About Everett C. Parker

The Everett C. Parker Lecture has been a tradition in media justice for over 30 years.

The Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) of the United Church of Christ.

Parker Lecture Archive

A Look Back at Previous Parker Lectures

Parker Lecture in Ethics and Telecommunications

The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize Parker’s pioneering work as an advocate for the public’s rights in broadcasting. It is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications and the digital age from an ethical perspective.

Everett C. Parker Award

The Parker Award is given in recognition of an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications and the media.

Donald H. McGannon Award

The McGannon Award is given in recognition of special contributions in advancing the roles of women and persons of color in the media.

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Since its founding in 1959, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ (OC, Inc.) has been a leading force in the struggle to ensure that women, persons of color and low-income persons have equal access to ownership, production, employment, and decision making in media. OC, Inc.’s work grows out of the United Church of Christ’s historic commitment to civil rights, and our belief that social justice cannot be achieved without a media system that reflects our diverse histories and struggles. OC, Inc. promotes justice in media through legal challenges, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public education.

Past Parker Lecturers and Honorees

(SPACER) Parker Lecturers

1983—Daniel L. Ritchie, Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Broadcast and Cable, Inc.
1984—David Burnham, Investigative Report, New York Times
1985—Henry M. Rivera, FCC Commissioner
1986—Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.)
1987—William Baker, President, WNET-TV
1988—Mary Alice Williams, Anchor, CNN NY Bureau, and Vice President, CNN
1989—Tony Schwartz, President, New Sound, Inc.
1990—The Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, NYC; and Sheila Stainback, Anchor, WPIX-TV
1991—Ervin S. Duggan, FCC Commissioner
1992—Panel: The Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman, Comptroller, City of New York; Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.); Barbara Reynolds, Columnist, USA Today; Lynn Sherr, ABC-TV
1993—William V. Catucci, Vice President for Government Affairs, AT&T; and Eli Noam, Director, Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University Business School
1994—Reed Hundt, FCC Chairman
1995—The Rev. Everett C. Parker, Founder, OC, Inc.
1996—Lawrence K. Grossman, President, PBS Horizons Cable Network
1997—Robert Lissit, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
1998—Paula Madison, Vice President and News Director, WNBC-TV
1999—Mike McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary
2000—Steven Brill, Founder, Brill’s Content
2001—Scott Simon, Host, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR
2002—Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner
2003—Jay Harris, Annenberg Chair and Director, Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, USC; former chair and publisher, San Jose Mercury News
2004—Jeffrey Birnbaum, Columnist/Feature Writer, Washington Post; and Commentator/Analyst, Fox News Channel
2005—Juan Gonzalez, Columnist, New York Daily News; Co-host, Democracy Now!
2006—Amy Goodman, Host, Principal Host, Democracy Now!
2007—Rev. Robert Chase, Founding Director, Intersections
2008—Johnathan Rodgers, CEO & President, TV One
2009—Rev. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary, National Council of Churches in the U.S.A.
2010—Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
2011—Steven Waldman, co-founder, Beliefnet.com, and principal author, FCC’s Future of the Media Report
2012—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
2013—Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy, NAACP
2014—Chairman Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission
2015—Dr. danah boyd, founder, Data & Society Research Institute
2016—Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries
2017—Rinku Sen, outgoing president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
2018—Helen Brunner, director, Global Fund and founding director of the Media Democracy Fund
2019—Rev. Julian De Shazier, senior pastor of University Church in Chicago
2020—Valarie Kaur, founder, Revolutionary Love Project and author, See No Stranger
2021—Eric K. Ward, executive director, Western States Center
2022—Maya Wiley, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Parker Lecturers

1983—Daniel L. Ritchie, Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Broadcast and Cable, Inc.
1984—David Burnham, Investigative Report, New York Times
1985—Henry M. Rivera, FCC Commissioner
1986—Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.)
1987—William Baker, President, WNET-TV
1988—Mary Alice Williams, Anchor, CNN NY Bureau, and Vice President, CNN
1989—Tony Schwartz, President, New Sound, Inc.
1990—The Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, NYC; and Sheila Stainback, Anchor, WPIX-TV
1991—Ervin S. Duggan, FCC Commissioner
1992—Panel: The Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman, Comptroller, City of New York; Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.); Barbara Reynolds, Columnist, USA Today; Lynn Sherr, ABC-TV
1993—William V. Catucci, Vice President for Government Affairs, AT&T; and Eli Noam, Director, Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University Business School
1994—Reed Hundt, FCC Chairman
1995—The Rev. Everett C. Parker, Founder, OC, Inc.
1996—Lawrence K. Grossman, President, PBS Horizons Cable Network
1997—Robert Lissit, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
1998—Paula Madison, Vice President and News Director, WNBC-TV
1999—Mike McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary
2000—Steven Brill, Founder, Brill’s Content
2001—Scott Simon, Host, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR
2002—Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner
2003—Jay Harris, Annenberg Chair and Director, Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, USC; former chair and publisher, San Jose Mercury News
2004—Jeffrey Birnbaum, Columnist/Feature Writer, Washington Post; and Commentator/Analyst, Fox News Channel
2005—Juan Gonzalez, Columnist, New York Daily News; Co-host, Democracy Now!
2006—Amy Goodman, Host, Principal Host, Democracy Now!
2007—Rev. Robert Chase, Founding Director, Intersections
2008—Johnathan Rodgers, CEO & President, TV One
2009—Rev. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary, National Council of Churches in the U.S.A.
2010—Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
2011—Steven Waldman, co-founder, Beliefnet.com, and principal author, FCC’s Future of the Media Report
2012—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
2013—Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy, NAACP
2014—Chairman Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission
2015—Dr. danah boyd, founder, Data & Society Research Institute
2016—Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries
2017—Rinku Sen, outgoing president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
2018—Helen Brunner, director, Global Fund and founding director of the Media Democracy Fund
2019—Rev. Julian De Shazier, senior pastor of University Church in Chicago
2020—Valarie Kaur, founder, Revolutionary Love Project and author, See No Stranger
2021—Eric K. Ward, executive director, Western States Center
2022—Maya Wiley, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Everett C. Parker Award Recipients

1987—Daniel L. Ritchie, Westinghouse Broadcasting
1988—Emma L. Bowen, Black Citizens for a Fair Media
1989—Henry Geller, former FCC General Counsel
1990—Richard D. Hirsch, religious communicator
1991—Andrew Schwartzman, Media Access Project
1992—Judith Moyers, PBS producer
1993—William Fore, religious communicator
1994—Pamela Illott, CBS religious producer
1995—Neil Hickey, editor, TV Guide
1996—Lawrence Grossman, cable TV network
1997—Jose Roberto Gutierrez, Hispanic Television Network
1998—Earle K. Moore, attorney
1999—Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass)
2000—Randy Naylor, National Council of Churches
2001—Mario Morino, The Morino Institute
2002—Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
2003—Peggy Charren, Action for Children’s Television
2004—David Honig, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
2005—Angela Campbell, Institute for Public Representation
2006—Katherine Grincewich, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
2007—Senator Olympia Snowe
2008—Prometheus Radio Project
2009—Patti Miller, Vice President of Public Policy, Sesame Workshop
2010—Carol Pierson, President and CEO, retired, National Federation of Community Broadcasters
2011—Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition
2012—Charles Benton, Chairman, Benton Foundation
2013—Albert H. Kramer, Citizens Communications Center
2014—Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project
2015—Joseph Torres, senior external affairs director of Free Press and co-author of News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
2016—Dee Davis, president and founder of the Center for Rural Strategies
2017—Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color Of Change
2018—Gigi B. Sohn, a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate
2019—Cayden Mak, executive director of 18 Million Rising
2020—Karen Peltz Strauss, disabilities advocate and former deputy chief, Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
2021—Angela Siefer, executive director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
2022—Jessica J. González, co-CEO of Free Press

Donald H. McGannon Award Recipients

1987—Andrew Jackson, Capital Cities/ABC
1988—Albert D. Jerome, NBC
1989—Allen H. Neuharth, head of Gannett Foundation
1990—Carolyn Wall, Fox TV executive
1991—Michael Alexander, GM, WWOR-TV
1992—Walter Liss, GM, WABC-TV
1993—Glenn Jones, CEO, Jones Intercable
1994—John Seigenthaler, The Freedom Forum
1995—Henry Rivera, former FCC commissioner
1996—Fred Zehnder, news director, KTVU, Oakland, Calif.
1997—Betty Elam, Foundation for Minority Interests in Media
1998—Paul DeMain, Indian Country Communications
1999—Erwin G. Krasnow, attorney
2000—Mary Alice Williams, host, Odyssey Weekly
2001—Carole Simpson, ABC News
2002—Judy Woodruff, CNN
2003—Newton N. Minow, former FCC Chair
2004—Dennis Swanson, Viacom Television Stations
2005—Herbert Wilkins Sr., SYNCOM Management Co., Inc.
2006—Randall Pinkston, CBS News
2007—Phylis Eagle-Oldson, Emma Bowen Foundation
2008—William J. Bresnan
2009—Sam Simon, Chairman, Amplify Public Affairs, Fellow, Intersections, Founder and Former President, TRAC
2010—Marcellus Alexander, Executive Vice President for Television, NAB, President, NAB Education Fund
2011—Joseph W. Waz Jr., formerly of Comcast
2012—S. Jenell Trigg, Lerman Senter PLLC
2013—Malkia Amala Cyril, Center for Media Justice
2014—Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission
2015—Wally Bowen, co-founder and executive director of the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN)
2017—Ravi Kapur, founder and CEO of Diya TV
2018—Kevin Sampson, founder and director of the D.C. Black Film Festival
2019—The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC)
2021—Francella Ochillo, executive director, Next Century Cities
2022—Talila “TL” Lewis, co-founder of HEARD

Newton Minow Award Recipients

2011—Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner
2016—Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner

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