The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1983 to recognize Parker's pioneering work as an advocate for the public's rights in broadcasting.
The event is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications in the digital age from an ethical perspective. Together we will honor four individuals who exemplify Dr. Parker's achievements:
Steven Waldman, special advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and principal author of the FCC’s Future of the Media report. Waldman was co-founder of Beliefnet.com, the largest multi-faith website on religion, and served as its CEO from 2002 to 2007. He is the author of the best-selling book Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty.
Everett C. Parker Award
Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, for his work to promote diversity in the programming, news coverage and hiring practices of mainstream media organizations, particularly on behalf of Hispanics.
Donald M. McGannon Award
Joseph W. Waz Jr., former senior vice president of external affairs and public policy counsel of Comcast, for his work to promote opportunities in the cable industry for young women and persons of color.
Newton Minow Award
This year, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of former FCC Commissioner Newton Minow’s “vast wasteland” speech, advocating on behalf of the public interest in television programming, OC Inc. is awarding a special Newton Minow Award to retiring FCC Commissioner Michael Copps for 10 years of exemplary work at the commission in support of the public interest and the goal of preserving diverse media voices in the United States.
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