Carnegie Mellon University
November 27, 2019

Fred Rogers' Neighbors: A Carnegie Mellon Story

CMU alumni share stories of their time on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

By Michael Henninger

Julie Mattera
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CMU recently highlighted connections to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” including the work of Psychology Department alumna Hedda Sharapan (DC 1965). She contributed to the production from its beginning and later represented the show at professional child development conferences. Later, Sharapan became the director of Early Childhood Initiatives for the Fred Rogers Company, and continues to work as a script consultant for the popular "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," an Emmy-winning animated children's program created by Fred Rogers Productions that continues Rogers' legacy. For her work over the years, she was named a Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center and received an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College where the center is located.

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In addition to her staff role on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” alumna Hedda Sharapan became the voice of Mrs. Frogg.