WQED picks up $10,000 donation

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An otherwise business-as-usual board meeting at the WQED Multimedia facility on Fifth Avenue in Oakland was punctuated by the return of a familiar face Thursday: former president and CEO George Miles.

Mr. Miles, whose tenure at WQED ran from 1994 to 2010, sits on the board of directors at Wesco, a Pittsburgh-based company that procures and distributes tech, electrical and construction elements, among other products.

He was at the meeting for the presentation of a $10,000 check from Wesco to WQED.

As always, finances were a big topic. Lilli Mosco, vice president of development and membership, noted in her development committee report that a springtime fund drive brought in $267,000 — $5,000 better than the goal amount.

WQED is in a pledge period that runs until Aug. 24. The first weekend's goal of $36,000 was a success, she said, boosted by local programs such as "T Is for Tailgate" and "Return of the Zucchini."

A summary of upcoming fall programming included Ken Burns' seven-part "The Roosevelts," which begins Sept. 14. Locally produced fare will include "Pittsburgh From the Water" and an hourlong look at the wage differences between men and women titled "Closing the Gap."

Other guests at the meeting were two very young men: Nikolai Nawrocki, 5 and Connor Smith, 8. Nikolai is from Wayne, Pa., but entered the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest online through the WQED website. His story won the kindergarten division.

Connor, from Pittsburgh, was third in the second grade competition. Both were honored by proclamation from Mayor Bill Peduto, designating Thursday as "Nikolai Nawrocki and Connor Smith Day."


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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