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PUM Black History Salutes: Olga George, Assignment Desk Editor at KDKA-TV 2

 

PUM Celebrating Black History Month 2014 Featuring Pittsburgh Leaders Who Inspire

PittsburghUrbanMedia.com proudly celebrates Black History Month this February 2014 by honoring and featuring African American Leaders who inspire and demonstrate a commitment to uplifting future generations. What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need. Passion, purpose, listening and meaning help make a leader inspirational.

As we celebrate Black History Month, the leaders featured during the month of February all demonstrate that they are significantly shaping the world – in business, government, academia, the non-profit sector and more.  They are advancing their influence exponentially by shaping and creating a new generation of leaders who are poised to help lead our world forward.

We hope their stories will serve as an inspiration to encourage others to be motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and dreams.

 

 Olga George, Assignment Desk Editor at KDKA-TV 2

Having survived cancer three times, she is especially dedicated to informing, assisting, motivating other survivors. Olga worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs office while attending Point Park University and upon graduation went to work at WPXI-Channel 11 as an assignment desk editor/writer. After working at the NBC affiliate for two and a half years, she was asked by CBS O & O to come aboard, where she has worked for nearly 20 years.

 

Olga George is a native of the island of St. Croix, part of the United States Virgin Islands. She came to the mainland to continue her education and decided to stay, although at times the cold winter weather prompts her to re-think that decision. Olga is an assignment desk editor at KDKA-TV 2. Her responsibilities include filtering all the stories coming into the newsroom, and then assigning those stories to reporters and photographers.  She works with in-house management and producers to coordinate every aspect of KDKA's coverage, from confirming breaking news to the logistics of getting crews to the scene and the stories on the air.  She also works with CBS News to feed local stories of national interest to The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and affiliates all across the country.

During Black History Month, Olga assumes responsibility for producing and writing KDKA-TV's African-American History month pieces, a series of eight two-minute vignettes that showcase some of the outstanding people, places and things about the African-American community in Pittsburgh.  Her second job away from KDKA-TV was at WQED-TV 13, where she was the producer of the award-winning weekly series Black Horizons for four years. Olga produced or co-produced several documentaries for WQED, most notably: Emmy winning "Flyboys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen" and "Jim Crow Pennsylvania."

 Olga is a graduate of Point Park University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication. Her broadcast experience also includes a stint as a radio news reporter for WAMO. Olga also taught Electronic News Gathering and Reporting at her Alma Mater. An avid believer in giving back to the community, Olga is the co-director of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop, a program that guides aspiring young journalists on how to become how to become professionals in the broadcast and print fields. She loves to cook and enjoys doing so before an audience and showed it by winning the GoodTaste Pittsburgh Food Star's Golden Spatula. She was also chosen as one of the top 100 home cooks for the Fox television show MasterChef Season 4. She was chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 40 under 40 and Women of Excellence 2013.

Olga is Pittsburgh Black Media Federations Treasurer. She is also the media relations liaison for New Horizon Theater, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a board member of the Press Club, Fairview Park and Healthy Heart and Soul.

 

 

THOUGHTS ABOUT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY FROM OLGA GEORGE 

" I’m a Black West Indian/Caribbean American. I was born and raised on the Island of St. Croix which is part of the United States so I’m an American but I’m very much an islander and very proud to be both. I’m proud to see people of color continue to build upon the efforts of their ancestors and give back to the community. My choice of career has allowed me to interview and write about people known and little known who have had an impact on the Black community and Pittsburgh. I’ve been nominated for Emmy’s with documentaries I’ve produced or co-produced on subjects I think are important but most importantly my career has allowed me to help shape young people."

 

" Black History is important to me and I think to the world because of the impact Black people have on the world culture. Just look around you today and you will see the impact of people of color on music, clothing, politics even food. Many people want to enjoy what we are able to create but no one would want to live in our skin because it’s one that still is feared and prejudiced against. We are a race whose history was initial taken, reformatted and fed to us in hopes of making us less in hopes of making others more. It is in this false history that many refuse to release that allows hatred to survive and which is why the telling of true Black History is important. Black history is one that can be looked upon with pride, hope and joy along with the sadness. It’s a shame that even to this day our history, the true roles we played in shaping this world around us is not acknowledge and barely tolerated during the month of February. As though we (people of color) should be ashamed of the past and fearful of the future. It may be a cliché but those who don’t know the past are doomed to repeat it."

 

" I love learning about Black History. Seeing how people of color affected and changed the world around them for the better. It’s amazing to me how Black people or people of color actions benefit not just their own people but everyone.  This can be seen not just in the past but also in the present and I’m sure in the future. What saddens me is that we’re still creating first’s in American history, the lack of understanding sometimes of our own people of our history and the fear our history has on others."


 

 

 

 

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