Beth Dolinar

Documentary Coordinator - Center for Documentary Production & Study

Office: PAT101

Beth Dolinar has been writing and producing documentaries and shorter-form television content since the early 1980s, when she was a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Since then, her passion for storytelling and her strong journalistic point of view have inspired documentaries on a vast array of subjects, from arts and culture, to social problems and medical advances. She is currently a contributor to local programming at WQED-TV, the public television station in Pittsburgh, where her work as producer, writer and narrator has earned numerous awards.

In 2012, her documentary “Rose’s Garden” won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award, a Golden Quill from the Pittsburgh Press Club, and the Media and Mental Health trophy from the Entertainment Industries Council. The film explored how mental illness affects the family--and specifically, children—of the patient. That same year, her shorter-form film “Feeding the Soul”—exploring the intersection of art and hunger—won a second Mid-Atlantic Emmy award.

In 2006, Beth was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for “Out of the Ashes”, which told the story of the congregation of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, which survived and then rebuilt following a devastating fire.

Other recent work for public television includes “A New Way of Thinking”, a documentary about how doctors are managing concussions in high school athletes. While a news reporter and anchor at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Beth produced and wrote several documentaries, including “Lives of Steel”, which told the story of steelworkers displaced by the collapse of Pittsburgh’s steel industry, and “Our Common Ground,” a lively and colorful exploration of Pittsburgh’s ethnic neighborhoods.

Beth is not only a producer of documentaries, she’s a voracious consumer of them as well. Her work has been influenced by the styles of David Solomon of WQED, Barbara Koppel and, of course, Ken Burns.


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