2014 Hall of Fame Nominees
Sam Angeloff: B.A., 1963 (Deceased)
As a writer and editor for Life, People, Parade, and US, Angeloff covered many of the major stories of his time: Vietnam, the peace movement, the civil rights movement, and presidential campaigns. He also helped give birth to magazines, being a founding senior editor of People in 1974, and editor in chief of US Magazine in 1978. Sam grew up in Tacoma, graduated from Stadium High School and went to the University of Washington, where he was editor of the UW Daily. He followed in his father’s footsteps by working as a cub reporter for the Seattle PI, returning in 1975 to become assistant managing editor for magazines. Starting in 1964, Sam spent eight years as a national and foreign correspondent and associate editor for Life, working for its bureaus in Washington D.C., Vietnam and New York until the magazine closed. He wrote complex stories and short text blocks with equal ease. One of his Life assignments was writing “Parting Shots,” the photo caption for the magazine’s last page; friends had the pleasure of reading his wickedly unprintable versions. In 1979 Sam became a vice president for Longview Publishing, publishers of the Eastside Journal American and the Longview Daily News. He was a big-story man, and when Mount St. Helens erupted, he immediately gathered a team of writers and put together the book “Volcano,” which made the New York Times best-seller list. His freelance work included speeches, annual reports and position papers for top local companies, including Immunex, Seafirst and Boeing.
William L. Bates: B.A., 1946
Bates is the former editor and publisher of the Snohomish County Tribune. He has lived in Snohomish with his family since the late 50s and at their current home since the early 60s. The Bates’ are the second owners of the 1904 building located in the historic district of Snohomish. Bates went to the UW in the early 40s where he worked for PA Kennedy and wrote for Columns (when it was a humor magazine). He interrupted his studies for the war and returned in late 1945 to finish his degree. He was the summer editor for the Daily and, upon graduation, worked in Pasco and Kelso as a journalist. He received a job offer from Snohomish Tribune owner Tom Dobbs to sell ads, which he did for three to four years. After Dobbs passed away unexpectedly, Bates became a major owner of the paper. He has many stories about his time as the publisher, ad man, columnist, journalist, etc ¾ covering most of the jobs required on a small paper ¾ including the moral dilemmas he faced when reporting on friends and neighbors involved in scandals or crime. Bates compiled many of his columns in the book “There is an Owl in Our Belfry.” He remembers one story from his days as summer editor at the Daily: There was not much news happening so the editorial staff decided to create their own by putting garbage all over campus, taking pictures, then writing an editorial about the state of the campus. He was surprised by the response they received when dozens of students, outraged by the mess, volunteered to help clean the campus grounds. By that time the staff had already picked up the garbage they so carefully staged and Bates reported that the campus was “really very pristine.”
Jeff Barr: M.A., 2013
Barr has worked in the software industry since 1976. What began as a part-time, high school gig at a local computer store has evolved into a present day Chief Evangelist position for Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the interim, the American University alumnus (Computer Science) held development and management positions at KnowNow, Ebyz, Akopia and Microsoft. He co-founded the Visix Software and developed Syndic8.com, “Headline Viewer” and “Text on a Prim” programs. Today, the 10-year Amazon veteran focuses on telling the AWS story to audiences all over the world, furthering awareness of the service and inspiring developers to create application on the AWS platform. He runs the AWS blog and YouTube channel, and is the author of the book, “Host Your Web Site in the Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy.” To become a more effective storyteller, Barr earned an M.A. in Communication and Digital Media from UW’s Communication Leadership program in 2013. As part of his independent study for the MCDM program, Barr took a 5,550 mile, multi-week road trip around the country to present AWS to small user groups in 14 different cities. The journey provided him with a unique opportunity to establish strong connections with current and potential customers in a way that large-scale technology conferences don’t allow. The father of five lives in Sammamish, WA and is now working on a M.A. in Computer Science.
Hubert (Hu) Blonk: B.A., 1933 (Deceased)
After graduating from the University of Washington, Blonk began a 62-year newspaper career in 1933, writing about the construction, operation and expansion of the Grand Coulee Dam and the massive irrigation system of the Columbia Basin Project under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. He was hired to write for both the Wenatchee Daily World and Spokane Chronicle in 1934. When construction started winding down in 1940, he took a job with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a public information officer. He was hired again as a reporter for The World in 1954 and was soon named managing editor. He retired in 1974 but continued to contribute stories. He served on numerous statewide and regional panels dealing with freedom of information, open meetings and courts. He was the first recipient of the Associated Press Managing Editors Meritorious Service Award in 1991. Wenatchee World Editor Rufus Woods said it was fitting that Mr. Blonk was working on a story the day he died: “Clearly he was one of the most influential people who has ever served at this newspaper. Over the last 35 to 40 years, no other single individual has had such an impact on the news coverage of north-central Washington.”
Charles Braithwaite: M.A., 1981; Ph.D., 1989
Braithwaite is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and on the faculty in the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He specializes in the area of cultural communication and the ethnography of speaking. His interests include Native American higher education. The focus of his scholarly activities has been on examining and understanding the role of communication in the development of cultural identity, specifically communal identity, the comparison of cultural patterns of communication, and the theory and methods of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry. His publications include articles in Communication Education, Western Journal of Communication, and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. His international experience includes serving as a North Vietnamese interpreter, and studying international business communication along the U.S./Mexican border.
Heather Brooke: B.A., 1992
Brooke is an award-winning journalist, professor, author and freedom of information advocate. Her dogged investigative work uncovered one of the biggest British Parliament scandals of the last decade. But Brooke’s journalistic career began long before she moved to the United Kingdom. The dual US/UK citizen grew up in Seattle. Her first journalism job was at the UW’s The Daily, where she acted as the student paper’s sex columnist with a feminist slant. After graduation, Brooke worked at The Spokesman-Review in Olympia and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina, which gave her a taste of political and crime reporting, respectively. Tired of the police beat, Brooke moved to England and soon began working as a BBC copywriter. In 2004, she began the multi-year legal pursuit to disclose Members’ of Parliament (MPs) expense accounts under the Freedom of Information Act. She would win the battle five years later, and the exposed political abuses caused national outrage and the hasty retirement of multiple MPs. Her unyielding pursuit of the truth was even reenacted on aBBC Four TV drama, titled “On Expenses.” A year later, she obtained 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and published a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations with The Guardian. Brooke won numerous awards for her investigative work, including the Judges’ Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship and a Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government. She’s written three books about her freedom of information passion and journalistic work: “Your Right to Know” (2004, 2006), “The Silent State” (2010) and “The Revolution Will Be Digitised” (2011). Brooke is also a professor of journalism at the City University in London.
Jeffrey Bullock: M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1996
Bullock is the current president of the University of Dubuque; he has served in that capacity since 1998. He served as a student pastor at several Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and he was ordained at the First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Minnesota. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Bullock has guest lectured at the University of Washington and is an Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University. He has been active in the area of church revitalization and redevelopment, and now is attempting to integrate those passions into the world of theological education. In his current capacity, he is involved in helping to lead the transformation of the University of Dubuque back to its identifiably Christian roots located in the reformed theological tradition.
Lee Cowan: B.A., 1988
Cowan has been an NBC News correspondent based in Chicago since July 2007. He contributes to all NBC News properties, including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today and MSNBC. Prior to joining NBC News, Cowan was a CBS News correspondent based in the network’s New York and Dallas bureaus. He covered a wide range of stories for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, including reporting from Ground Zero on the September 11 attacks, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2009 conflict in Beirut, and the devastating Tsunami in Indonesia. Before that, he was a correspondent for CBS Newspath, covering events throughout the United States, as well as overseas for the nation’s CBS affiliates. In 1996, Cowan joined CBS News from the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, where he was an anchor and reporter. He came there from Michigan, where he was an anchor and reporter at WWMT-TV, in Kalamazoo. While a weekend anchor at KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, he helped launch a noon broadcast that quickly became the most watched afternoon newscast in the market. Previously, Cowan was news director and an anchor at NBC’s KIEM-TV Eureka, California. Cowan’s journalism career began in 1988 when he became a researcher for CBS News Nightwatch and then the CBS Evening News in Washington, D.C.
Donald Duncan: B.A., 1949
After graduating from the UW, Duncan wrote for weekly and daily newspapers in Washington State for 41 years. He authored two books: “Washington: the First 100 Years, 1889 1989” and “Meet Me at the Center: the Story of Seattle Center from the beginnings to the 1962 World’s Fair to the 21st Century.” He has more than 40 writing awards in such varied fields as investigative reporting, news writing, feature writing, general interest columns, humor, sports writing and editorial writing. He took second place twice (1980 and 1985) in the national Ernie Pyle competition, sponsored by The Scripps Howard Foundation to honor human interest. He worked on three weekly newspapers (the Omak Chronicle, the South Bend Journal and the Shelton Mason County Journal) and two dailies (The Tacoma News Tribune and The Seattle Times). He was the mail clerk for Fred “Pa” Kennedy, founder of the Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association, and worked with Pulitzer Prize winner and UW alumnus Ed Guthman. He spent the last 12 years of his career at The Seattle Times, hired by UW alumnus and Communication Hall of Fame member Jim King.
Frank Albert (Jack) Ehrig Jr.: B.A. 1950 (Deceased)
Over a 45-year career in the Seattle advertising and business community, Ehrig devoted his time serving as Chairman, President or a Board Committee Member for a variety of business, educational, industry association and non-profit organizations throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond. Some of these include: Seattle Rotary, Rainier Club, Northwest Forum, Northwest Hospital Foundation, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Governor John Spellman’s Washington State-Asia Trade Mission. He served as president for the Washington Athletic Club, The 101 Club, the UW Alumni Association, and the Seattle Advertising Federation. As a business owner in downtown Seattle for over 40 years (Kraft, Smith & Ehrig; Ricks-Ehrig; Ehrig & Associates) Ehrig had a personal impact on many young, up-and-coming advertising and marketing executives throughout his career. He and/or the work created by his company generated many national and international advertising awards or nominations, including Telly’s, Addy’s, Clio’s, Effie’s and International Outdoor. Ehrig was the founding co-chairman of the Junior Achievement/Puget Sound Business Journal Business Hall of Fame in 1987. The University of Washington Alumni magazine was renamed/rebranded Columns under his tutelage as Executive Director in 1988. Ehrig was also honored with his own Lifetime Achievement awards by the Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters in 1987 and the Seattle Advertising Federation in 1995. His involvement in the community began as the Student Homecoming Chairman at the UW his senior year in 1950. He wrote for the student newspaper, The Daily and after graduating in his early 20s, he taught night classes in advertising and journalism for the School of Communications.
Ron Elgin: B.A., 1965
Elgin is an advertising guru with over four decades of experience founding and directing the Pacific Northwest’s most successful firms. He began his advertising career as an undergraduate intern at Cole & Weber, quickly transitioning to a copy-writer position for accounts like Westin Hotels, Seattle Transit and The Seattle Times. After graduation, Elgin was called away to serve in the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1969. At the turn of the decade, Elgin returned to Cole & Weber as an account manager. Ten years later, he was ready to start his own firm. In the early ‘80s, he co-founded the Hornall Anderson design firm, the Elgin Syferd PR agency and the CF2GS direct marketing firm. The startups grew to prominence in the region, attracting big clients, like Nordstrom and Jansport, and big buyouts. Elgin Syferd was sold to DDB Worldwide—a massive, global advertising agency. In time, Elgin became the President & CEO of the DDB’s Seattle branch. In addition to his role there, Elgin has served in executive or support capacities for many other innovative ventures, including Hart Crowser, Knowledge Anywhere, Quu, Zimron, Impact Media Group Inc. and the ZINO Society. Elgin’s philanthropic commitments are just as numerous and the alumnus has held leadership roles at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Swedish Medical Facility, Special Olympics, PONCHO, Alliance for Education and America’s Foundation for Chess. For his charitable work, Elgin was named Outstanding Community Leader by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King & Pierce Counties in 2001. After retiring from DDB in 2011, Elgin took on another philanthropic venture. In light of the unemployment crisis for post 9/11 veterans, he founded Veteran’s Promise Coffee. The company, of which Elgin is Chairman and CEO, provides veterans and their families with sustainable business ventures in the form of automated coffee kiosks and other structural support for entrepreneurship. Proceeds from the Veteran’s Promise brand products fund other small business opportunities and provide grants to 501(c)3 organizations whose mission is to provide veteran employment resources. Elgin currently resides in Seattle with Bonnie, his wife of 43 years.
Luke Esser: B.A., 1986
Esser, former Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party (2007 to 2011), is an attorney and contract lobbyist.He served as a State Senator from 2003 to 2006 and as a State Representative from 1999 to 2002. During his legislative leadership position he was Senate Republican Floor Leader and Chairman of the Senate Technology & Communications Committee. He is the recipient of many civic awards, including Legislator of the Year in 2006 from the Washington Council of Police & Sheriff and Citation of Merit from Washington from the Wildlife & Recreation Coalition in 2005, the same year he was awarded the Cornerstone Award from the Association of Washington Business. Before entering public service, Esser was the Outreach Director for state Attorney General’s Office, worked as a Policy Director for King County Councilmember Rob McKenna, held a position as Special Deputy Prosecutor in King County Juvenile Court, and was a law clerk/bailiff in King County Superior Court. He also worked as a sports writer for (and was a member of) the Pro Football Writers of America. As a state senator, Esser was the prime sponsor of laws to provide more funding for domestic violence prevention programs without raising taxes; expand wireless communications infrastructure; create criminal penalties for video piracy; and protect bus drivers from assault. This year he prime-sponsored bills or companion measures to: increase the penalties for failing to secure vehicle loads on public highways thus saving lives; and stiffen the penalties for cruelty to animals.
Marilyn Fancher: M.A., 1988
Fancher is a senior vice president and creative director for APCO Worldwide. Her clients include several Fortune 500 corporations, professional and industry associations, museum and foundation capital campaigns, and political issue and grassroots campaign organizations. From 1989 to 1993, she served as director of broadcast services at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where she oversaw the GOP-TV television and radio production studios and staff. She has produced broadcast programs featuring hundreds of elected officials and candidates, including the president, vice president, senators, congressional representatives, governors, mayors, two first ladies, Cabinet secretaries, CEOs, scientists, physicians, and international political figures, including Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. She also served as director of regional media at the 2004 RNC in New York; as director of network affiliate television, Cable Television, and Radio for the 2000 RNC in Philadelphia; and as RNC Satellite Network director for the 1992 RNC in Houston. She has a background in survey research methodology, broadcast and print media buying and placement. She has won numerous Pollie (American Association of Political Consultants); CIPRA (Inside PR magazine), SABRE, Bronze Anvil (PRSA), Telly, Mercury, Axiem, Galaxy, Aurora, Astrid, International Television and Video Association, and Communicator awards for broadcast work.
Colleen Fukui-Sketchley: B.A., 1994
Fukui-Sketchley is the Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director for Nordstrom, Inc., a company she has served for over 20 years. Her journey at Nordstrom began while she was still an undergraduate at the UW. But her role as a salesperson quickly evolved, ultimately finding a permanent home in Diversity Affairs. In her position, Fukui-Sketchley oversees community outreach and contributions to national non-profits. The alumna is also committed to giving back to her alma mater. In 2011, Fukui-Sketchley became the youngest person to be appointed President of the UW’s Alumni Association. Under her tenure, the Board established UW Impact, an independent body dedicated to higher education advocacy in the legislature and increasing awareness of the UW’s role in the state’s and nation’s economy, both fiscal and economic. For over 12 years, she’s also been an incredible supporter of the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs—which works to increase access to higher education for minority, first generation and low-income students—including service on its Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program board. Outside the UW, Fukui-Sketchley serves on the boards of the Washington State Business Leadership Network, the Center for APA Women and the Governor’s Disability Employment Task Force.
Rolf Glerum: B.A., 1955
Glerum started his professional career in 1959 as promotions specialist for the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association, later Western Wood Products Association. His responsibilities with WCLA included news and feature writing, trade show coordination, builder and architect relations, do-it-yourself news articles, and other related activities. He later moved to WCLA’s advertising agency (Cole & Weber) as public relations director. In the early 70s, Glerum served as executive assistant to former Governor Victor Atiyeh, then a state senator. Following that, he joined Gerber Advertising Agency as public relations director. He joined The Rockey Company public relations firm in 1976, and rose to the position of senior vice president and general manager. He also served for 25 years as executive director of the Pacific Rim Trade Association, as well as administrator of the Northwest Woodland Owners Council, a five-state organization of small and mid-size non-industrial tree farmers. A civic activist, Glerum has served on several non-profit boards of directors, including The World Affairs Council of Oregon, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association and the Portland Rose Festival Association, the latter of which he served as president in 1989. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Scottish Rite Clinics for Speech and Language Disorders. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, a past president of the local Columbia River chapter, and he served a two-year term on the PRSA national board. He also is past president of the Portland Advertising Federation and the Public Relations Round Table, and was the 1992 recipient of the PRSA Marsh Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Relations.
Daena Goldsmith: M.A., 1988; Ph.D., 1990
Goldsmith is a professor in the Communication Department at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Her scholarly interests cover dilemmas of interpersonal communication such as how we accomplish interpersonal tasks (such as giving advice, gaining compliance, or expressing support) while simultaneously enacting valued identities and relational definition. As a graduate student at the UW, she gained an appreciation for how these communication processes are shaped by social networks and cultural systems. She began applying these interests to health-related problems as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. Her current research focuses on couples in which one person is coping with a chronic health condition such as heart disease, cancer, or HIV. For example, how best to encourage an ailing partner to eat better; how do couples talk about fears related to illness and treatments; and under what conditions is social support from friends and family helpful in coping with illness. Goldsmith has written one book, “Communicating Social Support” (2004), and her research has appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Health Communication, and Communication Yearbook.
R. Danner Graves: M.A., 1972
Graves is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a member of its prestigious College of Fellows (elected in 1993). He was the 1995 chair of PRSA’s Counselors Academy, a thousand-member national organization for public relations professionals who own or manage a firm. In 1994, the Puget Sound chapter of PRSA named him its Public Relations Professional of the Year. For 18 years, he was president/owner of Communication Northwest, an independent Seattle agency that served manufacturers, distributors, financial institutions, health care providers, professional service firms, agricultural providers, trade associations, developers, retailers and non-profit organizations. He now focuses on strategic communications for organizations. Danner directed public relations worldwide for Boeing’s line of commercial and military hydrofoils and he was a public relations specialist for Cummins Engine Company. He spearheaded that company’s first environmental public affairs effort. He serves or has served on numerous boards, including the Arts Fund, the Haas Foundation, the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation and Rotary First Harvest, Seattle Downtown, the Rainier Club, the Washington Athletic Club, the Emerald City Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta and lntiman Theater, where he was Board President for two years. He has served on numerous committees for the Greater Seattle Chamber of, the Association of Washington Business and Senior Services. He is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Captain (0-6) and volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Tom Guillen: M.A., 1990
Guillen graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism and worked at the Tucson Citizen as a reporter. Several years later, he joined the Omaha World-Herald. In 1980, he moved to Seattle to work for The Seattle Times and for 15 years, he wrote general assignment and investigative stories. Toward the end of his tenure at the Times, Guillen and a colleague wrote the New York Times best-selling book, “The Search for the Green River Killer.” Guillen followed up with “Toxic Love.” In 1994, after earning his M.A. from the UW, he joined Seattle University, a private Jesuit school where he is a tenured professor for the Communication/Journalism Department. He served as Acting Chair for the department from 2006 to 2007. He became co-director for Seattle University’s Urban Newspaper Workshop in 1997, helping run the two-week writing program for ethnic high school students interested in journalism and teaching several of the classes. His research includes how the news media treats the privacy of serial killer victims and their families. He was a 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his investigative report on the Green River murder investigation. He has 10 other awards recognizing his investigative reporting. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Cali, Colombia. Guillen spent his adolescent years in a small farming community in Arizona and worked summers in the cotton fields and chopping weeds. Spanish was his first language and he repeated the third grade several times because he did not know English.
Tom Hansen: B.A., 1959
Hansen became the fifth Commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference in 1983 and retired in 2009. He was an NCAA administrator for 16 years, preceded by seven years as Director of Public Relations for the Pac-10. During his tenure as Commissioner, the Pac-10 inaugurated its nationally prominent women’s sports program, created two football television programs, expanded television coverage in basketball, joined in establishing the Bowl Championship Series and developed Pac-10 relationships with six bowl games, and initiated an administrative fellowship program to expand minority opportunities in college athletic administration. Prominent in NCAA affairs, Hansen served on two major NCAA groups, the Gender Equity Task Force and the Division I Task Force on Restructuring. He chaired a committee on contest exemptions, and served on the Nominating and Special Events Committees. He is a member of the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Amateurism Clearinghouse Advisory Group, and Chair of NCAA Football. He served for two years as President of the Collegiate Commissioners Association and four years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFFCHF). He served on the NFFCHF national Honor’s Court for six years and earned the organization’s 2001 Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award. The Northern California Chapter awarded him the Distinguished American Award in 1998 and the NACDA presented him with the 1994 Award for Administrative Excellence.
Greg Heberlein: B.A., 1969
Heberlein joined The Seattle Times in 1969, and remained at the paper until he retired in 2001. He started as a sports reporter (covering high school sports, the 1972 World Series, and the SuperSonics). In 1981, he took a new business reporting position with the goal of bringing the creativity of sports writing to the business scene. In addition to reporting, he wrote a weekly column for 18 years on business issues. He also handled most of the corporate earnings news and numerous outtakes on corporate and consumer issues. His knowledge and interest in computer spreadsheets eventually led to the creation of the Northwest 100, an annual special section rating regional stocks. Although these became relatively common around the country, The Times’ section was the only one in which the staff generated the data from scratch, rather than buy it from a vendor, and they were able to track weekly changes in the stock. In the mid-1990s, he created two stock indexes which still appear daily in The Times. He also trained Times reporters and Oregonian’s business department staff. At the end of his 32 years, he had more than 7,000 bylined articles. He is KPLU-FM radio’s financial commentator. Since retirement, he has been active in nonprofit ventures. He leads an annual effort to collect money for needy groups and Christmas presents for Children’s Hospital. He served as Finance Chair of the Seattle unit of Washington, D.C.-based Taste of the Nation and as a board member of the advisory committee to Columns.
Lisa Hughes: B.A., 1990
Hughes is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and an anchor for WBZ-TV daily news. She joined the station in 2000, after working as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the CBS-TV Station Group’s satellite news service. She has covered just about every major news event in New England, and has interviewed many of the area’s newsmakers. Before joining CBS, Hughes worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington beginning in 1995. She was a main anchor and reporter for KBCI-TV in Boise, Idaho and an anchor and reporter for KCBY-TV in Coos Bay, Oregon. Among her many honors for her work in journalism, in 2008 she received an Emmy Award for On-Camera Talent Reporter. She also won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her at-home interviews with the 2007 candidates running for governor. She was an Emmy Award nominee in 2000 for News Anchoring and received an Emmy Award for Hard News Story in 1996. In her first year with WBZ-TV, Hughes was named Best Newcomer in TV News by Boston Magazine and Best News Anchor by the Improper Bostonian. The Idaho Press Club honored her for Best Live Shot in 1994, and Best Live Shot and Best Series in 1993. The Idaho State Broadcasters Association also recognized Hughes for Best News Story in 1993-1994. In addition to her work at the station, she is also involved in a number of community organizations and charities. She is on the board of First Literacy and often collaborates with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s office for Read Boston events. She has contributed to events at the Perkins School for the Blind, the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Clubs, Horizons for Homeless Children and more.
Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp: M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1994
Jorgensen-Earp is a Professor of Communication Studies at Lynchburg College in Virginia. Her research interests include dissent and social movements, public memory, and British and American public address. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters. She is the author of “In the Wake of Violence: Image and Social Reform,” published in 2008; and “The Transfiguring Sword: The Just War of the Women’s Social and Political Union” (1997). She believes strongly in undergraduate scholarship and thoroughly enjoys co-authoring papers with students and mentoring student research. Over the years, her students have presented their work at many prestigious conferences, among them the National Communication Association conference, the Southern Communication Association conference, and the DePauw Undergraduate Honors conference. In 2001, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named Dr. Jorgensen-Earp Virginia Professor of the Year.
Lauren Kessler: Ph.D., 1980
Kessler is the author of eleven books, including Pacific Northwest Book Award winner “Dancing with Rose,” Oregon Book Award winner “Stubborn Twig,” Washington Post bestseller “Clever Girl,” Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Happy Bottom Riding Club, and ”Full Court Press” – all literary nonfiction – as well as “The Dissident Press,” a history of alternative journalism, and three textbooks. “Stubborn Twig” was chosen as the book for all of Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O Magazine, Salon and The Nation. She is founder and editor of Etude, the online magazine of narrative nonfiction, and directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. Her UO web page describes her as having “wide-ranging historical, social and cultural interests. She considers herself part reporter, part cultural anthropologist and part historian. She is interested in American subcultures and in ill-behaved women who make history. Her literary nonfiction combines the power of fact with the drama of fiction.” She earned her M.S. from the University of Oregon in 1975, and her B.S.J., from Northwestern University, 1972.
Sharon LeeMaster: B.A., 1957
In her senior year LeeMaster was chosen by The Daily‘s editorial advisor as Associate Editor of the paper, and was one of the first women to achieve that status. There were three full-time women students in the Journalism Editorial program at that time. The Associate Editor position was automatically awarded an internship at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, but they had never had a woman so LeeMaster was “relegated” to the Women’s Department. She quickly turned it into bonus as she created “How they Met,” a column detailing how couples met their spouses—from the common man to the president of Boeing. Her career path led her eventually to fundraising. Her achievements include multiple professional awards, including the 2000 Outstanding Development Professional from the San Diego Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals; Outstanding Woman in Communications from Theta Sigma Phi; and she was named “One to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. She also holds the longest tenure of a board member on the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Foundation. She helped establish the San Diego Performing Arts League and its half-price ticket booth, which raised over $5 million for local arts. She created and marketed a creative program for world-renowned La Jolla Music Society’s summer music festival; served the Boards of Association of CA Symphonies, Chamber Music America, the NEA, and various national grants panels. She created the fundraising and marketing plan for a national support group to fund the Smithsonian’s National Museum of America History First Ladies Exhibits, meeting all living First Ladies. She has served over 45 clients and over 30 on a pro-bono basis and has mentored more than 100 aspiring journalists and people working in Development. Sharon is proud of guiding the San Diego Education Fund for over 20 years to fund and mentor students from underserved communities to become teachers and provide diversity in the profession.
William Lewis: B.A., 1942 (DECEASED)
Lewis joined the staff of the Lynden Tribune as associate publisher in 1945 after his release from the military. He became editor and columnist as well as co-publisher, serving until his retirement in 1984. He is a past vice-president of the Westside Record Journal, Blaine and Ferndale, Washington; co-publisher of the Point Roberts, Washington Ocean Star and founder of the Blaine Air Force station Bubble Gazette. He is the recipient of 13 editorial and feature awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA). He received the education editorial award from the Washington Education Association, the John L. Fournier Award for community service to the WNPA and the newspaper industry and the Washington State Farm Bureau Editorial Award in1977. He served as President of the WNPA in 1979. Lewis is a member and past president in the Lynden Lions and a member and past president and life member of Lynden Kiwanis Club. He received the distinguished service and first citizen award by the Whatcom County Council in 1984 and was president of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce in 1980. He organized reunion associations for USS Fraizer and Northwestern Midshipmen and received the Lone Sailor Award for service to the USS Fraizer Association in 1992. During WWII, Lewis was assigned to the USS Frazier DD607 at Adak in the Aleutians and served in the South Pacific campaigns of Kwajalean, Tarawa, Pelieu, Yap, and other campaigns. He holds four campaign ribbons and 12 battle stars. During his career as a UW student, Lewis was business manager of The Daily and an honorary member of Fir Tree and Oval (a university society that draws on one member from each of the undergrad classes). He also played clarinet in the Husky Band.
Annalee Luhman: B.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1989
Luhman is the leadership and learning manager at Port of Seattle. Her job is to help ensure that the Port of Seattle’s workforce is a high-performing one that has the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the organization to accomplish its current mission and a workforce that is appropriately prepared for achieving the port’s vision for the future. This position includes working collaboratively with Human Resource and Development partners in staffing and employment, organization development, diversity, performance management, and total compensation to recruit, develop the capabilities of, and retain desired staff. Her role also helps create conditions that engage employees in productive, meaningful work. These conditions are a result of designing systems, providing needed resources, and implementing policies that support employees and that develop their skills and knowledge in ways that match the Port’s evolving challenges and priorities. Her academic research centered on complex organizations, cross-cultural communication, and organizational decision-making. Prior to her current position, she spent 8 years as an independent organization development and leadership consultant to a range of industry sectors.
Nate Miles: B.A., 1982
Miles is Corporate Director of State Government Affairs, northwestern U.S., for Eli Lilly and Co., overseeing and managing all state government relations, public affairs and external relations activities in a four-state region. As an elected UW Foundation Board trustee representing the Office Minority Affairs and Diversity, he helps increase the level of private giving to the University. He began his career as a Marketing Executive for KIRO Broadcasting in Seattle. In the 1980s one of Washington’s most powerful political leaders hand-picked Miles to be his Chief Legislative Aide and Miles helped shape and direct the strategic policy initiatives for Washington Senate Majority Caucus Chair George Fleming. During his service in state government he helped structure groundbreaking economic development initiatives that helped revitalize Seattle’s Central Area Core Business District. Returning to the private sector, Miles joined the Senior Management Team at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. His efforts in government affairs, community outreach, facilities operations, retail development for the facility, labor negotiations and branding development were pivotal to securing $100 million dollars for the facility expansion. He was called upon by then-President Bill Clinton to join prominent business leaders from around the country as a White House conferee to advise the President on the development and implementation of landmark foreign trade policy. He has a stellar record on philanthropic involvement, and serves and/or has served on, the NAACP Special Contributions Fund Board of Directors, National Action Network Corporation Advisory Committee, Board of Directors of The University of Washington Foundation, Puget Sound Regional Council – Economic Development Board, Association of Washington Business, Seattle Chinese Nursing Home, Seattle Urban League, and Seattle CityClub, to name a few. His work has been recognized on numerous occasions, receiving many honors and awards including the Edward “Eddie” Carlson Award for Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow program; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Area Motivation Program, a Friends of the Japanese American Citizen’s League Award, and being selected as one of “30 Leaders of the Future” by Ebony Magazine.
J. Mullineaux: B.A., 1982
Mullineaux is a philanthropic leader with over 30 years of fundraising, gift planning and charitable advising experience. Today, he is the Vice President for Philanthropic Planning at the Sonoma County Community Foundation, a grant-giving organization that has awarded over $116 million to various nonprofits in the region since its inception. After completing his B.A. at the UW, Mullineaux went on to Columbia University for a M.A. in Organizational Psychology. From there, he began his career of philanthropic support as Director of Development for some of California’s best artistic institutions, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He eventually transitioned to the Community Foundation in 2008, where he continues to be a staunch supporter of the arts. In 2013, Mullineaux completed his Charter Advisor in Philanthropy certification. In addition to his professional work, he gives back to his community in a volunteer capacity as a board member of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee, the Oliver Ranch Foundation and the Becoming Independent Foundation, which empowers people with disabilities to create and sell art.
Arthur J. O’Donnell: B.A., 1982
O’Donnell is an independent journalist who specializes in reporting about sustainable energy, the environment, clean tech, business and economics. He is the author of several books, including “Soul of the Grid” and “In the City of Neighborhoods.” His work can be found in California Current newsletter, an exclusive news service devoted to California’s energy and carbon markets. He served for more than two years as the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a global impact. He was recognized in 2005 by the Online News Association for Best Online Commentary (for specialty Web sites) for his column “The Business Electric.” The Power Association of Northern California named him Person of the Year in 2003. As the founding editor of California Energy Markets (CEM) newsletter from 1989 through 2002, O’Donnell documented the creation and ultimate failure of California’s competitive energy markets, and he has appeared in numerous media reports on the energy situation in California. In 2000 and 2001, O’Donnell earned First Place honors from the SF Peninsula Press Club in the Industry Analysis and Best Column categories for magazines and trade publications. O’Donnell shared with CEM staff 2001 First Place honors from the National Press Club of Washington, D.C., in the category of Analytic Reporting for Newsletters, as well as earning Honorable Mentions in the same category in 1997 and 2002 for his own work. CEM was also honored by the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Foundation in 2001 and 2002 for its prescient coverage of the Western energy crisis. Prior to starting CEM, O’Donnell was a radio public-affairs reporter in Eugene, OR, and Seattle, WA, and served as the San Francisco correspondent for several specialized news services, including McGraw-Hill, the Bureau of National Affairs, Business Times radio, the American Medical Association, and the Physicians Radio Network. He was named Distinguished Urban Journalist for Radio in 1980 by the National Urban Coalition.
Robert Osborne: B.A., 1954
Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) television network since TCM first aired in 1994. Since 1977 he has also been a writer for the daily show business trade publication The Hollywood Reporter and in 1983 he began writing the paper’s lead column Rambling Reporter, which covers all aspects of the movie, television and Broadway worlds. He is also known as the official biographer of Oscar because of the series of books he’s written on the subject of the motion picture industry’s annual Academy Awards, his latest being “80 Years Of The Oscar,” which was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. In 2005, Osborne received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and since 2006 he has been the official red carpet greeter at the annual Academy Awards ceremony. After graduation from the UW, he moved to L.A. and was soon signed to a contract as an actor by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Desilu Studios, but quickly turned to writing. As TCM host, he has interviewed such film icons as Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Tony Curtis, and Debbie Reynolds, to name just a few. He hosts several other shows for TCM and has interviewed most of Hollywood during his career. Osborne is one of the investors in The Rose Theater Port Townsend, WA. Since 2005, he has hosted the annual Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival, held in Athens, GA.
Jerry Pugnetti: M.A., 1994
Pugnetti serves as chief policy advisor for Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag. In his present role, he works directly with Sonntag in developing and executing policy initiatives advanced by the office, whether its efforts to strengthen open government laws, citizen engagement efforts, or greater audit authority. In a broader sense, he conceives of strategies and messages in how and what to communicate, whether it is to citizens, the Legislature or interest groups. He has been with Sonntag since 1993, working mainly as deputy state auditor for policy and communications, overseeing the communications function for the office. He left the office in 2001 and moved to Jacksonville, FL. He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Florida for two years in the Department of Communications and Visual Arts and spent a year managing the communications functions for the Duval County Health Department in Jacksonville before rejoining Sonntag in 2004. He now divides his time between Olympia and his home in Jacksonville. He spent 18 years as a reporter and editor at The News Tribune, most of it in politics and had a several-year stint at the state Department of Revenue as public affairs manager and working on then-Governor Booth Gardner’s tax reform effort of 1988 and 1989.
Thomas Scheidel: M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1958
Scheidel has been a lauded leader at the UW for over twenty years. Since 1976, he’s served as Department of Communication Chair for two terms and as an Associate Dean. During his time as Chair, Scheidel organized and supported an annual colloquia series which recognized scholars in the field of speech communication and invited visiting academics. His contribution to the scholarly work of graduate students fortified the reputation of the program as the place to become productive researchers and contributors to the discipline. Scheidel received the Distinguished Service, Research and Scholar awards for his work. Upon his retirement in the late 1990s, the Department of Communication established the Thomas M. Scheidel Annual Faculty Lecture series in recognition of his two decades of service. The series brings distinguished scholars to the Department to meet with and lecture to faculty and students pursuing advanced communication studies, perpetuating Scheidel’s legacy of excellence in scholarship.
Rebecca Smith: B.A., 1977
Smith is a reporter in the Los Angeles, California, bureau of the Wall Street Journal. In 1996 she shared a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished financial and economics reporting. In 2001 she won a Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting for her coverage of the energy industry. She and colleague John R. Emshwiller shared responsibility for covering the unfolding Enron scandal in 2001, scoring many journalistic coups in the process. They later collaborated on a book on the subject called “24 Days.” Other awards include a California Award for Excellence in economic writing and a John Hancock Award for distinguished financial writing. Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She started her career at the Friday Harbor Journal; her next paper was The Daily Oklahoman, then the Bellevue Journal American, a move that opened opportunities for a Sears Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C. and an American Banking Institute Fellowship at Carnegie-Mellon University. She worked at the Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury, where she received the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism. She was a consumer affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle before moving to the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for her “prescient and knowledgeable [Wall Street Journal] reporting on the electricity shortage faced by the U.S., and the country’s failed efforts to deregulate energy.”
Anita Vangelisti: B.A., 1983; M.A., 1985
Vangelisti is a Communication Studies Professor at the University of Texas. Her work focuses on how communication affects, and is affected by, emotions and interpretive processes such as attribution. She has published articles in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personal Relationships, Family Relations, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. She has taught at the University of Iowa and San Diego State University. Vangelisti has co-authored and edited six books. She is the author of “Feelings Hurt in Close Relationships.” Recent awards include the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA); the 2008 Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication from the University of Texas and the 2008 Berscheid-Hatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Achievement and the 2004 New Contribution Award from the International Association for Relationship Research. The NCA awarded her the 2002 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication and 2000 Franklin H. Knower Article Award. Vangelisti is the editor for Cambridge University Press Series on Advances in Personal Relationships and she has served on the editorial boards of over a dozen journals. She continues to sit on the editorial boards for Communication Research and Personal Relationships.
George Walker: B.A., 1951
Walker had a lifelong career at the phone company, starting when it was Pacific Northwest Bell and ending when it was U.S. West; he was the Vice President and CEO of the Washington Division. As a civic leader, he chaired the board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, leading the Hutch through the transition period when the Hutch moved from First Hill to its new campus in South Lake Union. He also provided excellent leadership to many other leading Seattle and statewide organizations, including serving as board chair of Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Association of Washington Business, Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Seattle-King County Economic Development Council, and Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. He also served on the boards of United Way of King County, Leadership Tomorrow, Washington Roundtable and the University of Washington Development. He is a member of the Washington State Growth Strategies Commission and a member of the Washington State Efficiency in Government Council. He also was a founding board member for Seattle’s Alliance for Education. He was an active contributor in every organization where he served as a volunteer.
Marc Watts: B.A., 1982
Watts is the newly appointed Director of media talent for NFL Media based in Los Angeles. He served as Executive Vice President for Business Development for Comment Communications Sports Broadcast Training Division, targeting athletes interested in pursuing sports broadcast careers and corporate executives seeking to excel on camera. Watts has extensive on-camera experience as an Emmy Award-winning CNN Correspondent. He served as CNN’s lead correspondent during the “Trial of the Century” – the O.J. Simpson criminal case, and the Oklahoma City bombing court case. He covered the 1994 first all race elections in South Africa. During that assignment, he filed the first network live shot from the black township of Soweto. He played a central role in CNN’s Cable Ace award-winning coverage of the Northridge, California earthquake. He covered the Rodney King beating trials, the Menendez brothers murder trial, the devastating Malibu brush fire of 1994, 1992 Los Angeles riots, truck driver Reginald Denny’s beating trial and many more. In all, he has won more than 50 journalism and production awards. He enjoys the distinction of having more on-air, news experience than any other broadcast agent in the U.S. with a career that spans over 30 years in the broadcast field. Watts is a lifetime member of Safari Club International and a member of the National Sporting Clays Association, competing in several regional and national tournaments every year. Besides a distinguished safari hunter in Africa, he is a goodwill ambassador, AIDS activist, and educator.
Hill Williams: B.A., 1948; M.C., 1966
Williams’ long history with the newspaper began in 1948 at the Kennewick Courier Reporter in 1948. He then wrote for the Tri City Herald for four years and moved on to The Seattle Times in 1952 until his retirement 39 years later.Williams also taught reporting, copy editing, and downtown reporting classes in the UW School of Communications for three years during the 1960s. He was the 1984 winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the Westinghouse Science Journalism Award for distinguished science writing in newspapers with a more than 100,000 daily circulation. He has won various regional awards throughout his career in Excellence in Journalism competitions. As a reporter for the Tri City Herald, he covered a nuclear test blast in Nevada, the first such test open to the media. In 1964, he was a member of a joint Atomic Energy Commission and took part in a UW expedition to the Pacific Testing Ground, Bikini and Eniwetak Atolls, to evaluate and record the effects of nuclear testing. He wrote the script for the A. E. C. documentary, “Return to Bikini,” and in 1968, returned to the Pacific Testing Ground as a reporter for The Seattle Times, accompanying an A.E.C group as part of a program hoping to return native people to their atolls. He interviewed leaders of displaced Bikini and Eniwetak people. In his retirement, Williams has been a volunteer for the Shoreline Police Department and sat on the Columns Advisory board from 2004 to 2007. He is a published author. His book “The Restless Northwest: A Geological Story” won the 2003 Washington State Book Award from the Washington Center for the Book and the Washington Reads Program selected it for fall quarter, 2005.
Scott Wilson: B.A. 1978; M.A. 1985
Wilson is a hard-hitting journalist, publisher and community leader, who has dedicated his life to nurturing the people and stories of Washington. Born into a newspaper family—his parents owned the Ritzville Journal-Times and the Omak Chronicle—Wilson’s familiarity and affinity for the industry was established early. At the UW, Wilson became editor of The Daily, participated in the Olympia reporting program and was an intern at the Port Townsend Leader. After graduation, he worked at a number of local papers, including the Whidbey News-Times, Everett Herald and the Tacoma News Tribune (now Morning News Tribune). He never shied away from tough stories, tackling everything from union-busting companies to the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. His coverage of Boeing’s bribery tactics abroad earned him a first place SPJ-SDX award. In 1989, Wilson returned to the paper of his youth—the Port Townsend Leader, where he advanced from co-owner and editor to publisher. Thanks to his leadership and foresight, the newspaper won multiple Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) Better Newspaper Contest and became the first Washington news organization to enter the digital age, when Wilson launched PTLeader.com in 1995. Wilson’s dedication to his community is evident in all of his work. In 2009, the Leader won the statewide Community Service award for preparing the county’s residents for the months’ long closure of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Outside his work, Wilson has moderated several community forums and has been an advocate for independent media, for an expansion of higher education in Jefferson County, and for limits to secret government surveillance of American citizens. He served on the board of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) from 1992 to 2003, and as president in 2001. He was a founding director of the Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG) in 2002 and president in 2004. In 2005, his peers gave him WNPA’s highest honor, the Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award.