Meet Chris Loggins: Producer for The Fred Rogers Company

As a producer of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Production Manager for Peg + Cat and Odd Squad,  Chris Loggins is responsible for coordinating the production process. He said he is “inspired” by the reaction the three shows receive.

“It’s always inspiring to hear stories from people I meet about their favorite Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood song and how it comes in handy, or how their daughter points out trapezoids because she learned about them on Peg + Cat, or kids they know who dress up as Odd Squad agents and solve the ‘odd’ in their neighborhoods,” Chris said. “Their support helps us continue what Fred Rogers started.”

Chris has a special fondness for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood because the series is made for the youngest television viewers. 

“Each script is crafted and reviewed by early childhood development experts,” Chris said. “There is a real commitment to telling stories that are useful and developmentally appropriate for the audience. I think that is something that really sets Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood apart.”

In addition to his work on the programs, Chris enjoys his time in the Children’s Department of the Main branch of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, where he can be found leading Baby & Toddler story times on Saturday mornings. Last Saturday, he read to a young audience that numbered about 20.

“I’ve been at the library for 6 years. I started there after working with a Pittsburgh-based early literacy outreach organization called Beginning with Books,” Chris said. “When that experience was coming to an end, I knew I wanted to continue sharing my love of reading and books with young readers. I was lucky enough to obtain a position with the Children’s Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.”

Driving the Storymobile, a free mobile library that can still be seen around Pittsburgh, Chris received a book request from a boy that still makes him smile. 

 “A young man came aboard and said he was looking for something scary to read,” Chris said. “I exhausted our supply of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and even Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Nothing was quite scary enough. Finally, I found a non-fiction book about dinosaurs that had some pretty ferocious looking pictures. I offered it to him, and he looked at the book for a minute and said ’Bull’s-eye!’ It was an unexpected choice, and his enthusiasm made my day.”


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