Rammy Awards Judges, 2019
David Safin9th year as judgeDavid Safin is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Saint Vincent, a Master’s degree in Multimedia Technology from California University of PA, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University.
John Cantine9th year as judgeM.F.A. Film Production, Ohio University, B.F.A. Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.
Kristen Lauth Shaeffer7th year as judgeKristen is a Pittsburgh based filmmaker and producer. She is also an Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University. (Technically she was unable to vote this year, but her dedication to the Rammys since it began, earned her the right to remain on the list.)
Joe Hale4th year as judgeJoe plays a vital roll maintaining the video infrastructure inside Robert Morris University's award winning Academic Media Center. He is also an accomplished non-linear video/film editor and a musician.
Corey Martin4th year as judgeCorey Martin is the Managing Editor at KDKA-TV. Corey is a graduate of the prestigious Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism.
Chris Nicholson4th year as judgeChris Nicholson is a Senior Creative Service Producer for FOX 53 / 22thePoint as well as an award-winning independent film maker.Dr. Eddith Dashiell4th year as judgeDr. Eddith Dashiell is the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies & an Associate Professor at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Her award winning broadcast journalism career began in the 1980's. Dr. Dashiell transitioned into academia in the late 1990's. Many former students return to Athens, Ohio specifically to thank her for focusing and kickstarting their careers.John Wooliscroft4th year as judgeJohn Wooliscroft is a Pittsburgh based social media and film critic. Wooliscroft co-hosts a successful podcast focused on both industries. He earned his MFA in Film and Digital Media from Chatham University.Tristan Webster2nd year as judgeTristan Webster is a news videographer working with WTOV-9 out of Steubenville, Ohio. He and his fellow broadcasters provide cutting edge and exciting news for the Ohio Valley. Tristan is a West Virginia University graduate and also an alumni of PRHS. He won the first ever Rammy Award (editing) back in 2011.He began taking video production classes with Mr. Koehler just for fun. Some of Tristan's fondest memories at Pine-Richland involved videos with his friends and working after-school events with Mr. Clack and Mr. Karpinski. After enjoying the time spent in PRTV, Tristan decided he would pursue a career in video production. After four years at West Virginia University, a video internship with Mountaineers, and a summer as a freelance videographer, Tristan now works for WTOV.It excites (but doesn't surprise) Tristan that Pine-Richland still produces enthusiastic and creative minds. Whether for pleasure or passion, Tristan encourages any aspiring filmmaker, or videographer to continue to create in the name of art and entertainment. Filmmaking is about exploring new ideas and supporting each other's projects. Keep up the great work!Shannon Perrine1st year as judge
Shannon Perrine is a proud Pittsburgher who has been happy to have called WTAE Channel 4 her work home since 1999. Perrine was hired as a reporter at Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 after working at WTAE’s sister station in Harrisburg, PA, WGAL where she was a reporter. She has anchored different newscasts at WTAE Channel 4 and currently anchors the 5:00 p.m.weeknight newscasts with Andrew Stockey. While Perrine got her journalism and political science degree from the University of Delaware, she grew up in Moon Township and graduated from Moon Area High School. Her professional journalism career began when she was a junior in college. Perrine worked as an anchor and reporter at WILM Newsradio in Wilmington, DE. After another radio job in State College, PA, Perrine worked as a reporter and anchor at WJAC TV in Johnstown.
Perrine was honored with a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for important coverage of the U.S. military’s brain research on injured servicemen and women suffering from traumatic brain injury. She also won the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for anchoring.