Judging Panel: Allen Rucker

ALLEN RUCKER grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, Michigan, and Stanford. His near-forty-year writing career includes award-winning documentaries, sketch comedy, enumerable network specials, and a dozen books, including three books on “The Sopranos” and a memoir of life after paralysis, “The Best Seat in The House,” a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.” He is the recipient of the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, two Writers Guild of America Awards, and two CableAce Awards, among others.

His second career as a disability advocate began with being named Chair of the WGA Writers with Disabilities Committee in 2007, which led to co-chairing the resurrected Media Access Awards in 2010. He writes extensively about disability issues as a contributing editor to “New Mobility” magazine, a bi-monthly blogger on the Christopher Reeve Foundation web site, and other outlets.