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Ellie Nesser

Posted on November 18, 2010

Alumna and journalist Beth Dolinar ’81 will be the guest speaker at the Cal U Southpointe Center’s Poinsettia Tea Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

For the past 12 years, Dolinar has been a weekly columnist with the Washington Observer-Reporter, chronicling the everyday adventures of her life and family. Her writing also has appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Quarterly.

Dolinar was an investigative/general assignment reporter and weekend anchor at WTAE-TV from 1986-1995, and she has returned to television as a contributor to local programming on WQED-TV.

In this role she won an Emmy for her first “On Q” report, "From the Ashes," the story of the Ebenezer Baptist Church's comeback after a devastating fire in Pittsburgh.

“On Q” has been replaced in WQED's new program lineup by shows including “Pittsburgh 360,” which takes an in-depth look at the people and places of western Pennsylvania.

Dolinar’s latest report, scheduled to air Dec. 9, will focus on the 73-year legacy of the oldies dances at the Stockdale Fire Hall.

Originally from Finleyville, Pa., and a graduate of Ringgold High School, Dolinar earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Cal U and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois. There she received the Harrington Award, an honor bestowed on outstanding journalism students.

During her undergraduate days at Cal U, Dolinar was news director for the campus radio station, editor of the student newspaper, and a member of the marching and concert bands.

She was the 1987 recipient of the Cal U Professional Achievement Award.

The mother of two, Dolinar is a frequent keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at banquets and charitable events throughout western Pennsylvania. A cancer survivor, she also commits her time and talent to various American Cancer Society events. She is an avid reader, a yoga devotee and a cyclist.

The Cal U Southpointe Center is located at 135 Technology Drive in Canonsburg, Pa.

Ticket price for the tea is $25. The event features a silent auction, along with prizes and giveaways. Proceeds benefit the Cal U Southpointe Book Scholarship Fund, which helps nontraditional Southpointe students purchase textbooks.

Pre-registration is required; reservations must be received by Nov. 29.