Jean Walkinshaw

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.[1]

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,[2] which in 1968 was the only local program series in the U.S. to consistently report on attitudes of minority peoples.[3]

Producing "In the Spirit of Cooperation" in Ghana, West Africa

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.

Walkinshaw contributed production content to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). In May 2021, the AAPB launched the Jean Walkinshaw Collection featuring national and international documentaries and raw interviews produced by Walkinshaw for the Seattle public television station KCTS and SCCtv (Seattle Colleges Cable Television)[1]