Dr. George Korn recently attended the 32nd Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Breakfast at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Each year the event honors women and men who have made significant contributions to improving our channels of communication. The event is named for Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker who founded the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, an organization that became a leading force in advocating for the public interest in media. Parker is widely known as the "Father of the Media Reform Movement".
The event marked the 50th anniversary of Parker's filing of the petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that successfully challenged the television license of WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi for engaging in overt racial discrimination in programming, hiring and all aspects of operations.
Along with his fellow petitioners, he changed the course of broadcasting history, ultimately establishing the principle that television and radio stations must operate in the public interest and establishing the public's right to intervene in matters before the FCC. Korn's research has documented the work of Rev. Parker, who turned 102 in January. Korn also met with former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps to discuss various current communication issues, including net neutrality.