Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New director of Fred Rogers Center keeps an eye on kids television

For Rick Fernandes, children’s television can be an opportunity to help families connect. Mr. Fernandes, 50, is the new director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.

“It’s all a tool and can be a great tool if used properly,” said Mr. Fernandes, who started his new job in January. “The question is what can you to to help kids become confident, competent, caring human beings? “

For nearly 50 years, starting in the 1950s, Fred Rogers created 895 episodes of ”Mister Roger’s Neighborhood“ at WQED studios in Oakland. The daily show aired nationally on PBS and became the vehicle for Fred Rogers’ message.

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