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Former FCC attorney, Catherine Sandoval, receives the Donald H. McGannon and Everett C. Parker Awards

October 17, 2014

By Alisa Valentin
Catherine Sandoval, California Utilities Commissioner, professor of law at Santa Clara University, and a former FCC attorney, and Makani Themba, director of The DC-based Praxis Project, received the Donald H. McGannon and Everett C. Parker Awards, respectively, Oct. 7, at the 32nd Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture.  The event was held at the Newseum, Washington, DC, to mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker;s filing of his groundbreaking petition with the FCC challenging the television license renewal of WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, for its failure to cover events relevent to its Black viewers.  The petition was the first to challenge FCC licensing of broadcast stations on grounds of racism.  The event also featured remarks from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler who pledged to improve the rates of media ownership for people ocolor and women, and to maintain net neutrality for the Internet. Speeches and other aspects of the event were streamed live from www.newseum.org.