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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1947
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1947
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Attorney and communications industry expert Frank Washington was born on December 27, 1947, in Washington, D.C. In 1971, Washington graduated from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He then went on to enroll at Yale University Law School where he graduated in 1974.

In 1974, Washington was hired as a lawyer at the firm of Arnold and Porter in Washington, D.C. Preferring a more administrative role, he pursued a governmental position. In 1976, Washington joined the Carter White House where he worked on communications policy for the Domestic Policy Council, helping to develop and implement programs to foster wider minority ownership in communications companies. He oversaw cable and broadcast as the Deputy Chief of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadcast Bureau, and was also the legal assistant to the chairman of the FCC. Then, in 1981, Washington became the vice president of Time Mirror Company and was instrumental in the development of Videotex America.

During the 1980s, Washington continued working for Time Mirror in various capacities helping to develop new cable and videotext services. In 1984, he joined McClatchy Newspapers in Sacramento, California as vice president of electronic communications and used his skills to supervise the company’s cable, radio, cellular radio and electronic information services. Around this time, Washington began establishing his own business partnerships. From 1989 to 1995, he served as general partner in cable television limited partnerships located throughout the United States, with a combined subscriber base of nearly one half million. In 1995, Washington attempted unsuccessfully to buy Viacom, Inc. In 1996, he became CEO and president of the Sacramento-based computer technology solutions provider, System Integrators, Inc. In addition, Washington was a founder, investor and principal in Aurora Communications, a broadcast radio company.

Washington was the chairman and CEO of Tower of Babel LLC from 2004 to 2008, and has controlling interests in two other broadcast television operations. He serves on the boards of numerous companies including: World Television of Washington LLC, Spartan LLC, and Quantum Communications LLC. Washington also serves as the director of several non-profit organizations including: the Board of Visitors of UC Davis School of Medicine; UC Davis Medical School’s Center for Health and Technology; and the California Chamber of Commerce board.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frank Washington lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Washington describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Washington describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Washington describes his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Washington describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frank Washington talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frank Washington describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frank Washington describes his parents' siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frank Washington recalls moving to Rockland County, New York as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frank Washington talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Frank Washington describes his earliest memories of Rockland County
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Frank Washington describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Frank Washington describes experiencing racism as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Frank Washington describes his childhood life at home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Frank Washington talks about his experience at Orangeburg Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Frank Washington talks about his childhood interest in veterinary medicine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Frank Washington describes his experience at Clarkstown High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 19 - Frank Washington talks about applying to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Washington describes adjusting to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Washington describes his view on poverty
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Washington remembers his first day at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Washington describes his first year at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Washington talks about dodging the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Washington describes the 1969 campus takeover at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Washington describes his social life at Cornell University in Ithaca, New york
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Washington remembers working in a paper factory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frank Washington talks about deciding to go to law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Frank Washington talks about notable classmates at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Washington talks about student body diversity at Yale Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Washington talks about his relationship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Washington remembers his first year at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Washington talks about publishing a note in the Yale Law Journal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Washington talks about developing an interest in communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Washington talks about criticism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Washington talks about the Clarence Thomas hearings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frank Washington talks about being hired at Arnold and Porter, LLP after graduating from Yale Law School in 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frank Washington talks about his early work in communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Frank Washington describes his tenure at Arnold and Porter, LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Frank Washington explains how he got hired to the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Washington describes his experience in the Office of Telecommunications Policy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Washington describes his experience in the Office of Telecommunications Policy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Washington describes working at the Federal Communications Commission [FCC]
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Washington talks about the impact of the tax certificate on minority ownership of cable stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Washington talks about abuse of power in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frank Washington describes becoming Deputy Chief of the Broadcast Bureau
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frank Washington talks about media convergence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frank Washington describes working at the Times Mirror Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Frank Washington talks about working at McClatchy Newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Frank Washington talks about leaving McClatchy newspapers to make his own investments and having his business deals criticized
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Washington talks about Congress' repeal of the tax certificate, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frank Washington talks about Congress' repeal of the tax certificate, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frank Washington describes his hopes for the future of people of color in broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frank Washington reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frank Washington shares his advice for young black entrepreneurs