rubino

Television: Education
"Remake Learning: Network of Success"
Iris Samson, Paul Ruggieri, Frank Caloiero

Television: Education
"iQ Smartparent: Celebrating Different Learning Styles"
Gina Catanzarite, Rebecca Jean Born, Zak Boyle

Television: Public Affairs/Community Service
"Hope After Heroin: Fighting the Epidemic"
Maria Kakay, Rebecca Jean Born, Chris Moore

Television: Public Affairs/Community Service
"The State of Black Pittsburgh"
Minette Seate, Rebecca Jean Born, Chris Moore

Television: Business/Technology/Consumer
"Remake Learning: The Maker Movement"
Iris Samson, Paul Ruggieri, Frank Caloiero

Television: Lifestyle
"A Christmas Cookie Story"
Zak Boyle, Samantha Gorsuch, Paula Zetter

Digital: Education
"Remake Learning"
Iris Samson, Frank Caloiero, Paul Ruggieri

Digital: Lifestyle
"Pittsburgh Eats"
WQED Digital Production Team

 

April 4, 2017

Two WQED productions have been named as finalists in the 2017 Robert L. Vann Media Awards. The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's Vann Awards recognize exceptional coverage of Western Pennsylvania's African American community.

TV Public Affairs Program
"The State of Black Pittsburgh"
Minette Seate, Rebecca Born, Chris Moore

TV Sports Feature
"Charlie's Story"
Paul Ruggieri

 

March 27, 2017

"Hope After Heroin: The Epidemic in our Backyard" has won the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award (PAB) for Outstanding Television Documentary Program.

The production team included producer Maria Kakay, camera and editing by Paul Ruggieri and executive producer David Solomon with many others making valuable contributions.