Communication Alumni Hall of Fame 2012

The UW Department of Communication will induct the following alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame on Oct. 16:

  • Ann Darling: Ph.D., 1987
    Award-winning professor and researcher, writer, editor, community leader
  • Lorraine Howell: B.A., 1982
    Author, teacher, producer, transformative communications professional
  • Katie King: B.A., 1983
    Writer, editor, digital media leader, journalist, producer, teacher
  • Elaine Ikoma Ko: B.A., 1975
    Community builder and civic activist, mentor, leading communication executive
  • Doug Ramsey: B.A., 1956
    Award-winning author, journalist, lecturer, exceptional American jazz scholar

See the full list of Hall of Fame recipients.

Ann Darling: Ph.D., 1987

Ann DarlingAnn Darling is the Senior Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Studies and an associate professor of the Department Communication at the University of Utah. She served as chair of the department for 9 years. Darling began her academic career at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her research interests include classroom communication patterns and, most recently, how communication pedagogy intersects with issues of social justice. She served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and as the Center’s Interim Director. Other professional activities include Chair, Presidential Task Force on Media Education, University of Utah; Member, Tanner Lectures on Human Values, University of Utah; 2002-2005 Associate Editor for Communication Education, President, Northwest Communication Association. She received the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002. She is also the 2004 recipient of a $1.1 million William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant for her research work in improving education communication in engineering. Darling is also a UW Excellence in Teaching Award recipient (1987). She is Co-Chair for the University Neighbors Partnership Board.

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Lorraine Howell: B.A., 1982

Lorraine HowellLorraine Howell started Media Skills Training in 1998 after 12 years as a television news and talk show producer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coaches top executives and professionals on how to be more effective speakers for speeches, presentations, and media interviews. Since January 2011 she has been an instructor at the UW Foster School of Business in the Technology Management, the Executive and the Global Executive MBA programs. From 2007 through 2009, Lorraine coached the five finalists in the Forbes.com national Boost Your Business Contest in New York City. Her book Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift! is a step-by-step guide through her proven process for creating a winning elevator speech, personal branding, and social media. As the Senior Segment Producer on the top rated news show at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in Oakland, she specialized in booking exclusive, live interviews with top names in the news, public figures and celebrities. She produced live broadcasts from the White House and from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., from the 1996 Republican & Democratic National Conventions, and from “Camp O.J.” during the Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. At KPIX, the CBS affiliate, she produced live, one-hour programs featuring breaking news stories, controversial issues and emerging trends, and a long list of celebrities on the number-one morning talk show. She speaks on media relations and presentation skills at conferences and seminars. Her clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, the UW, Microsoft, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seneca Group, The Mountaineers Books, ZymoGenetics, Kibble & Prentice, U.S. Small Business Administration, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. She is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa. Lorraine is also a member of Women in Communications, Women Business Owners, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Public Relations Society of America, and a Washington State Certified OMWBE. Lorraine received the national AWC Headliner Award for 2009 from the Association for Women in Communications. She was the first Washington state candidate for the National Organization for Women. She ran for office while a student at UW in 1979.

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Katie King: B.A., 1983

Katie KingKatie King is a writer, editor, literary translator and digital media executive. Her 20 plus-year career includes working as a foreign correspondent, documentary producer, digital story-teller, business leader and journalism professor. Most recently Katie worked for four years as Senior Product Manager Portal & Partnerships for MSN UK in London where she moved in 2008. After graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1985, Katie spent 16 years of her career at Reuters, working as Chief Correspondent in Mexico, Central America and Panama and Chief Correspondent Brazil. She covered the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama and the 1992 Carandiru prison massacre in Sao Paulo. She was a digital publishing pioneer at Reuters, launching the company’s first daily multimedia news publication in the fall of 1994 through Denver-based Ingenius, a joint venture of TCI and Reuters. As Senior Vice President for Reuters Global General News, she later developed multimedia Internet and mobile products, working with Reuters’ clients around the world. In 1993-94, Katie spent an academic year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow studying the impact of digital technology on journalism. She now serves on the Nieman Foundation’s Advisory Board. After leaving Reuters at the end of 2001, Katie worked as a consultant for a number of Washington, D.C.-based companies and non-profit organizations. She worked as communications lead for the Center for Public Integrity and was a digital media strategist for two years with the U.S.-based Marsteller Interactive division of the global communications firm Burson-Marsteller. During this time she also taught online journalism as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Katie has been a member of the Online News Association almost since it began in 1999 and was founding co-chair of the ONA International Committee. Over the last six years with the International Committee and four years on the ONA Board of Directors she has worked to forge global connections among digital journalists. The year 2012 marks the fifth since Katie led the launch of the ONA’s non-English language awards honoring outstanding online journalism worldwide. In London, Katie serves as a Trustee for the free speech non-profit group Index on Censorship. In addition to her UW Communications degree Katie holds a UW degree in Spanish language and literature. She lived in Spain during and after her UW studies and in 1985/86 worked as an associate producer on a PBS documentary on Spain’s transition to democracy called “Spain: 10 Years After, A Reporter’s Notebook.” Katie is passionate about Spanish culture and history and translates Spanish poetry and short stories into English for the literary non-profit Words Without Borders.

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Elaine Ikoma Ko: B.A., 1975

Elaine KoElaine Ikoma Ko has been a community builder for more than 30 years. She worked for a variety of important organizations over her career. Ko began her career in the mid-1970s as a young activist organizing for social change.  She was the founding director of the International District Housing Alliance and remained there until the early ’80s.  She returned to the International District community in 2001 and worked for the nonprofit  Inter*Im Community Development Association (Interim CDA) for six years including as Executive Director. Interim CDA has a mission to promote, advocate for, and revitalize the International District and other Asian Pacific communities in the Puget Sound region.  Elaine served under Mayor Norm Rice as Director of the City of Seattle’s Office for Women’s Rights from 1991-1994 and prior to that, she coordinated the King County’s Women’s Program. Elaine was the first Director of the Port of Seattle’s new Office of Social Responsibility in 2007. In 2011, Elaine, working collaboratively with Tomio Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya, established a new nonprofit, 501c3 organization, the Hokubei Hochi Foundation. The Hokubei Hochi (North American Post) Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote Japanese American and Japanese culture and news through educational and civic projects. The foundation is working with the University of Washington to digitize past issues of the region’s oldest bilingual English and Japanese community newspaper. Ko has served  on the Alumni Leadership Committee for Leadership Tomorrow and she a volunteer at Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place where she has coordinated Spa Days three times per year for over ten years. She has a master’s in Business Administration from City University, and lives in West Seattle with her husband, John, and two cats, Scribbles and Doodles. They enjoy visiting their two grown children, Renato and Kimiko, who live in New York and Hawaii respectively.

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Doug Ramsey: B.A., 1956

Doug RamseyDoug Ramsey is a veteran newspaper, radio and television newsman and novelist who also has a distinguished history as an educator of journalists, jazz critic and music broadcaster. He began his journalism career as a reporter and copy editor at The Seattle Times. After stints in infantry and helicopters, he became the first United States Marine Corps officer assigned to Armed Forces Radio, managing a station of the Far East Network in Japan. Following active duty, his television news career began in Yakima, Washington. As an anchor, reporter and news director, he worked for 24 years in television news in Cleveland, Portland, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Antonio and San Francisco. He was chief correspondent for UPI Television News, traveling with President Richard Nixon and covering the White House, Watergate and the United Nations. As senior vice president of FACS  (Foundation
for American Communications), Ramsey was responsible for programs and publications to improve professional journalists’ understanding of the economy, foreign affairs, journalism ethics, law, science and the environment. He also oversaw programs to educate sources of news about the journalism process. As a guest speaker for the United States Information Agency, he lectured widely in Europe about the role of the free press in a democratic society, and about jazz. His novel Poodie James appeared in 2007. Ramseyʼs parallel career writing about music began on the Daily at the University of Washington, where he was also senior class president. Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond won his second ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2006 and was named best book of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is also the author of Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers. In 2008, he won the Jazz Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He contributed to The Oxford Companion to Jazz. He edited Journalism Ethics: Why Change? His articles, reviews and op-ed pieces on music and on free press and First Amendment issues have appeared in the Washington Post, The Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian and Congressional Quarterly, among other publications. For 25 years a contributing editor of Texas Monthly, he was also a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. His notes and essays have accompanied hundreds of recordings. He blogs about jazz and other matters on Rifftides, www.dougramsey.com.

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About the Hall of Fame

The Communication Alumni Hall of Fame Award is bestowed upon a University of Washington Communication graduate and is presented annually by the UW Department of Communication. The award is for outstanding alumni who are distinguished for their service and achievements over a period of years since graduation from the University of Washington.

Hall of Fame members are people who have “made a difference” in an important way: as prominent journalists (e.g., winners of the Pulitzer Prize), public servants, celebrities who have used that celebrity to help others, leaders in their field, devoted mentors to our students and academic stand-outs. They are people who did more than just have a job or career; they did it with great success and often with great dedication to others. Since its inception in 2004, 61 alumni have received this prestigious honor. Inductees are chosen on the basis of involvement and recognition in their community. This is judged by the number of people and organizations impacted by their involvement, the breadth of their impact, and the quality and quantity of evidence of national or international recognition.

The Communication Alumni Hall of Fame selection committee consists of all living members of the Alumni Hall of Fame and the department chair and alumni outreach manager. Committee members receive ballots in April and selection is generally determined in May or early June and the winners notified shortly th