Jeff Shannon, a Seattle-based movie critic and journalist died Dec. 20, 2013 in Edmonds, Wash., due to complications from pneumonia. He was 52.
A Seattle native, Shannon became a quadriplegic in 1979 after a diving accident in Hawaii. He studied film history at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, before beginning his career as a film reviewer and entertainment reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1985. He’s been a movie critic for The Seattle Times since 1992.
Shannon wrote and contributed to articles about disability-related issues for New Mobility magazine. Tim Gilmer, New Mobility editor, worked with Shannon over a decade and says he was skilled at writing about disability portrayals in the media with an unbiased view.
“He bent over backwards to make sure that our readers knew not only what we were saying about a topic but what the non-disabled readers would say about a topic,“ says Gilmer. “He wanted t