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[Pacific Lutheran Scene]

-- Alumni --
TV producer Ken Morrison '79 earns 26th Emmy award for KOMO 4

By Linda Elliott, special to Scene

Ken Morrison '79
Ken Morrison '79
If you've watched KOMO 4 Television for any length of time during the past 20 years, chances are you've seen at least one award-winning show produced by Ken Morrison '79.

If you have children, or are up at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings, you might be familiar with his latest triumph, "How 'Bout That," a kids show that focuses on how things are made, such as how potatoes get turned into potato chips.

Morrison carted home three Emmys for that show at the recent 1999 awards ceremony - Best Children's Show, Best Children's Segment and Best Musical Composer. He's won 26 Emmys in his career - all with KOMO TV.

The wildly popular "Front Runners" show, featuring Steve Pool, earned Morrison the bulk of his awards. The show ran for 10 years and was nationally syndicated for the final three.

Morrison's talents don't stop at television. He's also a professional musician. Singer, songwriter and guitar player, Morrison's musical career took off at PLU in the late '70s when he joined a band called Variations (later called Mainstream) to help pay for tuition. He still performs with the group today.

Morrison is loyal to his PLU roots. He learned a lot from his three-and-a-half years working at KPLU 88.5 FM, and he is especially fond of journalism professor Cliff Rowe.

"Cliff is a huge credit to my success," said Morrison. "He has such a passion for teaching and for his students. I don't think he knows just what an impact he had on my career."

Rowe is equally impressed with Morrison, who regularly talks to PLU classes and mentors students. He also taught in 1985 and 1997.

"Ken's given so much back to PLU and to education in general," said Rowe. "He's been extremely generous with his time, giving advice to students and talking with classes. He's a great person to have had come out of here."

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