Dear Care and Feeding: I’m Running a Neighborhood Day Care Against My Will
Rogers on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1987
Fred McFeely Rogers
March 20, 1928
|Died||February 27, 2003 (aged 74)|
|Resting place||Unity Cemetery, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Other names||Mister Rogers|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College (Transferred)|
Rollins College (BM)
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (BD)
|Occupation||Children's television presenter, actor, puppeteer, singer, composer, television producer, author, educator, Presbyterian minister|
|Awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002)|
|Official name||Fred McFeely Rogers (1928–2003)|
|Designated||June 11, 2016|
Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), also known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.
Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Rollins College in 1951. He began his television career at NBC in New York, returning to Pittsburgh in 1953 to work for children's programming at NET (later PBS) television station WQED. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a bachelor's degree in divinity in 1962. He became a Presbyterian minister in 1963. He attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Child Development, where he began his 30-year long collaboration with child psychologist Margaret McFarland. He also helped develop the children's shows The Children's Corner (1955) and Misterogers (1963). In 1968, he created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for 33 years. The program was critically acclaimed for focusing on children's emotional and physical concerns, such as death, sibling rivalry, school enrollment, and divorce.
Rogers died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003 at age 74. His work in children's television has been widely lauded, and he received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Rogers influenced many writers and producers of children's television shows, and his broadcasts have served as a source of comfort during tragic events, even after his death.