Pitt Alumni with Fred Rogers Productions

Christopher Arnold portrait

Christopher Arnold (LAW ’04) is the chief operating officer of Fred Rogers Productions, a role for which he oversees both internal and external operations. Prior to joining Fred Rogers Productions in 2019, he held leadership positions at Schell Games, an education and entertainment game development firm based in Pittsburgh, where he was responsible for developing relationships with partners such as The Walt Disney Company and the LEGO Group. He earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

>Bill Casey portrait

Bill Casey (CGS ’82) is a digital archivist for Fred Rogers Productions. Trained as a business financial manager, he was president and COO of a private oil and gas development and investment company in Pittsburgh and also the president and general manager of a linked real estate development company before joining Fred Rogers Productions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Pitt.

Arielle Reed portrait

Arielle Reed (A&S ’17) is a production coordinator at Fred Rogers Productions, a role which entails providing logistical and editorial support for project production and development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English fiction writing at Pitt as well as certificates in children’s literature and public and professional writing and a minor in studio arts. She has a lifelong passion for children’s media and storytelling and is at work on her first novel.

Roberta Schomburg portrait

Roberta Schomburg (EDUC ’89G) works as an adviser for the award-winning PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" and as a consultant on other projects at Fred Rogers Productions. She has worked as a child development consultant since 1982; her work includes coauthoring "Mister Rogers’ Plan & Play Book" with Rogers. She is currently the interim executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. She earned her doctorate in administrative and policy studies with a specialization in child development and applied developmental psychology from Pitt.

Hedda Sharapan portrait

Hedda Sharapan (SOC WK ’67G) is a Pitt-trained child development consultant for Fred Rogers Productions’ PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" and other projects. She has lived and worked in Mister Rogers’ neighborhood since the first taping of "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" in October 1966, where she has worked in a variety of capacities ever since. She is currently a senior Rogers fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Aisha White portrait

Aisha White (CGS ’87, SCI ’93G, ’03G) is a former coworker of Rogers and current consultant for "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" at Fred Rogers Productions. At Pitt, she is the director of the P.R.I.D.E. (positive racial identity development in early education) Program at the Office of Child Development in the School of Education, where she works to support the development of young African American children’s positive racial identity. She earned her bachelor’s degree as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in library science from Pitt.

Source: Fred Rogers Productions