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Ground-breaking broadcaster . . . beloved Pittsburgh personality . . . respected community advocate . . . notable professional lecturer . . . and celebrated author.  Each of these titles applies to veteran television and radio journalist Eleanor Schano.

Throughout her career, Schano has been on staff and on-air at KDKA-TV; WTAE-TV; WIIC TV (now WPXI-TV);  WQED TV;  WPGH TV;  KDKA Radio;   KQV NewsRadio;  and WPEC TV in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Currently, Schano serves as the 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.  In 2008, she launched her brand Live Well/ Live Long with Eleanor Schano and served as Executive Producer and host for the brand’s first product, a yearlong campaign of health and wellness segments which aired on WTAE TV. She continues to develop and produce a variety of print and multimedia products under the Live Well/ Live Long brand. Schano also makes many appearances as a guest author since publishing her autobiography, Riding the [Air]Waves: Five Decades in the Public Eye. . .And Counting, in 2006; and, she is a much sought-after lecturer and motivational speaker, delivering presentations to more than 200 civic and professional organizations each year.

With a broadcast career spanning five decades, Schano is often recognized as Pittsburgh’s “woman of firsts.”  She holds the distinction of being the city’s first female commercial television announcer; first female weathercaster; Pittsburgh’s first female general assignment television news reporter; producer and host of Gateway to Glamour, television’s first local production to gain national syndication; and Pittsburgh’s first solo anchor woman. 

Throughout her career, Eleanor Schano has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious awards and honors.  She received the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Governor’s Award in 2009.  She also received Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Pittsburgh Press Club and the Pittsburgh Press Club, in recognition of outstanding career achievement and contributions to Western Pennsylvania journalism. In addition, Schano’s work has earned five Golden Quill Awards; a Matrix Award for outstanding investigative news coverage; and the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for LifeQuest, a weekly TV magazine for older adults. She was honored by the South Florida Broadcasters Association as Outstanding TV News Anchor in South Florida in 1981; she was the recipient of the President’s Award from the American Women in Radio and Television; and, she received the City of Pittsburgh’s Love Award for humanitarian service to the community.   

A committed and involved member of the Pittsburgh community, Schano has served as a commissioner for the Greater 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. 

Eleanor Schano currently resides in Shadyside, Pennsylvania.


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