Sharify will oversee SCCtv and its IRIS Education and Rainier Radio entities. The SCCtv group creates and distributes education and community focused programming on two cable channels and streams the content via the Internet. "It's a natural evolution from what I was doing before," says Sharify. "I am looking forward to seeing what can happen in the world of new media and excited to see the role technology will play in education. The possibilities seem endless." Sharify assumed the position in mid-February 2008.
BackgroundJohn Sharify took over as General Manager of SCCtv, Seattle Community Colleges Television, in January 2008. He comes to SCCtv, following nearly 18 years with Seattle's ABC affiliate KOMO TV, and a brief stint as a contributing reporter and/or producer for CBS 48 Hours, Seattle's PBS station KCTS, and the non-profit Hope Heart Institute. Sharify is the proud recipient of the 2008 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Writing, which honors the top broadcast news writer in the country. He also won the coveted National Murrow award for Writing in 2007, and 2004. He has been honored with six National Edward R. Murrows for his reporting work. While Sharify started his reporting career in New York City at WPIX TV 27 years ago, it is at KOMO where he grew as a journalist and delivered his signature stories that fed the soul and lifted the spirits of his viewers. A 31-time Regional Emmy winner and 119-time Emmy-nominated journalist, Sharify is serving in his third year as President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NATAS. Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in political science. Sharify also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University.
SCCtv is Seattle Community Colleges television. Located on the campus of North Seattle Community College, SCCtv delivers distance learning and educational television via the web and broadcast on two Seattle area cable channels (Comcast Ch 28/Millineum Ch 19). Its web services are used by 77,000 public schools and over 800 colleges throughout the U.S. SCCtv's production services create innovative video production and programming for a variety of colleges and universities, government agencies, medical institutions and other interests. For more information on SCCtv, visit www.scctv.net.
Please call Production/Operations Manager Tom Butterworth at 206-985-3966 with any questions.