Fred Rogers

Pioneering and beloved American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003) shared his compassion, patience, honesty and dedication to children’s advocacy with families all across the globe for more than 30 years via his award-winning television program produced in Pittsburgh at WQED.

Today, Rogers’ innovative model for children’s entertainment and education, as well as his passion for numerous social causes, lives on through Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), his many books, songs and speeches, as well as in the numerous events and memorials held around the world that celebrate his work. More than ever, Rogers’ ideas continue to impact and shape many areas of learning, media and civic engagement.

In her NPR Ed article, Why Mr. Rogers Is Having A Big Moment In Education, writer Anya Kamenetz traces Rogers’ significant and lasting legacy, and his pivotal work in areas of early childhood education, gender diversity, creativity and creative play, social and emotional learning, fair use media, and more.

The article showcases Rogers’ central role working in public television here in Pittsburgh at WQED, the country’s first community-sponsored TV station, which was also the first station to broadcast televised classes to elementary schools.

Read the entire NPR article on Fred Rogers.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...