Screenshot of Fred Rogers and Josie Carey on The Children's Corner, WQED, Pittsburgh, PA, circa 1960.
Credit: Courtesy of WQED Pittsburgh
A native of Butler, PA, Josie Carey–born Josephine Vicari–was the host of The Children's Corner, WQED's first children show, from 1954 to 1961. Fred Rogers served as her collaborator, co-song writer, and puppeteer for the next seven years. After spending a few years in Canada, Rogers returned to WQED, where he hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, one of the most successful and beloved children's programs in American television history, from 1968 to 2000.