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SCEC Commission Member Biographies

Steve Clifford, Commission Chair

Steve Clifford has served as chairman and CEO of National Mobile Television (1992-2000); president and CEO of King Broadcasting Company (1987-1992); vice president and CFO of King Broadcasting Company (1978-1987); vice president of Bankers Trust Company (1978); and deputy controller of the City of New York (1974-1977).

Clifford serves on the boards of National Mobile Television, Harbor Properties, Laird Norton Co., Vigilos, Todd Shipyards, Mosaica Education, Inc., and KING-FM Radio. He formerly served on US Bank’s board of directors. Clifford is a trustee of the Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Parks Foundation and the Institute for Systems Biology.

He studied at Columbia University, where he earned a BA in art history in 1964, and Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with distinction in 1968.

Richard Lappenbusch, Vice Chair

Rich Lappenbusch is currently the director of strategic planning in the New Media Platforms Division at Microsoft. Rich leads a team that builds business plans and technical policy. He has been at Microsoft for overeight years in various business and technical capacities including program manager on interactive television applications where he built Microsoft's first interactive post-production team called the Blender. He also built the operations unit of MSNBC.com and managed it for its first three years as director of operations. He also served as MSN's director of monitoring, reporting and analysis of web services.

Prior to Microsoft, Rich was with Continuum Productions (a.k.a. Corbis) designing interactive applications and developing interactive entertainment. He also developed programs for the GTE Main Street interactive television trial. Rich holds various patents in interactive traffic systems, a master's degree in interactive telecommunications from New York University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands. He presently serves on various strategic advisory boards and as a board member of the International Webcasting Association.

David Brewster

David Brewster is executive director of Town Hall, a Seattle cultural center on First Hill. He grew up in New Jersey, was educated at Yale and came to Seattle in 1965 as an English professor at the UW. Over his long career in Seattle journalism, he worked at Seattle Magazine, The Seattle Times, KING-TV, and the Argus. He founded Seattle Weekly in 1976 and served as editor and publisher until 1997. He also started the Best Places restaurant guides, which became Sasquatch Books. He currently serves on the board of KUOW and is co-chair of the Pioneer Square Mardi Gras Task Force. He lives in Madrona with his wife, Joyce, and has two grown daughters living on the East Coast.

Margaret Gordon, PhD.

Margaret Gordon is professor of public affairs and dean emeritus at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She joined the Evans School as professor and dean in 1988, and after 10 years, she stepped down as dean to continue her research and teaching. Professor Gordon received her PhD degree in sociology from Northwestern University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. She was the director of Northwestern’s Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research from 1980-1988. As a professor in the Medill School of Journalism and the departments of sociology and urban affairs, she taught courses in urban policy analysis and news media and society. At the Evans School, she teaches news media and public policy and race, ethnicity and public policy.

Professor Gordon’s research has focused on: the news media and the public’s declining trust in government; the news media and public policy making; and women’s fear and self-protective behaviors. She is currently researching new forms of journalism and is working on a team evaluating the impacts of the Gates Foundation’s Library Program, which is seeking to provide universal access to computers and the Internet through public libraries.

Bill Kaczaraba

Bill Kaczaraba is currently the executive news director of NorthWest Cable News (NWCN), a 24-hour regional news channel serving six states and more than two million households. He was an NWCN launch team member, joining the network as senior executive producer in 1995. Mr. Kaczaraba is a 12-year veteran of CNN and a former executive producer at CNN Global Headquarters in Atlanta and the network’s Washington, DC Bureau. He is a former producer and reporter in various markets around the country. Mr. Kaczaraba attended the University of Missouri Management Seminar for News Executives in 1999, and he graduated from the University of Miami (FL) in both political science and communications in 1979.

Norman Langill

Norman Langill is the president of One Reel. The founding member of The One Reel Vaudeville Show in 1972, he is the leader of creative forces behind One Reel’s innovative events and arts projects. Norman brings over 28 years of experience in festival production and international cultural collaborations to his current posts of executive producer for Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts Festival, as well as artistic director for the AT&T Family Fourth and Teatro ZinZanni San Francisco.

Throughout his years at One Reel, Norman has been the producer of Seattle’s Fat Tuesday and Tacoma’s Art Bowl, and executive producer of Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts Festival (since 1980), the 1990 Goodwill Arts Festival, The Boeing Chautauqua, AT&T Family Fourth and Summer Nights at the Pier, the 1990 US tour of the Grand Kabuki Theatre, Yabuhara Kengyo, the US and Japan Tour of Labor of Love, and Gumbo Ya-Ya at the 1991 Barcelona Summer Olympics and the current Teatro ZinZanni.

Norman graduated with honors from the University of Washington. He has been a speaker and advisor for such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), International Events Group (IEG), and Washington State Festivals & Events Association (WFEA), a member of the National Advisory Committee to the Japan American Foundations and is a founding member of ASSET (A Seattle/King County Special Events Team) of which he is currently the co-chair. Norman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Seattle-King County Sports & Events Council in 1997 and inducted into the IFEA Hall of Fame in 1999 and the WFEA Hall of Fame in 2001.

Michele Lucien

Michele Lucien is the business solutions project coordinator for KOMO television, part of the newly formed business solutions department at the station. She serves as a member of KOMO’s new media team and manages and markets the station’s specialty web sites (SchoolScout and StepOne) and newcomer video program. The SchoolScout web site (www.schoolscout.com) is a listing of 1,100 K-12 schools, both public and private, in four Puget Sound area counties. The StepOne web site (www.steponetoseattle.com) provides newcomer information featuring neighborhood descriptions, school information and so forth.

Ms. Lucien also assists KOMO’s new business sales director in facilitating and coordinating new business ventures. As part of her responsibilities, she works with the new media services division at Fisher Communications.

Betty Jane Narver

Betty Jane Narver is a senior research fellow at the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She recently retired from the directorship of the UW’s Institute for Public Policy and Management after nearly 17 years of service. As the leader of the Evans School’s policy outreach initiatives, she created a network of applied policy research centers with budgets totaling $5 million annually and established an exemplary record of service to local, state and regional policy-makers.

In 1992, she was named chair of Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, an entity established by the governor and the Legislature to bring greater coherence to the state’s worker training strategies. Thanks in part to her efforts, Washington has become one of the leading states in the reform of worker training systems.

Mayor Norm Rice named Betty Jane to the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees in 1992, and she was reappointed to a second five-year term in March 1997. She played a key role in engaging the public and formulating a successful bond campaign for the library, which attracted overwhelming citizen support. The $200-million commitment is enabling the building of a new downtown library and the construction or remodeling of 20 branch libraries.

She is former president of the Municipal League of King County and was recipient of the 1991 University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award. Betty Jane has a master’s degree in classical Chinese language and literature from the University of Washington.

Vivian Phillips

Vivian Phillips is a communications professional with more than 20 years experience as a public relations and communications manager. Most recently Phillips held the post as director of communications for Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, acting as his primary spokesperson and leader of the public information function for both WTO and Y2K. She currently is owner of her own public relations and publicist consultant firm, Family Business.

Phillips also directed public relations programs for the Paramount Theatre and Big Sisters of King County. She was co-host with Enrique Cerna of the award-winning KCTS/KOMO TV co-production, True Colors, and is an alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow and the Alki Foundation Political Involvement Institute.

She has been the recipient of awards for her dedication to community service and work toward racial harmony and is currently active with Seafair, The Tribes Project, The Central District Forum and Arts and Ideas, the Seattle Theatre Group, and the Center for Empowerment. Phillips also serves as an advisor to a number of organizations and projects that are arts-related or seek to improve conditions in our community, with a primary focus on young people.

Amy Philipson

Amy Philipson is executive director of the ResearchChannel consortium, which in addition to providing programming via the Internet, recently launched a 7X24 programming stream available on the Dish500 System to direct broadcast satellite providers. ResearchChannel has pioneered MPEG-2 high quality demand video distribution and sponsored the first distribution of commercial high definition television programming at better than broadcast quality over IP networks.

Ms. Philipson is also director of video and TV technologies and director of business and finance for the computing & communications organization at the University of Washington. She is responsible for launching two cable channels (UWTV and uw2.tv) in the Puget Sound metropolitan area and across the State of Washington for a subscriber base of two million. UWTV programming has received many awards including Emmy nominations, Golden Cine, Best of the Northwest and others.

Ms. Philipson holds BS and MCP degrees from MIT.

Josh Schroeter

Josh Schroeter has 15 years of diverse experience in television and media, especially ventures at the intersection of new technology and traditional media.

Mr. Schroeter is the senior manager of corporate communications at Immunex. Previously, he was CEO and founder of Blockbuy.com, a venture capital-backed Internet company providing group buying and merchandising services to media companies and online marketplaces.

Prior to Blockbuy, Mr. Schroeter was the founding director of the Center for New Media (CNM) at Columbia University, an education and research center focused on new forms of media, communication and teaching. Under the direction of Mr. Schroeter, CNM developed corporate partnerships with companies including Time Warner, The New York Times Co., Times Mirror, Hearst, Apple Computer, IBM, AT&T, and Intel, and raised over $10 million. While at Columbia University, Mr. Schroeter created the world’s first online journalism training program and consulted to media, technology and government organizations worldwide. Until 1995, Mr. Schroeter was a senior producer at Time Inc. where he helped launch a pioneering, cross-platform news operation—an early media convergence effort at Time Warner—to develop and translate news stories from the company’s print magazines into broadcast and interactive programming.

Earlier, Mr. Schroeter held a variety of editorial positions in the broadcasting industry: at NBC News producing innovative, low-cost and profitable programming for cable and video distribution; producing news magazine segments and documentaries for PBS; and working as a local television news reporter in markets across the country.

Mr. Schroeter has an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an MBA from the Columbia Business School in New York City. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his family.

Ken Vincent

Ken Vincent is the afternoon host on KUOW Radio. As Ken puts it, he was born a newsman. While the other kids were watching Gilligan’s Island, he was watching Walter Cronkite specials. As a kid in Spokane, Ken published his own weekly newspaper for the other kids on his block and had his first radio “job” as a high school news announcer in Yakima. While at Eastern Washington University, he worked at the college station before landing his first full-time radio gig.

In 1981, he moved to Seattle (where he’d spent summers broadcasting horseracing results) and worked as public affairs director for alternative-rock station KZAM. Ken spent two years in Juneau, Alaska, at KTOO FM/TV, and then returned to Seattle as press assistant for then-candidate-for-governor Jim McDermott. Following the gubernatorial race, he joined KUOW.

Ken started out as a volunteer news reporter, eventually got hired and spent seven years as KUOW’s Morning Edition host. He left the station and worked for then-Seattle City Council member Sherry Harris. After three years, he returned to KUOW.

Jean Walkinshaw

Jean Walkinshaw is a senior producer at KCTS, Seattle’s public TV station. A graduate of Stanford University, she taught school for three years, and in 1963, started her TV career. At KING TV she interviewed on-camera for the “Telescope” show, and then for five years, produced a weekly series, Face to Face hosted by Roberta Byrd.

In 1970, she moved to KCTS. For the past 32 years, she has produced documentaries for both national and local broadcast. Most of her work has featured people and places in the Northwest. She has also produced documentaries in Russia, Ghana, West Africa and Japan. Many of her programs have been aired nationally by PBS and by such varied groups as NHK in Japan, Super Channel in Europe, British Airways, and Armed Forces Television Services. PBS Adult Learning Services is presently distributing a special series of six of her programs on writers. Her production of Rainer: The Mountain was the first program to be broadcast in high definition by KCTS. She is presently producing a documentary for History Undercover Series for the History Channel.

Her many awards include eight Northwest Regional Emmies; John F. Kennedy Journalism Award; Ohio State Award; National Press Women Award; New York, Chicago, and American Festival Awards; and four Best of the West Awards. In 1992, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle for 25 years of significant contribution to the television industry and community.

Her community activities have included: Houses for Hiroshima; AFSC School Affiliation; Washington Commission for the Humanities; chair, Washington State Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee; and boards of Planned Parenthood, YWCA, Lakeside School and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She and her attorney husband started the Amigos de las Americas program in the Northwest enabling teenagers (including their three children) to work as volunteer paramedics in Central and South America.

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