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Naomi Ishisaka

Naomi Ishisaka


Naomi Ishisaka has 13 years of experience in journalism and publishing. She is currently the Communications Director for OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone). Until October 2008, Ishisaka served for the previous eight years as the Editor in Chief of ColorsNW Magazine, a monthly magazine focusing on communities of color in the Northwest. As editor, Ishisaka managed all aspects of the editorial direction and execution of the magazine as well as served as part of the leadership team managing the operations of the company.

Ishisaka is a Seattle native and worked at several Puget Sound newspapers, including The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The News Tribune and the Bremerton Sun. She was an Institute for Justice and Journalism Fellow studying immigration and border issues and was a Spring 2005 fellow of the German Marshall Fund and traveled throughout Europe. In 2005 and 2006, Ishisaka traveled to the Gulf Coast states to cover the affects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on communities of color.

Ishisaka’s journalism education includes editing training at the Dow Jones Copy Editing Program, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism’s Immigration program, the Minority Editorial Writers Seminar and she is a graduate of the Asian American Journalist Association’s Executive Leadership Program. Ishisaka is a frequent speaker at media workshops and community events. Launched in 2001, ColorsNW won over 50 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Competition and Ishisaka won six first place awards for editorial writing, feature writing and commentary.

Ishisaka is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and has a B.A. in ethnic studies and journalism.


As Editor, ColorsNW received numerous awards for excellence in journalism and community service. In addition, Ishisaka personally won first place awards from the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) for commentary, page design and feature writing.

Personal Awards

2009 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

First place: Editorial Writing, “Race and the 2008 Election”

Second place: Editorial Writing, “Wing Luke Asian Museum”

2008 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

First place: Editorial Writing, “Lt. Ehren Watada”

2007 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

Second place: Editorial Writing

Second place: Columns

2006 SPJ W. Wash. Competition – ColorsNW Wins Sweepstakes Award for Overall Best Magazine in Region

First place: Social Issues, “Katrina/Rita’s Impact on Our Communities”

First place: Arts & Criticism, “Class is in Session: Blue Scholars”

Second place: Editorials, “Katrina”

Second place: Page Design

2004 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

First place: Editorial Writing

2003 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

First place: Editorial Writing

2002 SPJ W. Wash. Competition

Third place: Editorial Writing

Second place: Page Design

Misc. Awards, Honors

2008: Institute for Justice and Journalism immigration fellow

2008: Poynter Institute elections coverage seminar participant

2006: National New America Media Award for excellence in Ethnic Media, honors ColorsNW for story on the effect of detention policies on immigrants www.newamericamedia.org.

2006: Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Seminar Fellowship for immigration

2006: Minority Executive Director’s Coalition (MEDC) presents ColorsNW with an award for ‘Advocacy to Communities of Color’

2006: Entre Hermanos, a Latino GLBT organization, presents community service award

2005: German Marshall Fund AMMF Fellowship presented to Naomi Ishisaka. One of 50 nationwide selected for a month-long fellowship of cultural exchange with Europe.

2004: Aki Kurose Peace and Justice Award for leaders under 30


4 Responses to home

  1. Victor says:

    You so rock with today’s technology. Don’t ever give up on yourself because you have the talent, the desire, the ability and the drive to make this world a better place. I admire your determination, creativity and compassion—– a living hero to me!

  2. Akemi says:

    Wow! We are so honored to have you on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Chapter of the Japanese Am Citizens League. Your initiative on updating our website and using technology to better serve our members is already amazing and is only 3 months into your term. thank you!

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