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Sunny Nash Awarded Honors Diploma in Media Law

Sunny Nash

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Sunny Nash earned the highest distinction offered by the 2018 London School of Journalism Media Law Program for demonstrating sound understanding of key legal principles, and outstanding ability and expertise.

Sunny Nash began her journalism career in the Central Texas newsroom of Country-Western Radio station, WTAW, when Bill Watkins, owner-station manager, hired her–the first African American in that region to be a mainstream broadcast news reporter. At WTAW, she covered–among many other assignments–Willie Nelson’s second annual 4th of July Picnic at Texas World Speedway.

From WTAW Country, Nash signed on at a then new NPR (National Public Radio) affiliate, KAMU-FM, and became the station’s first Program Director, where she was a regular contributor to the NPR news program All Things Considered and supervisor of the KAMU-FM news staff. Nash also created and produced the weekly classical music program, Collector’s Choice with Gilbert Plass; and the special series, Classical Music from Festival Hill, which featured award-winning pianist, James Dick, and world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Both Collector’s Choice and Classical Music from Festival Hill are still in syndication.

Author of Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s about life with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, Nash’s book is based on her column of 16 years with Hearst newspaper, The Houston Chronicle; and six years with Knight-Ridder newspaper, The Eagle. Nash’s book was selected by the Association of American University Presses as a Book for Understanding U.S. Race Relations and also recommended by Miami-Dade Public Library System for Native American Collections.

After his 2018 Masterclass, in which Nash participated, Bob Woodward selected her to appear with him on a seven-member panel for his international webcast to discuss current issues affecting journalists around the globe. In 2018, Nash also participated in a Masterclass conducted by renowned filmmaker, Ken Burns.

Sunny Nash is a Certified Oral Historian by the Science History Institute, a member of the United States Press Corps,  Southwest Oral History Association, Ethical Journalism Network, World Heritage Center, and International Society of Educational Technology. Read Sunny Nash’s work on her blog: Race Relations in America.

In 2017, the California Senate honored Nash for Cultural Heritage Journalism and Oral History. In 2016, American Business Women’s Association presented Nash its Shine Award for Cultural Heritage Journalism and Oral History. Nash was a finalist for a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Writing Fellowship.

In 2014, Nash won the Ottis Lock Award & Cultural Research Grant, which resulted in an exhibition at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. In 2013, Nash received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award to moderate Created Equal. In 2008, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., invited Nash to write for Harvard’s African American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press. In 2004, Nash won the Charter Communications TV Producer of the Year Award. In 2000, the Smithsonian collected Nash’s photography to join the international tour, Reflections in Black: a history of black photographers from 1840 to the Present, published by W.W. Norton. Other honors include RFK Journalism Nomination, First Prize Houston Literary Essay Competition, First-Runner-up J.Frank Dobie Writing Award.

Sunny Nash’s other studies in journalism, technology, media and law include Harvard Certificate in Copyright Law; Distinguished Graduate, University of California, San Diego, California, Educational Technology/Teaching Online; Journalism Adjunct Professor Certification, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; Distinguished Graduate, Journalism & Mass Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; U.S. Constitution Studies, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Digital Literacy, Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Boston, Massachusetts; Humanitarian Law for Media, Global Human Rights Education & Training Centre, Geneva, Switzerland; Media & Information Literacy, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada; Intellectual Property Law, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Academy), Geneva, Switzerland; Cultural Journalism, United Nations, and The British Council, United Kingdom; and other relevant education pertinent to her journalism endeavors, writing, research, historical preservation, exhibition, digital archiving, and media production.


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