Every year, the UW Department of Communication honors outstanding alumni who are making a difference in their careers and out in their communities by inducting them into the Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame.




David L. Ammons
(B.A., 1970)

After graduating from the University of Washington in 1970, David Ammons worked for The Associated Press in Seattle for a year and transferred to Olympia in July 1971. That began a 37-year tenure as the longest-serving capitol reporter in state history, much of it as president of the press corps. Ammons covered seven governors, countless legislative sessions, political campaigns and elections, Washington government in all three branches, and breaking news, such as the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, which remains his single favorite story—one that circled the globe reaching millions of readers, along with the St. Helens’ ash cloud. He wrote a statewide column, “Ammons on Politics.” He was a frequent guest on television and radio news programs and was on-air host of TVW’s “Inside Olympia” for five years (2003-2008).

Ammons is an active community member, deeply engaged in the Olympia area. He is active in his church at the local, regional, and national level. He is a volunteer, board member and contributor to SideWalk, and other programs for homeless and hungry people. A gay man, he has a great interest in equality for all people and led efforts to have his church become “open and affirming” for the LGBTQ community. He has a love for heritage and history, and has worked on state heritage and legacy projects, and as board member for the State Capitol Museum, a longtime trustee of the Washington State Historical Society, and a member of the team attempting to create an Olympia historical museum.

For three years, Ammons was mentor/editor to University of Washington journalism students participating in the Olympia Experience program with Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s Olympia News Bureau.

Ammons retired in January, 2017, after a long career at the seat of Washington state government in Olympia, and was quickly appointed by Governor Inslee to the Public Disclosure Commission, and is now Chair. He represented the public on the 2018 Legislative Public Records Task Force. He is vice chair of the Washington State Parks Foundation. He has two adult children, Jennifer, an attorney with Northwest Justice Project, and Jonathan, a records management officer for the State Department of Children and Families.

Read more about David Ammons here…

William H. Lord
(B.A., 1971)

William “Bill” Lord is a Seattle native who was drafted into the Army at 19, and was ultimately sent to fight in the Vietnam War. In a way, he started his career in communications there, since he was charged with carrying the infantry company’s radio through many battles, including the Tet Offensive of 1968. Upon his return from the war, he attended Highline Community College on his way to being accepted at the University of Washington.

After graduation, he worked as a reporter in Oregon and Utah before becoming one of the youngest correspondents hired by NBC. He spent two years in Beirut covering the civil war for NBC. He was the news director at KIRO-TV twice, and eventually landed in Washington D.C., where he was the news director at WJLA-TV (ABC) for ten years, and then general manager for four more years.

Bill Lord has interviewed dozens of newsmakers during his years as a reporter—including Yassar Arafat, Golda Meir, King Hussein of Jordan, and Anwar Sadat. He has overseen coverage and won awards for many stories of national interest, including the O.J. Simpson trial, the Seattle earthquake, the WTO riots, Hurricane Isabel, and the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting. He received television’s highest award, a Peabody, for leading an investigative reporting team exposing public corruption. He has won two DuPont Columbia awards, multiple Edward R. Murrow awards, AP journalism awards, the National Headliner Award for the country’s best newscast, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged, a national Emmy for public service, and dozens of local news Emmys between 1980 and 2016.

He has served on various boards including the March of Dimes, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, and Nashville’s Oasis Center teen program. He has organized station partnerships with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the USO, and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. He considers one of his proudest accomplishments to be serving as the national board chairman of Prime Movers, an organization dedicated to teaching journalism to young students in minority neighborhoods in the D.C. area. In addition, Bill has participated in many professional panels on journalism and the First Amendment at colleges and in community forums. Following his retirement in 2017, he joined the Headliner Team at the National Press Club booking high profile speakers. He also published a memoir titled “50 Years After Vietnam” about his experiences in 1967-68.

Read more about Bill Lord here…

Adie Simmons
(B.A., 1988)

Adie Simmons has devoted her career to the education and well-being of children and families. She has worked in the field of family and community engagement in public education for nearly 25 years. In 2006, Mrs. Simmons was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire to develop and direct the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO), a state agency dedicated to resolving conflict between families and schools, and promoting family engagement in education.

During her tenure as the State Education Ombuds, she heard from thousands of educators and families of students who were falling behind academically and at risk of dropping out of school, the majority of which were of color. As a result, she worked with state legislators to introduce and pass state laws to remove barriers, and improve access to educational opportunities for diverse students and increase the participation of parents in schools.

In 2014, she left state government to realize her dream of funding a state-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to building the capacity of schools, and diverse families to work as equal partners to support student achievement. Mrs. Simmons is currently the founder and Executive Director of Washington Family Engagement, and a leadership instructor at Everett Community College, providing technical assistance to educators across the state and training parents to become school and community leaders.

She has authored publications, articles, and training programs for parents and educators. She is a recognized educator, public speaker, and university guest lecturer. She is a tireless community volunteer who has served on numerous boards, councils, and committees, and received several awards, including four PTA Golden Acorns, the 2011 Puget Sound ESD’s Crystal Apple Award, and the 1997 Governor’s Washington State Excellence in Education Award, all recognizing her contributions to public education.

Read more about Adie Simmons here…


Linda Breneman (B.A. 1978)

A lifelong resident of Washington state, Linda Breneman grew up in Eastern Washington before moving to beautiful Seattle to study at the University of Washington. After earning her BA in Communications in 1978, she worked as a technical editor and writer at Battelle, Boeing, and Weyerhaeuser. She then applied her skills to Seattle’s burgeoning software industry, transitioning eventually to focus on writing poetry, fiction, and essays. A long-time advocate and supporter of the literary arts and humanities, she co-founded Seattle’s literary center, Richard Hugo House, in 1996. In 2000, she received the Washington Humanities Award. She’s served on the boards of Hugo House, the UW Foundation, the Henry Art Gallery, Grantmakers in the Arts, and Town Hall. She is a decades-long member of two giving circles, the Washington Women’s Foundation and Social Venture Partners, and an advocate for thoughtful and creative philanthropy. Through her family foundation and the Ludus Project, she has supported the UW Communication Leadership program and the University’s epilepsy research efforts, as well as dozens of nonprofit organizations working in the arts, education, medical research, digital literacy, and environmental fields. She also publishes and writes for a website that reviews video games for families, Pixelkin.org.

Read more about Linda Breneman here…


Sheila Dean Brooks, Ph.D. (B.A. 1978)

Sheila Dean Brooks, Ph.D. is an author, Emmy-award winning journalist, entrepreneur and advocate for minority, women and diversity issues and small businesses. Her 28-year-old company, SRB Communications, is a full-service advertising and marketing agency in Washington, D.C. that specializes in multicultural markets. The agency helps build brand awareness in outreach and public education campaigns for its clients’ programs and initiatives through media channels including radio and TV commercials, brand videos, outdoor, print, digital and social media.

Prior to starting her firm in 1990, Dr. Brooks built a distinguished television career as a news director, reporter, anchor and documentary producer at CBS, NBC, PBS, and Fox TV affiliates. She is a sought-after speaker and author, releasing her first book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice,” in spring 2018.

Dr. Brooks has spent 40 years working in media and communications. She serves on numerous boards and has received more than 150 awards for her accomplishments. She teaches multicultural marketing in her role as adjunct faculty in the graduate school’s Strategic Public Relations program at The George Washington University.

Dr. Brooks received a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in May 2015 from Howard University. She has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Read more about Dr. Sheila Brooks here…


Shelley Morrison (B.A. 1971)

Shelley Morrison was one of the first female announcers and reporters on network radio in the United States.  She worked for NBC radio as a sportscaster, reporter and correspondent based in New York, London and Harare, Zimbabwe.  She also covered the Olympics in ’84 & ’88 for ABC Sports.  Her skills in public relations were valuable as Promotion Director and Announcer for KZAM FM in Seattle; Marketing & PR Director for One Reel, and Marketing Director for the Seattle SuperSonics.  She was VP of Advertising for Starwave/Disney, launching many of the first websites, including ESPN.com, on the public internet.  Morrison returned to radio in the virtual world, as VP of Media and Distribution sales for RealNetworks, the creator of streaming media.

In 2008, she founded Shelley Morrison Associates, which provides consulting and training in communication, negotiation, and intercultural relations for corporate, non-profit and higher education clients.  Morrison uses her background and skills to help global teams and other trainers improve their virtual communication and teaching.

Morrison has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Washington, a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University, and a Master in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific and the Intercultural Communication Institute.  Her thesis on “US Corporate Internships for Students from Africa” was published in 2015.

Read more about Shelley Morrison here…


Dolores H. Eyler (B.A., 1971)

Dolores Eyler has an extensive background in feature reporting, including working on the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, The Oregon Journal, and the Rocky Mountain News. She also helped start a community newspaper in Winnetka, Illinois, and was the founding editor/publisher of The Rye Record in Rye, New York. Currently, she is a business trainer via role-playing for Performance Plus in the New York City metropolitan area. She also taught in the public schools in Rye, New York.

Moving frequently due to family business opportunities, Eyler has been an active volunteer in Santa Monica, Portland, Denver, the Chicago area, and New York. She currently volunteers with the New York State Prison System. Some of her past and present boards include Oregon National Public Radio, the Denver Art Museum Auxiliary, the League of Women Voters, the Rye YMCA, the Posse Foundation, Operation Respect, Rye Arts Center, the Rye Library Auxiliary, and the Presbyterian Church, as well as starting a community book club wherever she has lived.

Read More about Dolores H. Eyler HERE

Kriss Turner Towner (B.A., 1984)

Kriss Turner Towner is a television writer and producer.  She has written on such shows as Cosby, The Bernie Mac Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Living Single, Whoopi, and Sister, Sister.  She is currently a co-executive producer on the upcoming Matt Weiner (Mad Men) Amazon drama series, The Romanoffs.  Turner Towner has been honored for her writing with a Peabody, Humanitas, and NAACP Award.  Her first feature film, Something New, won a Black Filmmakers Award for best screenplay.

Turner Towner was born in Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles.  In her sophomore year of high school, she moved with her family to Bellevue, Washington and graduated from Forest Ridge.  In 1984, Kriss graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communication.  The day after graduation, she drove down to Los Angeles and worked in the Nordstrom shoe department during the day and wrote scripts at night.  Eventually, her spec Seinfeld got into the hands of a producer, which ultimately led to her first writing job on Sister, Sister.

Being an active Husky Alum, Turner Towner welcomes students from the Communication Department to Los Angeles where she answers questions about careers in show business.  Turner Towner lives in Hollywood, California with her husband, daughter and three dogs.

Read More about Kriss Turner Towner HERE

Scott B. Wilson (M.A., 1986)

Over his 40 years in journalism and community media, Scott Wilson has been a champion for independent media, open government, tough journalism, early adaption of digital media, and opening doors to young journalists.

Since 1989, he and his wife Jennifer were co-owners then sole owners of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader. Wilson served in the roles of investigative reporter, editor, publisher, marketing rep, delivery boy and sidewalk sweeper. He won three dozen community media awards for journalism, photography, editorials, marketing and community service, and sustained the Leader as one of Washington’s best independent community media companies. The Leader was Washington’s first newspaper company of any size to launch a news website, in mid-1995.

Wilson was a founding board member and early president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government; was president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association; was the longtime chair of the WNPA Foundation and its scholarship program for college journalists; and his peers gave him community journalism’s highest honor, the Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award.

He graduated from the UW School of Communications with a B.A. in 1978, where he was editor of the UW Daily. He returned to the UW for the master’s program, advised by Professors Richard Kielbowicz and the legendary Bill Ames, and graduating in 1985. He was Olympia Bureau chief of the Tacoma News Tribune, leaving to return to his roots in community media and joining Frank Garred at the Leader in 1989.

Read More about Scott B. Wilson HERE


Pamela Banks 150x187Pamela Banks: B.A., 1981

Pamela Banks became the second woman in the history of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) to hold the position of President and CEO in 2012. She continues the nearly 90 year-old legacy with programs and services that focus on reducing economic and social disparities in education, employment, housing, and health focused on African Americans and underserved communities in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound Region. During her tenure, she has increased the organization’s operating budget from just under $400,000 to over $2 million. Prior to joining ULMS, Banks built a reputation for making city government more accessible to underserved residents, community organizations, and small businesses. Throughout her 30 year tenure with the city, she launched her career as a community organizer and became the director of community outreach senior policy advisor to Mayor Greg Nickels. During her time with the City of Seattle she helped facilitate and implement several neighborhood improvement projects including the establishment of the Columbia City Farmer’s Market. In addition, she served as a lead for the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative and the citywide Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Pamela currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Alliance for Education, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Seattle Association, the Washington Technology Industry Association, and is a lifetime member of the University of Washington Alumni Association, as well as serving as the President of her condominium association. A 39 year resident of Seattle, Banks earned her B.A. from the University of Washington. She has one son and is a long-time resident of Seattle’s vibrant and diverse Central District. Read more about Pamela Banks.

HB Photo 150x187Heather Brooke: B.A., 1992 

Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist, professor, author, and freedom of information advocate based in England. Her dogged investigative work uncovered one of the biggest British Parliament scandals of the last decade. Brooke’s journalism career began in Seattle, long before she moved to the United Kingdom. Her first journalism job was at 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. 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, exposing political abuses, causing national outrage, and leading to the hasty retirement of multiple MPs. Her unyielding pursuit of the truth was reenacted on a BBC Four TV drama, titled “On Expenses.” A year later, Brooke 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. Read more about Heather Brooke.

Tinamarie Feil 150x187Tinamarie Feil: B.A. 1984

Tinamarie Feil is the President and a co-founder of BMC Group, a global information management firm with offices in North America, Asia, and Europe. She has 30 years of experience directing various aspects of corporate compliance, communications, insolvency case administration, as well as the due diligence process in major merger and acquisition transactions. Feil currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, is a Committee Director of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation for its delegation to the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law, and is on the Board of Editors for The Bankruptcy Strategist. She is a frequent author of industry related articles and speaks as an expert on such issues. Feil is also committed to community service and mentoring, acting as Foundational Alumna for the UW Department of Communication Career Exploration program in New York City, as a past board member of Step Up Women’s Network, and current board member of Kids Company. Her community service interests focus on bringing educational and career opportunities to children and young adults. Read more about Tinamarie Feil.

Tomas Guillen 150x187Tomás Guillén: M.A., 1990 

Tomás Guillén 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, Guillén and a colleague wrote the New York Times best-selling book, “The Search for the Green River Killer.” Guillén was a 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his investigative reporting on the Green River murder investigation. He followed up with the nonfiction medical mystery novel, “Toxic Love.” In 1994, after earning his M.A. from the UW Department of Communication, he became a tenured professor for the Seattle University Department of Communication. 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. He served as Acting Chair for the department from 2006 to 2007 and was also the Director of the Journalism Summer Workshop from 2000 to 2009. Guillén has earned numerous awards recognizing his investigative reporting. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Cali, Colombia in 2008 and at Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom in 2011. In addition to his academic and professional life, Guillén volunteers as an interpreter for medical and dental mission trips to Nicaragua.  Read more about Tomás Guillén.

J Mullineaux 150x187J Mullineaux: B.A., 1982

J Mullineaux is a philanthropic leader with over 30 years of fundraising, gift planning, and charitable advising experience. After completing his B.A. at the University of Washington, he went on to Columbia University, earning an M.A. in Organizational Psychology. After graduate school, Mullineaux moved back to the West Coast, building a life in San Francisco and working in arts advancement. He began his career of philanthropic support as Director of Development for some of California’s leading arts institutions, including the San Francisco Ballet. After a long career with the ballet, he decided to move to different arts-related projects, including work with the campaign establishing San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum in 2003. Today, Mullineaux helps others craft their legacies as the Vice President for Philanthropic Planning at Community Foundation Sonoma County, a grant-giving organization that has awarded over $170 million to various nonprofits in the region since its inception. At Community Foundation Sonoma County, Mullineaux works with individuals and their families to ensure the wealth they have accumulated will mean something long after they are gone. In addition to his professional life, Mullineaux gives back to his community as a member of the Leadership Santa Rosa Steering Committee, the Becoming Independent Arts Advisory Council, and the Boards of Directors of the Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council and the Oliver Ranch Foundation. Read more about J Mullineaux.


Colleen-Fukui-Sketchley250Colleen 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, she focuses on developing and executing a comprehensive approach to diversity and inclusion by weaving strategic elements into people, product and service initiatives.  These efforts include developing meaningful partnership with national non-profit organizations. 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 US Business Leadership Network, the Center for APA Women and the Governor’s Disability Employment Task Force. Read more about Colleen Fukui-Sketchley.

Lauren 250x313Lauren Kessler: Ph.D., 1980

Kessler is the author of thirteen books, including Pacific Northwest Book Award winnerDancing with Rose,” Oregon Book Award winnerStubborn Twig” – chosen as the book for all of Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial – Washington Post bestseller “Clever Girl,” Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Happy Bottom Riding Club,” and her newest, to be published later this fall, “Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker” – all works of literary nonfiction. She is a “semi fearless immersion reporter” and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement to the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O Magazine, Salon, The Nation and elsewhere. She blogs at counterclockwisebook.com. She is also the author of “The Dissident Press,” a history of alternative journalism, and three textbooks. The director of The Writing Initiative at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, she also founded and directed graduate programs in Literary Journalism and in Multi-Media Narrative Journalism. Part reporter, part cultural anthropologist and part historian, she has a particular interest in American subcultures and in ill-behaved women who make history. She earned her M.S. from the University of Oregon in 1975, and her B.S.J. from Northwestern University in 1972. Read more about Lauren Kessler.

Robert 250x313Robert 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. Read more about Robert Osborne.

ross_reynolds_headshotRoss Reynolds: M.C. Digital Media, 2011

Ross Reynolds has been co-host of KUOW’s daily news magazine The Record since September 2013. Before that he hosted The Conversation, KUOW’s award–winning daily news–talk program from 2000 to 2013. Reynolds came to KUOW in 1987 as news director and in 1992 became program director and changed the station’s format from classical/news to news. In 1998, he became program director and news director. KUOW’s coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999 won a National Headliner First Place Award for Coverage of a Live Event. Along the way, he hosted the daily magazine program Seattle Afternoon; the award–winning regional newsmagazine Northwest Journal that aired in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska; and Upon Reflection, the weekly public television interview program on KCTS Seattle. He is a frequent moderator for political debates and discussions in the Seattle community and has participated in journalism fellowships which have taken him to Germany, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tokyo, South Korea and Malaysia. His pre-KUOW career included seven years as news director at community radio station KBOO in Portland, five years as news and public affairs director at WCUW in Worcester, Massachusetts, two years as music editor of Worcester Magazine, and short stints as fill-in news director at KMXT Kodiak, Alaska, and the Pacifica National News Service, Washington, DC, bureau. Ross has a cameo role in the documentary film “Manufacturing Consent,” an intellectual biography of Noam Chomsky. His list of awards and honors is long, and includes First Place Call-in Program, Division A, Public Radio News Directors in 2012 for ‘Living in a White City,’ a conversation with callers about what it meant that Seattle is predominately white; the National Headliner Award First Place Award in the “Coverage of a Live Event” category for Battle in Seattle – breaking coverage of the World Trade Organization demonstrations on November 30, 1999; and 2010’s Best Public Radio Gabber from Seattle Magazine. He has two Edward R. Murrow awards and a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award, First Place for his coverage of the Newspaper strike in the early 2000s. Read more about Ross Reynolds.

George WalkerHGeorge 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. Read more about George Walker.


tzzfrgd9Ron Elgin: B.A., 1965

Elgin is an advertising, marketing and business professional with more than four decades founding and directing some of the Northwest’s most successful firms. He began his advertising career as an undergraduate intern at Cole & Weber and as a copywriter during his senior year. After graduation he was called away by the U.S. Army where he served as an officer during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Cole & Weber but this time on the business side as an account manager. Ten years later after ascending to Managing Director, he co-founded Elgin Syferd as the market’s first truly integrated communications agency with clients such as Holland America Line, Jansport, McDonald’s, Nordstrom and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Additionally, he co-founded the Hornall Anderson design firm; the CF2GS direct marketing agency and AdWorks, a retail ad agency. Within 10 years the agency had grown to a quarter billion dollars in billings and was sold to DDB Worldwide – the 4th largest global agency. Elgin remained as CEO of Seattle, became CEO of DDB US Retail, and a board member of the parent organization until his retirement at the end of 2011. For his career efforts, he was awarded the highest Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Advertising Federation. Elgin also served on the boards of Hart Crowser, Knowledge Anywhere, Fluidmaster Global, Quu, Zimron, Opt-in Media and Veterans Promise Coffee. 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 Foundation, Special Olympics, PONCHO, Alliance for Education and America’s Foundation for Chess. In light of his civic efforts, he has been honored with numerous awards. He recently completed a humorous account of his life in advertising titled “Huckster.” Elgin currently resides in Seattle with his wife of 45 years, Bonnie, but they are frequent visitors to their daughter and family in Laguna Beach, CA. Read more about Ron Elgin.

Sharon-05Sharon Carey 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 only three full-time women students in the Journalism Editorial program at that time. The Daily’s 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 and created “How they Met,” a column detailing how couples met their spouses—from the common man to the president of Boeing. Her career path initially included reporting, public relations and marketing which became the base for initiating a comprehensive career in charitable giving for not-for-profit organizations for the past 40 years nationally. LeeMaster has served as staff at San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Combined Arts & Education Council (COMBO), and helped establish the San Diego Performing Arts League and its half-price ticket booth, which raises funds for local arts and tourist attractions. She created and marketed a summer music festival for world-renowned La Jolla Music Society. She guided the San Diego History Center through its fund campaign to complete the Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Her Fund Development career though primarily focusing on Arts and Culture also includes service on behalf of health care organizations, community college foundations and senior centers. LeeMaster is most proud of creating the fundraising plan for a national support group to fund the revitalization of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History First Ladies Exhibit, meeting living First Ladies as well as 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. Her achievements include multiple awards, including the Outstanding Development Professional (accorded in 2000) from the San Diego Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals; Outstanding Woman in Communications from Theta Sigma Phi (Now Women in Communications); and was named “One to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. She served as president of AFP San Diego for two terms and for 11 years as a Board member on the Association of Fundraising Professionals and its International Foundation headquartered in Washington D.C. She was also honored as an Outstanding Alum by the School of the Sacred Heart, Forest Ridge (Bellevue, WA) in 2006. In addition to her professional career she has advised dozens of organizations pro bono including ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) and counseled more than 100 aspiring journalists and fund development professionals. Read more about Sharon Carey LeeMaster.

Nate 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. 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 $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.

Thomas Scheidel-04Thomas Scheidel: M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1958

Scheidel has been a lauded leader at the University of Washington for more than twenty years. Between graduating from the UW and returning to serve on the faculty, he served on faculties at Cornell, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin. Since 1976, he’s served as the UW 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 1996, 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. Read more about Thomas Scheidel.

Barr-02Jeff Barr: M.C., 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 and “Headline Viewer” programs. Today, the 12-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.” Initially Barr became a supporter of the Communication Leadership program in 2008 as its first Amazon connection and a trusted advisor. His feedback was crucial to growing the program, and he later stepped off the Advisory Board to apply as a student and become a more effective storyteller. Barr earned an M.A. in Communication and Digital Media 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. In the last year and a half, Barr has become an advisor and financial benefactor to Seattle-based Redlight Traffic, which publicizes and fights human trafficking by using a mobile app to identify victims. He speaks at the organization’s events and works with the founders on their marketing and technology plans. Barr has also been an advisor to the UW’s Certificate Program in Cloud Computing for several years. The father of five and grandfather of two lives in Sammamish, WA. Read more about Jeff Barr.


KarenBryant 250x250Karen Bryant: B.A., 2002

Karen Bryant started her career in sports in 1996, as the director of operations for the American Basketball League’s Seattle Reign, where she later served as general manager. In 1999, she was recruited by the Seattle SuperSonics to lead the organization’s effort to secure a WNBA expansion franchise. In 2008, the Seattle Storm became an independent organization, upon the relocation of the SuperSonics. The same year, Bryant was named the Storm’s chief executive officer. Bryant is responsible for overseeing business and basketball operations for the organization, including long-term growth strategies and developing partnerships and initiatives focused on support for women and girls. With her leadership, Storm revenue has increased 162 percent. Under her leadership and guidance, the Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010. In 2005, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized her as one of their Women of Influence; in March of 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Health and Dignity Award by the Americans for UNFPA for her continued efforts toward elevating the status of women and advocacy for equality. Most recently, Bryant and the owners of the Seattle Storm were named Girl Scouts of America’s Women of Distinction. She was also honored as Seattle’s 2010 Sports Executive of the Year by the Seattle Sports Commission. Previously affiliated with King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and the Girl Scouts – Totem Council, Bryant is currently serving on the boards of the Seattle Sports Commission, the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and the Special Olympics of Washington.
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Nancy_Dick 250x250Nancy Dick: M.C. Digital Media, 2008

Nancy Dick is the Dean of Instruction responsible for Design, Information Technology, and eLearning programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. From 1998-2008, she developed and taught theory and technical design-related courses in the college’s Multimedia Design & Production program. Since 2009 she’s led the LWIT’s first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD). This program enables A.A.S. graduates from a variety of disciplines such as digital design, gaming, video/web, mechanical/industrial design and architecture to continue with upper division study of design theory, process and strategy, project/team management, sustainability, and related topics. Students hone their technical and design skills by collaborating on real-world cross-disciplinary projects under faculty supervision. Graduates work at leading Northwest companies as designers, creative directors, and project managers. Nancy graduated from the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program in 2008. She was drawn to the program because she wanted to more deeply understand how disruptive innovations were transforming the digital media industry. Her graduate work focused on how to assist faculty transition to computer-mediated instruction, as she leveraged her online classroom teaching experience. Prior to becoming dean she taught faculty-development courses in online instruction on her campus and for Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). She’s an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Education Leader, and works with leading software companies on certification exam development. She’s interested in educational pathways for non-traditional students, with the goal of empowering Washingtonians to further their education, pursue career opportunities, and be well-informed citizens.
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Lou Gellerman 250x250Lou Gellermann: B.A., 1958

For decades, each UW football game-day looked the same. The siren sounded, fans rose to their feet and the voice of Lou Gellermann echoed throughout Husky Stadium. “Hello, Dawg Fans!” he’d cry out. “Hello, Lou!” they’d heartily reply and the game began. Gellermann spent the better part of his life at UW. Long before his 40-year stint as the P.A. announcer for Husky Stadium, he was a Communication student, a member of the men’s rowing team, as well as the men’s swim team. He grew up just blocks away from campus near the Metro Theater. Gellermann rowed for all four of his undergraduate years. In 1958, his team sadly lost the Moscow Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England; however the Soviets confidently invited them to compete again in front of their home crowd in Moscow, where the Huskies attained one of the greatest rowing victories in UW history. His first gig as an announcer was at Roosevelt High School. He landed a job as a press box announcer in 1964 at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1968, he received his job of a lifetime when UW Sports Director John Reid offered him a position in the press box to announce the internal public address for football games and men’s and women’s basketball games. By 1985, he took over the external public address job and in 1995 dropped his basketball position to become the Husky football announcer full-time until his retirement in 2008. He is beloved by UW fans and has been a public ambassador for the university for five decades.
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Jack Gladstone 250x250Jack Gladstone: B.A., 1982

Gladstone is a Native PoetSinger and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CDs. In 1985, he co-founded Native America Speaks, an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park. He has taught at community colleges and been invited to lecture widely in university settings. He holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Other honors include the American Indian Interpretation Association Award “Excellence in Interpretation of Native Culture” (1998) and the National Association of Campus Activities Hall of Fame Award for “Contributions to the Arts” (1995). Since 1997, Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the 2006 bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage. In 2008, 2007, and 2006, Gladstone headlined programs at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indians in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2008, he travelled as Montana’s spokesperson and troubadour for the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. In 2010 he released Native Anthropology, a landmark recording achievement in a career that has spanned almost three decades.
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Gladstone will also be performing a special multimedia concert on campus the day after the Hall of Fame ceremony on October 16. RSVP here.

Alex Quade 250x250Alex Quade: B.A., 1992

Freelance war reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions. She is the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s “Tex McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism” for her war reportage. She has worked in television for Fox News and CNN. Quade embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series, and documentaries. “Chinook Down” is her investigation into the Taliban surface-to-air missile shoot down of a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed all on board. Quade gathered material about the attack on the helicopter, obtained previously unreleased documents from the Pentagon and collected video from soldiers and pilots on the scene. The result of her work is a video special for The New York Times – At War website. She recently produced and directed a short documentary about Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, “Horse Soldiers of 9/11,” that was shown in film festivals nationwide. Narrated by actor Gary Sinise, Quade’s film expands her original investigative reports for The Washington Times, CNN.com, and The Daily Caller. In Quade’s award-winning documentary, “Wounded Warriors” for CNN Presents, she was the first reporter to obtain unprecedented access to injured troops, premiering an exposé on the ravages of battle and the care given at every echelon in war zones. Today, military units include her piece in their pre-mission training, and the President’s Commission on Returning Veterans educates decision-makers and troop caregivers with viewings of the film. Quade serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the Association of Military Journalists, and has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military.
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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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J. Anthony (Tony) Angell: B.A., 1962

Tony AngellTony Angell is a prominent and respected artist and environmentalist. His life’s work encourages aesthetic beauty and unflinching natural integrity, be it through artwork, publications, advocacy, or illustration. His work is included in close to 50 private and public collections across the country and is on permanent display at the Foster-White Gallery, one of Seattle’s oldest and finest art galleries. At age 17, he won a track and field scholarship to the University of Washington and did his undergraduate work in English and Speech Communication and master’s work in Speech Communication. He was signed with the first gallery he walked into, Foster-White. His illustrations and essays on Northwest wildlife became a regular feature in Pacific Search magazine. After beginning his career in the 1960s as a painter, he began to focus on sculpture, which he produces in his studios in Seattle and Lopez Island. He has written and/or illustrated 15 books. Books showcasing his work include Owls (1974), Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Jays (1978), and Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound (1982) — all published by University of Washington Press. Four of his books, including In the Company of Crows and Ravens, have received the Governor’s Literary Award in nonfiction (now known as the Washington State Book Award). Author, illustrator and sculptor, Angell has won numerous writing and artistic awards for his work on behalf of nature including the prestigious Master Artist Award of the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum. He has worked as a board member of Washington’s chapter of The Nature Conservancy and has been actively associated with the Conservancy since 1973. He is an elected fellow of the National Sculpture Society. After 30 years in public education, he retired in 2002 as director of environmental education for the state of Washington, where he coordinated efforts to teach schoolchildren about the natural world, our place in it, and its importance to our physical, economic and spiritual well-being.

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Jack Geraghty: B.A., 1956

Jack GeraghtyJack Geraghty truly enjoys being a Husky in Cougar Country. He came west from Spokane to the UW in 1952 as a student in what was then the School of Journalism. After graduation, Geraghty edited the “Service Stripe” newspaper at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and then came home as a reporter for the Spokane Daily Chronicle. In 1964, he was elected as a Democratic Spokane County Commissioner, beating a Republican incumbent, unheard of in Spokane at the time. He was 29 years old, the youngest commissioner ever elected then or since. As commissioner, he spearheaded the consolidation of Sheriff and Spokane police and corrections functions into a single public safety facility that remains today. He left the county in 1971 to become vice president of Exhibitor and Guest Relations for EXPO ’74, the Spokane World’s Fair. The permanent legacy of that Fair is Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park in the heart of the city. After the Fair he founded and published “The Falls” weekly newspaper for two years. He then went into the public affairs consulting business. Under the aegis of two firms — Jack Geraghty and Associates and Alliance Pacific, Inc. (now headed by his wife, Kerry Lynch) — Geraghty helped coordinate a number of successful bond issue campaigns that changed the face of Spokane. They included a new central library and three branch public libraries; an expanded Spokane Convention Center; reconstruction and modernization of four of the city’s five senior high schools; construction of a new high school in the suburban Mead district; and several park and street improvement projects. In 1993, Geraghty was elected as the 39th mayor of Spokane. His legacy was a public-private partnership that ultimately led to the development of the Riverpark Square mall, the restoration of the historic Davenport Hotel and a general renaissance of arts, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

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Shelby Gilje: B.A., 1958

Shelby GiljeShelby Gilje worked for more than 30 years as a writer, editor and columnist for The Seattle Times. She reported on a variety of topics, including abortion reform, federal and county courts, features and general assignments. She also served as reporter and editor for The Sun, the Anchorage Daily News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the West Seattle News. While employed as a journalist, Gilje moved The Seattle Times’ “Troubleshooter” column from a question-and-answer format about streetlights and potholes to a column noted for advocacy, price surveys and issues such as Medicare HMOs. Additionally, she was active in the Consumer Protection Roundtable, president for two terms on the board of the Western Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a coordinator of a Matrix Table for Women in Communications. She served for six years on the Washington State AARP Executive Council and continues to do advocacy work for the organization. She also served six years on the Board of Trustees for People’s Memorial Association (PMA), two as president. PMA, founded here in 1939, is the oldest and largest nonprofit funeral-and-memorial cooperative in the U.S. and is dedicated to dignified service and reasonable prices with no sales pressure. Gilje volunteers for a writing project at the Nordic Heritage Museum, of which her late husband, Svein Gilje, was founding president. She is a contributing editor for an ethnic publication, the Norwegian American Weekly.

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Hal Newsom: B.A., 1952

Hal NewsomHal Newsom graduated from Beloit with a degree in economics before moving to Seattle. Unable to find an ad agency job, he enrolled in the UW’s journalism school where he honed his skills in writing as sports editor of The Daily. He built his first advertising campaign with the introduction of a new restaurant, The Burgermaster. He entered the U.S. Army as a private destined for the OCS School at Fort Benning, Ga., but not before 16 weeks of basic training followed by leadership school. When he returned to Seattle in 1955 after his Army tour, he renewed his search for an advertising job in Seattle. Newsom started at Safeco when he first arrived in Seattle and moved on to Cole & Weber, where he stayed until his retirement. Newsom was president and CEO of Cole & Weber when it was the largest advertising agency in the Northwest. He wrote various TV commercials for Boeing, which aired on Monday Night Football. He is also responsible for the iconic Wien air goose ads. After 33 years, Newsom retired from Cole & Weber, having produced more than 2,000 ads throughout his career. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Chirripo; and climbed Mount Rainier twice. He has run marathons, is a master rower, bicyclist, and he sat on the board of Outward Bound of Seattle. Hal was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995 and almost immediately plunged into activities related to the disease. He was one of the first board members of Northwest Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, which developed the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at Evergreen Hospital. He sat on the board for eight years and helped create the facility to treat all aspects of Parkinson’s. He also wrote a book to help newly diagnosed Parkinson’s people: HOPE-For the Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease Person. (All proceeds from the book benefit the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.) He also sat on the board for Highline Community Hospital for 20 years and is an esteemed past president.

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Terrence (Terry) Tazioli: B.A., 1970

Terry TazioliTerry Tazioli is a principal in Little Man Productions, a professional story-telling service specializing in video, audio, print and online. He is also the host of Author’s Hour on TVW in Washington state. The program features author interviews, lectures and readings and is devoted to non-fiction covering politics, public affairs, government, history and the Pacific Northwest. For 14 years, he was editor of Scene, The Seattle Times’ nationally recognized lifestyle section. Prior to that, he was a TV news assignment editor and then the producer of Top Story for KING-TV in Seattle. He worked at the East Side Journal in Kirkland, the Journal American in Bellevue, and he has taught news writing at the UW and Bellevue Community College. He continues to conduct occasional writing workshops. Extensively involved in the past two years in mentoring Communication journalism students, Tazioli helped the Department revise and teach (as a volunteer) the advanced design course. One of his most important experiences in journalism came in 1999 when he was editor of The Seattle Times features section. Tazioli reprinted a long essay by Washington Post writer Lonnae O’Neal Parker. Parker is black. Her essay, titled “White Girl,” described living with her mixed-race cousin, who identifies herself as white. The piece had run in The Post with limited response. Tazioli reprinted it with a call for readers to write back. Readers responded and the dialogue grew to such an extent that ABC’s Nightline did a story on it. Tazioli and Parker were invited to town-hall-style meetings around the country to talk about the issues raised by the piece. He has served on the Communication Alumni Board since 2006. He holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Betty Houchin Winfield: Ph.D., 1978

Betty Houchin WinfieldWinfield has been a member of the Missouri School of Journalism faculty since 1990. She also holds appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. Before joining the Missouri Journalism faculty, Winfield was a professor of communication and American studies at Washington State University. She held post-doctoral fellowships at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Gannett Center for Media and Politics at Columbia University. Among Winfield’s four books are Journalism, 1908: Birth of a Profession and the award-winning FDR and the News Media. Her other publications include two monographs, 12 book chapters, and more than 80 encyclopedia and journal articles. Winfield has given numerous scholarly lectures and competitive papers on mass media history and White House communication. Among them are analyses of the free expression conflicts with the commander-in-chief role of the president, the models of attorneys general during wartime, and first lady relationships with the public and the media. Her current vein of research involves how journalists use history in their stories. In 2008, she received the 24th annual Covert Award in Mass Communication History. Also in 2008, Winfield received the American Journalism Historians Association’s inaugural teaching excellence award. In 2003, Winfield was honored as the first journalism professor to receive a systemwide University of Missouri Curators’ Professorship, which she will hold for the rest of her career at MU. In 2002, she received the MU Faculty-Alumni Award. The University of Missouri awarded Winfield its prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award in 1998 for an “academic career embodying the Jeffersonian principles and ideals in scholarship and teaching.”

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Betsy Bach: Ph.D., 1985

Betsy BachBetsy Bach is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Montana, where she has served on the faculty since 1983. From 1999-2005, she served in two administrative roles: Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management and Retention, and then as Interim Dean of the Davidson Honors College from 2003-2005, both at the University of Montana. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Chalice of Repose Project at St. Patrick Hospital, where she offered communication courses to graduate students preparing to be music thanatologists — people who use song and harp to counsel the dying. She is a past president the National Communication Association and she has served as president of the Western States Communication Association. She specializes in organizational communication and her two major research areas are the mentoring and socialization of organizational newcomers. She received the University of Montana’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1991 and the Master Teacher Award from the Western States Communication Association in 1992.

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Margaret Fimia: B.A., 1989; M.A., 1992

Maggie FimiaMargaret Fimia received an associate degree in nursing from Nassau Community College (’70), a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Washington. As a member of the King County Council (1994 to 2001), she served on several committees including: the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Committee and chaired their first Transportation Pricing Committee. She also served on the State Commute Trip Reduction Task Force; the County Law, Justice and Human Service committee and Regional Water Quality Committee. She successfully lobbied for neighborhood traffic calming, clean diesel buses, significantly more & better bus service, low fares, & bus rapid transit. Following a “No” vote by the public, she worked to minimize public financing of the new baseball stadium. As a Shoreline City Council member (2003-2007), she brought historically opposing groups to increase public participation, reduce overhead, fund basic infrastructure and increase environmental protection. She has been the Co-Chair of CETA, the Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives since 2001. Margaret is married to Don Moe MD.

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Robert McChesney: M.A., 1986; Ph.D., 1989

Robert McChesneyRobert McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Executive Director of the Illinois Fellowships in Media and Communication Policy Program and the President and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. He hosts the Media Matters weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio. His academic work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. He has written or edited eleven books, including: Media and Empire: The United States and Global Communication; The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the 21st Century; the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935; and Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy. He has written some 150 journal articles and book chapters and another 150 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and book reviews. His work appears in twelve languages. In 2001, Adbusters magazine named him one of the Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism. McChesney co-edits, with John Nerone, the History of Communication series for the University of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a research advisor to numerous academic and civic organizations. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus. Prior to entering graduate school in 1983, McChesney was a sports stringer for UPI, published a weekly newspaper, and in 1979 was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in his hometown of Cleveland, credits the founding of The Rocket to the birth of the Seattle rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s.

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E. M. “Eddie” Pasatiempo: B.A., 1977

Eddie PasatiempoSince 2008, E. M. “Eddie” Pasatiempo has been a senior client partner in the Seattle office of Korn/Ferry International. He focuses on senior and board-level search assignments as a member of the firm’s Global Technology practice. Pasatiempo has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and International Field Operations for Capartis. In this capacity, VAR Magazine recognized him as one of the “Top 75 Channel Executives in North America. Prior to Capartis, he served as the Pacific Northwest Territory President for EDS. He also spent more than 15 years with IBM, finishing his term as the Director of Operations Asia Pacific. His areas of expertise include global sales, marketing, executive coaching, management and organizational leadership. Pasatiempo has long been active in area advisory boards. He is the current president of the UW Alumni Association and he sits on the Pacific Northwest Advisory Board of BMO Harris Private Banking. He is also on the board of directors for the Washington Technology Industry Association. Past volunteer board positions include the Albers School of Business, Seattle University; the UW Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Washington Athletic Club; the Columbia Tower Club; the World Trade Center of Seattle; and the Seattle Humane Society. Pasatiempo has also become a regular visitor to the UW Department of Communication, serving in a variety of mentorship roles for Communication undergraduate students. He is a member of the Big “W” Club, the Seattle Rotary Club, and the 101 Club. He also served as an MBA Program Mentor for the UW School of Business.

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Herbert F. (Herb) Robinson: B.A., 1949 (posthumous)

Herb RobinsonHerbert F. (Herb) Robinson was an award-winning television and newspaper journalist in Seattle who served as lead editorial writer for The Seattle Times from 1977 to 1989 and as anchor, news director, and on-air host at KOMO Television in the pioneering years of 1953 to 1965. As a UW student, he was the campus correspondent for The Seattle Times. His college career was interrupted by World War II, where he saw combat in Burma. He left the service as a captain and returned to the UW to earn his degree in journalism. In 1954, television was a new medium on the scene and Robinson joined KOMO-TV to host a daily news program called Deadline. The show received a Sylvania Television Award in 1956 for outstanding local and special-events programs. Robinson left television and returned to The Seattle Times where he wrote editorials. Over 20 years, he produced thousands of pieces. The Municipal League honored him in 1983 and the Washington State School Directors Association in 1973 for his contributions to understanding public policy issues. After retiring in 1989, Robinson turned to writing novels. In 1993, he enrolled in a fiction class at the University of Washington. He became a regular at writing-practice sessions held twice weekly at Tio’s (renamed Louisa’s) Cafe on Eastlake Avenue in Seattle. He wrote there for 10 years. Robinson was in the process of seeking an agent and publishing venues for his fiction when he died in 2003.

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Joseph Slate: B.A., 1951

Joseph SlateJoseph Slate is an award-winning author of children’s books and a painter. He began his career as a journalist. Serving as editor of The Daily where he was awarded the University of Washington Top-Flight Award for journalism (1951). He joined the staff of The Seattle Times in 1951, working as a reporter for three years before becoming editor for Foreign Broadcast Information Service in 1955, a job he held until 1959. He attended Yale University, completing a BFA in 1960. In 1962, Slate began as an instructor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He became a professor of art in 1969, serving as chair of the art department from 1963 to 1975 and again from 1981 to 1982. He has served as a consultant and co-author with the late Professor Irvin Child of Yale University on his studies on the psychology of art (published in the fall, 1963 Art Journal as The Preconceptual Eye). He originated the National Endowment for the Arts “Fiction in Newspaper” program. Slate published his first picture book for children, The Star Rocker, in 1982. The story is a reworking of the Greek myth of Cassiopea. Since then, Slate has published 16 other books for children. His most popular books are the Miss Bindergarten series about a border-collie kindergarten teacher and her classroom. The books help to introduce young children to the idea of school and some of the things and activities they might encounter there, while reinforcing the alphabet and number skills. Merry Makers, Inc. created a Miss Bindergarten doll a musical based on two of the Miss Bindergarten books ran a 19-city tour in 2009.

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H. Stuart Elway (BA, 1970; MA, 1975; PhD, 1983)

elwayAs president of Elway Research, Inc., Elway has directed research projects for large and small businesses, associations, not-for-profits, public agencies at all levels, candidates, ballot measures and media outlets, including The Seattle Times, Knight Ridder and NBC News. In addition to being regularly and widely quoted in Washington state media, Elway is looked to from outside the region as an expert on Northwest politics; he has been quoted in Time magazine, The Economist, and nearly every major daily newspaper in the country. He has also appeared or been quoted on all six television networks and has appeared as a guest on local and network news programs, including NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and “To the Point,” CNN’s “Inside Politics,” and ABC.com’s “Political Points.” He pioneered the use of random-sample interactive polls on live television.  Elway has taught at both the UW and The Evergreen State College. He is a member of The National Council of State Polls and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He is the publisher of The Elway Poll, the only on-going non-partisan, independent analysis of public opinion in the Northwest. He has directed The Seattle Times Washington Poll since 1984, and directed The Seattle Times/NorthWest Cable News Poll. He was also the research partner in the Front Porch Forum, a civic journalism effort of The Seattle Times, The Evans School, KCTS/9, KUOW and KPLU.

Joanne Harrell (BA, 1976; MBA, 1979)

harrellHarrell 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.

Bruce Johansen (BA, 1972; PhD, 1979)

johansenJohansen has been at the University of Nebraska, Omaha since 1982. He is the senior ranking professor in the Department of Communication with a cross-listing in Native American Studies. He is the Frederick W. Kayser professor, which is a university research chair. He is the author of 26 books and has written mainly in Native American Studies, but also in various ecological sciences, notably “The Global Warming Desk Reference” (2001) and “Global Warming in the 21st Century,” 3 vols. (2006). He also co-edited a 4-volume Encyclopedia of American Indian History with ABC-CLIO. (2007) He is also the Native American series editor for the Greenwood Publishing Group. In 2006, Dr. Johansen lectured at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. and on Native American legal history at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland (this university was the teaching post of Pope John Paul II before he assumed the papacy.)

George Sundborg (BA, 1934) (posthumous)

sundborgSundborg graduated from the University of Washington in 1934 and then chronicled the world as a reporter for a variety of newspapers, first from Grays Harbor and later as an editor of his own Alaska paper, the Juneau Independent. He was one of the primary authors of the Alaska constitution, which was drafted in 1955 and 1956. He left newspapers to become an administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Ernest Gruening, D-Alaska. In 1971, he moved back to Washington State and later received an award from the U.S. Department of Interior for assistance in transferring land at Fort Lawton to the city of Seattle to create Discovery Park. From his Magnolia home, he wrote for magazines and other publications; volunteered at Seattle Children’s hospital; supported many charities and food banks; and was president of the Magnolia Bluffers, a seniors group. With his wife, Mary, he also established a law-school endowment at Seattle University for residents from Alaska.

Maggie Walker (BA, 1974; BA, 1987)

walkerhofWalker is very active in the non-profit community. She is 2nd Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of The Seattle Foundation, a leading philanthropic non profit organization in creating positive community change. She is past president of the ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter and board vice president of the Museum of History and Industry. She currently serves as board chair of the Bullitt Foundation an MOHAI, is co-chair of the Prosperity Partnership’s Cultural Task Force, and is president elect of the Seattle Art Museum. A strong advocate of the environment, education and the arts, Walker has led the boards of the Henry Art Gallery, the Woodland Park Zoological Society and the Washington Women’s Foundation. She is a founding member of the Foundation, first Chair of the board and Planning Committee, two time grant committee member, and helped lead the development of the Foundation’s endowment  In addition, she is a past board vice president of Washington Audubon and Seattle Children’s Home. Walker chaired Art Fair Seattle for five years and headed up Campaign UW for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is co-founder of Social Venture Partners, a network of engaged donors and nonprofits teamed to leverage their knowledge and experiences for the good of the community.

Harold (Hal) Zimmerman (BA, 1947)

zimmermanZimmerman worked as news editor of the Sedro Woolley Courier-Times and as editor-publisher of the Cowlitz County Advocate in Castle Rock before buying the Camas Washougal Post-Record in 1957 and publishing the paper for the next 23 years. The Post-Record won first place in the nation in 1960 for community involvement and won many awards for news, editorials, advertising, and community service. He also served as President of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Among the many leadership roles he had were serving as President of the Lions Club and a Chamber of Commerce officer in Castle Rock and President of the Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce in Camas. For his many years of community service, he was named as the “Citizen of the Century” for Camas. He served 22 years in the Washington State Legislature, had leadership roles in both the House and the Senate such as serving as Chairman of Legislative Budget Committee in 1987 and sponsored key pieces of legislation, such as the state’s first Solid Waste Act in 1969 and its first tough oil spill bill in 1970. He resigned from the State Senate in 1988 when Governor Booth Gardner appointed him to the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board. As one of the three full-time hearings board members in Environmental Hearings Office, he heard appeals on air and water pollution, shorelines appeals and helped coordinate officers of two other appeals boards.


Mary Daheim: Noted author of more than 50 novels (BA, 1960)

Mary DaheimIn 1983, Daheim published her first historical romance, Love’s Pirate, for Avon Books. She followed this award-winning novel with Destiny’s Pawn, Pride’s Captive and Passion’s Triumph, all for Avon, as well as several historicals for Harlequin. An avid mystery reader, Daheim decided to try her hand at murder and mayhem with the creation of the Bed-and-Breakfast series from Avon, beginning with Just Desserts, and followed by Fowl Prey, Holy Terrors, Dune to Death, Bantam of the Opera, A Fit of Tempera and Major Vices. She has written more than 50 novels. Daheim is member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.

Wallie Funk: Longtime editor, journalist and civic activist; WWII veteran (BA, 1948)

Wally FunkFrom 1950 to 1960, Funk co-published the Anacortes American, and from 1965 to 1988, he produced three newspapers on Whidbey Island. As a journalist and editor, he was highly regarded throughout the state, and served as the president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Funk served on the Anacortes City Council, was the 1959 chair of the United Good Neighbor drive, and served three years as president of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. He has twice received the Skagit County Bar Association’s prestigious “Liberty Bell” award, which goes to people who exemplify the ideals of community service and the U.S. Constitution.

Jerry (Gerald) Hoeck: Advertising, public consulting and public service professional; WWII veteran (BA, 1944)

Hoeck was a founding partner of a Seattle advertising agency: Miller, McKay, Hoeck and Hartung. The agency was well known for its innovative creative work; its clients included Rainier Beer, Bar-S Meats, KING Broadcasting, MD Tissue, West Coast Airlines, and Bardahl. He also worked on Warren Magnuson’s Congressional and Senate campaigns and helped Congressman Henry M. Jackson in his U.S. Senate race. In 1960, he served as the advertising manager of the Democratic National Committee. He played a major role in the 1964 election of four Washington state congressmen: Tom Foley, Brock Adams, Lloyd Meeds, and Floyd Hicks. In 1972 and 1976, he worked on the Jackson presidential campaigns. Hoeck has been very active in community service, offering his advertising and marketing expertise to a wide variety of causes and organizations.

Stanton Patty: Reporter and one of the foremost writers about Alaska (BA, MA; 1949, 1958)

Patty covered the state of Alaska for most of his 57 years as a reporter. He was a former assistant travel editor of The Seattle Times and on staff at the Times from 1954 to 1988. Before that, he was a reporter for The Longview Daily News in Longview, Wash., working there from 1949 to 1954. Patty’s Alaska stories for the Times have included the fight for statehood, construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the campaign for settlement of Alaska natives’ aboriginal land claims, the Good Friday earthquake of 1964, the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He was lead reporter for coverage of the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. Patty was twice runner-up for the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Grand Award. He is the author of Fearless Men And Fabulous Women: A reporter’s memoir from Alaska & the Yukon (Epicenter Press, 2004).

Mayumi Tsutakawa: Community activist (MA, 1976)

Mayumi TsutakawaTsutakawa worked as director of external relations for the Wing Luke Asian Museum before going to work at the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC). She became active in community activism while still in college and has continued her community work throughout her career. She started her professional career at the International Examiner, working there after earning her BA. After earning her graduate degree, she worked as a reporter and later an art critic and copy and layout editor for The Seattle Times, where she was the first Asian American female reporter at all major papers in the region at that time. She taught East Asian/Asian American history and journalism at Seattle Central Community College and in 1984 went to work for the King County Arts Commission as an Arts Coordinator. She co-edited the first national Asian American women’s literature and art anthology, “The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology.” The anthology was awarded the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 1990. She has been involved in a number of cultural projects, community committees, and grant-award panels.

Donald H. Wulff (posthumous): Director of CIDR, Associate Dean in the Graduate School, and affiliate graduate faculty in the Communication Department (PhD, 1985)

Wulff spent 27 years teaching, consulting, researching, and co-authoring/co-editing seven volumes on issues in higher education, including Aligning for Learning: Strategies for Teaching Effectiveness (2005, Anker Publications) and Paths to the Professoriate (2004, Jossey-Bass). His teaching areas have included instructional, interpersonal, and nonverbal communication, communication education, interviewing, instructional design, and teaching and learning in higher education. Wulff served in leadership roles in various national educational organizations and on editorial review boards. He was honored with UW’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1984, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. He was the 2007 recipient of the David B. Thorud Leadership Award. First awarded in 2006, the award is given to one faculty member and one staff member who have demonstrated exceptional abilities to lead, serve, inspire, and collaborate with broad impact.


David Boardman: executive editor, The Seattle Times (MA, 1983)

BoardmanBoardman started at The Seattle Times in 1983 as a copy editor and reporter. He has directed two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects: an investigation of abuses in the federal tribal-housing program (1997) and coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath (1990).


Peter Clarke: professor, health communication expert, nutrition leader (BA, 1958)

ClarkeClarke is a professor of preventive 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.

Frank Garred: Publisher, community newspaper leader (BA, 1958)

GarredGarred owned and operated community newspapers on the Olympic Peninsula from 1967 to 2002, including The Port Townsend Leader. He’s been president of the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce, president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, and a member, representing the National Newspaper Association, of the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Bryan Monroe: Editor, newspaper and magazine executive (BA, 1987)

MonroeMonroe has been vice president and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines since 2006. He joined the magazines following a long career at Knight Ridder, where he was assistant vice president of news. He’s also president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Monroe led Knight Ridder’s efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, helping the newspaper in Biloxi, Miss. publish continuously. His team’s efforts were awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Monroe was also part of the team that helped the Grand Forks Herald win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1998, following the flood that devastated the community.

Mike Peringer: Marketing executive, civic leader (BA, 1957)

PeringerA Seattle native, Peringer is vice president of marketing/sale for Process Heating Co., a manufacturer in the Sodo industrial area south of downtown Seattle. In 1992, Peringer founded the Sodo Business Association to represent 2,000 businesses and 50,000 employees in Sodo. As president of the group, Peringer founded Artworks to help clean the area and remove graffiti. More than 5,000 youngsters, many of them at-risk, have gone through the program.

Peringer wrote Good Kids: The Story of ArtWorks, and all proceeds go to the program. He’s also published Lifeline to the Yukon, a history of the Yukon River.

Dolores Sibonga: Seattle City Council member, community editor, attorney, civic leader (BA, 1952)

SibongaSibonga 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.


Rita Brogan

BA, 1972; MA, 1975 – Communications
Owner and CEO of PRR, Inc.

Harold Carr

BA, 1955 – Communications
Retired from The Boeing Company after a long career in public relations at the company.

Tim Egan

BA, 1981 – Communications
Reporter for the New York Times for the past 16 years.

Patricia Fisher (posthumous)

BA, 1968 – Communications
A longtime area journalist, mentor to many young journalists – particularly to young African American journalists.

Randy Y. Hirokawa

MA, 1977; PhD, 1980 – Speech Communication
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hawaii, Hilo.

Robert Keatley

BA, 1956 – Communications
Founder and Editor, Hong Kong Journal

Ted Van Dyk

BA, 1955 – Communications
Veteran journalist and political activist.


Donal Carbaugh, Ph.D. 1984

Leading Communication scholar, 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, identify is composed and reinforced and feelings are expressed. Educator and mentor; distinguished faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Micki Flowers, B.A. 1973

A recently 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 member and public relations chair, AIDS Housing of Washington as a board member and chair of fund-raising committee, Junior League of Seattle as a Sustaining Member), and the University (as co-chair of the UW Graduate Diversity Fellows Dinner in 2004-05). She has mentored many aspiring young journalists.

Patricia Foote, B.A., 1971

Journalist, editor, educator. Patricia Foote has worked as a reporter, arts and entertainment editor, newsfeature editor and is currently the Assistant Managing Editor/Administration in The Seattle Times newsroom. She oversees staff development and recruiting, policies, compensation, and other human-resource issues in the newsroom. She taught journalism at the University of Washington 1986-90, and has remained active in supporting the journalism program and its students. She serves on the UW Department of Communication Visiting Committee, is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a winner of the Times‘ Publisher’s Circle Award in 1998.

Jean Godden, BA, 1973

Award-winning journalist and columnist (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times), city council member. She has been active in many community organizations, including League of Women Voters, Multiple Sclerosis Society, United Way Council of Planning Affiliates, Lake City Community Council, Lake City Elementary School Parent-Teachers Association, 46th District Democrats, King County Women’s Political Caucus and the Uppity Ladies Book Club & Literary Circle.

Edwin Guthman, B.A. 1944

Reporter and editor (Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Star, The Seattle Times, and the Los Angeles Times). He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for National Reporting while at The Seattle Times for his series on the clearing of Communist charges against Professor Melvin Rader, who had been accused of attending a secret Communist school. He served as press secretary for Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Evelyn Keiko Iritani, B.A. 1978

Reporter (Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Los Angeles Times), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 (with Abigail Goldman, Nancy Cleeland and Tyler Marshall) for a seven-part investigative series on Wal-Mart.

Tom Koenninger, B.A. 1953

Retired editor of the Columbian (Vancouver) and an active volunteer in a wide variety of community endeavors (e.g., the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as member and chair; Vancouver’s Celebrate Freedom Committee, the Conservation Land Trust Advisory Board, the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust Board and Long Range Committee, the Clark College Alumni Association Board of Directors, the “Festival 150” Planning Committee, and the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Committee.) He has long been a member of the department’s visiting committee.

Don Kraft, B.A. 1948

Advertising executive, consultant and community activist. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, chairman of the AAAA Western Region and of its Puget Sound Council, international chairman of the Affiliated Advertising Agencies International and as a board member of the Advertising Association of the West and the Seattle Advertising Federation.

His achievements include: President of the Rotary Club of Seattle, President of the University of Washington Alumni Association (receiving its Distinguished Service Award); Chairman of the UW Tyee Board of Advisors and of the UW Development Fund Board; Prime Minister of the Seattle Seafair; The fiftieth King Neptune in 1999; Campaign chair of United Way of King County in 1994.

David Marriott, B.A. 1967

Prominent public relations practitioner, mentor to students. He specializes in crisis management, crisis communication, labor communications, litigation support and media training.

Marriott is a 30-year public relations professional, nationally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, and a member of its Counselors Academy. His career spans broadcast journalism, politics, corporate and agency public relations.

He currently serves as a member and past president of the Centrum Foundation board, a member and past chair of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission and a member and marketing committee Chair of the Seattle Repertory Theatre board of trustees. He has also held board positions with Earshot Jazz Society, University of Washington School of Music Visiting Committee and the Seattle King County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Lori Lei Matsukawa, M.A. 1996

Award-winning journalist and anchor (KING 5 News, KONG TV). Matsukawa’s 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.

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 multi-cultural 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.

Neil McReynolds, BA, 1956

Journalist, editor, gubernatorial aide, prominent business executive, consultant, board leader. His career in newspapers led to 30 individual national and state awards for journalistic excellence. Directly after graduating from the UW, Mr. McReynolds went to work for the Bellevue American newspaper (now the King County Journal) and was there 11 years, the last seven years as Editor of the paper.

During his last 5 years as Editor, the paper led the state in the number of awards won. Because of his journalistic accomplishments and civic service, he was selected in 1965 as one of the three honorees by a program called the Three Outstanding Young Men in the State of Washington. In 1967, Governor Dan Evans recruited him to be Press Secretary, a position he held for six years (longer than anyone in Washington state’s history, before or since).

He has been Chair of the Board or President of many of the major organizations in the Seattle-King County area over the years — organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Bellevue Community College, Seattle-King County Economic Development Council, and Downtown Seattle Rotary Club, to name a few. In the electric utility industry, he was president or chairman of the several Pacific Northwest and national organizations. In December 2003, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Public Relations Society of America, only the second time the it was awarded in Washington state.


Ron Chew, B.A., Communications, 2002

Executive director, Wing Luke Asian Museum; former editor, International Examiner; member National Council on the Humanities; founder of the Chinese Oral History Project of Seattle.

Christine Gregoire, B.A., Speech Communication, 1969

Attorney general, state of Washington.

David Horsey, B.A., Communications, 1975

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Dr. Tamar Katriel, M.A., Ph.D., Speech Communication, 1980, 1983

Professor, Department of Communication, University of Haifa.

James King, B.A., Journalism, 1948

Retired Senior VP and Executive Editor of the Seattle Times.

Mort Lachman, B.A., Journalism, 1939

Writer for Bob Hope and a longtime television producer.

Dr. Jerilyn McIntyre, Ph.D., Communications, 1973

President, Central Washington University.

Robert Merry, B.A., Communications, 1968.

President and Publisher, Congressional Quarterly Inc.

Kathleen Miller, B.A., Communications, 1987

Freelance writer, public relations agency owner, dedicated alumna

Eric Nalder, B.A., Communications, 1968

Investigative reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

Assunta Ng, M.A., Speech Communication, 1979

Publisher, Chinese Post, Northwest Asian Weekly

Jody Nyquist, B.A., M.A., Speech Communication, 1960, 1967

Emeritus faculty member UW

Steve Pool, B.A., Communications, 1977

Broadcaster, civic leader

Norman Rice, B.A., Communications, 1972

Former city council member, mayor, president of the Federal Home Loan Bank.