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CWU Named to Governing Board for State Public Affairs Network

Antonio Sanchez, TVW logoCWU’s Antonio Sanchez has been appointed to the board of the state’s public affairs network, TVW. Sanchez is Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at CWU.

CWU is a key partner for the network, which televises and streams recorded and live government and public policy activities, but often lacks the capacity to record events east of the Cascades. Since 2015, CWU has been providing content to TVW from central Washington.

Sanchez says Central shares TVW’s commitment to making state government more transparent while helping improve civics education within Washington.

“The partnership between Central and TVW supports civics, education, and outreach to Washington residents,” said Sanchez. “Our goal is to help them to understand how government functions and why, and how residents fit into this complex and dynamic institutional mechanism called government.”

TVW President Renee Radcliff Sinclair said she is pleased to have Sanchez as a new board representative.

“As of right now, Dr. Sanchez will be the only representative from higher education,” Sinclair pointed out. “We like having higher ed representation on our board. His many years of service in state government, along with his connections to higher education—especially CWU—will truly be an asset as we seek to build stronger connections with our state’s broadcast programs.”

CWU President James L. Gaudino and former Congressman Sid Morrison, who also was chair of the Central Board of Trustees, have both previously served on the TVW governing board.

TVW, Washington’s award-winning Public Affairs network, is governed by an independent board of directors. The 25-member panel oversees the private, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, which is accessible by more than 3.3 million viewers statewide. TVW provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Washington State Legislature, along with presentations from the State Supreme Court, and other important public affairs activities and events.

CWU has recently contributed hours of content to TVW, including presentations by Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman, Ron Sims, former King County executive and deputy secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development; award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen; Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center; Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe, who spoke of the changing relationship between the United States and Europe; and a panel presentation on state and federal constitutional rights with Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez and United States District Court Judge Robert Lasnik.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,