2010 Media Access Awards


Pat Harvey, Emmy-winning broadcast journalist and KCBS/KCAL-TV news anchor


AFTRA Disability Awareness Award – Darcy Pohland, a successful newscaster in a wheelchair (posthumously, WCCO-TV)

SAG Harold Russell Award – Danny Woodburn is an actor and a union advocate for performers with disabilities and Little People. (Seinfeld, Passion, Men In Trees)

CSA Award – Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, for diverse casting of actors with disabilities (Glee)

WGAW Joan Young Award – Vince Gilligan, for creating realistic characters with disabilities (Breaking Bad)

Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award – Mike Tollin (Radio, Smallville, Coach Carter) led a group of 12 Special Olympians up Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1990, which resulted in an Emmy Award-winning film, Let Me Be Brave

Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship – Christopher Thornton (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Brothers & Sisters), who became paraplegic in a climbing accident in 1992 wrote and co-starred with longtime friend Mark Ruffalo in Sympathy for Delicious which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2010

RJ Mitte Diversity Award – Atticus Shaffer (The Middle), for an actor with a physical or emotional disability with limitations that would make an acting career seem implausible

The host for the Media Access Awards was KCBS/KCAL-TV Anchor Pat Harvey.


Presenters at the awards included actors Ron Livingston, CSI’s Robert David Hall, Glee’s John Autry, Lauren Potter and Zack Weinstein, Geri Jewell and many others.


PGA, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, SAG-AFTRA, WGAW, CSA, Friends of Californians with Disabilities, California Governor’s Committee