Six distinguished judges were at Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on April 27, 2005, to review entries in the inaugural eSchool News Student Video Discovery Awards. Here is a look at their combined experience in education, journalism, and video production.

  • Ed DeLeon, Emmy award-winning Executive Producer of Assignment Discovery. Ed deLeon has worked in the field of education for 20 years. He has worked in educational publishing and has developed hundred of books, videos, and CD-ROMs.

  • Charlie Parsons, Executive Producer, The Science Channel. Parsons oversees both series and one-offs for the channel on topics ranging from ancient civilizations to modern-day, high-tech exploration of the world’s oceans. Parsons also worked for ESPN, while also freelancing for ABC, CBS, and other smaller production companies.

  • Gregg W. Downey, chair, Editor & Publisher, eSchool News. Winner of more than 30 national awards in education journalism, Downey is the founding editor of eSchool News, which debuted in March of 1998. He’s also the former editor-in-chief of The American School Board Journal and founding editor of The Executive Educator magazine.

  • Betsy Whalen, Manager, Educator Programs, Discovery Education. Whalen is responsible for managing the Discovery Educator Network, a global network of creative teachers who will inspire students, colleagues, and parents to expand or rethink their existing concepts of educational technology.

  • Dennis W. Pierce Jr., Managing Editor, eSchool News. Before joining eSchool News, Pierce worked in education for years, both as a high school math teacher and a grants-writing consultant. An expert in the latest school technology and the internet, he rigorously tracks the industry so readers will be kept up-to-speed on breaking news and key developments.

  • David Pendery, Communications Manager, Discovery Education. Pendery oversees all internal and external communications, media and public relations, and government relations activities for Discovery Education. He began his communications career with Gateway Inc., where he managed marketing communications activities for the company’s consumer desktop product lines.

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