Shalala '62 has
garnered even more national recognition. In June of this
year, she was presented with the Medal of Freedom, the
country's highest civilian award. In so honoring her,
President Bush cited her recent role as co-chair (along
with former U.S. Senator Robert Dole) of the President's
Commission on Care for America's Wounded Warriors. Donna served as Secretary of Health
and Human Services for all eight years of the
administration and is currently the president of the
Florida. (For Donna's full biography, see the December
2007 web update.)
Jennings '86 (pictured
a shoot in Cape Town, South Africa, 2006) working for
New York's PBS station, Thirteen WNET, wrote and
co-produced an episode of The
Mysterious Human Heart that earned him a 2008 Emmy in
the Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming
category. That was his second Emmy! The first came in 2001
for a PBS film, The
Secret Life of the Brain. Before that, he
independently produced Scenes
from a Transplant, about a woman reporter undergoing a
bone marrow transplant. It earned "a couple of awards"
as a television documentary for HBO and the DuPont-Columbia
and Edward R. Murrow awards as a radio documentary for This
American Life. But Tom is proudest of his Writers
Guild of America award for the PBS show "Crisis
Management," investigating the failure of FEMA under
the Bush administration a year before Katrina. His
official bio lists Tom as a "documentary journalist,"
but he calls himself a producer, which -- in his words --
"means that you do everything: direct, write, edit."
Recently, he's begun shooting his own films and enjoying
it "quite a bit." Although to date, his focus
has been mostly science-related, he truly is "as a
good Western graduate, a multidisciplinary filmmaker."
He has been doing half-hour films on government corruption
for the PBS series Bill
Moyers Journal and is about to begin a series on the U.S.
financial crisis for Frontline.
For the past
10 years, Tom has lived in New York City with his wife and