Recognition for PCRA Members
Tiva Wood Installed as NCRA Vice President
The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association has a long tradition of its members serving and succeeding on the national level and 2014 is no different.
The NCRA 2014-2015 Slate of Nominees included Nativa P. Wood, RDR, CMRS, the chief reporter for the Dauphin County Courthouse, as Vice President, and she was installed on August 1st during NCRA's Convention & Expo.
Tiva is a long-time member of NCRA and has served on its Board of Directors since 2012. She has also served on numerous committees, including chairing the NCRA Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters and the Committee on Professional Ethics.
Tiva is also a past board member and chair of the National Court Reporters Foundation.
Tiva has also served locally in every position of the PCRA Board, and in 1994 was named its District Court Reporter of the Year; she has also served on numerous PCRA committees.
Tiva continues to give generously of her time and guidance to the present board and for that we are truly grateful.
Thank you, Tiva, for agreeing to serve NCRA and reporters across the country again. We are proud to count you among our members.  

Donna Cascio is a Jolly Good “Fellow”

The 2014 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters was announced at a luncheon on August 2nd during NCRA's Convention & Expo, and among them is Donna S. Cascio, RDR, CMRS, of Somerset, PA.

Donna has been practicing for 40 years and for much of that time has devoted herself to the advancement of court reporting on both a local and national level.

Among her many accomplishments, Donna co-chaired PCRA's CIC Committee, collaborating on the Computer Integrated Courtroom Handbook which helped to build the foundation for realtime in the courts in Pennsylvania.

In 1999, Donna received NCRA's first Legislative Activist of the Year Award for her work on court reporter certification in Pennsylvania.

She has served on numerous national committees including the 2000 Convention Committee, Finance Committee, NCSA Resolutions Committee and was a Board Director from 2001-2004.

On the local level, Donna has served in all positions on the PCRA Board, and served as its Parliamentarian for many years.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a distinction given to those who have demonstrated outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of court reporting. Candidates are required to have been in the active practice of court reporting for at least ten years and to have contributed to the profession through publication of important papers, service on committees or boards, teaching and creative contributions. They are nominated for membership by their peers. 

Congratulations, Donna, on this latest recognition for all you've done and continue to do for our profession. You are a wonderful advocate for court reporting.  

 Mary Beth Johnson Receives NCRA CASE Award
PCRA is pleased to announce that Mary Beth Johnson, CRI, Professor of Court Reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, was awarded NCRA's 2014 Council on Approved Student Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Educator at August's Convention & Expo.
The CASE award is given in recognition of dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education.
Mary Beth is a longtime PCRA member and a tireless advocate for students.
Please join us in congratulating her on this recognition that only begins to acknowledge the dedication, talent, and spirit she devotes to all who know her.

NCRA Convention News

Doug Zweizig Qualifies in the
NCRA Speed and Realtime Contests
PCRA's own Doug Zweizig, District 8 Director, qualified for all three legs of both the Speed contest and the Realtime contest at the NCRA Convention & Expo in August in San Francisco. He achieved second place in the speed contest literary with a mere two errors. In the realtime contest literary, he  attained third place with only six errors. What an accomplishment!  Great job, Doug!

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal
August 19, 2014 10:30 PM

Fingers Fly at Court-Reporting

In Steno Showdown, Dozens Put Skills to Test;
 'Michael Jordan' at Keyboard

SAN FRANCISCO—The most famous court reporter in the country, Mark Kislingbury, calmly rested his hands on his keyboard. Around him, more than three dozen other stenographers also readied themselves for the 2014 national court-reporting championships, held last month in a hotel conference room here.

The “Olympics of court reporting," as it is often called, kicked off with a speech, read at precisely 200 words a minute. The stenographers' fingers began to fly. Onlookers, numbering fewer than the contestants, didn't cheer. In fact, they were completely silent, though some made typing motions in a sort of "air court reporting" to see if they could keep up.

Click here for the entire article. 

Reprinted from philly.com
August 12, 2014
Dear fellow dinosaurs, there's hope

THIS ONE GOES OUT to all the dinosaurs out there. And you know who you are, you musty mail carriers, you fusty farmers, you lumbering lumberjacks and yeah, you too, you neglected newspaper reporters. Or so says the labor studies that track the doomed in quickly disappearing jobs.

It takes a dinosaur to know a dinosaur. So when this newspaper dino spotted an "old school" stenographer at a "new school" technology journalism conference last month, I got curious.

Click here for the entire article.


2015 PCRA Annual Convention

April 24-26, 2015

Seven Springs Mountain Resort


Congratulations to Pennsylvania Reporters with New Certifications!

PCRA would like to congratulate member Donna S. Cascio  from Somerset who became newly certified as an RDR after the April Written Knowledge Tests! 

We also congratulate member Christine Marie Myers from Abbottstown, and Kathleen M. Rovito from Collegeville and Angela M. King from Willow Grove, all of whom became newly certified as an RPR, member Marjorie M. Lally from Jim Thorpe who became newly certified as an RMR, and member Carla M. Forbes from Mechanicsburg who became newly certified as a CRR after the May Skills Tests!

Congratulations to all for your achievements!



PCRA is proud to announce its partnership with the Flight 93 National Memorial Oral History and Documentation Project.  The project is entering its final nine months of a grant period and the project assistants have conducted more than 800 interviews with people associated with Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We have an opportunity to assist with this project in the same way we have worked on the Veteran’s Oral History Project.  Pennsylvania will take the lead and recruit reporters to transcribe these interviews so the stories are preserved for future generations!  These interviews cannot be used until a transcript is completed and signed off on by the interviewee.  Time is of the essence.  We are looking for volunteers to transcribe these interviews. 
Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS and Susan E. Kiniry, RMR, of our organization are spearheading this very important project. Please contact them and indicate your willingness to volunteer. Donna can be reached at donna.cascio@gmail.com and Susan can be reached at sekiniry@gmail.com.
A complete set of guidelines, forms and other information is available at the bottom of this page.



Job Opportunities in Pennsylvania


8/21/2014:  Potter County is looking to hire a part-time court reporter. The position would entail 2 -3 days a week to give support to the official court reporter and to cover visiting judges. It is a contract position. Terms to be established by the President Judge. Hourly wage, plus transcript fees. Please send resume and salary expectations to Honorable Stephen Minor, Potter County Courthouse, 1 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

8/15/2014:  County of Carbon has an opening for a Certified Court Reporter. Click here or on the PDF at the bottom of this page for the full announcement.

8/14/2014:  Fulltime Court Reporter position available in the Greene County Court, Waynesburg, PA.  For more information, contact Janette at 724-852-5212.


5/20/2014:  The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia is accepting applications for Official Court Reporters. This is highly-skilled stenographic work, reporting and transcribing verbatim testimony of court proceedings through the use of a computer-aided stenotype machine. This work also involves the use of a computer to transcribe notes of testimony. Transcripts represent the official record of court; therefore, employee’s transcription skills require precise accuracy. 

Click here or on the PDF at the bottom of this page for the full announcement and the employment application. Reporters can direct any questions about the job prior to submitting an application to Cathy Parker at 215-683-8073.


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Click here to see all the details on the Member Discounts page. 

Job Posting for Official in La Junta, Colorado

There is an official position open in La Junta, Colorado. Applications must be submitted by the September 11 closing date. Click on the link below, and then click on the Court Reporter II (certified) listing to see requirements and instructions.




Court Reporters Demonstrate their superior skills

If you have ever wondered how the closed captions "appear" on the television, this video will show you a couple of the country's best court reporters/captioners and how fast they can write.  You will be amazed! Check it out! Click on the video below!



Court Reporting in the News as a growing and profitable career!

MyFox Atlanta
Carlette Jennings, from the Brown College of Court Reporting, joined the Good Day Atlanta crew to talk about a somewhat surprisingly lucrative career in the world of court reporting! CLICK ON THE VIDEO Below TO WATCH THIS FULL REPORT!




Forms/Resources that relate to this page (6)
County of Carbon Certified Court Reporter: WORD File
Post Date: 8/20/2014
Volunteer Hours Log: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PCRA Flight 93 Transcription Guidelines: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PA Court Reporters Volunteer Form: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Oral History Description Doc2: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Insert for Packet Flight 93 Oral History: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
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File Downloads that relate to this page (2)
Job Posting for First Judicial District of Pennsylvania: -PDF File
New Member Application: -PDF File

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