WQED Multimedia's Director of Programming and host
Cooks, Chris Fennimore wears many hats (and occasionally
an apron) at the station. Since 1991, the Brooklyn native,
joined WQED Pittsburgh in 1985 as Director of National Programming,
has served as Director of Programming.
his current position, Chris is responsible for selecting and
scheduling all television programs that air on WQED tv13 and
writes a monthly food column for PITTSBURGH
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."
then, he has produced -- and hosted -- more than 50 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
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.
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," "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
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
occasionally with a Dixieland band.