2016 Common Sense Media Awards

The 2016 Common Sense Media Awards were held on Tuesday, May 3, at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. It was an incredible evening and a privilege for us to salute each of our honorees for the inspirational work they do to help kids, families, and schools harness the power of media and technology.

2016 honorees included:

  • SOCIAL CHANGE CATALYST AWARD

  • NZA-ARI KHEPRA
  • Founder of the Wear Orange campaign, a leading youth-led movement using social media to turn tragedy into a meaningful gun-violence-awareness effort
  • BEST FAMILY MEDIA AWARD

  • ZOOTOPIA
  • Accepted by: Clark Spencer, producer, and Nate Torrence, voice of Clawhauser
  • Recognized for offering an exceptional media experience for families of all types
  • EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • MARIE BELLE VARGAS
  • Library media specialist at PS1x in New York City and champion of technology integration in the classroom
  • EDUCATIONAL CREATOR AWARD

  • BILL NYE
  • Scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor who has made science cool and engaging for a generation of kids

HOSTED BY

Claire Shipman, journalist, author, and public speaker

Special guests included:

The Honorable Julián Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and champion of the ConnectHome affordable broadband initiative, and Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission

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Event Co-Chairs

Angelique and Jim Bell
Lynne and Marc Benioff
Nancy and Frank Bynum
John H.N. Fisher and Jennifer Caldwell
Jill Davis and Edward Conard
Penny and Jim Coulter
Rachel and Mark Dalton
Roberta and Steve Denning
Jennifer and Andrew Hoine
Eva and Bill Price
Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer

Host Committee

  • Carrie and Leigh Abramson
  • Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos
  • Marcy Carsey
  • Ray Cortines
  • Linda Burch and Rajen Dalal
  • George P. Davison
  • Martin Gibson and Bill Dessoffy
  • Haley Rockwell and Joe Elmlinger
  • Jan and Tom Geniesse
  • Rosemarie and Tony Goncalves
  • Cecilia and Jim Herbert
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Jane and Alex Jackson
  • Martha and Bruce Karsh
  • Lucinda Lee Katz
  • Molly King
  • Jessie and Tim Kisling
  • Kim Larson and Gary Knell
  • Mara and Dean Landis
  • Rochelle and David Ludwig
  • Camille and Bobby McDuffie
  • Gregory J. O'Melia
  • Susan Sachs
  • Nancy Peretsman and Bob Scully
  • Amy Guggenheim Shenkan and Ed Shenkan
  • Lauren Shortt
  • Kathleen Signer
  • Liana and John Slater
  • Jane and Lloyd Sprung
  • Margaret and Allan Steyer
  • Liz and Jim Steyer
  • Becky Walker
  • Michele and Tyler Wolfram

Event Photos

Sponsors:

Hero


John H.N. Fisher and Jennifer Caldwell
Jill Davis and Ed Conard
Eva and Bill Price
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer
Tracy and Gene Sykes

Advocate


Marcy Carsey
Penny and Jim Coulter
Martha and Bruce Karsh
Andrew and Jennifer Hoine
Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins

Luminary


Carrie and Leigh Abramson
Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos
Nancy and Frank Bynum
Ann and Paul Chen
Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen
Sheila and Bill Lambert
Rochelle and David Ludwig
Marie and Bill McGlashan
Mary Henry and Howard Rubin
Diane and Tom Tuft

Entrepreneur


Diana Nelson and John Atwater
Elizabeth Cogan Fascitelli
Daphne Yeoh and Tai Hsia
Jessie and Tim Kisling
Ann and Ned Lamont
Anna Kovner and Seth Meisel
Margaret and Allan Steyer

Tutor

Linda Burch and Rajen Dalal
Rachel and Mark Dalton
Jan and Tom Geniesse
Rosemarie and Tony Goncalves
Ava Seave and Bruce Greenwald
Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz
The Scully Peretsman Foundation
Liana and John Slater
Jane and Lloyd Sprung
Liz and Jim Steyer