Donald G. Godfrey is a longtime broadcaster, educator and historian who has worked in commercial radio and television and corporate communications. During his professional career, he served as reporter, anchor, program director and producer at various television and radio stations, including KIRO-TV, Seattle; KSVN-AM and KOET-TV, Ogden, Utah; and KEZI-TV, Eugene, Ore.
In addition, for more than 20 years he supervised student newsmagazine programs that aired on KCTS-PBS, Seattle; KUAT-PBS, Tucson, Ariz.; KSDL-TV, St. George, Utah; and KAET-PBS and Cox Cable, Phoenix.
A prolific author, Godfrey has written and edited numerous books on the history of broadcasting in the U.S., including “Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media,” “Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television” and “Historical Dictionary of American Radio.” He currently is conducting research for a biography of American inventor C. Francis Jenkins, the first American to produce a television picture. His work also has been published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism Quarterly and Journalism History.
Godfrey is a past president of the Broadcast Education Association and founding chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts as well as the BEA Symposium and the BEA Research Committee. He was the recipient of the association’s Distinguished Education Service Award and the Festival of Media Arts Founder’s award.
He is a member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society, which honors those who have at least 25 years of service to the television industry and have made meaningful and significant contributions to the field.