April 2015
April 2015 "Off Camera":
Calendar of Events
"Meet the Pros" Event April 18 in Sacramento
EMMY 2015: Emmy Entrant? Important Dates To Remember
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2015: Nomination Deadline April 15
KTVU's Tori Campbell To Leave Station In June
KXTV Celebrates 60 Years
Dan Ashley Charity Benefit June 20
KOVR's Kurtis Ming Does It All
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Wanda Ramey
Soundbites: KNTV NBC Bay Area's Kira Klapper
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    Kevin Wing


the board of governors




  Keith Sanders

  San José State University

Vice President, San Francisco: 

  Kevin Wing

  ABC-TV Good Morning America

  Vice President,                     Sacramento: 

  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media  

Vice President, Fresno: 

  Kim Stephens

  KMPH FOX 26 

  Vice President, Hawaii

  Pamela Young

  KITV 4

  Vice President, Reno: 
    Terri Russell
    KOLO 8  
  Vice President, Smaller     Markets: 
    David Waxman
    Waxman TV
    John Odell
    CCSF Emeritus
    Jim Spalding
    Spalding & Company
  Past President:

  Javier Valencia



nationaL trustees:

Linda Giannecchini


(National Awards Chair)

Alison Gibson

Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden

Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)

Steve Shlisky

KTVU Channel 2  




Kent Beichley

KRON 4/Pac12

Wayne Freedman


Luis Godinez

KDTV Univision 14

Richard Harmelink


(Nominating Chair) 

Pablo Icub

KUVS Univision 19

Brian Johnson


Sean Karlin

Beyond Pix Studios

George Lang

The Big Picture

Da Lin


Terry Lowry

LaCosse Productions  

(Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 

Melissa Mapes


Sultan Mirza



Joyce Mitchell

4 U Productions

David Paredes


Pat Patton


Ross Perich

Trainer Communications

Greg Rando

KTVU Channel 2

Erik Rosales


Brenda Salgado

KGMB/KHNL Hawaii News Now  

Sandy Sirias

KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja


Stephanie Stone


Karen Sutton

Beyond Pix Studios

(Emmy Gala Chair)

Melanie Woodrow

KTVU Channel 2 


committee chairs:


  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media 


  John Catchings

  Catchings & Associates

  Linda Giannecchini

  KQED 9 


  Julie Watts

  KPIX 5


  Steve Shlisky

  KTVU Channel 2 


  Alison Gibson

  Media Cool  


  Mark Pearson

  ARC Law Group 


  Kym McNicholas



  Patty Zubov

  Platonic TV


execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton


Calendar of Events

April 15
Nominations deadline for 2015 Gold & Silver Circle induction

April 18
"Meet the Pros" event at Sacramento State University

April 24
Off Camera copy submissions deadline

April 26
42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards in Los Angeles (telecast)

May 6
2015 Northern California Area Emmy Awards nominations announced

June 6
2015 Northern California Area Emmy Awards at SFJAZZ Center

June 20
KGO-TV ABC7 Anchor Dan Ashley's "Rock the CASA" Benefit with Eddie Money in Walnut Creek

For more events and important dates, please visit the Chapter website at emmysf.tv.

"Meet the Pros" April 18 
at Sacramento State
Event Features Sacramento, 
Fresno, Bay Area TV Veterans


By Cynthia Zeiden

National Program Committee Chair, NATAS


     The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in conjunction with Sacramento State University's Department of Communication Studies, presents "Meet the Pros 2015" on Saturday, April 18.

     The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Orchard Room on the second floor of the University Union on the Sacram ento State campus.

      The panel of distinguished television professionals from Sacramento, Fresno and the Bay Area will talk about their careers and their work, and any internship programs that might be available to students. Then, in the round-table segment of the event, professionals will have their own tables, and students can choose who they would like to speak with. Every 15 minutes, students will switch to different tables to talk to different pros.

     Admission is free to students with a current college or university identification card. 

     Seating is limited to 70 student participants. 


Click to RSVP




Marin Austin - Reporter

KTXL Fox40, Sacramento

    Marin Austin is an award-winning enterprise reporter in the nation's 20th largest news market, covering local stories in Sacramento. While at Fox40, Austin has reported live on multiple Northern California wildfires, the Napa earthquake, California politics, Sacramento Kings/Arena plans and Stockton's bankruptcy, among others. Her work has led to changes in corporate policies, city code, and a federal investigation. Prior to joining Fox40, Austin was a member of the investigative team at KGTV ABC10 in San Diego. She also reported for a cable news station in San Diego and worked as an intern at NBC News for Dateline and NBC Nightly News. Marin has a BA in Broadcast & Digital Journalism from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at Sacramento State. She is also a former jock (National team Short Track Speed Skater, USC Ice Hockey & Lacrosse player).


Kevin Wing

ABC News Good Morning America

San Francisco

     For nearly 30 years, two-time Emmy® Award recipient Kevin Wing has worked in Bay Area and northern California television news as a reporter, producer, special projects producer, field producer, writer, assignment editor and news anchor. Since 2006, he has been a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News, covering Bay Area and northern California stories for Good Morning America and World News Tonight. He also owns a television and video production company, Kevin Wing Media Communications, which creates and produces videos and documentaries for the public sector and corporate community. In 1990, after a previous stint as a news intern and weekend assignment editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, Wing returned to the Oakland station as the original assignment editor for the station's Mornings On 2 newscast, eventually reporting for the morning show and for The 10 o'clock News until 2000. Wing also worked as a freelance reporter at KNTV in San Jose from 1994 to 1998. In 2000, he joined KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco as its South Bay Bureau assignment manager. In later years, he was a writer and producer at KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose. In 2013, Wing was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of NATAS. 


Maneeza Iqbal

KXTV News10, Sacramento

    Maneeza Iqbal is a multimedia online and social media producer for KXTV News10.net, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Iqbal produces interactive components and online features for stories that are broadcast on News10. She also manages and produces social media campaigns for station initiatives and stories. Before coming to Sacramento, Maneeza was the interactive managing editor for KRCG13 in Missouri. She went to the University of Missouri for convergence journalism with an emphasis on online journalism.


Kim Stephens

KMPH Fox 26, Fresno

     For five and a half hours a day Monday through Friday at KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, Kim Stephens is co-host of Great Day with Kopi Sotiropulos. Stephens then anchors the station's Midday News. Her years of live reporting prepared her for this job, which commonly calls for ad-libbing breaking news. She and Sotiropulos started this trend-setting show in 2003 and they, and the program, are still going strong. Stephens' career began in 1988 with a telecommunications degree from California State University, Chico. Her first job was at KERO in Bakersfield, where she worked her way up the ranks from morning anchor/reporter to weekend anchor/producer to weeknight anchor/reporter (all while working as a waitress during the day, and working a few months at KERN radio for the midday news). She then moved to the Southeast and worked as the main evening anchor at WBIR and WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During that and her many community commitments, she also earned her master's degree in broadcast management at the University of Tennessee. In 2000, she got the opportunity to come back home to California, working in San Jose as a technology and business reporter and weekend news anchor at KNTV. Needing a better quality of life, she accepted the opportunity to start a brand-new weekly news and entertainment program, Great Day on KMPH Fox 26.  She has three Emmy® Award nominations and was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of NATAS in 2014.


Joyce Mitchell

Independent Producer, Sacramento

    Joyce Mitchell began her television career at KCRA in Sacramento. She started as a writer, transitioned to weekend news producer, then produced the 11 p.m. newscast for eight years. Mitchell left the station after 13 years and was hired by KOVR CBS13 as a special projects producer, eventually becoming executive producer of the news department. Ten years later, she became senior producer at KVIE, the PBS station in Sacramento. She is now an independent documentary TV producer. Projects include: College: Making It Happen, hosted by actor Edward James OlmosPower of Education, hosted by Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro; A Choice to Heal - Mental Health in California, hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway; Dave Brubeck: A Castle's Song and AIDS in the 21st Century.

Jason Shoultz

KVIE PBS 6, Sacramento

     Jason Shoultz has been a reporter and producer for KVIE since 2005. He has traveled the world, capturing stories about the impact and importance of American agriculture for the program, America's Heartland. Shoultz also has produced documentary programs for the KVIE Viewfinder series. In 2014, he moderated a live televised debate between the congressional candidates in California's 7th District. He currently produces and hosts Yes! We're Open, highlighting small business owners and entrepreneurs in the region. Prior to moving to California, Shoultz worked as a television reporter in Iowa and Connecticut. He was also an instructor for a graduate-level broadcast journalism course at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.


Randy Forsman

KCRA NBC 3, Sacramento

      Randy Forsman is a newscast director at KCRA in Sacramento. In his 13 years of experience directing the news, he has also directed several special projects, including the 2010 gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman at UC Davis. Forsman is the recipient of two Northern California Area Emmy® Awards for his directing.


Kym McNicholas

Independent, San Francisco

     Emmy® Award recipient Kym McNicholas is an anchor, reporter, producer and entrepreneur with 17 years of on-camera experience on national television and online. She helped to revolutionize the world of online video journalism as a pioneer of digital video content post dot.com boom and beyond. Through dedicated hard work and giving back to the communities in which she's reported on, McNicholas was also awarded the Governors' Service Medallion, in 2014, for extraordinary service to the broadcast industry. Her career has given her journalistic breadth ranging from local news to meteorology, sports and business with a focus on tech.  Her tenure at Forbes solidified her beat in business. McNicholas' passion and expertise for the tech world has poised her for her most recent endeavors as an executive consultant to established industry leaders, executive advisor for start-up companies, on-air career and technology expert, executive director of the Extreme Tech Challenge (www.extremtechchallenge.com) and entrepreneur as founder and chairwoman of Kymerview.



Cynthia Zeiden

Sacramento State University, Sacramento

      Cynthia Zeiden's entire career has focused on non-commercial and educational media through her work in Public Television and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. After graduating with a Masters degree in Broadcast Management from the University of Tennessee, Zeiden became the Director of Broadcast Operations at WYCC-TV, a PBS station in Chicago, owned and operated by the City Colleges of Chicago. In this role, Zeiden's work was Emmy® Award-nominated multiple times. She then moved to San Francisco to assume the role of Program Manager at KCSM-TV, a PBS station in San Mateo owned and operated by the San Mateo Community College District. She has had her own company, Zeiden Media, for the last 15 years, and she develops, produces, acquires and markets programming for PBS stations around the country.


EMMY® 2015
Submit an Entry for an Emmy® Award? 
Mark Calendar for Important Dates

       The 44th Annual Northern California Area Emmy ® Awards ceremony is two months away!
       If you submitted an entry or entries, there are important dates to remember!

Wednesday, May 6
Nominations posted on www.emmysf.tv

Saturday, June 6
2015 Emmy® Awards Gala
San Francisco

Recognizing Our Chapter's Heritage --
G&S Circle Nominations Due April 15
Silver Circle 2013
       Interested in nominating someone to be a 2015 inductee of the  Gold & Silver Circle? With only a few days left before the April 15 deadline, now is the time to do it!
       Induction Luncheon is more than six months away, but the application deadline to nominate individuals for induction into the Class of 2015 is nearly here. 
       The  Gold & Silver Circle  is not an award, but a society of honor. The elegant induction ceremony is held each fall in San Francisco.
       To be eligible for membership in the Silver Circle, individuals must have been  actively  engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years or more (with at least half of those years in the Chapter region), made a significant contribution in their local television markets and have distinguished themselves within the industry and the community. 
      Silver Circle inductees are elected by current members of the Silver Circle .

      The  Gold Circle  honors individuals who have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 50 years or more (with at least half of those years in the Chapter region) and who have fulfilled the same criteria as  Silver Circle  nominees. 
      Gold Circle inductees are elected by the NATAS Chapter Board of Governors.

Gold & Silver Circle Annual Induction Luncheon will be held on

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco 



Tori Campbell to Leave KTVU 
'Mornings On 2' Anchor Joined Station in 1996
Tori Campbell to Leave KTVU 
A 1996 Mornings On 2 promotional photograph with, from left to right, Ross McGowan, Frank Somerville, Steve McPartlin, Ken Wayne, Tori Campbell and Brian Copeland

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
         Tori Campbell, the longtime morning news anchor of KTVU's Mornings On 2, announced at the end of the April 2 broadcast that she is leaving the station in June.
        Cam pbell made the announcement to viewers during a celebration of her 19th anniversary with the Oakland Fox station.
       Her last day will be June 19.
       Campbell joined KTVU as Mornings On 2 co-anchor, with Frank Somerville and Ross McGowan, on April 2, 1996, replacing Laura Zimmerman, who had anchored the program since 1991.  Campbell also anchors the station's noon newscast. She currently co-anchors Mornings On 2 with Dave Clark
      Campbell is, to date,  Mornings On 2's longest-serving anchor ever. The pioneering program debuted Jan. 2, 1991, as the first two-hour morning newscast west of the Mississippi River to challenge the network morning shows on ABC, CBS and NBC. Mornings On 2 celebrates its 25th anniversary in January.
       Campbell said she has enjoyed her years at KTVU and is ready for the next new adventure in her life. Prior to joining KTVU, she was a news anchor at KGO Radio in San Francisco and news anchor and news director at KKIQ Radio in Livermore. 

KXTV Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Much Change at ABC Affiliate Since 1955 Sign-On

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

     Sacramento's ABC affiliate -- KXTV -- celebrated its 60th anniversary in March.
      March 21 marked the 60th-year milestone of the station's first broadcast in 1955.
      The station broadcast special anniversary programming between 6 and 8 p.m. on that day.
      It was not just a special day for the Sacramento community. Longtime staff employees were excited about their station's grand event.
      "When I arrived at KXTV in 1981, the station had only been on the air for 26 years.  How strange that seems now!", says

George Warren, veteran KXTV reporter. "We were Eyewitness News and the newsroom was in what is now the sales office space off the front lobby.  Although it was 1981, it kind of felt like 1955.  We used rotary phones and manual typewriters."

     "The opportunity to report and anchor in a community I know and love, with people I respect, is all one could ask for," says anchor
Cristina Mendonsa. "I'm in my 20th year at News10, and have always been grateful to my co-workers and honored to serve our viewers. The industry has experienced a sea change over the past 25 years and at times it's been a bumpy ride but the core of what makes this industry fun and exciting is still telling good stories.  Luckily, there is never a shortage of interesting things happening in northern California. I'm proud to be a part of it."

Rockin' Out for Children
Eddie Money Headlines Dan Ashley's 
June 20 Event To Benefit Kids In Crisis
Proceeds to KGO-TV Anchor's 'Rock The CASA' Cause

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

       Mark your calendars for a very special evening of music June 20 to benefit KGO-TV ABC7 anchor Dan Ashley's Rock the CASA Foundation featuring legendary rocker Eddie Money
       Ashley's foundation is getting ready for what will be an annual event, "Rock the CASA", to be held at 8 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. 
 Dan Ashley Takes Stage 
 Anchor's June 20 concert benefits two    children's charitable causes
       Also performing that evening will be PUSH, the Bay Area band for which Ashley is its lead singer; Soul Faiyah; and The Breedloves
        "I am thrilled to have signed legendary rocker Eddie Money for my inaugural 'Rock the CASA' event," Ashley says. "We're going to have a great time to support two great causes and I hope my media colleagues will come out and rock out and help out!"
       Tickets for the event are now on sale. All proceeds benefit CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Friends of Camp Concord. Ticket prices range from $40 to $150. There is also a special VIP backstage meet-and-greet ticket priced at $250. 

       "I am so grateful and so pleased to have founded this new non-profit charity to help deserving Bay Area children in need," adds Ashley, who anchors KGO-TV ABC7's evening newscasts. "My hope is that Rock the CASA will be a fun annual event that music fans, and fans of doing good, will look forward to every year."

       CASA volunteers dedicate countless hours to the benefit of children in crisis. Their volunteerism requires extensive training and support.

       Friends of Camp Concord gives young people one of the most meaningful camp experiences available in Lake Tahoe. 
       Through this organization, children who otherwise could not afford it will have the opportunity to enjoy a week in the wilderness just like anyone else. 
       The foundation is a California non-profit public charity, founded by Ashley. It benefits charitable organizations that serve children in need. 
       For more details on Ashley's foundation, please visit www.rockthecas a.org. You may also visit www.cccocasa.org and www.friend sofcamp.com.

Consumer Reporter Does It All
KOVR's Ming is Everywhere, Even on Vacation


By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento


      Work is in his blood - heart and soul - even while vacationing. Sacramento CBS13 Investigative Consumer Reporter Kurtis Ming is always on the job. His nose for news just doesn't stop. Ming recently returned from taking some time off, visiting beautiful Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's most popular destinations. Great weather this time of year invites warm ocean water snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

KOVR's  Kurtis Ming

       However, Ming, while on that Mexican Riviera vacation, took a couple of days to work, sidestepping the gorgeous waterfalls, mountain ranges, and coastline for a couple of days to help a Sacramento area consumer in trouble. A possible time share fraud may turn into another groundbreaking, investigative story that could help make this world a better place.

       "I went to Puerto Vallarta with a coworker," Ming said. "Right before we left, I got a call from a viewer who needed me to investigate a time share fraud and it was in Puerto Vallarta. My co-worker said no way she was going to work while on vacation but I felt compelled to check out what was going on. Seems I am married to my career. I take vacation to work and work to vacation."

        The CBS13 investigative consumer franchise is Call Kurtis. The 36-year-old Ming has been with the Sacramento CBS O&O for 12 years now. He started consumer reporting at the station in 2006 and his segments run in both early and late newscasts. "I think what's neat is that it's a direct tie to the community," Ming said. "In my unit, we hear directly from viewers through emails or phone calls. It's very rewarding."

        Ming, along with a team of two producers, two photographers, and more than a dozen volunteers turn about two-hundred stories a year. He emphasizes that cracking consumer stories takes a team. "I am fortunate to work for a station that invests the resources and has been so supportive of helping viewers," Ming said. When all is said and done, the consumer segment has advocated on behalf of thousands of consumers and resolved countless disputes.

       A native of south San Francisco, Ming began his broadcasting career in radio. He's worked behind the scenes for Dateline NBC, KCOP in Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco. He started on-air in Redding, reporting, anchoring, and doing the weather at KRCR. After three years there, he worked as a reporter/anchor for CBS station KTVN in Reno.

       "I travel and visit my family in the Bay Area for fun," Ming said. "I'm kind of a boring guy." That's how Ming may describe himself but boring he is not. The past two years, he's taken a couple of those working vacations, one teaching broadcast journalism in Vietnam. The other, an east-west exchange program two-years-ago in Pakistan. "That was it," Ming said. "My mother put her foot down, saying she was worried about me throughout the whole time I was in Pakistan. No more dangerous travel she said."

       Ming and his investigative team have saved millions of dollars for consumers in the Sacramento region. He said that his most rewarding segment was about the California Medical Board's doctor drug and alcohol diversion program. "We started hearing from patients butchered at the hands of one doctor who had gotten a DUI," Ming said. "The doctor diversion program was failing audit after audit and patients were being harmed. Our investigation shut the program down."

       The reports became up close and personal for Ming. "I knew these victims very well," Ming said. "They were cancer patients having mastectomies and getting massive infections. The patients wanted the state to get rid of the program and all our hard work finally brought attention to the issue."

       Ming realizes the media has power and that he has a responsibility to help the community. He takes that responsibility seriously. His consumer reports have garnered him eight Emmy Awards and 24-nominations. "It's obviously an honor when peers recognize you for your work," Ming said. "I enter the work and prestige comes with the Emmy. But what I'm most passionate about is the work I do as a journalist whether we get a trophy or not."

      Ming has been approached by other markets but said that he's going to ride the CBS13 wave as long as it feels good. And right now, he said that he loves the job. "I'm fortunate to have that passion and to have something that's rewarding to me every day," Ming said. "It's fantastic."


     Joyce Mitchell is a Governor representing Sacramento on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A former executive producer and producer at KCRA and KOVR in Sacramento, she is president of 4 U Productions. 


Gold & Silver Circle Profiles


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     Back around 1993 or so, I had the wonderful pleasure and opportunity to meet Wanda Ramey. I remember being one of the nicest women I'd ever met. 

     Ramey made history in the Bay Area. She also made history in the United States. She was the first female newscaster on the West Coast, and only one of two working in the country at that time. That's when KPIX in San Francisco hired her, in 1957, as part of a new, half-hour midday news broadcast. 

Wanda Ramey

     Ramey was referred to in those days as "Channel 5's Gal on the Go", "Girl on the Beat" and "Woman on the Beat".

     She was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1989.

     Ramey, born in Terre Haute, Indiana, moved to the Bay Area after graduating from Indiana State Teachers College in 1945.

     Her first post-college broadcasting job was at KPIK Radio in San Luis Obispo. After that, she returned to the Bay Area to work at several other stations. 

     In 1952, Ramey was hired by KGO-TV in San Francisco tohost Midday with Wanda, an interview program that didn't last long. In 1954, she hosted The Woman Behind the Man, interviewing the wives of famous Bay Area men.  

     She eventually went to work at KCBS Radio, hosting a show called Meet Me at Mannings, an interview program featuring women.

     But, it wasn't until 1957, when she was hired by KPIX, that her career really took off.

Ramey, interviewing Gov. Ronald Reagan

     Ramey, at one time, estimated that she had interviewed more than 1,200 personalities during her career. Her most memorable interview was with Eleanor Roosevelt, who was Ramey's own inspiration as a young girl.  

    Ramey left KPIX in 1967. She eventually served as a a Bay Area-based correspondent for Voice of America and worked part-time at KQED Channel 9. 

    In the late 1960s, she worked as a reporter at KGO-TV with its nightly Newsbeat newscast. 

In the KPIX newsroom

  Ramey, who received numerous honors and accolades during her career, including an Emmy Award, was married to Richard "Dick" Queirolo, a sheet-metal contractor and artist who later became a TV camera operator, working alongside his wife.

    Ramey died at her home in Greenbrae in 2009. 

    Her longtime friend, comedienne Phyllis Diller (a Bay Area native), said of Ramey at the time: "Having Wanda for a friend is like having a million dollars in your checking account."


     Kevin Wing is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America". He is also regional vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and serves as editor of "Off Camera". Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC


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The Bay Area is getting reacquainted with KNTV NBC Bay Area's Kira Klapper. Originally with KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco, Klapper joined the NBC station in San Jose in late 2014. And, she's loving her new job as the Saturday morning anchor of Today in the Bay! Now, here is your chance to get to know her better, from the fact that she is the youngest of six siblings to her dear Mom being the person in her life who has inspired her the most. 



Where did you grow up? 

I was very lucky to be born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles, right next to the Pacific Ocean with a view of Catalina Island right out of my bedroom window!


Do you have siblings?  

I am the youngest of six. Technically, I am the younger of two, and my father had four children from his first marriage. I think we represent a truly "typical American family" these days: My siblings have children who are both older and younger than I am! I was already an aunt three times over the day I was born. Current count: I have three nieces, five nephews, four great-nieces and one great-nephew.


When did you first realize that you wanted to be in television news?  

I was raised with what I think of as a journalistic background, and it was always in my blood. My father had been a staff photographer for United Press International. My sister was a producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (now known as PBS NewsHour.) My brother-in-law was a foreign Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe, and he founded online news company GlobalPost.


It wasn't until I was 17 that I had the opportunity to connect with viewers firsthand. I was a co-anchor of a nationally syndicated show called Kids Talk Sports. It was, as the title might suggest, a sports show for kids, hosted by kids, and it aired Saturday mornings across the country. I loved interviewing professional athletes and coaches, writing and editing scripts, and the thrill of being in-studio with the pressure of anchoring the show as if it were live. (We filmed in the Larry King Live studios in the CNN building, and time was of the essence!)


You have one of those names that's practically made for television! Have people said that to you before?

Haha!! I don't know about that, but thank you! Kids teased me; adults continue to tease me. People think my name is fake, but I can show you my birth certificate to prove it! Funny enough, out of all six Klapper kids, I am the only one with an alliterative name.


Where was your first job in TV? What was it like there? 

I interned for the Today show, Dateline, WBUR (NPR in Boston), as well as several other outlets in college. Unpaid, I might add! My first paying job was as a production assistant at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco. I am thankful that Alice Morris gave me that foot in the door, and I deeply treasure many of the people at that station, in that newsroom. My first on-air opportunity was in Mankato, Minnesota. Market #199! There are, what, 212 markets? I was

With weatherman Anthony Slaughter

almost at the smallest market in the country, but I made it! My interminably encouraging mother would say, "You're still in the 100s!" She taught me not to dwell on what might be perceived as the negative. In one word, my experience at KEYC-TV in Mankato was COLD! I moved from San Francisco to Minnesota in December and started my on-air work as a one-man band. Needless to say, it was a comedy of errors as I navigated my way learning to shoot video in blowing blizzards, below freezing temperatures and even colder wind chills. I had to shoot and edit my own interviews and stand-ups, of course. That proved to be difficult with my hood covering my eyes and my gloves making my fingers virtually unusable. I went back to the station many times with headless standups!


Who has inspired you in your career? 

When I was a production assistant at KGO, Carolyn Johnson (now at KNBC), Dan Ashley, and Janelle Wang (now at KNTV) showed me that hard work and dedication, coupled with kindness and generosity, can truly get you far in a truly cutthroat business. I am eternally grateful to those three for their guidance, their advice, their encouragement.


Who has inspired you as a person?  

My mother is my ultimate inspiration. My father passed away 19 years ago. My mother's strength and perseverance in the face of adversity are unmatched. She's worked for the same company for nearly 45 years and has continued to put her children and grandchildren ahead of herself without hesitation. I wish someday I could win the lottery and give it all to her so she could finally take a break. I have to start playing the lottery. I just bought my first Powerball ticket, but that didn't work out.


You've worked throughout California. When you started here in the Bay Area, it was at KGO-TV ABC7. Today, you're anchoring the Saturday morning news at NBC Bay Area. What's that like?

I love it. I come in around 4 a.m. and edit/rewrite/fact check all my scripts. I do local news updates during the Today show from 5 to 7 a.m., and then our newscast, Today in the Bay, follows from 7 to 8 a.m. The weekend morning crew is small but mighty. I've worked here nearly six months, and they already feel like family. Everyone is very kind. I am most appreciative to start my weekends in such an enjoyable way!


How do you spend your weekends?

I work, I nap, I go for a run after an hour or two of hemming and hawing. Then if I'm not going to a new restaurant or a concert in the Bay Area, I am skipping town to visit family or friends. I try my best to take advantage of each moment, for I never know what tomorrow will bring.


Do you play any sports?

I LOVE to throw a football around. I broke my pinky and elbow in two separate football-related injuries when I was in the 7th grade.


What do you do to stay healthy and in shape?

I'm a hesitant runner. I have foolishly not trained for, but I have miraculously completed, four half-marathons and two 15Ks. I completed my most recent race on Valentine's Day weekend in Austin, Texas. Will run for travel!


I spent ten years as a competitive figure skater when I was young; I medaled nationally and competed twice in the Junior Olympics. I competed in dance throughout high school and college. Now, I try to keep that momentum with Barre and Zumba classes. I love yoga and Pilates, although I don't go as much as I should.


Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?!  

I am definitely more goof than serious. I like to keep things light- life is short, why not enjoy our time here?


If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life? 

It's a cliché answer, to be sure, but I wouldn't change anything about my life. If I changed one thing, I wouldn't be where I am now.


You love to travel. From seeing your Facebook posts, one can tell! Favorite vacation destination? Where have you yet to travel to?

Thank you! That's definitely a newer hobby I've been fortunate to take up. Time and money don't always allow it, but I have a newfound realization that I can't keep putting off seeing the world, I can't keep putting off life. I used to be one of those "One day when I have time..." people. As so many of us know, the schedules in the news business don't allow us much freedom, but I have been lucky lately. I'm cramming in as much travel as my life will allow! My favorite trip to date was to the Maldives and Dubai. I'm hoping to visit Croatia and Italy in the near future.


Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs?
I am an avid and enthusiastic concert-goer. I love indie rock, but I am open to all music! My favorite artist is Jack Johnson because of his humanitarianism. Otherwise, you can catch me listening to Grizzly Bear, Glass Animals, Bahamas, Tame Impala, Michael Kiwanuka, Dr. Dog, Jungle, Real Estate, Spoon, Built To Spill, TV on the Radio, Corinne Bailey Rae, Andrew Bird, Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, Vampire Weekend, Father John Misty, Beach House... stop me before I go on forever!


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?

Wine tasting! I wish I were a cool lady who could enjoy a cold one, but who am I kidding? And I'll take a glass of champagne any day. 


How do you prefer viewers to see you? 

Kind, authentic, curious. It's important to me that the viewers trust me and see my genuine care for the people in the stories. I am grateful every day that I get the opportunity to tell them what's going on in their communities.


Favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

Saison! I do my fair share of dining about the Bay Area. Every time a new place opens, I try to get a reservation. Although it's tough to keep up with our extraordinarily abundant options in the Bay Area, I'm committed to the cause! 



     Kevin Wing is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America". He is also regional vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and serves as editor of "Off Camera". Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC

The Yoga Corner

 Spring Renewal


       Despite growing up in New York, a place with four distinct seasons, it wasn't until my third decade of life that I understood, everything in life has a season. It's an idea I've been meditating on quite a bit as spring blossoms.
       Spring the verb is a magical way to think about spring the noun. Definitions include, "To move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward" and "To originate or arise from." They are definitions that evoke images of change and sudden growth. 
       In "Necessary Endings," author Dr. Henry Cloud writes about the activities associated with each season. The tasks of spring, he writes, include; "Cleaning out what is left over from the winter's dying plants, gathering seeds, figuring out which fields you are going to work, making sure you have the resources to take you through the year, actual sowing and planting, protecting seedlings from the elements and intruders and nurturing the vision of the harvest to guide the task."
      So, what does all of this have to do with yoga? If we think of yoga as a way of being in addition to way of moving, we can see there's room for growth and change both on and off our mats. Spring is a time of renewal.

     "No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." - Proverb

     Regardless of what has happened, independent of how cold, dreary and even long the winter has been, spring will arrive. What's more, it doesn't need your invitation. Whether you think you are ready or not, it will arrive.  

     "Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." - Alan Cohen 

     Returning to the tasks of spring, imagine you are a farmer. Perhaps the winter's crops froze and died. Do you stand over them, wondering, questioning and contemplating? Do you wait for conditions to become perfect or do you clean the land, gather seeds, sow and plant? If you want to prosper, you do the latter. 
     Spring, the noun, is defined as, "The season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear." But it's also defined as, "A resilient device."
     How perfect the English language can be. Are we not all resilient devices? Sometimes we are stretched, battered and bruised by a harsh winter and yet still capable of profound rebirth. 

    "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

    In his final chapter of "Necessary Endings," Cloud shares a friend's experience with endings. 
    "'So, I just had this incredible awareness that in a strange way, everything I have that is of value has come from being willing to end something that I was doing and go to the next step. The endings and the great new beginnings are somehow linked together. You can't have one without the other. It is a weird paradox, but that is what I really think.'"
    Cloud adds, "As my friend's path illustrates, that is a winning combination for the best tomorrow you can find. You do your part, have faith, and tomorrow will take care of itself. But remember, for the right tomorrow to come, some parts of today may have to come to a necessary ending."
    As you blossom this spring, gently let go of whatever needs letting go. Below is one of the sweetest, softest yoga postures I can think of for doing just that. It may be helpful to read through the steps once, then try the posture before coming back to article. 

Supported Belly Down Twist
Props: Bolster, yoga block, blanket. If you don't have a bolster, one or two firm pillows will work. I find a couch pillow works really well because it's bigger and more firm than bed pillows. The block is not necessary or can be replaced by a book, water bottle, etc. (anything to create height underneath your bolster or pillow).

1)  From a seated position, place your bolster or pillow(s) vertically in front of you on the floor or in the middle of your yoga mat.
2)  Optional - place your yoga block or any prop underneath your bolster or pillow(s) to raise it as pictured.
3)  Swing your legs with your knees bent to the left so that you can bring your right hip up against the bottom edge of your bolster or pillows. 
4)  Bring your stomach down to your bolster or pillow(s), resting your right cheek on your bolster or pillow(s) as you let your arms drape on either side of your bolster or pillow(s) either palms down to the floor/your mat or palms facing into the bolster or pillow(s). Essentially, you are draping your body on top of the bolster/pillow(s) or hugging the bolster/pillow(s).
5) You can keep your right cheek on your bolster/pillow(s) looking in the same direction as your knees or for a deeper twist you can place your left cheek on your bolster/pillow(s) looking in the opposite direction of your knees. Only do this if it feels okay in your neck.
6)  Let yourself and your body weight completely go as you allow your bolster/pillow(s) to fully support you.
7)  Close your eyes and enjoy the posture for three minutes or longer.
8)  It can be nice to practice your Ujjayi breath in this posture (inhaling and exhaling through your nose). 
9)  Return to your breathing as much as you need to let go of any thoughts or distractions.
10)  When you're ready to come out, press your body up and switch sides, this time bringing your left hip to the bolster/pillow(s) edge with your knees bent to the right and either your left cheek on your bolster/pillow(s) or your right cheek if you're going for the deeper twist.

      How did that feel? Were you able to let go of something? In yoga, twists are extremely detoxifying because they stimulate circulation and improve digestion. Holding a twist over a period of time in a relaxed state helps move things along. This is a great posture to practice anytime you feel you're holding onto something that no longer serves you. Allow yourself to really let go and feel the support of your yoga prop(s). Remember, no matter where you have been on your journey, spring is sure to follow.
     Namaste, my yogis and yoginis. 

     Melanie Woodrow is an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2 and a ce rtified yoga instructor and health coach. She is also on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Have a question or suggestion for a future column? Tweet Melanie @MelanieWoodrow

The Health Reporter

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         If you think getting Alzheimer's disease is a just a consequence of bad genes or bad luck, think again. Researchers suggest you could have some control over your getting the disease.

         UC Davis study revealed that healthy cholesterol levels not only keep your heart healthy, but your brain too. It is the first study to specifically link cholesterol to amyloid plaques in the brain of living human participants. Deposits of amyloid plaque (detected by a brain scan) are indicative of Alzheimer's disease.

         What is Amyloid Plaque? 

         Amyloid beta (or beta amyloid) is a protein necessary for normal brain activity. But, in the early stages of Alzheimers, this protein forms deposits, known as amyloid plaques, which disrupt communicationbetween nerve cells in your brain.   

         Cholesterol Levels Linked to Alzheimer's Risk 

         The study revealed the following are associated with higher levels of amyloid plaque deposits:

  • High levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol
  • Low levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol


         Get Your HDL Up and LDL Down  

         Unhealthy patterns of cholesterol could directly contribute to Alzheimer's disease just as it promotes heart disease. Modify your lifestyle, diet and statin drug therapy to achieve these cholesterol levels (ideal for people at very high risk for heart disease):

  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein): <70 mg/dL
  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein): >60 mg/dL

        Fit Tip: Eating a diet high in soluble fiber can help reduce your LDL levels. Also, studies have shown that eating ground flaxseed can lower LDL's by 10%. Regular cardiorespiratory (aerobic) exercise is one of the most effective ways to raise your HDL's.

*Associations between serum cholesterol levels and cerebral amyloidosis. Journal of American Medical Association Neurology. Dec 2013.


        Karen Owoc is a former Governor of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a clinical exercise physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital cardiac rehabilitation program. She produces/hosts The Health Reporter, a new half-hour health program, and a series of short-format healthy living TV segments. http://TheHealthReporter.tv 

Corrections and Clarifications

  Frank Somerville
In the March issue of Off Camera, in the first installment of our new recurring series, Day in the Life, featuring KTVU FOX 2's Frank Somerville, we incorrectly stated that his number of Facebook followers currently totals 24,000. 
       Actually, we were off by some 210,000 followers. Somerville has more than 234,000 followers on his professional Facebook page. As he said for last month's interview, that is more than some television stations combined, proving that not only is Somerville popular with his nightly viewers on television, he has an incredibly large following on social media as well.
        Off Camera regrets the error.

On the Move

        Brian Johnson, reporter, KHSL-KNVN in Chico, will join KFSN in Fresno later this month as a freelance reporter. Johnson also serves as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

       Christina Anderson, 4 p.m. anchor, KOVR Sacramento, has been named primary co-anchor at the station. In addition to her 4 p.m. anchor duties, she will also anchor the station's 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts. 

      Adrienne Moore is the new weekend evening anchor at KOVR Sacramento. Moore, who rejoined the station in January, was an associate producer there in 2001. Before returning to Sacramento, Moore worked at WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida. She has also worked at KFMB-TV and KGTV, both in San Diego. 

      Have a news item for On the Move? Off Camera would like to know. Please contact Editor Kevin Wing at kevin@emmysf.com.

Back in the Day

By John Odell
Chapter Secretary

       I got my job at KPIX, and my first job in commercial television, in February of 1976. The opening came as the result of a tragedy. My predecessor had shot and killed someone he had mistaken for an intruder, and had precipitously moved back home to Florida to put his life back together. The following day I made my periodic "pester" call to Ruth, the engineering secretary, and was hired on the spot. My assignment: Thursday through Monday videotape graveyard shift. I'll take it!

      I had learned to operate an Ampex VR 1200 while working at KPBS in San Diego. The station is owned by San Diego State University, where I had gotten an MS in mass communication. Other than the Ampex experience, a First Class FCC license, and some master control hours, I was clueless. But I had my foot in the door.

     At the time, KPIX was housed in a building, now gone, at 2655 Van Ness Avenue, on the southeast corner of Greenwich Street. It had been built in the early fifties by Westinghouse, which owned the station at the time. It was, shall we say, compact. So KPIX later leased a number of "outbuildings" in the neighborhood, including a very large Victorian mansion down the street on Lombard and Van Ness, called "The Grey Building," because it was painted a very un-Victorian grey. When I got there it housed the programming department. I'll have more about that in a later Off Camera article.

     One of the design features of "2655" was a large garage door on the Greenwich side which led directly into the larger of the two studios, Studio 'A.' Its purpose was to allow automobiles to be wheeled directly onto the set for live commercials during the news shows. Car ads were the financial bedrock of local television, then as now, and videotape was then a half decade from being invented.

     By the time I arrived, videotape had been around for 20 years, but was confined to large, two inch, reel-to-reel formats. KPIX had four Ampex VR-2000 machines, plus a pair of ACR-25 2" cassette decks, which were used mostly to play commercials. Although the ACR's were fairly new then, they were finicky creatures that needed constant attention to keep them from breaking down. In my graveyard shift boredom, I learned how they worked and how to keep them humming. This would prove an advantage in the future.

    The center of the videotape room was filled by four RCA "TK 26" telecines, devices which converted film and slides to video. Each had one slide projectors and two film projectors. They had been used to play commercials prior to the arrival of the ACR-25's. For the most part, TV ads still were delivered to the stations on 16mm film, and then had to be dubbed to videotape, which was one of my overnight jobs.

    The telecines' new primary use was to air movies, old westerns, and of course news. This was just before the advent of the mini-cam, and news was still shot on 16mm film. In this pre-automation era the person directing a news show was also responsible for orchestrating the commercials during the show. There were no "go to commercial" breaks in those days.

    KPIX originally had only three telecines, and rather than label them, say, 'A,' 'B,' and 'C,' someone thought to call them 'front,' 'middle,' and 'back,' ordered from the entrance to Master Control. Thus, when the fourth was added, it became the 'back-back.' An A-B roll of a news film piece with music and supers would require using all four telecines simultaneously. Talk about a mouthful for a director to get out! "Roll middle and back. Take back. Audio up on middle. Roll back-back. Audio under on back-back. Change slide on front. Super front."

    Then came the mini-cam, and "Electronic News Gathering," ENG. I still like the term "gathering," it seems so quaint.

    This new technology led to rounds of squabbling over union jurisdiction. The news film cameramen (yes, they were all men then) were represented by IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The station technicians were members of IBEW, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (We did, however, have a few "sisters" in the "brotherhood.")

    IBEW claimed jurisdiction over the new cameras, as they were electronic. IATSE countered that since they were replacing film cameras, the jurisdiction should be theirs. After protracted litigation, The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of IBEW. After the film cameras were phased out, the only staff members represented by IATSE were the stage managers.

    When Evening Magazine was launched in Fall, 1976, Westinghouse categorized it as public affairs programming. This meant that the show's staff could be non-union. IBEW protested, but lost that battle.

    By 1977 my ability to fix things got me off the graveyard shift. I then worked two days in videotape, two in Master Control, and one doing maintenance and backing up the studio crew.

    I'll tell you about studio operations at "2655" in my next installment, and I'll have more about Evening Magazine in a future article.


    John Odell, contributing to this month's "Back in the Day" column, serves as secretary on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Do You Remember?

What is the name of this "live" KRON-TV program?
Bonus -- name the host (holding head of snake) and producer (third from back).  
If you know the answer, 
drop us a line  and we'll mention your name next month!

 Here's the answer to last month's 
Do You Remember? question:
It's time for the weather forecast, 
but without a blue and green chromakey screen?
From yesteryear, who is the weathercaster?

BOB LONG, Silver Circle (class of 2006), KSEE Fresno Anchor/Reporter for 40 years. Photo is from 1963. 
Long retired in 2005. He died in 2008 at the age of 75.  

NATAS Seeking Nominations 
for Trustees' Scholarship
Competition for Jim McKay, Mike Wallace 
National Scholarships Underway

          The 2015 competition for the McKay and Wallace national scholarships is off to a great start - please continue to encourage high school seniors in your regions to apply at  http://emmyonline.org/scholarship.  


         We are also ready to start incorporating your nominations for the NATAS Trustees' Scholarship.  You'll recall the Trustees reestablished the scholarship at the Seattle meeting last year, awarding $40,000 to a "best in show" scholar drawn from McKay/Wallace finalists and chapter winners from the prior year.

        To be eligible, chapter nominees must:

- have been awarded a scholarship by your chapter in calendar year 2014 or January 2015

- have been a high school senior at the time of the award

- be currently still in high school or enrolled as a college freshman pursuing a broadcast/communications-related major

        If you have students who meet this criteria, please send their name, e-mail address, information on what scholarship they won, and any additional commentary you'd like to share about them to scholarship@emmyonline.tv

       We will then send them a special link into our entry system.  (Beginning with next year's program, chapters who use the national system to manage entries/judging for regional scholarships will have winners auto-advanced into the national system.)

       We will soon also be reaching out to you to seek your time as volunteer judges in the McKay, Wallace and Trustees' scholarship reviews.  It is all done online in mid- to late-March.  If you already know you or another chapter officer (elected leadership, trustees, committee chairs, etc.) will be around and interested, let us know that too at 



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