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Dr. Peg Achterman

Dr. Peg Achterman

Assistant Professor


  • B.A. University of Washington, 1982
  • M.S. Syracuse University, 1983
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2012


Peg Achterman (B.A. University of Washington–1982, History & Communications; M.S. Syracuse University–1983, Broadcast Journalism, PhD. University of Washington - 2012) Her dissertation entitled: “Multimedia in the Mainstream” examined changes within newspaper, radio and television newsrooms as they add video and multimedia to their websites. During summer breaks she is a software instructor and developer, traveling the Americas, Europe and the Middle East teaching newsroom employees the joys of non-linear editing and digital workflow. Prior to this work with Thomson/Grass Valley she spent 17 years in the local television news business–-much of her career was spent at KING Television in Seattle where she was a TV News Photographer. The highlights of this shooting career included regional National Press Photographer Association awards and service as a national judge for the NPPA Photographer of the Year and Station of the Year competitions. Memorable stories span some of Western Washington State’s big news years-–including following Washington apples to Japan, candidates on the trail and WTO protesters on the streets-–as well as the usual campaigns, earthquakes and floods. Following her first job as a full-time photographer in Anchorage, Alaska (KTUU), Peg accepted a teaching position in the Peoples’ Republic of China. There she witnessed the student strikes and protests of Tiananmen Square in 1989. Peg lives with her amazing dog Skye in a 100-yr-old house in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. She is an elder at University Presbyterian Church and active in many committees there.

Recommended Reading

Here Comes Everybody - Clay Shirky
Reaching Out in a Networked World - Lynne Baab
Amusing Ourselves To Death - Postman
Moments in Time - Dirck Halstead
Family of Man - Steichen & Sandburg
Journalism 2.0 - Mark Briggs
The Big Switch - Nicolas Carr
The Creation of the Media - Paul Starr