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Brian Callanan Named as SEATTLE CHANNEL’s Public Affairs Host

After an extensive regional search, Brian Callanan has been hired as SEATTLE CHANNEL Public Affairs Host and Producer. “After a very competitive process, SEATTLE CHANNEL is lucky to have found Brian to fill this unique position,” says John Giamberso, SEATTLE CHANNEL General Manager.

Callanan is a 16-year veteran of broadcast journalism—all in the Pacific Northwest. For the past eleven years, Callanan has been a reporter and anchor for Q13 FOX News, owned by the (Chicago) Tribune Company. Over his career, Callanan has won an Emmy, has been nominated three other times for Emmys, and has earned several other awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographer’s Association. His depth of local experience includes covering three mayors—Paul Schell, Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn—and numerous City Councils.  “I will continue SEATTLE CHANNEL’s tradition of fair, independent and in-depth coverage of the issues and public officials that matter to the people of Seattle,” says Callanan. “My family and I live in Seattle, and I care a lot about this city. I got into the field of journalism to serve and inform the public, and I think this host position fits that goal perfectly. It’s a platform to convey important, relevant information to the public about the government they’re paying for.” Callanan will regularly host and co-produce three programs for SEATTLE CHANNEL—City Inside/Out, a weekly public affairs program that airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.; Ask the Mayor, a monthly call-in show with the City’s CEO; and City Inside/Out: Council Edition, a monthly program with the City’s lawmakers—as well as special event programming.

SEATTLE CHANNEL presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Broadstripe) and via the Internet to inform and connect citizens with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest’s premier city. On June 11, for the second year in a row, SEATTLE CHANNEL won four Emmys. In 2010, the station was named Best of the Decade by Seattle magazine. SEATTLE CHANNEL’s web site, http://www.seattlechannel.org/, offers streaming video worldwide, and includes an archive featuring video on demand of nearly all programs. The station is a Government Access Channel granted to the City of Seattle per federal law for the purpose of cablecasting government television programs. It is administered by the Seattle Channel unit of the City of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology.