Rammy Awards Judges, 2019

  • David Safin
    9th year as judge
    St. Vincent College logo   
    David 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 Cantine
     9th year as judge
     University of Pittsburgh  
     M.F.A. Film Production, Ohio University, B.F.A. Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.  
    John Cantine is Senior Lecturer of Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  Cantine is the former Director of Education and an Associate Professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He is also coauthor of the filmmaking textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking, a freelance video editor and script consultant, and an independent film and video artist. His videos and current class information can be found at johncantine.com.

    Kristen Lauth Shaeffer
    7th year as judge
    Chatham University logo  
    Kristen 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 Hale
    4th year as judge
    RMU logo
    Joe 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 Martin
    4th year as judge 
     kdka logo
    Corey Martin is the Managing Editor at KDKA-TV.  Corey is a graduate of the prestigious Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism.

    Chris Nicholson 
    4th year as judge
    Fox 53 logo
    Chris Nicholson is a Senior Creative Service Producer for FOX 53 / 22thePoint as well as an award-winning independent film maker. 

    Dr. Eddith Dashiell
    4th year as judge
    Ohio University logo
    Dr. 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 Wooliscroft
    4th year as judge
    Local Filmmaker
    John 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 Webster
    2nd year as judge
    WTOV-9 logo
    Tristan 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 Perrine
    1st year as judge
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    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.