Actor, Educator, Podcaster, Award-Winner
LeVar Burton is an actor, director, educator, and cofounder of the award-winning Skybrary App; former host and executive producer of PBS's “Reading Rainbow;” and a lifelong children's literacy advocate. He hosts his own podcast, "LeVar Burton Reads," sharing the best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. LeVar also has a new YouTube series, "This Is My Story," which highlights racism in America.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, TwitterLive hosted livestream short-story readings presented by LeVar to millions of fans and avid readers.
LeVar starred as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed mini-series “Roots.” He also starred as Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series and in feature films.
LeVar has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, along with 27 Daytime Emmy nominations, culminating in 21 wins. "Reading Rainbow" was one of the longest running children’s television shows in history, and during its 26-year run from 1983 to 2009 won more than 25 awards, including 10 for outstanding series and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. LeVar has also been nominated twice for the Spoken Word Grammy Award and won in 1999 for narrating The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
On June 11, 2019, South Sacramento’s Meadowview City leaders honored LeVar with the Official Renaming and Dedication of Richfield Park to LeVar Burton Park.
Curriculum-Builder, Nonprofit-Founder, Author
As founder and CEO of the nonprofit Khan Academy, Sal Khan seeks to remove the barriers to education that leave over 600 million children lacking basic math and reading skills. His free, world-class curriculum—available to anyone, anywhere—has made a massive impact, with the academy’s videos reaching over a billion views.
What began as math-tutoring sessions for family and friends is now a platform with more than 62 million registered users across 190 countries, each able to access practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized dashboard. Khan Academy has partnered with world-class institutions such as NASA, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and MIT, and its state-of-the-art technology has had a reported meaningful impact for students.
In his book, The One World Schoolhouse, Khan outlines his vision for the future of education: liberating teachers from mandated curriculums and encouraging human interaction in classrooms. These ideas are the basis for Khan Lab School, an independent off-shoot of the Khan Academy, offering a collaborative, project-based learning approach to a mixed-age student group.
Sal holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School and has been named one of TIME’s "100 Most Influential People in the World."