Patty Satalia

Senior Producer / Host

Patty Satalia was a senior producer/host for WPSU-TV and FM from 1987 to 2017. Prior to joining Penn State Public Broadcasting, she worked in commercial television in Pittsburgh, first as a film editor and fill-in capsule news anchor for WPGH-TV, and later, for WPTT-TV as public affairs director and co-host of the talk-show, People, Places and Things. In her 30 years at WPSU, Patty conducted around 6,000 interviews and hosted a variety of programs, including Take Note, Pennsylvania Inside Out, and the Lobby Talk series, which was recorded before a live audience in the lobby of the Outreach Building.  For eight seasons, Patty produced the Emmy award-winning game show, The Pennsylvania Game, as well as a number of award-winning documentaries, including: Children and Autism: Time is Brain; Creating Health: Childhood Obesity; and Farming from the Heart, to name a few. She was co-producer/host of the half-hour public affairs program, Conversations from Penn State, and a reporter for WPSU-FM.  

Patty graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980.  She and her husband, Ed Satalia, a building contractor, have two grown sons. 

Ways to Connect

Denny Gioia, Kline Professor of Business and Chair of Business Management in Penn State's Smeal College of Business.
Penn State Smeal College of Business

He’s been called Mr. Pinto.  Denny Gioia was the Ford Motor Company’s Recall Coordinator in the early 1970s when a field report about one of the company’s top-selling cars landed on his desk.  It was one of more than a hundred case files. At issue was whether the Ford Pinto’s fuel tank posed a serious fire hazard if struck from behind. The case would result in a series of devastating lawsuits against Ford, a recall of 1.5 million vehicles and charges of reckless homicide.

Today's program with best-selling author Karen Abbott, was recorded live at the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State back in March.  Abbott's visit was sponsored by Centre County Reads, "one community reading one book."  The chosen book for this year's event was Abbott's 2014 book of creative non-fiction, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Undercover Women in the Civil War.  Abbott, who has been called the pioneer of "sizzle history," interweaves the true stories of four women who risked everything on behalf of Union or Confederate sides.
 

WPSU's Patty Satalia and Charlie Hosler at the 2016 Wilson Banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Science

Charlie Hosler is one of the titans of weather forecasting. In the late ‘50s, his state-of-the-art forecasts were transmitted by microwave from Penn State campus to a local TV station, earning him rock star status with area farmers and impacting weather reporting nationwide. Hosler also left his mark on Penn State, having spent his entire professional career there. In April, he was guest of honor at the annual Wilson Banquet, a program he started as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Sex trafficking; they call it the new American slavery.  It’s been reported in all 50 states, and whether we acknowledge it or not, it’s happening right under our noses.

As head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shirley Malcom is committed to finding and nurturing underrepresented talent in the sciences.  Her drive is deeply personal.    

Malcolm is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and holds 16 honorary degrees.

As the first executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, Terry Mutchler staunchly defended the public’s right to know. But sharing her own story was another matter.  Mutchler chronicles here secret five-year relationship with the late Illinois Senator Penny Severns in her critically acclaimed book, “Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist and the Politics of Gay Love in America.”  We’ll talk with her about open records law, about her journalistic roots at Penn State and about the impact her disclosure had on her career.

Art Halvorson is a real estate developer and a former career Coast Guard pilot. He’s also a Tea Party-backed candidate taking a second crack at unseating eight-term Republican Congressman Bill Shuster in the April 26th primary. What got Halvorson into the race for Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, what does he stand for, and what are his chances?  WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with the candidate.

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Joseph Vodvarka
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Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th. Four Democratic candidates are vying for a primary win and a chance to take Republican Senator Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We’ll talk with all four candidates. This week our guest is small business owner Joseph Vodvarka. 

Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th. WPSU is talking with the Democratic candidates vying for a primary win and a chance to take Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We’ll talk with all of the candidates. This week our guest is Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.

Katie McGinty
Katie McGinty

Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th.   Four Democratic candidates are vying for a primary win and a chance to take Republican Senator Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We’ll talk with all four candidates. This week our guest is former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell, Katie McGinty.

Admiral Joe Sestak
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Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th.   Four Democratic candidates are vying for a primary win and a chance to take Republican Senator Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We’ll talk with all four candidates. This week our guest is retired 3-star Admiral and former U.S. Congressman Joe Sestak, who ran against Senator Toomey in 2010 and lost by a slim margin. 

About half of America’s farmland is planted with genetically engineered crops—principally corn, cotton and soybeans. Genetic engineering allows scientists to change the genes in some farm animals and food crops to make them grow faster or bigger and be more resistant to bugs, weeds and disease. Proponents say the technique holds the key to feeding an ever-increasing population in the most environmentally conservative way. Opponents say the science of biotechnology is moving too quickly with neither adequate study nor precaution and that we tinker with nature at our own peril.

If you think heroin isn’t a concern in your community, think again. Experts now say every community in Pennsylvania has a heroin problem.  Pennsylvania now ranks 3rd in the nation for heroin use and 7th for overdose deaths. What’s behind these alarming statistics—and why are only a fraction of those who need treatment getting it? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with psychiatrist Timothy Derstine, medical director of SunPointe Health Medication Assisted Treatment program.  Unlike many treatment programs, his requires psychosocial therapy in addition to prescribing medication.

Edible waterbug on plate
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Montana State University Professor Florence Dunkle has been an entomologist for nearly 50 years. But it wasn’t until a trip to Rwanda in 1985 that she began studying insects for their nutritional value. Now one of the world’s leading entomophagists, she warns against unsustainable food practices and the detrimental effects of Western cultural bias.  She also champions the low-cost, high-protein benefits of eating insects.

Since the United Nations Volunteers program began in 1971, more than 50,000 volunteers have been mobilized around the world. Volunteers help organize and run local and national elections and support a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects.  What does it take to become a volunteer—and are volunteers making a real difference?  WPSU's Patty Satalia talks about that and more with Jennifer Stapper, Communications Chief for the United Nations Volunteers program.

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, more individuals with mental illness are in America’s jails and prisons than in residential mental health care facilities.  Many are  there for nonviolent offenses.  Why is the criminal justice system becoming our de facto mental health care provider?  And how can we improve the outcomes when law enforcement and other first responders encounter individuals with mental illness who are in crisis?  Tracy Small answers those questions and more.  She's program coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT, for the Centre Region.

Americans of all stripes increasingly say our political system is in a state of crisis.  They point to intense partisanship, lack of civility, and the inability of government to get things done.  Just how dire are things?  How did we get into this fix?  More importantly, what can we do about it?  Christopher Beem, the managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State, and the author of "Democratic Humility," says part of the problem is that we are all hardwired with "confirmation bias," and that we are too quick to reject any information that goes against our belief

Why can it be so difficult to get kids to behave?  Our guest has the answer to that question, and advice on rediscovering the joy of parenting.  Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of “If I Have to Tell You One More Time...The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling.”  She’s also a Penn State graduate.

Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a gifted poet, scholar, public speaker and human rights activist.  Her powerful poems are a tribute to the dead and an appeal to the living. Wesley teaches English and Creative Writing at Penn State-Altoona and is the author of four widely acclaimed volumes of poetry.  We talked with her about surviving Liberia's civil war and her new memoir, about how education saved her, and about going home.

Sandra Fluke was a third-year law student at Georgetown University in 2012, when she was invited by Democrats to speak at Congress’ contraceptive mandates hearing.  Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh stunned the country when he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of her testimony.   In 2014, she narrowly lost her bid for a state senate seat in California.

In his latest work, renowned photographer and researcher Richard Ross opens our eyes to the harsh realities of America's juvenile justice system.  

For his book, “Juvenile In Justice,” Ross photographed and interviewed more than a thousand youths over a five-year period in juvenile detention facilities around the country.  The result is powerful and haunting. 

A distinguished professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ross has received numerous grants and awards and his works have been exhibited in museums worldwide.  

If you’re like most people, you’ve given only limited thought to the fluoride in your tap water.  That is, unless you live in Bellefonte, where the issue is now being hotly debated.  The Bellefonte Water Authority has voted to end the practice; some area dentists and residents want the authority to reconsider and continue to add fluoride to the water system.  Why is this long-standing practice still so controversial?  What are the benefits—and risks—of fluoridating drinking water?  WPSU's Patty Satalia talks about that with Dr.

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Prostate cancer is one of the two most common cancers among men– one in seven males will be diagnosed within their lifetime. Despite its prevalence, treatment options vary widely based on the particulars of each case. How do you know what’s right for you?  

Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning personal finance expert, TV personality and best-selling author.  She’s also a Penn State graduate and Schreyer Honors Scholar.  WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with her about her money philosophy, about having it all, but not doing it all, and about what it really means when she makes more than him.

As longtime Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bradley Lunsford prepares to retire, two State College attorneys have been selected to run for the open ten-year-term on the bench. Republican Ron McLaughlin and Democrat Katie Oliver will appear on the November 3rd ballot with precious little time to campaign. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with both candidates.  McLaughlin is a shareholder in the State College law firm Stover McLaughlin; Oliver is a shareholder in the State College law firm McQuaide Blasko.

This past August, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan. It’s the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, the largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. What does this mean for Pennsylvania?  What role will the public play in crafting PA’s plan?   DEP’s Secretary John Quigley is our guest. 

  Joe Valente is a self-identified superhero; he’s using the proverbial pen to fight the good fight by spreading a simple message: deaf people are not disabled. Valente is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Penn State and co-Director of Penn State’s Center for Disability Studies. Deaf since infancy, he was “mainstreamed” as a child and didn't have the opportunity to spend time with deaf peers, which is why he finds his research work with schools for the deaf so fulfilling.

As a young bi-racial violinist, Aaron Dworkin knew first hand how little diversity existed in the concert hall. In 1996, during his senior year of college, he established the Sphinx Organization to address the stark under-representation of people of color in classical music. Each year, Sphinx awards more than one million dollars in prizes and scholarships, impacting the lives of more than a hundred thousand students.

Getting through the physical and emotional hurdles of cancer is hard enough--but then there’s the financial burden.  The Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund was started in 2006 to help local cancer patients struggling to pay their bills during their treatment. The fund has distributed more than $1 million dollars and lightened the load for more than 1,000 local families battling cancer in Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon Counties.  To find our more, we’ve asked Doreen Perks to join us.  She started the Fund in honor of her late husband. 

In the United States, about 33 percent of young adults earn a 4-year college degree by age 27. The push in recent few years has centered around encouraging every young person in America to go to college as the pathway to the middle class.  But some experts say we place too much emphasis on a college education and that career and technical schools provide another pathway to success.  Patty Satalia talks about that with Dr. David Passmore, a distinguished professor of Workforce Education and Development at Penn State, and Dr.

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