Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity

The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity is given annually to those persons who show an outstanding contribution to a process that encourages, facilitates, or creates culturally diverse and/or non-mainstream community involvement in the field of community media.

2019 Winner: SHannon Gee, seattle Channel

Shannon Gee is a producer, editor, photographer and writer with 20-plus years of experience in the field of television and print/digital media. She is the general manager of Seattle Channel, the City of Seattle’s award-winning government-access channel, where she has worked for over a decade. Shannon joined Seattle Channel to create and launch Community Stories, a documentary series with a focus on inclusion, diversity and equity topics. Her work at Seattle Channel has earned her seven Northwest Emmy Awards and the Kaleidoscope Award, a national honor that recognizes television stations for outstanding achievement in the coverage of diversity.  

Prior to Seattle Channel, Shannon was an independent producer of documentaries for cable and national and local public television. Her documentary work has also been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, a National Park Service Affiliated Area and the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and the Museum of History and Industry.

List of Winners by Year

2019 - Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel
2018 - Tia Price
2017 - T-Time in Olympia (Presented to producers Staci Layton, Amy Layton, Lucas Miller, and Melissa Miller)
2016 - Bepsie Perry, Hello! West Hartford
2015 – Jennifer Dynes, MetroEast Community Media
2014 - Chag Lowry, Native Cultures Fund, part of the Humboldt Area Foundation
2013 – Kim Lawson, CreaTV San Jose
2012 – Kwame McDonald, St. Paul Neighborhood Network
2010 – Richard Rosenthal
2009 – Cherie Tessier
2008 – Graciela Rivera Oven
2007 – Michael Zinzin
2006 – Edmund Broussard, Berkeley Community Media
2005 – Malkia Cyril
2004 – Thenmozhi Sondararajan
2003 – Tarek Bagdadi, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
2002 – Onida Coward-Mayers
2001 – Azaka Ajanaku
2000 – Ben and Sue Charles – Native Media (Tacoma, Washington)
1999 – Richard Turner
1998 – CeCe Pinheiro
1997 – Fernando Moreno
1996 – Rick Maultra
1995 – Maggie Johnson-Reese
1994 – Curtis Henderson
1993 – Jewell Ryan-White