The wonderful "Face to Face with Roberta" will be broadcast on SCCtv every Saturday in December at 8pm. But now you can watch the 30-minute special "Face to Face with Roberta" on-demand, right here.
Growing up in Washington state 70 years ago, Roberta longed to become an educator, but the doors to a teaching career were virtually barred to African-Americans at that time. Fortunately, she didn't give up hope, and went on to become the first woman and first person of color to preside over a major Seattle high school.
In addition to her leadership in the areas of education and civil rights, Roberta moderated the television show Face to Face. Launched by KCTS 9 and later aired on KING TV, the regional series was the first to consistently explore issues of concern to minorities. Many of the episodes from the 60s and 1970s remain just as relevant today: "Unemployment: The Great Leveler," "Forget the Rhetoric, It's The Teacher Who Makes the Difference," "OK, So I Am Elderly" and "Boomerangs of the Housing Boom."
About the host, Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Emmett Watson wrote, "Roberta Byrd is far and away the most intelligent and incisive of our TV personalities," while Governor Daniel Evans praised Face to Face as "an example of television at its very best."
Face to Face with Roberta was produced by Jean Walkinshaw. For over 40 years, Walkinshaw has been telling human stories, most rooted right here in the Pacific Northwest, leading to eight Northwest Regional Emmy Awards. In 1992, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle for 25 years of significant contribution to the TV industry and community.