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Longtime WPSU Host and Producer Patty Satalia to Be Honored for 3 Decades of Broadcasting Excellence

by on September 26, 2019 2:32 PM

Patty Satalia, a former WPSU host and producer, will be inducted into the Silver Circle Society of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday.

The Silver Circle Society requires a minimum of 25 years of service in broadcasting for outstanding members to be recognized. Satalia started working at WPSU — then known as WPSX — in 1987 and retired in 2017.

During her time at WPSU, Satalia co-produced and hosted “Conversations from Penn State” where she interviewed remarkable people including author Margaret Atwood and NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson. She also hosted other programs such as “Take Note,” “Lobby Talk,” and “Pennsylvania Inside Out.”

“What I tried to do was facilitate conversations: a natural give and take, a mixture of listening and talking, questions and comments,” Satalia said in a release. “My conversations with ordinary people who shared their stories in an effort to help others are among the most memorable to me.”

Although she was known for her interviews, Satalia also produced award-winning documentaries “Children and Autism: Time is Brain,” “Creating Health: Childhood Obesity” and “Farming from the Heart,” in addition to the award-winning game show “The Pennsylvania Game.”

Prior to beginning her 30 years at WPSU, Satalia worked in Pittsburgh as a film editor and fill-in news anchor for WPGH-TV, and later for WPTT-TV as public affairs director and co-host of the talk show “People, Places and Things.”

Satalia will be formally inducted into the honor society Saturday during the 37th annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Pittsburgh.

Cassady Potts is a Penn State student and writer for Onward State.
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