Ground-breaking broadcaster...author...respected community leader…beloved Pittsburgh personality...and sought-after professional lecturer. Each of these titles applies to Eleanor Schano, veteran television and radio journalist and Pittsburgh's "woman of firsts."
In 1951, Schano was the first female commercial television announcer and first female weather caster at WDTV Ch3 (now KDKA-TV). In 1959, she made history once again at WTAE-TV, as Pittsburgh's first female general assignment television news reporter; and in 1970, at WIIC-TV (now WPXI-TV) she became the city's first solo prime-time anchor woman.
Today, Eleanor Schano continues her strong list of "firsts" as the host of LifeQuest, (formerly AgeWise ) the nation's first television program for older adults. Since, 1991, Schano has broken new ground in this half-hour talk show , which airs on WQED-TV. Each week, Eleanor Schano and her guests explore the health, financial, social and political issues that impact the lives of this unique senior audience. The program has earned numerous national and statewide awards including the prestigious Pennsylvania Broadcasters Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.
In addition to her role at WQED, Schano serves as Special Projects Director at KQV-NewsRadio, where she has been on staff since 1982. She is responsible for numerous series on culture, entertainment, health, and education.
Eleanor Schano began her distinguished broadcast career in 1951 while an undergraduate at Duquesne University. Following her pioneer role as the first woman weathercaster at WDTV, she wrote and produced the syndicated series Gateway to Glamour, telecast in 286 markets around the country. This marked another "first” as the first nationally syndicated series every to be produced in Pittsburgh.
She performed a variety of duties at KDKA-TV after Westinghouse Broadcasting bought the station from DuMont in 1955, including doing a daily talk show.
By 1958, Schano was on the move to WTAE-TV, where she served as the city's first female general assignment news reporter, for which she received three Golden Quill award for outstanding news coverage.
From 1979-1974, she made news as well as reported it at WIIC-TV (now WPXI-TV) as the first solo prime-time anchor woman in Pittsburgh history. While there she also hosted the weekly half-hour public affairs program Face to Face.
Making the move to radio in 1974, Eleanor Schano joined the KDKA Radio morning team as the newscaster on the Jack Bogut Show, and also held the post of general assignment reporter for the afternoon drive-time news program 90 to 6. In 1975, Schano returned to KDKA television as a news anchor, consumer reporter, general assignment reporter and public affairs host, positions she maintained until 1978.
From 1978-1982, Schano was both host and executive producer of WPGH-TV's daily program Good Day Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Women '79, a weekly half-hour program focusing on local women achievers. In 1982, Schano left Pittsburgh for a brief time to serve as solo anchor on the 6pm newscast at WPEC-TV in Palm Beach, Florida. While there, she also established and staffed a South Palm Beach County News Bureau and was named Outstanding Anchor in South Florida. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1982 to assume her post at KQV-News Radio.
With a broadcast career spanning over five decades, Eleanor Schano has garnered some of the industry's most prestigious awards and honors. In addition to 5 Golden Quills, Schano received a 1989 Matrix Award for outstanding investigative news coverage. She was honored by the South Florida Braodcasters Association as Outstanding TV News Anchor in South Florida in 1981. She also was the recipient of the President's Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and the City of Pittsburgh's Love Award for humanitarian service to the community.
Eleanor Schano received Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Pittsburgh Press Club in recognition of outstanding career achievement and contributions to Western Pennsylvania journalism and the Pittsburgh Press Club.
A committed and involved member of the Pittsburgh community, Schano has served as a commissioner for the Great Pittsburgh Commission for Women, and she holds seats on the Board of Directions for the Civic Light Opera and the Carnegie Science Center. Formerly she held positions on the Boards of the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Her range of experience and natural presence make Eleanor Schano a much sought after lecturer, and she is proud to deliver presentations to more than 200 civic groups and professional organizations each year. She is an outstanding motivational speaker on topics ranging from Woman Power to Aging with Attitude. She also conducts seminars on lifestyle issues.
An advocate of exercise, Schano enjoys walking, bicycling and is an avid traveler. She and her husband have made bicycle treks through Italy, France and California's Napa Valley.
Eleanor Schano resides in Shadyside with her husband, prominent Pittsburgh Attorney and former Common Pleas Judge John Feeney. Their family includes six children and 16 grandchildren.