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2022 Hall of Achievement Inductees

Enrique Cerna

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Enrique Cerna is a veteran journalist who has worked in Seattle media for nearly 47 years. Cerna worked for 23 years at Cascade Public Media’s KCTS 9 and retired in February 2018 from his role as senior correspondent. Prior to joining KCTS in 1995, he worked as a reporter, producer and host for KOMO Radio and Television and KING Television.

At KCTS 9, Cerna produced and hosted award-winning current affairs programs and documentaries. He reported stories for national PBS programs, provided election analysis for the PBS NewsHour, moderated U.S. Senate, Congressional, Gubernatorial, and Mayoral debates. In addition, he produced and reported documentaries covering critical social justice issues, the environment, and immigration. In addition, he documented the history and contributions of Latinos in Washington State.

Cerna has earned ten Northwest regional Emmy awards. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his contributions to the television industry.

Active in the community, Cerna serves on the Yakima Valley Museum Board of Directors and King County Television’s Citizens Advisory Committee. He has also served on the boards of United Way of King County, the World Affairs Council of Seattle, Seattle City Club, and the Chief Seattle Council’s Scout Reach program. He was the co-chair of the successful Plaza Roberto Maestas Capital Campaign which raised more than 40 million dollars to build low-income affordable housing on Seattle’s Beacon Hill.

Cerna grew up in the central Washington community of Wapato. He is a graduate of Washington State University. In March 2020, he was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State University Board of Regents.

 

Carolyn Sawyer

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For nearly 40 years Carolyn Sawyer has focused her voice and communication skills on equity & justice.

Sawyer spent the early years of her broadcast journalism career as a television reporter, anchor and producer.

Her fast track career started at 19, in Spokane, Washington while still attending Washington State University in Pullman. Her body of work spanned from Washington state to the East Coast communications capital of New York City. Her stations along the way included KHQ-TV, WIS-TV, WSB-TV, WBZ-TV, ABC Network News and Lifetime Television Network.

After nearly 2 decades in front of the camera, Sawyer launched an international Marketing Communications firm to successfully manage the flow of information, messaging and engagement.

Along the way, Sawyer authored two books, served on several national boards and won a few awards.

Today, Sawyer continues as a highly sought communication strategist focused on industry trends and enhanced strategies for communicating critical messages.

Bill Stevens

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Now in his 17th year at Washington State, Bill Stevens joined the Cougar Athletic department as sports information assistant director in August 2005. Since that time, Stevens as served as the director, assistant athletic director, and since 2014, associate athletic director for athletic communications.

In his current role, Stevens is responsible for the overall communications strategy for the athletic department. He serves as the primary media contact for football, women’s tennis and the senior administration team.

Prior to arriving in Pullman, Stevens spent five years (2000-05) in the UC Davis sports information office, and nine years with the Sacramento Kings, first as assistant director of public relations and later as manager of creative services.

Stevens is a 1987 graduate of WSU’s Murrow College of Communication with a degree in public relations. He was a four-year letterwinner in tennis under Hall of Fame coach Rex Davis. Stevens and his wife, Joni, also a WSU Murrow College graduate, have two grown sons, Nick and Jake, both holding WSU degrees.