Shannon Gee, an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, has been appointed general manager of Seattle Channel.
“Shannon brings a breadth of public media experience, including more than a decade as a producer, photographer and editor at Seattle Channel,” said Jim Loter, director of digital engagement for the city of Seattle. “Seattle Channel is a national leader in municipal television with in-depth, inclusive and informative content at its core. I look forward to working with Shannon to drive awareness of Seattle Channel and grow its audience in today’s changing media landscape.”
Gee has served as interim general manager of Seattle Channel since February 2017, and during that time oversaw the development of strategic recommendations designed to expand the station’s reach and impact. Gee joined Seattle Channel in 2008, first as a video specialist then as a senior producer.
“I’m excited to lead such a talented team,” said Gee. “I look forward to continue working with this dedicated and passionate group to produce quality local content that connects residents to their city and highlights the diverse civic and cultural landscape.”
Gee worked as a contract producer at Seattle Channel from 2005 to 2008, spearheading the launch of Community Stories, a regional and national award-winning documentary series designed to shine a spotlight on Seattle communities with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Gee was also on the team that launched and produced the popular show Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.
Gee’s award-winning Seattle Channel documentaries include One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, an account of the 1981 murders of the Filipino American labor activists, and Massive Monkees: The Beacon, which chronicled the local hip-hop crew’s rise from break-dancing competitions at local community centers to world-championship stages.
Prior to joining Seattle Channel, Gee worked at KCTS 9 public television, as an independent documentary filmmaker, and as a print and web freelance film critic and features writer. She is the recipient of seven Northwest Regional Emmy Awards and numerous Emmy nominations. She serves on community advisory committees with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
“As a homegrown Seattleite, my appreciation for our city and the region runs deep,” said Gee. “Seattle Channel is an incredible information resource for the city, and I am honored to steward the channel in its continuing mission to inform, engage and serve the public.”