Kathy Harper

Co-founder of Narrative Television Network

Kathy Harper, an Emmy winner who co-founded the Narrative Television Network, died of breast cancer March 18 in Tulsa, Okla. She was 49.

The network, which Harper co-founded in 1988, makes television programs, movies and live performances accessible to blind or visually impaired people by narrating story points that have no dialogue.

In 1991, she won an Emmy for outstanding achievement in engineering development of television for the visually impaired. She also won a Media Access Award, an Intl. Film and Video Award and a Golden Georgi from the Writers Foundation of America.

Born in Indianapolis and legally blind since age 7, Harper moved to Tulsa in 1971 to attend American Christian College, graduating in 1971, working as a paralegal until she co-founded the network .

She is survived by her daughter, Jesssica.

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