The distinguished alumna/nus gives the keynote speech to our graduating students at our annual graduation celebration in June. These alumni are all a part of the Communication Alumni Hall of Fame who have made significant contributions to the field and/or society. Our distinguished alumni are:
2017 – Bryan Monroe: B.A., 1987
Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein College). Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington editor, Opinion & Commentary, at CNN and editor of CNNPolitics.com. His work at that network included editorial planning and content strategy across all online platforms for CNN in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He also served as the assistant vice president of news at Knight Ridder Newspapers, where he helped lead journalists at the Biloxi Sun Herald to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Monroe was also vice president and editorial director at EBONY and JET magazines, where he led coverage of the 2008 presidential election, conducted the first post-election interview with President Barack Obama, and did the last interview with pop legend Michael Jackson before his death. Monroe was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He was president of the National Association of Black Journalists from 2005 to 2007.
2016 – Nate Miles: B.A., 1982
Miles is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Eli Lilly and Company, one of the nation’s top pharmaceutical firms, where he leads concept, development and implementation of strategic initiatives to generate sound public policy and brand support for traditional and non-traditional allies. Previously, Miles was Director for State Government Affairs for Eli Lilly and Co., overseeing and managing all state government relations, public affairs and external relations activities in a four-state region. He is the Representative Director for The Graduate School on the UW Foundation. 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 $125 million 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. Read more about Nate Miles.
2015 – Lori Matsukawa: M.A., 1996
Lori Matsukawa is an award-winning journalist and anchor (KING 5 News, KONG TV). Her professional awards include ARBY Awards in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000, given by the Academy of Religious Broadcasting; a Society of Professional Journalists award for Economic Reporting in 1989 and the “American Scene Award,” from the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1986. In 2005, Matsukawa was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association for mentoring aspiring journalists. Matsukawa co-chairs a committee seeking to build a Japanese cultural and community center in Seattle. She also served on the Association Board of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. In 1999, she organized the Student Broadcast Project for UNITY, a multicultural journalism convention held in Seattle. She was chosen as an Asian-American Living Pioneer by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation in 1996. In 1993, she was given the Community Volunteer Award from the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, where she served as a board member and board president. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). Matsukawa is a founding member of AAJA’s Seattle Chapter. In 2014, Lori was inducted into the Silver Circle for lifetime achievement by the Northwest Chapter of NATAS, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Read more about Lori’s professional journey >>
2014 – Jody Deering Nyquist: B.A., 1960; M.A., 1967
Jody Deering Nyquist is Associate Dean Emerita of the UW Graduate School and an emerita member of the graduate faculty of the UW Department of Communication. She was the University’s Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Research from 1984 to 2000. Both her undergraduate and graduate work were completed at the University where she has been a faculty member since 1969. In the Department of Communication, Nyquist taught undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal and instructional communication, interviewing, small group facilitation, public speaking, and media. Principal for many grants, her two major ones were from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Spencer Foundation. In addition to over 70 articles and book chapters, she has edited six books and co-authored “Working Effectively with Graduate Assistants and Re-envisioning the Ph.D.: What Concerns Do We Have?” Nyquist has received numerous awards for her work in her discipline and in higher education from the UW and from national and international organizations. She was president of the Western States Communication Association in 1984 and later received its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In 1992, she served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand. In 1996, she was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Kibler Award from the National Communication Association. In 2002, Nyquist received the Samuel L. Becker Award, the highest award given for scholarship, teaching, and service by the National Communication Association. Nyquist has served on boards for over 50 universities, organizations, independent schools, and nonprofit agencies. She has served on the editorial boards of nine journals and as an outside reviewer for ten universities. She has lectured at over 20 universities in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Japan. She was Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan from September 5 to December 5, 2008. In 2005, Nyquist was inducted into the inaugural class of the Department of Communication’s Hall of Fame, and this year she was selected the Department’s Distinguished Alumna of 2014.
2013 – Joanne Harrell: B.A., 1976
Harrell has held various management positions at InfoSpace, US West Communications and Microsoft, where she currently serves as Chief of Staff, OEM Division. She has a commitment to continued learning that has led her to study management and marketing at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and the Brookings Institution. While executive director of the United Way of King County from 1997 to 2000, Harrell led the chapter to successive national fundraising records and wide recognition for excellence in marketing communications and brand management. She grew the non-profit from the 14th to the largest United Way program in the country. She serves and has served on a host of boards, including REI, Seattle Urban League, YWCA, the Salvation Army, the Seattle Art Museum, UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs, and the International Women’s Forum. Harrell is the 1997 recipient of the African American Achievement Award, Omaha, NE. and the 1992 recipient of the “Women of Achievement Award,” Seattle.
2012 – Rita Brogan: B.A., 1972; M.A., 1975
For more than 20 years, Brogan has been the driving force behind PRR’s full-service and multi-disciplinary approach to marketing and public affairs as CEO. She is a board member for Crosscut Public Media, SCIDPDA, and the Downtown Seattle Association, as well as on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Graduate School. She has won numerous awards, including King County’s Women-Owned Small Business of the Year in 2011 and UW Foster School of Business’s API Business Leadership Award in 2008.
2011 – Donal Carbaugh: Ph.D., 1984
Carbaugh is a leading Communication scholar and author of books, book chapters and scholarly articles on culture and communication, cross-cultural communication, and language and communication. He has been a leader in linking culture to communication and in demonstrating that communication is the vehicle by which meanings are conveyed, identity is composed and reinforced and feelings are expressed. Educator and mentor, Carbaugh is a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
2010 – Dolores Sibonga: B.A., 1952
Sibonga became the first Filipina-American lawyer in Washington State, admitted to the bar in 1973. She spent her childhood in the International District of Seattle, working at the Estigoy Café, her parents’ restaurant and pool hall. In 1968, years after she’d graduated from the UW with a degree in journalism, Sibonga purchased the Filipino Forum with her husband. Years later, after he was laid off from his job as a Boeing illustrator, she went back to school for a law degree, supporting herself, her husband and their three children on her scholarship. Sibonga later worked as a public defense attorney, a legislative analyst for King County Council and a 12-year member of the City Council.
2009 – Peter Clarke: B.A., 1958
Clarke is a professor of preventative medicine and communication at the University of Southern California. His most recent book, written with Susan Evans, is “Surviving Modern Medicine” (Rutgers University Press, 1998). With Evans, Clarke co-directs From the Wholesaler to the Hungry, which has received awards from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the UPS Foundation. The project has helped launch almost 150 programs that direct surplus produce to low-income Americans. Clarke has chaired or served as dean at the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, and USC.
2008 – David Horsey: B.A., 1975
Horsey is a two-time Pulitzer award-winning editorial cartoonist. His cartoons appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until the end of 2011 when he went to work for the Los Angeles Times. His first Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning was earned in 1999 when he focused on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the second in 2003 when much of his work featured the Bush administration. As a freshman at the UW, Horsey was a cartoonist for The Daily and became the first editorial cartoonist to be chosen as editor-in-chief. After graduating from the UW, he earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Kent in England and in 2004 received an honorary doctorate degree from Seattle University.
2007 – Micki Flowers: B.A., 1973
Flowers is a retired KIRO TV reporter and anchor who has been involved with professional organizations (including the Seattle Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists), community organizations (including Achievement Rewards for College Scientists as a member and public relations chair, AIDS Housing of Washington as a board member and chair of fund-raising committee, and Junior League of Seattle as a Sustaining Member), and the University (as co-chair of the UW Graduate Diversity Fellows Dinner in 2004-5). She has mentored many aspiring young journalists.
2006 – Ron Chew: B.A., 2002
Chew studied journalism at the UW, working for The Daily, but was denied the position of editor when it was given to a white student who hadn’t applied. Chew left the UW shortly after to work at the International Examiner in Seattle’s International District, where he became editor in 1977. In 1991, he was recruited to be the new director for the Wing Luke Asian Museum, after producing the Chinese Oral History Project, which was a traveling exhibit showcasing interviews with elderly Chinese Americans. In 2002, the UW recognized Chew’s innovative work since leaving college and he received his B.A. in Communication. He received the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World Award” in 2004 and in 2005 the American Association of Museums included him in their “Centennial Honor Roll.” In 2008, he founded Chew Communications, a community history and resource development consulting firm.
2005 – Assunta Ng: M.A., 1979
A native of China, Ng came to the United States in 1971 and supported herself through nearly her entire college education. She received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and education from UW in 1974, before earning a teaching certificate in 1976 and a master’s degree in communication in 1979. Ng began her journalism career as an undergraduate writing for the UW Daily. Founder and publisher of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly, Ng also devotes countless hours to volunteer efforts. She has established several community projects and organizations including the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, an organization that designs leadership, community-building and diversity training programs for youth and adults. Ng also established the Women of Color Empowered luncheon series to showcase women of all ethnicities. Ng has received countless awards and honors including the 2008 Wells Fargo Trailblazer Award for women in small business, the 2006 Hillary Clinton and Maria Cantwell Women of Valor Award, the 2005 Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award and the 1998 Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Distinguished Alumnus Award. She was inducted into the UW Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004 and is the 2011 recipient of the University of Washington’s Charles E. Odegaard Award.
2004 – Christine Gregoire: B.A., 1969
Gregoire served as the 22nd Governor of the state of Washington from 2005 to 2013. She is the second female governor for the state and was the National Governors Association chairwoman for the 2010-11 term. Gregoire became a member of the UW Department of Communication’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame cohort in 2004.
2003 – Norman Rice: B.A., 1972
Rice graduated from the School of Communications in 1972. He is President and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, leading the Foundation’s efforts in creating and sustaining a healthy, vibrant community. He was the 49th mayor of Seattle, serving two terms from 1989 to 1997, as the city’s first African-American mayor. Rice became a member of the UW Department of Communication’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame cohort in 2004. A civic leader most of his life, Rice’s professional and civic awards and his contributions to the city, the University and the Department are too numerous to list.