Announcements

CPM BOD Receives 2021 DEI Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors

November 10, 2021

Cascade Public Media is pleased to announce that our board of directors has received the 2021 DEI Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). The NACD DEI Award highlights forward-thinking boards that leverage the power of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to enhance their governance and create long term value for their organizations. 

DEI Award

“Cascade Public Media’s mission is to inspire a smarter world—and that means a world that values diversity, equity and inclusion,” said CPM Board Chair Lynne Varner. “Our board is committed to accountability for the DEI priorities we’ve set out in our strategic plan, including identifying and addressing systemic barriers in the way of full inclusion. We’re humbled and delighted that work is being recognized by NACD.” 

NACD cited Cascade Public Media’s board for governance that holds DEI at the center of is vision, actions and results, as well as its inclusive culture that encourages contributions and innovations from all members. CPM’s board strives to reflect the needs and aspirations of the many communities it serves. The board membership is currently 30 percent Black, Indigenous or people of color, and 40 percent women.

BOD DEI Award

 

 

Crosscut Arts and Culture reporter wins national SFJ award 

September 24, 2021

Crosscut Arts and Culture reporter Margo Vansynghel won a Society for Features Journalism Award for a cluster of three Crosscut articles she wrote, edited by Crosscut Arts and Culture editor Brangien Davis. The three stories earned Vansynghel 2nd Place for Feature Specialty Writing Portfolio. 

The category where Vansynghel won her award requires “three stories by the same writer on one features specialty topic, such as arts and entertainment, fashion, food, health, religion, technology or travel,” according to featuresjournalism.org.

The award-winning pieces are as follows: “Welcome to Seattle’s new Selfie Museum, where you are the masterpiece,” “Seattle photographers trade Zoom calls for a zoom lens” and “Seattle drive-in dance event is part scavenger hunt, part performance.”

Under the judge’s comments, Vansynghel’s award-winning portfolio was called, “Well-written, engaging and fascinating projects, from a piece on drive-by dances to one on selfie walls. This is a skillful look at how to cover the arts outside of traditional institutions.”

Congratulations Margo! 

 

KCTS 9/Crosscut News Anchor Named in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

August 6, 2021

Starla Sampaco, host of Crosscut Now on KCTS 9, was recently named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. In addition to appearing in the daily on-air news segments, Sampaco also hosts Inside the Newsroom, Crosscut’s live event series that offers added detail on breaking news and important perspectives on our ever-changing cultural landscape.

According to Puget Sound Business Journal, the 40 Under 40 program is now in its 23rd year. The program “recognizes leaders in the region who are making major strides in their careers while leaving positive impacts on communities in the region.” 

Before joining Cascade Public Media, Starla worked as a legislative reporter for TVW and later as a technology reporter for GeekWire. Outside of Cascade Public Media, she founded Career Survival Guide, a company that helps early-career women and professionals of color advocate for themselves at work. She created Career Survival Guide after noticing a serious problem throughout her career: Women and POC face unique barriers to professional success, and many of us feel unprepared to navigate these barriers upon joining the workforce. 

This year's 40 Under 40 will be featured in a special edition of the Business Journal in September and honored at a reception next month.

Congratulations Starla! 

Starla Sampaco

 

KCTS 9’s 2021 Northwest Regional Emmy® Award Winners! 

June 7, 2021

We are proud to announce that KCTS 9 received an award at the Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. KCTS 9 is devoted to providing quality journalism and compelling stories to the public. We are honored to have our work recognized. 

Congratulations to our winners: 

Program Promotion - Campaign 

American Experience - The Vote: NW Women's Stories

Jeremy Cropf, Producer, Myisa Plancq-Graham, Producer/Editor, Michael McClinton, Producer/Editor, Stacey Jenkins, Producer/Editor, Resti Bagcal, Audio Engineer, Brian  Brezinski, Lead Animation Director/Animator, Carter Pierce, Animator 
 

 

Congratulations to Crosscut for Winning 18 NW Excellence in Journalism Awards

May 20, 2021

Crosscut won 18 awards, including several first and second place honors at the SPJ NW excellence in journalism awards last night. (These awards were handed out virtually.) To see the full list of winners, visit spjwash.org

AUDIO: FEATURE, HARD NEWS

SMALL NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

Court case challenges how Indian Child Welfare Act could apply in Washington

Tripp Crouse, Manola Secaira

AUDIO: GOVERNMENT & POLITICS REPORTING

LARGE NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

Vote-by-mail is the future — and it’s already here

Sara Bernard, Donna Blankinship

VIDEO: FEATURE, SOFT NEWS

LARGE NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

Senior Year Was Crazy

Jen Dev, David Quantic, Amy Mahardy, Shaminder Dulai, Beatriz Costa Lima, Matt M. McKnight

VIDEO: VIDEO SERIES

LARGE NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Human Elements

Sarah Hoffman, Ted Alvarez, Beatriz Costa Lima,  Shaminder Dulai, Amy Mahardy, Lindsay McLean, Valerie Vozza, Resti Bagcal

COLUMN

First Place

Race and the City

Glenn Nelson

PHOTO & DESIGN: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

BLM protest family portrait

Dorothy Edwards 

WRITING: ARTS & CULTURE REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Bellevue’s anti-Japanese history ‘censored’ at city-run arts festival, artists say

Margo Vansynghel

WRITING: BREAKING NEWS

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Seattle mayor imposes curfew after George Floyd protests escalate

Crosscut Staff

WRITING: COMPREHENSIVE PANDEMIC COVERAGE

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Pandemic Coverage

Crosscut Staff

WRITING: EDUCATION REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

Native history is WA history, and tribes are helping schools teach it

Manola Secaira

WRITING: FEATURE, SOFT NEWS

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

A tattoo artist learns the essential work of tending to the dead 

Margo Vansynghel

WRITING: HEALTH & SCIENCE REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Prison’s Other Death Sentence

Levi Pulkkinen

Second Place

Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s Hospital of racism

David Kroman

WRITING: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Prison’s Other Death Sentence

Levi Pulkkinen 

WRITING: POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

Nearly half of Seattle’s helmet citations go to homeless people

David Kroman 

WRITING: SOCIAL EQUITY REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry

Melissa Santos

WRITING: TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS REPORTING

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

Second Place

What the pandemic has done to WA’s flagship shellfish industry

Hannah Weinberger 

WRITING: COMPREHENSIVE PANDEMIC COVERAGE

MEDIUM NEWSROOM DIVISION

First Place

Crosscut Staff

 

Crosscut Wins national honors from the Local Media Association

April 16, 2021

We are excited to announce that Cascade Public Media is the recipient of a couple of national honors from the Local Media Association. We are proud to be awarded both best best local website and best coronavirus local community coverage. For more information about these awards, visit localmedia.org

Best Local Website (250,001 – 750,000 monthly unique visitors)

1st place

Cascade Public Media

www.Crosscut.com

Judge’s note: Clean design, easy to navigate. Interactive and responsive.

Best COVID-19 Local Community Coverage (250,001 – 750,000 monthly unique visitors)

1st Place

Cascade Public Media

www.Crosscut.com

Crosscut first began in-depth reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in early February. Since then, the nonprofit public media newsroom has reported more than 300 original news stories and opinion columns. 

Their coverage strategies have included written stories and series (Apocalypse: Now What?), video documentaries (The New Normal and Isolation Diaries), podcasts (This Changes Everything) and live event virtual conversations (Northwest Newsmakers with Dr. Vin Gupta). 

 Judge’s note: Amazing cross-platform effort including new video and podcast series, new email newsletter, a reader-focused weekly ‘answers’ column and aligned efforts on social media.


KCTS 9’s 2021 Northwest Regional Emmy® Award Nominees! 

April 9, 2021

And the nominees are … We are proud to announce that KCTS 9/Crosscut has been nominated for 8 Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

KCTS 9 is devoted to providing quality journalism and compelling stories to the public. We are honored to have our work in environmental, cultural and civic reporting recognized. 

Good luck to all of our nominees! 

Business/Consumer - Short and Long Form Content
The New Normal: Cattle Ranchers Face the Pandemic • KCTS • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer • Matt McKnight, Producer/Photographer • David Quantic, Video Editor  

Health/Medical - Short Form Content 
The New Normal Kidney Dialysis and COVID • KCTS • Beatriz Costa Lima, Producer/Photographer • David Quantic, Video Editor • Jennifer Dev, Photographer • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer/Photographer  

Environment/Science - Short Form Content 
Human Elements • KCTS • Sarah Hoffman, Producer/Photographer • Amy Mahardy, Senior Video Editor • Edward Alvarez, Narrator • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer  

Politics/Government - Short Form Content
The City Councilwoman • KCTS • Dorothy Edwards,  Producer/Photographer • Amy Mahardy, Senior Video Editor • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer  

Historical/Cultural - Short Form Content
Mossback's Northwest: Seattle's "Dustbin"/The Northwest Outlaw They Couldn't Capture • KCTS • Stephen Hegg,   Producer • David Quantic, Editor • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer • Knute Berger, Host • Resti Bagcal,  Photographer  

Documentary – Topical
Senior Year Was Crazy • KCTS • Jennifer Dev, Producer/Photographer • Beatriz Costa Lima, Photographer •  David Quantic, Video Editor • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer • Greg Cohen, Art Director • Madeleine  Pisaneschi, Graphic Design • Freddy Gonzalez, Music  Composition • Amy Mahardy, Post-Production Editor  

Public Affairs Program 
Crosscut Documentaries: Living with a Pandemic • KCTS • Shaminder Dulai, Senior Producer/Writer/Photography • Amy Mahardy, Senior Video Editor/Writer • Aileen Imperial, Producer • Beatriz Costa Lima, Producer • Matt McKnight,  Producer • Sarah Hoffman, Producer • Dorothy Edwards,  Producer • Resti Bagcal, Photography • Stephen Hegg,  Photography • Jennifer Dev, Photography  

Program Promotion - Campaign
American Experience - The Vote: NW Women's Stories Campaign • KCTS • Jeremy Cropf, Producer • Myisa  Plancq-Graham, Producer/Editor • Michael McClinton,  Producer/Editor • Stacey Jenkins, Producer/Editor • Resti  Bagcal, Audio Engineer • Brian  Brezinski, Lead Animation Director/Animator • Carter Pierce, Animator  
 

Cascade Public Media Welcomes Linh Ho to the Governing Board

April 1, 2021

SEATTLE—Cascade Public Media, home of KCTS 9 and Crosscut, is pleased to announce Linh Ho as a new addition to the organization’s Board of Directors. 

Linh, who has vast experience in marketing technology, was the co-founder and recently COO of conDati, a Sillicon-Valley tech start-up. In this role, she partnered with brands to bring AI-driven data analytics to drive business decisions forward in the digital commerce and marketing space. She serves as an advisor to the business today.

“We’re thrilled to have Linh join the Cascade Public Media board,” said President and CEO Robert I. Dunlop. “Her expertise in marketing and technology will be invaluable as our organization pursues investments in digital audience growth and membership conversion.”

“Cascade Public Media’s mission to inspire a smarter world is a very important mission, more than ever," said Linh Ho. "In the last year, we saw a sharp increase in demand for local media as well as exponential digital media consumption and digital transformation. I couldn’t be more excited to join Cascade Public Media’s Governing Board at this time.”

Prior to conDati, Linh was most recently Concur's (SAP) Global Marketing Chief of Staff, the marketing operation included 450+ marketers globally. Linh spent seven years at Concur of Bellevue, WA where she held various marketing leadership roles. Linh throughout her career has worked and lived in international markets including Australia, UK, Canada and across cities in the US (NYC, Detroit, Denver, now Seattle). 

Linh serves on the board of Bellevue LifeSpring today where she is passionate about serving the children in need. She graduated from the University of Ottawa, Canada with International Business and Management Information Systems, and she lives in the Greater Seattle area with her husband and two young children.

An Announcement About Our BOD 

February 4, 2021

SEATTLE—Today, Sara Nelson, co-owner of Fremont Brewery, announced her candidacy for one of the two at-large positions on the Seattle City Council. The Seattle city elections will take place in November 2021.

Sara served on Cascade Public Media’s Board of Directors from June 2018 – January 2021.  She resigned her position effective January 15, 2021.  CPM is grateful to Sara’s many contributions to our organization during her time on the board. 

As a trusted source for local journalism, CPM maintains that no candidate or elected official may hold a position of influence in the governance of the organization.  We are committed to transparent and independent journalism.  Any coverage of Sara’s campaign will be conducted with the same standards as any other candidate and will include a disclosure of Sara’s connection to our organization. 

KCTS 9 Launches App On The Roku Platform

Seattle-based PBS Member-Station Offers Enhanced Streaming Experience

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- KCTS 9, a community-licensed PBS station based in Seattle, today announced its continued commitment to serving audiences with digital-first and streaming content with the launch of a new app on the Roku® platform.  The app creates an enhanced viewing experience, and coupled with KCTS 9 Passport, provides members with access to an extended catalogue of acclaimed PBS shows, including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, American Experience, and films from Ken Burns.

KCTS 9 worked with leading digital product agency, Phase2, to make this vision a reality. Among the features included with the application at launch is a dynamic recommendation engine that anticipates viewer interests and suggests relevant content.

"KCTS 9 is fortunate to have an incredible content library, especially with Passport, and an engaged, passionate community of members," said Kevin Colligan, Executive Director of Digital Product and Technology. "We think our new Roku app will be a game-changer — it's hands-down the best way to watch KCTS 9.  We're excited to get this in front of our members."

KCTS 9 enters a crowded streaming market, where new services are seemingly announced weekly.  However, the nonprofit public media organization believes it can thrive in the new digital age thanks to its high-quality programming, loyal members, and now a seamless delivery mechanism.

"The collaboration between the KCTS 9 team and Phase2 has produced a product that will both delight users and help drive donations to support the programming viewers love," said Frank Febbraro, CTO of Phase2. "This app provides a powerful platform for KCTS 9 to deliver a personalized experience to Passport members, and reach more viewers."

Febbraro continued, "Creating this Roku app empowers KCTS 9 to reach a new generation of audience as data suggests that by 2024, half of all U.S. households will have either cut the cord or never had traditional TV."

KCTS 9 serves audiences in Washington state and Canada, and the new app was also designed to personalize the viewing experience for each group, based on the users' identified location.

 

KCTS 9 unwraps streaming and broadcast holiday specials

New specials and holiday favorites to watch throughout December

December 15, 2020 

SEATTLE—As many are spending the holiday season at home this year, KCTS 9 presents a line-up of holiday programming sure to spice up any celebration, warm the winter nights and add some sweet streams to living rooms around the Northwest.  

Among the new shows and classic favorites... 

Nature: Santa’s Wild Home – (Available now) - Get an intimate look at the wildlife of Lapland, the fabled home of Santa Claus and actual home of reindeer, great gray owls, wolverines, eagles, wolves, musk oxen, brown bears and more.

Call the Midwife Holiday Specials – (Available now) - Join the nurses of Nonnatus House as they experience the joy and chaos of the holiday season.  Holiday Specials from 2018 and 2019 streaming now. This year’s special will premiere on broadcast on Christmas day at 9pm and streaming on December 26. 

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir – (Available now) - This year, the spectacular annual holiday concert features Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas.

Ella Wishes you a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams – (Beginning 12/15) - In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating Fitzgerald’s iconic 1960 holiday album, “Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas.” The show features host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with many special guest appearances. 

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – (Beginning 12/22) - Missing the theater?  This production takes viewers to the Western Front, Christmas 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

Those looking for binge-worthy series and shows, can check out collections from Ken Burns and Masterpiece, explore topics in Science & Nature and Race in America, or just Chill with KCTS 9. 

Streaming programming is available at KCTS9.org or with the new KCTS 9 Roku Channel, which features curated content, customized recommendations, and an easy-to-use interface.  Members who give $5 or more per month gain access to an even larger library of curated, quality content – while supporting local, nonprofit public media. 

For more information about all of KCTS 9’s holiday programming and to start streaming, please visit https://www.kcts9.org/holidays.

Crosscut wins a 2020 LION Award   

October 23, 2020 

Congratulations to Crosscut for receiving the 2020 LION Award for Best Coverage for Underserved Communities. The award goes to Crosscut reporter Manola Secaira and Crosscut photographer Dorothy Edwards for their project, Resetting the Table. The LION Awards celebrate the best of independent online media across the U.S. and Canada, from solopreneurs to large newsrooms. Read the full list of winners here

Crosscut stories now available to newsrooms for free use  

July 16, 2020 

SEATTLE — Crosscut, the Pacific Northwest’s independent, nonprofit news site, today announced it is making a collection of archive and new articles and reporting available to news outlets for free republication.

“Communities across our region depend on trusted, in-depth reporting on critical issues, from equity to politics, climate to culture,” said Executive Editor Victor Hernandez. “Our staff of experienced journalists is dedicated to informing Washingtonians about the perspectives, politics and interests that shape the issues that affect their lives.”

A changing local news landscape, as well as economic stresses from the pandemic, have significantly impacted reporting resources for many regional media outlets. Sharing Crosscut journalism allows publications to add to their reporting capacity, Hernandez said.

All stories available for republication feature a “Republish” button. Additionally, all the republishable work is featured at the Crosscut Republish Collection, which is searchable by topic, geography, publication date and word count.

Dozens of stories are already available, including pieces such as:

Photos and videos accompanying republishable articles are also available for use with the original article.

For print publications, editors maintain the option of editing stories for tense and length, and are free to create new headlines. Bylines and a link to Crosscut are required for digital republishing. The full terms of publication are viewable by clicking “Republish” on any story.

The Republish Collection is part of Crosscut’s commitment to supporting Washington journalism. In the past year-and-a-half, it has grown its newsroom footprint by more than 60 percent. Additionally it has teamed up with pollster Stuart Elway for the Crosscut/Elway poll, making new public opinion data available quarterly to newsrooms across the state.

Editors interested in more information on the Republishing feature may contact Crosscut directly at editor@crosscut.com.

KCTS 9’s 2020 Northwest Regional Emmy® Award Winners! 

June 8, 2020 

We are proud to announce that KCTS 9 received two honors at the Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. KCTS 9 is devoted to providing quality journalism and compelling stories to the public. We are honored to have our work recognized. 

Congratulations to our winners: 

Promotion - Program - Campaign 

Summer of Space Campaign 

Michael McClinton, Producer, Editor; Jeremy Cropf, Producer; Valerie Vozza, Camera; Arlo Ballard, Camera 

Watch this campaign on KCTS 9's Instagram

Congratulations to Silver Circle Inductee: Resti Bagcal

The Circles honor media professionals who have solid records of making lasting contributions to the industry and their community, the Gold for a minimum of 50 years and the Silver for a minimum of 25. Service can be in a performing, journalistic, creative, technical, educational or administrative role within the industry. We are excited to announce that CPM’s very own Resti Bagcal has been inducted onto the NATAS NW Silver Circle! Congratulations, Resti! 

 

 

Congratulations to Crosscut for Winning 16 NW Excellence in Journalism Awards

May 19, 2020 

Crosscut won 16 awards, including nine first place honors at the SPJ NW excellence in journalism awards last night. (These awards were handed out virtually.)  Read our list of winners below or check out the full list of winners here

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

Runner Up

WA Rep. Matt Shea engaged in ‘domestic terrorism,’ helped plan Matheus standoff, investigation finds

Melissa Santos — Crosscut

COLUMN

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Race & Place

Glenn Nelson, Crosscut

COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

On the Margins

David Kroman — Crosscut

DIVERSITY REPORTING

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Historic Black Panther newspapers find a home in the Central District

Margo Vansynghel — Crosscut

EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Race and Equity

Glenn Nelson — Crosscut

EDUCATION REPORTING

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Facing cuts, Seattle school librarians fight to save their budget

Liz Brazile, Matt M. McKnight — Crosscut

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL DISASTER REPORTING

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

Runner Up

Challenging the ‘new normal’ in the wildfire-ravaged Methow Valley

Manola Secaira — Crosscut

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Razor Clamming

Dorothy Edwards — Crosscut

GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom 

Runner Up 

Delivering in the Snow” 

Matt McKnight — Crosscut

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS REPORTING 

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom 

First Place 

‘Heartbreaking’: Seattle’s homeless are getting sicker and shelters are struggling to keep up” 

David Kroman — Crosscut

MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

Runner Up

WA farmers and laborers are struggling under the H-2A guest worker program — and it may

get worse

Lilly Fowler, Jen Dev — Crosscut

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

Runner Up

Tom Hansen

Dorothy Edwards — Crosscut

SPORTS COLUMN

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Sports & Culture

Glenn Nelson — Crosscut

SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Writing, Photo & Design, Medium Newsroom

First Place

Scene of a Shooting

Matt McKnight — Crosscut

TECHNOLOGY REPORTING

Runner Up

The world’s first commercial electric aircraft could take off in the PNW

Beatriz Costa Lima, Jen Dev, Sarah Hoffman — Crosscut

SPORTS REPORTING

Video, Large Newsroom

Runner Up

Girls hockey is growing in Washington — and it isn’t dependent on boys programs anymore

Beatriz Costa Lima — Crosscut
 

Cascade Public Media welcomes new directors to the governing board

April 28, 2020 

Cascade Public Media, home of KCTS 9 and Crosscut, announced two new additions to the organization’s Board of Directors: Holly Mesrobian and Dr. Christopher Parker.

Mesrobian, who has worked in streaming media for two decades, is now a director of engineering at Amazon Web Services. Parker, co-author of the forthcoming The Great White Hope: Donald Trump, Race, and the Crisis of American Democracy, is a political science professor at the University of Washington.

“We’re thrilled to have Holly and Christopher join the Cascade Public Media board,” said President and CEO Robert I. Dunlop. “Not only is the world of media changing rapidly—the world itself is changing at a breakneck pace. Their insights will be extremely valuable as we continue to bring the people of our region news and programming that informs and inspires.”

Holly Mesrobian earned master’s degrees in computer science and software engineering from the University of Washington and Seattle University, respectively. She’s held leadership roles at Real Networks and Cozi, and led technology teams based in the United Kingdom for Amazon’s video service before returning to Seattle. Over the past 25 years, she’s run marathons across the United States and Europe. Holly, her husband and their four children live in Seattle.

A Navy veteran, Dr. Christopher Sebastian Parker studied political science at the University of Chicago. He’s taught at UW since 2006. Parker is also the author of the award-winning books Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in Contemporary America (2013) and Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (2009). He lives in Seattle, where he enjoys traveling, sports and time with family, friends and his dog, Brooklyn.