Notable Whittier College Alumni


Jessamyn West '23*, award-winning novelist, author of The Friendly Persuasion (1945)

Zilpha (Keatley) Snyder '48, Newbery award-winning children’s author

Arthur Allan Seidelman '58, Emmy-winning director and producer for television, film, and Broadway; director, "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" (release date: September 2014)

Guy Webster '62, noted celebrity photographer; co-founder, Guy Webster-Mike Taggart Motorcycle Museum

Robert "Bob" Porter '63, discographer, writer, record producer, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy-winner, syndicated radio host "Portraits in Blue"

Timothy Clott '70, children’s television producer and studio executive

Fred Wang '71, chairman, Salon Films Group; honorary vice president, China Film Foundation; director of the board, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

Cheryl Boone Isaacs '71, president, American Association of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; owner, CBI Enterprises; 2014 NAACP Hall of Fame Award-winner

James Nash '72, Emmy-winning broadcast news director, producer, writer (CBS), Edward R. Murrow Award and Golden Mike Award-winner

Alma Martinez '84, stage, film, and television actress

John Murdy '89,  creative director, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights (CA)

Mei-lan Stark '89, senior vice president, Intellectual Property, Fox Entertainment Group

Charles Bock '91, novelist, New York Times' Notable Book of the Year (2008)

Josh Freedom Du Lac '93, enterprise reporter, The Washington Post

Geoff Stults '97, television actor, Fox's "Enlisted," ABC's "Happy Town," CW’s “October Road"

Henry K. Priest '98, award-winning independent film producer, film festival director, and amateur wrestling technical advisor

Adam Pava '99, television comedy writer, producer, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s “Out of Jimmy’s Head"

James Adomian '01, stand-up comedian, actor, impressionist, CBS's "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing"