Sunny Nash


Sunny Nash, journalist and a
uthor of a family memoir, Bigmama Didn’t Shop At Woolworth’s, about life with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement, Nash's book is based on her column of 16 years with the Hearst newspaper, The Houston Chronicle, and the Knight-Ridder newspaper, The Eagle. Nash's book is internationally recognized by the Association of American University Presses as a Book for Understanding U.S. Race Relations; and recommended by the Miami-Dade Library System for Native American Collections. 

​Beginning her career in the Central Texas newsroom of Country Radio WTAW, Nash was the first African American in that region to be a mainstream broadcast news reporter. From there, she signed on the new NPR (National Public Radio) affiliate and became the station’s first Program Director, where she was a regular contributor to All Things Considered, and creator of classical music programs still in syndication. 

When Nash was a substitute weather forecaster and broadcast meteorology instructor for public television, she also learned the importance of weather preparedness and has now developed an energy preparedness program using portable solar technology.​

​Nash’s other studies in journalism and media include Distinguished Graduate, Educational Technology/Teaching Online, University of California, San Diego, California; Journalism Adjunct Professor Certification, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; Distinguished Undergraduate Student, Journalism & Mass Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Digital Literacy, Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Boston, Massachusetts; Humanitarian Law for Media, Global Human Rights Education & Training Centre, Geneva, Switzerland; Media & Information Literacy Certificate, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada; Intellectual Property Law, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Academy), Geneva, Switzerland; and Cultural Journalism, United Nations, and The British Council United Kingdom.

Bigmama Didn't Shop at Woolworth's
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Nash works with individuals and groups to preserve cultural heritage artifacts and to digitize archives for online galleries and research. ​

​Currently, Sunny Nash is completing several projects, including books, articles, oral histories, documentary films and digital heritage preservation projects. Nash is a member of the Ethical Journalism Network, the United States Press Agency, the World Heritage Center, and the International Society of Educational Technology.

The California Senate honored Nash in 2017 for Cultural Heritage Programs.  Nash was a finalist for a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2014, Nash won the Ottis Lock Award & Cultural Research Grant for The Peterson Legacy, an exhibition at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. In 2013, Nash received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award to moderate Created Equal. In 2008, Nash joined Henry Louis Gates on Harvard’s African American National Biography project, published by Oxford University Press. In 2004, Nash won the Charter Communications TV Producer of the Year Award. Other honors include RFK Journalism Nomination, First Prize Houston Literary Essay Competition, First-Runner-up J.Frank Dobie Writing Award.
In 2016, American Business Women’s Association presented Nash the Shine Award for Cultural Journalism.
Sunny Nash