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Gold Circle Destiny
For Fred LaCosse
Bay Area TV Legend To Be Inducted; Oct. 29 Luncheon In San Francisco

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      Fred LaCosse, who has worn almost every television hat in the Bay Area from news anchor, news director, news reporter, talk show host and businessman throughout a colorful and illustrious career that spans six decades, will be inducted this October into the Gold Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
Fred LaCosse's early years: as news anchor and news director at KNTV
       LaCosse will receive the high honor at the 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon, to be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at the JW Marriott Hotel in San Francisco.
     "I have worked with so many talented people throughout the years, not just here in the Bay Area, but from every place I've ever worked, and I've learned from them all, and this honor most certainly represents them," says LaCosse, in an interview with Off Camera. "I feel so grateful to be inducted into the Gold Circle. It's a true honor for me. I'm humbled, and I'm grateful. I'm a very lucky guy."
      LaCosse is well-known to San Francisco Bay Area television viewers as a veteran news  anchor, reporter and talk show host. Since the beginning of his broadcasting career in 1956,  he has worked at six television stations: WTTW, Chicago; WLWC, Columbus, Ohio; KNTV,  San Jose ; KRON and KGO-TV, San Francisco; and KICU, San Jose and held positions in  almost every phase of the industry.
        He co-hosted the daily morning talk show A.M. San Francisco on KGO-TV (ABC) from 1982  to 1987 with his wife, Terry Lowry. LaCosse also hosted the weekly syndicated program,  Silicon Valley Business This Week from 1995 to 2001.
        In 1978, LaCosse received an Emmy® award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his news feature reporting and was honored by United Press International for the best news feature report in California.
     In 1988, LaCosse was inducted into the Silver Circle. He has also received numerous awards for his community involvement.
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For more on Fred LaCosse's 60 years in television, please read a Silver Circle feature written about him in
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles, in this issue of Off Camera.

Since 1981, he has been President of LaCosse Productions, which produces corporate videos, conducts communication seminars on handling the news media interview, making effective presentations, and performing on camera; and provides talent services.
      LaCosse  is now focusing his public speaking efforts on his presentation, Your American Freedoms:  Protect Them or Lose Them.
LaCosse, with wife and TV co-host, Terry Lowry
LaCosse has generously given of his time to community and charitable organizations such as: The Janet Pomeroy Center; The Salvation Army; Laguna Honda Volunteers, Inc.;  The Community Music Center of San Francisco; St. Luke's Hospital; Red Cross; He is also active in NATAS and the Broadcast Legends.
      A native of South Bend, Indiana, he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Wabash College and an M.A. in Broadcasting from Northwestern University.  LaCosse has two grown sons. He and Lowry live in San Francisco.

Save the date! Saturday, October 29 
is the Gold & Silver Circle Luncheon!  

Next Month In Off Camera
       In the September issue of Off Camera, t his year's  Silver Circle  inductees will be announced! Our series of special reports on the 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2016 continues. Stay tuned for that! Silver Circle 2013
      Plus, find out what Bob Jimenez, who anchored at KRON in San Francisco from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, is doing these days in Hollywood. For years, he was in front of the camera. Now, he's behind the lens. More on his latest work next month. 
      We will also be talking with Henry Lee, who transitioned from newspapers to television news in the last year when he left the San Francisco Chronicle to join KTVU FOX 2. We will check in with him to see how he likes working in television.
      We'll have those stories and so much more next month in Off Camera.

Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge Aug. 27
Annual 'Friends of Faith' Fundraiser Honors KTVU Reporter

       The annual  Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge is back!
       As you probably already know, it is a walk around Oakland's Lake Merritt that raises money to help low income women -- and some men, too -- diagnosed with breast cancer. 
       This year's walk will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Faith Fancher
For those of you who do not know the history, Friends of Faith was founded in 1997 by the late Faith Fancher, who was a news reporter for KTVU Channel 2 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.                            
      Unfortunately, Faith lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003, but since her death, we have carried on in her name and helped so many others with this sometimes fatal disease to survive and thrive.               Thanks to all of you who have supported Friends of Faith and my team in the past because you have helped a lot of breast cancer survivors live more comfortable lives.    
        If you can't come to the walk, then please do consider making a donation of any amount.  Every penny you donate -- even if you can only afford to give $10 -- is appreciated and it all stays right here in the Bay Area to help individuals with breast cancer who have limited resources.  
      For more information and event details, plase visit

Nate Thurmond Dies At 74
Following Illustrious Career with Golden State Warriors,
NBA Legend Was Sports Analyst For KGO-TV

        Nate Thurmond was known worldwide as an iconic American sports figure on the basketball court, especially during his colorful and illustrious years with the Golden State Warriors. 
       In the world of television, in particular in the Bay Area, he was also known for his work as a sports analyst for San Francisco's KGO-TV. 
      Thurmond, a tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic sports figure in two cities, died last month after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.
      Thurmond played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors and retired after the 1976-1977 season, one year after leading the "Miracle" Cavaliers to an improbable trip to the NBA finals.
      The 6-foot, 11-inch Thurmond was voted as one of the best 50 players in NBA history and is considered among the most-dominating centers in the game.
      "Nate Thurmond was a giant of his era and one of the greatest players in the history of our game," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
     Thurmond's play and numbers weren't flashy, but he earned the respect of his peers and knowledgeable basketball fans for his consistency, defense and strength.
     He recorded the first official quadruple double in NBA history as a Chicago Bull when he had 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots against the Atlanta Hawks in 1974. He is one of only four players to grab more than 40 rebounds in a game.
     The Warriors drafted Thurmond with the third overall pick in the 1963 draft after he graduated from Bowling Green State near Toledo.
     Thurmond apprenticed under Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain until the Warriors traded Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers in the middle of the 1964-65 season. Thurmond went on to average 15 points and 15 rebounds a game during his career and still holds the Warriors franchise records for career rebounds and minutes played.
     The Warriors traded Thurmond to the Bulls prior to the 1974-75 season. The Bulls traded him after 13 games the next season to his hometown Cavaliers, where he closed out his career in style.
He played a key role in the Cavaliers' run to the championship his first year in Cleveland. The Cavaliers beat the Washington Bullets in dramatic fashion in seven games to get to the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in six games in the finals, but Thurmond's leadership that season made him a local legend.
     Though he played less than two seasons for the Cavaliers at the end of his career, his jersey number was the first retired by the team.
     After the seven-time All-Star selection retired, he worked for the Warriors as a community liaison and broadcast analyst until his illness sidelined him earlier this year.
    Thurmond also opened a popular barbecue restaurant in San Francisco called Big Nate's BBQ, which he sold in 2011.

Invite to NATAS Members to Show Videos
at Oakland Film Festival in September

By Don Sanchez
Chapter Governor, San Francisco

         NATAS members who have created pieces that explore Oakland and all of its facets can show your short video, tv news story, documentary, or emmy award winning entry at the first ever All Oakland Film Festival.
         The festival is taking submissions now.
         It is a celebration of Oakland-themed media. Pieces of fiction, music, or mixed media are encouraged.
         All Oakland Film Festival creator Chelsea Wurms says the festival is meant "to embrace a broad range of voices and emotions that Oakland inspires..from love, violence, hostility, and hope."
The works must feature a focus on Oakland and its people from history to social issues to the arts.
She adds that "no films will be rejected based on the feelings they evoke, the characters they portray, or the political positions they advocate."
        There will be panel discussions and dialogue between film makers and the audience. So if you want to talk about your work, here is an opportunity.
        The All Oakland Film Festival will be held all day in the New Parkway Theater in Oakland on Sept. 17.
        More information and a submission form is available at film@OaktownBlue.
        Admission to the festival is $10, but NATAS members are offered tickets for $5 when buying them online.

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles

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(Editor's Note: This Gold & Silver Circle Profiles feature, about Fred LaCosse, originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Off Camera. LaCosse will be inducted into the Gold Circle in October. We are featuring this as an encore this month in honor of him.)

Fred LaCosse
Silver Circle, Class of 1988
Gold Circle, Class of 2016
        There are few people in Bay Area television who have done it all in the broadcasting business.  Fred LaCosse is one of them. 
        As well-known as he is to viewers in the Bay Area, his multiple talents are known just as well to colleagues he has worked with during his career.
        LaCosse's contributions to the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were recognized in 1988, when he was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle.
        The Emmy Award-winning LaCosse says his interest in broadcasting began back in the summer of 1941, in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.  He was seven years old, World War II had begun abroad and the United States was just months away from entering the conflict.
        "I used to listen to the radio with my family," LaCosse says. "World War II was going on, and we followed the War carefully.  We would have dinner at 6.  Then, precisely at 6:30, we would move into the living room just in time to hear Edward R. Murrow's opening line " London."
        Murrow became LaCosse's idol.  "He grounded my interest in broadcast communications," he explains.  Little did he realize then that he would one day move to the Bay Area to launch a television career that would last more than four decades.
        LaCosse was 11 years old when World War II ended in 1945. He vividly recalls the celebration in downtown South Bend.  "People were dancing in the streets," LaCosse recalls.
        By the time he was a senior in high school, his interest in broadcasting remained strong.  However, he decided to pursue a liberal arts education to broaden his understanding of history and the world in the early 1950s.
        He graduated with a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts from Wabash College, an all-men's school in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and received his masters in broadcasting at Northwestern University.  He launched his career in 1956 at Chicago's WTTW (Window to the World) as a dollar-an-hour floor director.
         "I learned how to put up sets, handle studio lighting and, as a floor director, learned directing skills via my headsets, listening to cues from a variety of veteran directors.  That was a great experience."
        After a year and a half at WTTW, LaCosse was ready to explore new opportunities.  He embarked on a vigorous letter-writing campaign.
        "I wrote letters to TV stations and set up meetings with whomever would give me five minutes.  I visited managers or program directors at 28 stations in five Midwest states over a period of two weeks.  A fascinating experience, but no job offer." 
        Finally, a week after returning home to his Chicago apartment, LaCosse got a phone call from Jack Launer, program director at WLWC, the Crosley Broadcasting TV station in Columbus, Ohio, offering him the job of studio supervisor.  He took it.
        Unfortunately, the job lasted only three months.  LaCosse had used up his draft deferment during six years of college.  Now he was out of school, working and very eligible for the draft.
        His first wife, Mariette, was pregnant with their first son, Kevin. They spent two years at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, living in a mobile home.
        After his stint in the Army, LaCosse and his little family returned to South Bend, and stayed with his parents for three weeks.
        In December 1959, LaCosse received a call once again from Launer, who had moved from Columbus to San Jose.  He was now KNTV's program director.
        "Jack said, 'We have a job as a floor director here. One of the guys just left. It pays two bucks an hour.'" 
        The first week of January, 1960, LaCosse packed up and took his family to California.
        Shortly thereafter, son number two, Ken, was born in San Jose.
        "I floor directed for two years, but I wanted to become a director.  To become a director in those days, you had to also become an announcer, so I studied announcing from the head of the vocal music department at San Jose State," he explains. "I eventually became an announcer/director. That was December of 1961.  A couple of years later, I became the station's production manager."  On the side, LaCosse also directed independent films.
        In 1965, Fred left KNTV to join Darien, Russell and Hill Advertising, a firm which wrote and produced radio and TV commercials for its wide variety of clients in San Jose, where business was booming. Frank Darien, Earle Russell and Danny Hill owned the firm.
        "We used the successful "AIDA" formula for creating our broadcast spots.  I had learned it at Northwestern:  Attention, Interest, Demonstration and Action.  Using this simple, but effective formula, I could grind out a radio or TV spot in a half hour." 
        In 1969, the firm made LaCosse a partner.  It was that same year that he had a conversation with Bob Hosfeldt, KNTV's general manager at that time.  Hosfeldt hired LaCosse back, and at age 35, Fred's television career was on its way for a second round.
        In addition to anchoring KNTV's newscasts, LaCosse was also the station's news director, overseeing 22 people in the news department.
        "We were still using film for most of our news stories, and we had to send the film to a film processor in Sunnyvale.  Very time consuming."
        The use of film, and all the complexities which came with it, such as processing, developing, editing and putting it on the air, was frustrating at times, LaCosse says.
        He remembers November 1970, in particular, and the visit to San Jose by President Richard Nixon, who was in the South Bay to campaign for John Tunney, who was running for the Senate.
        "Nixon was at the Civic Auditorium.  It was the Friday night before the election the following week," LaCosse says.  "By the time we processed and edited the film of Nixon, we got 20 seconds of a clip of him on during the last segment of the newscast."
        LaCosse had no choice but to be multi-talented when it came to wearing three hats at KNTV - news director, anchor and producer.  It was always a balancing act.
        "I came in around 11 in the morning to play news director, dealing with the general manager and working on the news department budget.  At two or so I was off to the newsroom to produce the 6 p.m. newscast which I co-anchored with Don Hayward
        We'd go out and get dinner after the early newscast and return to the newsroom no later than 8.  Then I would start producing and co-writing the 11 p.m. newscast.  Fortunately, Don was a great writer.  He knew how to keep it concise and simple."
        In late 1972, LaCosse received a "wonderful offer" from KGO-TV news director Pat Palillo.
        "He brought me up (to KGO-TV) to audition for their weekend news," LaCosse says.  "I auditioned by myself.  Then, they brought in Fred Van Amburg, and then Jerry Jensen.  It was the most thorough audition I'd ever participated in.  I was offered the job."
        But, LaCosse had to turn down the offer.  He was living in San Jose and had just purchased a home in the Almaden Valley.  KNTV was also paying him quite well for his multitasking as news director/anchor/producer.
        San Francisco came knocking again the following year.  This time, it was KRON news director Jim Reiman.
        "He invited me to audition.  I went up to San Francisco.  The audition was long, included lots of copy to read, plenty of prompter and some ad-libbing. Al Constant (the station's vice president and general manager) offered me a job."
        LaCosse accepted KRON's offer to anchor the station's 6 PM and 11 PM NewsWatch newscasts Monday through Friday, joining weather reporter Jack McKenna and sports anchor Eddie Alexander.
        LaCosse had this one request of his new GM.
        "I knew that it always took time for new anchor teams to gel with the public, so I asked the station for two-year contracts for each of us to maintain presence.  They guaranteed it.  However, 18 months later, Alexander got an offer from ABC-TV Los Angeles and was able to negotiate his way out of his two-year deal with KRON-TV.  Famed NFL quarterback, John Brodie, took his place.
        Eventually, LaCosse was joined at the anchor desk by George Reading, and later by Kirstie Wilde.
        The station was doing all it could in the 1970s to establish dominance over perennially top-rated KGO-TV.  They made some changes, including hiring John Hambrick to anchor the San Francisco desk and moving LaCosse to its South Bay Bureau.  Soon after, LaCosse was assigned to co-anchor the midday newscasts with Liz Walker.
        LaCosse remained at KRON until 1980.  But, it was during his tenure there that he met his future second wife, Terry Lowry.  She had been at KRON since 1970, doing everything from being a "weather girl" on the station's weekend newscasts to reporting and anchoring news.
        "I remember sitting in the KNTV newsroom with some of my colleagues watching her do the weather in a mini-skirt," LaCosse says, laughing.
        For five years, they were just colleagues and friends, occasionally going out to lunch together.
        Then, in 1978, LaCosse and Lowry went on their first date.
        She says they were very discreet at the station when it came to their dating one another.
        "When we decided to get married, we knew we had to tell KRON management," Lowry adds. "So, Fred met with our general manager, Paul Wischmeyer, and broke the news that we were engaged and planned to get married.  Essentially, Fred asked our boss for my hand in marriage."  Happily, Wischmeyer gave us his blessing."
         On Sept. 29, 1979, Fred and Terry were married at the First Unitarian Church, located behind KRON.
        In 1980, several unions, including AFTRA that represented on-air talent and reporters at KRON, went on strike.  Management personnel, most of whom had never been on the air before, replaced them.  The strike lasted nine weeks.
        Lowry and LaCosse left KRON in December of 1980.  LaCosse established LaCosse Productions, which produced corporate videos, conducted comunication training seminars and provided the LaCosses' talent services. LaCosse would eventually conduct more than 2,000 seminars and workshops to assist corporate managers on how to handle interviews with the news media.
        Meanwhile, Lowry was hired across town at KGO-TV as an anchor-reporter. In 1982, KGO-TV decided it was time for a change with its mid-morning talk-show, AM San Francisco. Lowry was slated to move from the newsroom to co-host the program.  But, who would co-host with her? LaCosse's name came up, and an on-screen husband-and-wife team at KGO-TV was born.
        LaCosse accepted the offer on the condition that he could leave the station at noon each day to tend to his business for the remainder of the day.
        The couple worked out an effective way to plan for each day's show. The producers delivered notes and materials to their home by bedtime the evening before.  The next morning, LaCosse would rise at 4 a.m., delicately wake up Lowry, and the two of them would study the notes for that day's show for the next two hours - LaCosse at the second floor dining table; Lowry in her third floor office.
        The LaCosse-Lowry team had a successful five-year run on AM San Francisco until 1987, following the sale of ABC-TV to Capital Cities. 
        LaCosse expanded his production company, and Lowry moved on to host a show at KGO Radio and co-anchor 2 At Noon with Eric Greene at KTVU.
        In the 1990s, LaCosse hosted Silicon Valley Business This Week on KICU-TV.  The show remained on the air until 2002.
        Throughout their 32-year marriage, LaCosse and Lowry have enjoyed traveling to various parts of Europe, China and Turkey. They are hoping to eventually visit Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and experience an African safari. 
        In the meantime, LaCosse remains busy in 'retirement.'   He has created a one-man show called "Your American Freedoms:  Protect Them or Lose Them."   He carries on conversations with many of America's Founding Fathers to tell audiences about the creation of America in the late 18th century and the responsibilities that all Americans have to participate in our democratic republic.  His audiences vary from students to service clubs to senior citizens' groups. 
        Like Lowry, LaCosse has devoted much of his time over the years to  charitable and community organizations, including The Salvation Army, Laguna Honda Hospital, The Pomeroy Center (formerly the Recreation Center for the Disabled) The American Heart Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Easter Seal Society, San Jose Jaycees,  West San Jose Rotary and San Francisco Rotary, to name a few.
        LaCosse is also very involved with the NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Chapter.  Among other things, he and Lowry have served as the backstage announcers for the annual regional Emmy Awards for many years.
        "In 1956, television was a baby," he adds. "So, all of us in the business were really devoted to this new medium called television. We were there to inform, educate and entertain the American public, and we did it responsibly.  I was lucky to participate in some of the major news events of the second half of the 20th century."
        LaCosse co-hosted a special newscast the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated; produced coverage of Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers in the Salinas Valley; anchored the Patty Hearst kidnapping story; conducted a special one hour interview with Vice President Gerald Ford three months before he became president; anchored a special live one-hour report the day of the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk; edited and aired the first video of the Jonestown massacre; and anchored a weekly report documenting the dramatic expansion of high-tech in Silicon Valley.
        As LaCosse puts it:  "I consider myself to have been extremely lucky in this business.  Those were the good years for me - 1956 to 2002."

Kevin Wing has been writing 'Gold & Silver Circle Profiles' since 2007. He currently serves as editor of Off Camera, and is San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' Good Morning America. He was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2013. 

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On the Move
    Lonni Rivera joins KGO-TV in San Francisco as a reporter. 

    Drea Blackwell, of KSBW in Salinas, has been promoted to sports anchor of the station's 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. With the station since 2014, she replaces longtime sports anchor Dennis Lehnen, who left the station after 35 years there. 

    Roqui Theus, reporter at KMAX in Sacramento, joins KPIX in San Francisco as traffic anchor. 

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Annual Summer Retreat For S.F./NorCal
Board of Governors Focuses On 2016-17

Photo by Wayne Freedman/NATAS

The Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held its annual summer retreat in July, this year presented at KTVU's Jack London Square studios in Oakland. It was also the first board meeting for new Chapter President Steve Shlisky (front row, standing), who was elected to a two-year term in May. Shlisky succeeds Keith Sanders (front row, kneeling), who had served as Chapter president for four years. In addition to getting together for its July board meeting, Shlisky and the board held its annual Chapter retreat to make plans and set the stage for the Chapter's new year, which began July 1. 

Do You Remember?

This month, we ask you to identify these two gentleman 
and the year of the  Emmy® Awards. 
Who are they and what year was this?

In last month's Do You Remember?..
Emmy® Flashback 2004   
The Emmy ® Goes to... 
Live Event Program:  Southwest Chinese New Year Parade, KTVU 2 
(l to r) Ben Fong-Torres, Julie Haener,  Don McCuaig,  Don Thompson, 
Jeff Green, Jim Haman  (not pictured) Steve Shlisky

A special thank you to Robert Erdiakoff and Rita Williams 
for correctly identifying everyone in this photo! Congratulations!

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Makeover. Facelift. A Fresh Coat of Paint.
Moving Forward with 'Off Camera' with 2016-17 Chapter Year

         Every now and then, change can be a good thing. 
         Beginning with this issue of Off Camera, we are changing up a few things. As you may take notice, we will be rolling out a few subtle changes and enhancements to this venerable newsletter in the weeks and months to come.
        This month, you will likely notice that we have made our articles easier to read. Yes, we are trying a different font style with the content and the headlines. We hope you like it.
        Expect to see other changes as we move forward with your award-winning Off Camera. All of the changes will not be just cosmetic. We will be offering a few new features here and there, too. If you have any ideas for a story, too, we always look forward to your input.
        One last thing: you can always count on Off Camera to provide the latest, most complete Chapter news. It is something that we have been doing since rolling out the very first issue back in 1961.
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NATAS Job Bank
The Board of Governors
President: Steve Shlisky*, KTVU FOX 2
Vice President- San Francisco: Don Sanchez *, KGO-TV ABC7 (Retired)
Vice President-Sacramento:  Cynthia Zeiden* Zeiden  Media   
Vice President- Fresno:  Kim Stephens* KMPH Fox 26 
Vice President- Hawaii:  Pamela Young*, KHON 2
Vice President- Reno: Landon Miller, KTVN 2 
Vice President-Smaller Markets: (Vacant)
Secretary:  Randy Forsman KCRA 3
Treasurer:  Jim Spalding Spalding & Company
Past President: Keith Sanders , San Jose State University
Linda Giannecchini* KQED 9  (National Awards Chair)
John Odell* CCSF Emeritus
Steve Shlisky*KTVU Fox 2  
Cynthia Zeiden*, Zeiden Media
Alternate: Kevin Wing* ABC-TV Good Morning America
Kent Beichley, Pac 12 Networks
Wayne Freedman, KGO-TV, ABC 7
Alison Gibson, Media Cool
Luis Godinez KDTV Univision 14
Richard Harmelink KFSN ABC30  
Pablo Iacub KUVS Univision 19
Brian Johnson KFSN ABC30
Sean Karlin, Independent
George Lang* The Big Picture
Melissa Mapes KITV 4
Joyce Mitchell* 4 U Productions
Michael Moya, fotografx
David Paredes KNTV NBC Bay Area
Scott Patterson, San Francisco State University
Pat Patton, petra Placement
Ross PerichProMotion Studios
Manny Ramos* Manny Ramos Communications
Erik RosalesKMPH FOX 26
Terri Russell, KOLO 8
Don Sanchez* KGO-TV ABC7 (Retired) 
Juan Serna, San Jose State University
Matt Skryja, AAA NCNU Insurance Exchange  
Julie Watts, KPIX 5
Melanie Woodrow KGO-TV ABC7
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez, Laney College
Activities/Programs:  Cynthia Zeiden* Zeiden Media 
Archives/Museum:  John Catchings* Catchings & Associates
                            Linda Giannecchini* KQED 9  
Awards:  Wayne Freedman* , KGO ABC 7
Education:  Keith Sanders , San Jose State University  
Finance:  Alison Gibson Media Cool  
Legal/Bylaws:  Mark Pearson ARC Law Group 
Membership:  (Vacant)
Marketing:  Patty Zubov Platonic TV

Darryl R. Compton* NATAS

* Silver Circle inductee

Contact Information:

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton,
Executive Director
4317 Camden Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5007
Phone: 650 341-7786 or 415 777-0212


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