June 4, 2010

KING 5's Jean Enersen Interviews "Northwest Newsmakers"

Guests Include Seahawk Coach, Seattle Storm Owner, REI President, Symphony Prodigy, and Legendary Activist

Airing Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 PM on KING 5


Enersen Recognized by Associated Press for Extraordinary Achievement


Seattle, WA - KING 5's Jean Enersen, recently honored by the western regional Associated Press for her extraordinary achievements, sits down with five multi-talented individuals to find out what drives them to be the best in their professions. Jean's guests on this - her fourth "Northwest Newsmakers" KING 5 special include:

- Pete Carroll - The first year head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Why does he think he can win in a town dubbed by Forbes.com as America's most miserable sports city?

- Alexander Prior - the 17-year old conductor / composer prodigy from the UK. His first professional appointment is with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Has the Emerald City discovered the next Leonard Bernstein?

- Anne Levinson - Led the effort to keep the Seattle Storm in town and purchase the franchise by forming a local ownership group. She's also a former deputy Seattle Mayor, District Court Judge and Title Nine litigant. Does she have the best inside political game in Seattle?

- Sally Jewell - President and CEO of REI. As you might imagine she bikes, kayaks, hikes, and climbs mountains. But what is she doing to keep her company afloat in this economic downturn?

- Gloria Steinem - The iconic feminist activist has a Northwest connection. She leads the creative advisory council for Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island - an organization supporting women writers. Hear her views on the women's rights movement in the 21st century.

The hour-long "Northwest Newsmakers" special airs on KING 5 at 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 5th. KING 5's regional news and weather channel, Northwest Cable News, will air an encore of "Newsmakers" on Sunday, June 6th at 10:00 PM.

Jean co-anchors KING 5 News at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM with Dennis Bounds, Monday through Friday. Her HealthLink segments air daily in KING 5 newscasts and her quarterly HealthLink specials air on KING 5 in prime time. She was the first local news anchorwoman in the United States. She's received numerous honors throughout her career, most recently from the Associated Press' board of directors overseeing a nine state region.

Jean Honored by Regional Associated Press for Extraordinary Achievement

The Board of Directors for the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) of California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, Utah, Montana, and Alaska announced on May 25th that Jean Enersen is the recipient of the 2010 Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement. The board acknowledged Jean's HealthLink reports and a variety of her KING 5 specials with topics ranging from global health, sexually transmitted diseases, and domestic violence. Included in the board's announcement was her groundbreaking achievement of becoming the first American journalist to appear live on television in the Soviet Union to offer commentary on Soviet society. The board of directors also cited her community service as spokesperson for the American Heart Association and current co-chair of the YWCA of Seattle/King County and co-chair of the Northwest Aids Walk. The announcement concluded with Jean's volunteer work at the University of Washington, United Way and Eastside Domestic Violence Program.

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