A message from Gregory Johson, Arts Council for Long Beach Board President:
As we entered into the holiday weekend, we learned of the passing of my colleague in the arts, James Nash. We served together on the board of directors at the Arts Council for Long Beach. He and I liked sharing Black Los Angeles arts and culture history with one another. We compared notes and perspectives on life. He worked at KCBS 2 for many years and I worked at KJLH many years so we both saw a lot in this region and he was just a good man. I am really taken aback a bit and out of rhythm from this news and yet I am so grateful to have labored alongside James as we advocated on behalf of the arts… rest in power and peace James. It was a distinct honor to serve community with you.
James Nash is a 30-year member of the Directors Guild of America and former Senior Staff Director at CBS-TV (retired). Over the years, James served with the CBS2 News, Special Assignment Unit, and Production and Sports departments and had the privilege of working with, among many, Walter Cronkite, Jerry Dunphy, Connie Chung, Jess Marlow, Ralph Story, Tritia Toyota,
Linda Alvarez, and Huell Houser.
Jamesʼ numerous industry honors include 12 Emmy Awards, 10 Golden Mikes and an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and 10 Best Director awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association. Private clients include the California Institute of Technology, Montessori Accreditation Council, Scripps College, Christopher
Street West Parade and Festival, Whittier College, Global Talents Media Group China, and Congressman Mervyn Dymally.
His many volunteer affiliations include the American Red Cross, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, San Marino Rotary Club, Pasadena Symphony Musical Circus, the Compton and Pasadena School Districts, Boy Scouts of America, and Chinese Club of San Marino. James attended Whittier College, the University of Copenhagen and Claremont Graduate School. He plays contra bass with the World Stage Jazz Orchestra and bass dormer with the Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Russian Folk Orchestra.