News anchors Mike Clark and Andrew Stockey share interview strategies with Broadcast class


Students in the University of Pittsburgh's inaugural Broadcast I class were joined by WTAE-TV news anchors Mike Clark and Andrew Stockey today.

Two of Pittsburgh's most respected and experienced anchors worked one-on-one with students in how to conduct interviews, ad-lib during news segments, open-questions, closed questions and follow-up questions to lead into a narrative interview.

Pitt's inaugural Broadcast I class has focused on the hands-on application of critical thinking, theory and history, while incorporating the top Industry professionals in the City of Pittsburgh to provide a unique, personalized educational experience.

WTAE TV's Mike Clark coaches broadcasting student Melanie Pantano

Mike Clark has been anchoring the news at WTAE since 1995. He can be seen on Pittsburgh's Action News 4 weekdays at 6 and 11 p.m. His on-air work has been recognized for its excellence by numerous organizations, including the Emmys, the Golden Quill and the Associated Press.

Clark is proud to have anchored multiple Emmy Award-winning newscasts for Pittsburgh's Action News 4, including two that captured "Best Newscast." He was also honored for field-anchoring the Emmy Award-winning continuing coverage of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, and the rescue of nine miners at Quecreek in July 2002. Clark also won a 2013 Edward R Murrow Award for Hard News Reporting for his exclusive interview with survivor Charles Breitsman, the hostage in the Gateway Tower crisis. It was Breitsman's only media interview.

He was also cited for his distinguished field anchoring of Pope John Paul II's visits to St. Louis in 1999, and to New York and Baltimore in 1995. He anchored Pittsburgh's Action News 4's coverage of the death and funeral for Pope John Paul II in 2005. Clark also field anchored WTAE's live coverage of Pope Benedict's first pilgrimage to America in 2008, in Washington D.C., and New York City. In 2013, Clark was in St Peter's Square when Pope Francis emerged from the balcony for the first time. Clark captured two Emmys for his work, anchoring and reporting from Rome, and co-hosting "Chronicle:From Pittsburgh to the Vatican," an hour-long broadcast on the historic election of Pope Francis.

Clark was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from La Roche College in 2004. In 2003, he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Institute of Technology. And he received the 2002 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh. Clark received a Cardinal Fulton Sheen Television Award in New York City for his series of reports on the Chimbote Mission in Peru in 2000. Clark was presented the Bill Burns Award at the 2007 Art Rooney CYO Dinner, for excellence in Television Broadcasting. He is the 2009 recipient of the Cardinal Donald Wuerl Flame of Hope Award for his commitment to serving the poor, and the 2009 recipient of the Cardinal John Wright Media Award from the Alumni Association of the Bishop's Latin School. In 2013, he was named an Honorary Alumni of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, for his advocacy of the nursing profession.

Andrew Stockey anchors Channel 4 Action News at 5 p.m. He is also Channel 4 Action Sports director and anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. sports segments for WTAE Channel 4 Action News. He also serves as host of WTAE Channel 4 "Operation Football" and co-host of "Black and Gold PrimetimeIn successive weeks in 2016, he reported from both the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention is Cleveland His most enjoyable stories include the Steelers Super Bowl victories in 2006 and 2009, the Penguins Stanley Cup celebrations in 2009 and 2016 and the Pirates return to the post-season in 2013. During the 2001 Hall of Fame weekend, he covered the inductions of both Lynn Swann in Canton, Ohio, and Bill Mazeroski in Cooperstown, N.Y. Stockey has won Edward R. Murrow and Golden Quill awards for his sports reporting, “Best sports play-by-play” from the Pennsylvania Associated Press and has been honored multiple times by the organization for best sportscast. In 2014, he received the Mid-Atlantic Emmy for best sportscast.

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