Kathleen Shepherd, a vice president of production and public affairs for New York City’s WPIX-TV, died of lung cancer March 24 in Stamford, Conn. She was 50.

In the 1980s and ’90s, Shepherd won several New York area Emmy Awards for her work on WPIX public affairs programs “Best Talk,” “Why My Child,” and “Little Hearts Big Tears.”

In 1985, President Reagan presented her with a special commendation from the National Science Foundation and General Motors for her work on “How About Science Report.”

Shepherd produced the annual broadcast of Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the WB11 Care for Kids campaign and many parades celebrating the diversity of New York.

She was the daughter of the late artist and nationally syndicated cartoonist Ted Shearer.

She is survived by her husband Charles, a daughter, two step-daughters, her mother and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shepherd’s name may be sent to the Urban League of Southwest Connecticut or to the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.