Jean Walkinshaw is an American television producer. She has produced content for The History Channel, KING-TV, and KCTS. In 2019 Walkinshaw was inducted into the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Gold Circle for 50 years of significant contribution to the television industry and community.
A graduate of Stanford University, she taught school for three years and in 1963 started her TV career. At KING-TV she produced a weekly series, Face to Face, hosted by Roberta Byrd Barr, which in 1968 was the only local program series in the U.S. to consistently report on attitudes of minority peoples.
In 1970 Walkinshaw moved to KCTS where she produced documentaries for both national and local audiences. Much of her work features people and places in the Northwest, but she also produced documentaries in Russia, Ghana and four in Japan. Walkinshaw's production team was the first from the Northwest allowed to film in the USSR. Many of her programs have been aired nationally by PBS and such varied groups as NHK in Japan, Super Channel in Europe, British Airways, and Armed Forces Television Services. Her production of Rainier: The Mountain helped inaugurate high definition television in the Northwest.
Awards and reviews
Her awards include eight Northwest Regional Emmys, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ohio State Award, National Press Women Award; New York Festival International TV Program Award, Chicago International Film Festival Award, two American Film and Video Festival Awards, six Best of the West Awards, Religious Broadcasting Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award. Walkinshaw received the first Spirit of Nell Award given by Women in Film/Seattle. She was the first woman producer inducted into the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle.
Conservationism and activism
She married Walter Walkinshaw, a conservationist and outdoorsman. The Olympic Mountains have two peaks that reflect her deep heritage. Mount Walkinshaw was named after her father-in-law Robert Walkinshaw, an early member of the Mountaineers. Mount Henderson was named after her grandfather Louis F. Henderson, the first botanist to name flowers in the Olympic Mountains.
In addition to being a documentary producer, Walkinshaw has been an activist. She built houses of good will in Hiroshima in 1951 after the atomic bomb. Walkinshaw was chairman of the School Affiliation Committee of the American Friends. This committee enabled the first American high school students in the nation to live and study in Japan. She and her husband helped found the Seattle chapter of Amigos de las Americas, a program which at that time sent young people to give vaccinations and basic first aid in remote villages. For four years she chaired the Washington State Selection Committee to choose Rhodes Scholars. She served on a number of cultural and community boards in Seattle.
In 2010 Joel Connelly, national correspondent for the Seattle P-I, wrote that Walkinshaw and her husband were "one of Seattle’s most achieving couples."
Her children are Charlie Walkinshaw, Rob Walkinshaw and Meg Walkinshaw Fuell.
- Three Artists in the Northwest – Portrait of three prominent Northwest artists: painters George Tsutakawa and Guy Anderson, and poet Theodore Roethke.
- Young Storytellers in Russia – One of the first American cultural documentaries taped in the former USSR.
- In the Shadow of the Mountains – Profile of Northwest mountain-climber Jim Wickwire.
- Kitaro – Japanese composer and keyboard musician Kitaro in his first tour of the U.S.
- In the Spirit of Cooperation – Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and American Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana, West Africa.
- Children of the Homeless – Children’s experiences from their perspective.
- To Write and Keep Kind – Profile of writer Raymond Carver.
- Remarkable People: Making a Difference in the Northwest – Series of half-hour profiles featuring extraordinary people.
- WestWords – Vibrant portraits of six Western writer and the region that inspires their work. Featured are: Ivan Doig, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tony Hillerman, Terry Tempest Williams, William Kittredge, and Rudolfo Anaya.
- The River – Follows the Columbia River and some of its inhabitants from the headwaters in Canada to the Pacific Ocean.
- Tom Robbins: A Writer in the Rain – About the life and writing of this popular author.
- Rainier: The Mountain – Celebrating the mountain, its legends, and the founding of Mount Rainier National Park 100 years before.
- "Silver and Gold Circle Honors 2019". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter.
- "Roberta Byrd Barr (1919-1993)". BlackPast.
- The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Survey of Broadcast Journalism 1968-1969, Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., New York, 1969, page 20
- "Climbers Guide to the Olympic Mountains: Mount Walkinshaw".
- "Mount Henderson, Washington". Peakbagger.com.
- "Louis F. Henderson biography". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
- "Houses for Hiroshima".
- "Amigos de las Americas".
- "Rhodes Scholarships".
- Connelly, Joel. "Walt Walkinshaw: An apprceciation". Seattle P-I. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "Young Storytellers in Russia". YouTube.
- "Chicago Tribune: Look into the new age with "Kitaro"". Chicago Tribune. March 29, 1989.
- "In the Spirit of Cooperation". American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
- "Remarkable People". SCCtv.
- "Westwords: Six Western Writers". YouTube.
- "Rainier: The Mountain". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- HistoryLink profile: Jean Walkinshaw, Documentary Filmmaker
- Remarkable Person: Jean Walkinshaw
- Documentary producer Jean Walkinshaw to be subject of TV series
- In the Northwest: Walkinshaw master at portraying regional identity
- Seattle Times: Journey into the interior of poet Theodore Roethke
- Rainier: The Mountain, on YouTube
- Peggy Strong – Remembered by her sister Jean Walkinshaw
- Jean Walkinshaw on IMDb
- 90 Years of Tomorrows: Portrait of Floyd Schmoe
- King5: Jean Walkinshaw interviewed about Seattle activist Floyd Schmoe
- NHK Backstories: Building Houses of Peace After the Atomic Bombs
- Remarkable People: Theodore Roethke
- Tarheels of the Northwest
- Trident: Super Sub or Dinosaur?
- Remarkable People – Stefani Smith
- Archives West: Orbis Casade Alliance – Jean Walkinshaw papers, 1937-2008
- Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum: Walter and Jean Walkinshaw Papers
- The Mountaineers: 10 Essential Questions for Jean Walkinshaw
- LinkedIn: Jean Walkinshaw
- Walt Walkinshaw: An appreciation