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Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

Lecture March 10th
at 11am

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

Join us for this very special opportunity to meet and learn about Jack Clifford, a Chula Vista resident credited with founding the very popular Food Network. 

Jack Clifford is an electronic media pioneer (radio, television, cable television, cellular telephone and programming services for television) – with a long list of accomplishments that includes:  Building the electronic media division of the Providence Journal Company, where he was the Executive Vice President.  He was Founder and Chairman of the Food Network; Founder of the five-state, 24- hour news channel Northwest Cable News where he was the CEO.  Mr. Clifford moved to Arizona shortly after college, becoming the first on air sports anchorman at KTVK-TV.  In 1970, Mr. Clifford became President of Channel 12 NBC Phoenix.  In 1974, Mr. Clifford became president of WXIA- TV in Atlanta, GA.  Moving to Sacramento in 1976, he was affiliated with channel 10 (CBS).  In 1977, he continued his career in broadcasting with the Providence Journal Company, where he became a pioneer in the cellular phone industry, orchestrated the purchase of 12 national TV stations, built and was the chairman of a million subscriber Cable TV company called Colony Cablevision, developed programming such as the Food Network, Northwest Cable News, and the Health Network (now Fox Health).  Along the way, he had a professional relationship with the likes of Ted Turner, Emeril Lagasse, Robin Leach, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Arnold Palmer, Walter Cronkite, etc. In the 80’s Mr. Clifford was presented an Emmy by Charlton Heston for Original Cable Television Foreign Language Programming.  Retiring in 1997, Mr. Clifford is now CEO and President of Clifford Consulting in San Diego.  Mr. Clifford and his first wife Marguerite were instrumental in creating Dancing with the Stars Arizona for the Arizona Kidney Foundation, which celebrates its 10th successful year in 2016.  In retirement he held board positions with the AZ Opera, Phoenix Symphony, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, and on the board of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.  Jack currently oversees a scholarship program with the Grand Rapids Educational Foundation and a board position at Western Michigan University.  In his spare time, Mr. Clifford enjoys baking, cooking his famous award winning chili, making pickles, ballroom dancing and amateur astronomy.  He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Beverly.