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Margaret A. Finnegan, Sp ’82


Margaret Finnegan

For nearly 20 years, Peggy Finnegan has been one of the most trusted and familiar faces in Pittsburgh. As co-anchor and reporter for Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., Peggy and her co-anchor David Johnson are the longest-running news anchor team in Pittsburgh.

“My job is different every day, so it's never boring and always edifying,” Peggy says. “I just adore the folks with whom I work. Television stations are brimming with bright, funny and creative people, and we laugh a lot. But the most important element of television news, the one that keeps pulling me into the studio, is that what we do on the Channel 11 News set matters to our viewers.”

Before Pittsburgh, Peggy worked at WTTB Radio in Vero Beach, Fla.; at WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill.; and at WIXT-TV in Syracuse, N.Y.

Her proudest career achievement was being part of Channel 11’s transformation from a distant third in the market to an award-winning newscast with the respect of its competitors.

She has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Carlow College Women of Spirit Award and the Source of Life award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital. A breast cancer survivor, Peggy speaks to many organizations about the importance of early detection through self-examination and mammograms, and she informally counsels women about the disease.

“When I moved to Pittsburgh to work on Channel 11 News, I could never have imagined the profound impact it would have on my life,” she says. “I fell in love with a Pittsburgh man, married, became a mother of four children and have enjoyed an exciting, enriching career."

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