February 2015 Issue of "Off Camera":
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2015: Nomination Deadline April 15
EMMY 2015: Emmy Gala Details Coming In March
KRON's Brian Shields Dies At 53
KCRA's Tom DuHain Retires After 46 Years
KSBW's Jim Vanderzwaan to Retire After 32 Years
Soundbites: KNTV NBC Bay Area's Will Adams
The Health Reporter: How Much Sleep Do You Need?
The Yoga Corner: Yogalutions for 2015
KGO-TV Alum Reunite in San Francisco
On the Move
Do You Remember?
$200,000 in Scholarships Honor TV Legends Mike Wallace, Jim McKay
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    Kevin Wing


the board of governors




  Keith Sanders

  San Jos� 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  




Zara Arboleda

Children's Hospital Fresno

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) 

Sultan Mirza



Jen Mistrot


Joyce Mitchell

4 U Productions

Ross Perich

Trainer Communications

Greg Rando

KTVU Channel 2

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 

Alice Yu



 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


April 15 Nomination 
Deadline for Class of 2015
Silver Circle 2013
       The 2015 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon is more than eight months away, but the application deadline to nominate individuals for induction into the Class of 2015 is fast approaching.
       The nomination deadline is April 15. 
       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.


EMMY 2015
Emmy� Awards Gala 
June 6 in San Francisco

     The Emmy� Gala Committee of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will soon be making an exciting announcement to unveil all of the details for the 2015 Northern California Area Emmy� Awards, to be held June 6 in San Francisco.
     Off Camera will provide detailed information in its March issue.
     Additionally, please check our Chapter website regularly for updates.
     The Chapter website is www.emmysf.tv.
     Watch for updates, too, on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 


KRON's Brian Shields
Dies at 53
Bay Area, NorCal News Veteran 
was Station's Digital Manager and former NATAS S.F. Governor

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

     Brian Shields, the longtime digital manager and news producer for San Francisco's KRON 4, has died. He was 53.
Brian Shields
KRON news manager dies
  KRON reports that Shields' body was discovered Jan. 30 in his Sausalito apartment by the 
Marin County Sheriff's Department. The station had requested a police welfare check after Shields did not report to work earlier in the day.
    Only the day before, on Jan. 29, Shields celebrated his 53rd birthday. 
     In addition to his work for KRON, where he joined in 2004, Shields was also a past Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
    In his 10 years as digital manager and editor at KRON, Shields' cutting-edge multimedia reporting helped build KRON4.com into one of the most prominent news sites in the Bay Area. He succeeded in producing interactive web stories and breaking news with speed and accuracy. 
    "He was instrumental in making KRON4.com the great site that it is today," said Ashley Messina, general manager at KRON.

    Shields' lifelong passion for journalism was evident in his news reporting and feature story writing. He was known for sharing his more than 30 years of newsroom experience to mentor staff in areas, including broadcast news and web production.

    Shields got his first journalism job as a radio reporter covering the Dallas Cowboys after graduating from the College of Media Arts at the University of North Texas.

    He also held senior producing and executive producing positions, including KXTV in Sacramento and WESH in Orlando. 

    Outside of the newsroom, Shields was an ardent fan of the Oakland A's, but was an even bigger fan of heavy metal music. He had no formal musical training, but he was well-versed in the genre's techniques and composition.

    He was recently named weekend editor at The Heavy Blog Is Heavy, a blog featuring metal news, reviews, and interviews. His work was widely popular with followers and musicians; he often hosted bands at his home whenever their tour stopped in the Bay Area.

    His affinity for puns, quick wit, and self-deprecating humor were hallmarks of his character.

    "Brian was a beloved character in our newsroom. He will be greatly missed by the entire staff," said KRON 4 News Director Aaron Pero.


    KRON 4 contributed to this report. 


DuHain Wraps Up 46 Years at KCRA
Joining Station in 1969, Newsman Did It All
By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento


      Veteran Sacramento newsman Tom DuHain has just about done it all in the world of television news. He's traveled the globe, covered nuclear investigative stories and reported on AIDS behind the rigid walls of California's Vacaville State Prison back in the early 1980s. 

      "At three times on different stories, I had guns pointed at me by soldiers," DuHain said. 

Recognizing excellence
State Sen. Ted Haines presents Tom DuHain with a Senate proclamation as KCRA news director, Lori Waldon, looks on

  After 46 years at KCRA, Sacramento's NBC affiliate, DuHain is stepping away from the daily grind of news.

      "It's a little weird to be disconnected from KCRA," DuHain said. "I had such a strong connection there. And I'm sitting here, still looking at my phone. I lived by it for so long." 

      Out of habit, after decades of working in television, DuHain felt the need during this Off Camera interview to check for breaking news alerts, messages, and phone calls.

      Forty-six years at one station leaves a legacy of determination, fortitude, willingness to learn, and a tireless passion for TV. While he's leaving news behind, DuHain is far from retiring. In fact, he's effusively excited about the next phase of his life. It's a little-known but very important piece of information about DuHain. He's a permanent Deacon in the Chaldean Catholic Church that falls under rule of the Vatican.

      Religion for years has been an integral component of DuHain's life. In the field covering news, DuHain was aggressive about finding the story, developing contacts and sources, and always tackling assignments with fervor. 

      For sure, with the little twinkle in his eye, there's no question he possesses that unusual newsroom sense of humor. While he comfortably rolled with the antics of a newsroom, DuHain's Sundays have been, for years, committed to his faith -- an ancient religion that is far from mainstream.

      In 1986, he was ordained a permanent Deacon in the Church of the East and, later, in 2008, transferred to the Chaldean Catholic Church Parish. In recent years, Sunday mornings have been spent assisting at the altar during services at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Orangevale, a suburb of Sacramento. Sermons are given in both Arabic and Chaldean (modern Aramaic) by a visiting priest. "I give my own, independently researched homily in English," DuHain said. "Most of our parishioners speak two or three languages. Most need a service in English, especially the youth."

      "When I explain what our parish is, I get a puzzled look," DuHain said. "My mom used to ask me why I don't just go to a regular church? I would tell her it's like any other church, only different people." The majority of people who attend the Chaldean Church are Iraqis.

      DuHain's commitment to his faith is more than interesting. It's a compulsively fascinating mystery. Chaldean Americans are descendents from Iraq, many whom have escaped religious persecution. While Chaldean Americans represent the majority of Iraqi immigrants living in the United States, they used to account for about 5 percent of the population of Iraq. Since the rise of Isis, tens of thousands have fled. The vast majority of Iraqis are Muslim.

      DuHain's 93-year-old mother, Ann DuHain, is Protestant. However, his father was Catholic and DuHain had a Catholic upbringing. Recently, attending DuHain's KCRA going-away party, she beamed with pride as she watched her son receive accolades from KCRA News Director Lori Waldon and a Senate Resolution from Sacramento State Sen. Ted Gaines. Mrs. DuHain is struggling with a myriad of health problems, including cancer, but was determined to remain healthy enough to attend the landmark occasion honoring her son. Determination must run in the family. Still, like most moms, she's left wondering about some of her son's choices, especially the one about his faith.

      Yet that Catholic upbringing she gave him laid a solid foundation for what was to come next. That's DuHain's growing role in the Chaldean community. "I love the connection to ancient Christianity because it's so authentic," DuHain said. Learning about the Chaldean Catholic Church, for DuHain, was a spiritual embracement of historical proportion.

      The Chaldean people are descendants of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations. They date back to before Christ and have a 5,500-year history going back to Mesopotamia which is present day Iraq. It may sound foreign but most people relate to this: Ancient Babylonians invented the wheel; discovered how to make glass; and invented the yearly calendar with twelve months.

     DuHain's ongoing quest for knowledge started early. At 16, while in high school, DuHain got into radio. At 18, he moved over to television, assisting at the KCRA weather desk. He eventually began forecasting the weather on-air. He did that for years while also co-hosting KCRA's news magazine program, The 7:30 Show. Then, he launched into news."It's been stimulating, for sure," DuHain said.

KCRA's DuHain, in 1969

     He and wife, Susan, have four daughters: Jennifer, 44; Carly, 32; Kelley, 31; and Kristin, 29. The couple also has five grandchildren. 

     DuHain's wife recently retired from UC Davis. 

     "We have a huge list of things to do," DuHain said. "Not all exciting, things like cleaning out the garage." However, there will be traveling, more time with family, and, of course, more duties at the church.

     After 46 years at KCRA, DuHain has become a familiar face in the Sacramento market. In news, he anchored, reported and worked on investigative documentaries including the 1981 one-hour special, Trouble at Twin Towers, a program unveiling serious problems about Sacramento's old Rancho Seco nuclear generating station. DuHain covered breaking news during the day, at night, and on Saturdays. Negotiating with management, he cut a deal to avoid working Sundays. "I hated early starts at 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.," DuHain said. "In exchange, I offered to work any shift day or night, but never on Sunday. I was Mr. Flex."

      When it comes to news, little has gotten in his way. At 64, DuHain has marched to the beat of his own drum, outlasting news directors, station owners, and the always-changing face of news. From the days of film to ENG and SNG to digital. DuHain has learned new formats, remained current and enjoyed the journey.

      Time never stood still while DuHain worked news. He served two terms as an elected trustee with the Los Rios Community College District. And, yes, believe it or not, serving as president of the district is how he was indirectly introduced to the Chaldean Church.

      "A fellow trustee appointed a student who was also a priest to be our district chaplain," DuHain said. DuHain then attended a service delivered by the priest and he said that it was a charismatic Mass. For DuHain, the charismatic movement was starting. "The services were alive with the Holy Spirit," DuHain said. That was in the 1970s.

      Decades in news, decades with his church, and decades being married, there's no question DuHain has staying power. Something else that may have stirred his faith is a successful battle with cancer. DuHain is a survivor in every sense of the word. In 1999, he completed successful treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma. 

      "I think I have a whole new empathy for people who suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually," he said. "Surviving a life threatening disease adds perspective."

      DuHain took five-months off work during his cancer treatment, then returned like a trooper. 

      "I was always so busy looking ahead," DuHain said. "I never got a chance to look in the rear-view mirror. This is my time to do that. It's just going to take some getting used to."

      Today, he's braced, ready, and thrilled about what's ahead. In addition to taking better care of himself physically, traveling, spending quality time with family, he's embarking upon an interesting journey in his church. "I will start doing home visitations and house blessings," DuHain said. "We currently don't have a parish priest in residence so I will do this."

      While bidding farewell to one career, DuHain is welcoming another one with his church. "I love the service," DuHain said. With a smile, he continued, "In Protestant terms, it's sometimes referred to as 'smells and bells'. Seriously, though, incense and bell ringing are of great significance. Bells alert you to the immediate presence of God."

      KCRA aired a tribute to DuHain on his last day there -- Jan. 16. The tribute included testimonials from Stan Atkinson, retired KCRA and KOVR anchor; Dann Shively, retired KCRA helicopter pilot; and Dave Walker and Lois Hart, the retired married anchor team best-known in Sacramento for their work at KCRA and nationally for their tenure at CNN.

DuHain, at his retirement party with his 93-year-old mother, Ann

     However, a congratulatory message that truly had DuHain taking pause was one from Bishop Mar Bawai Soro, of Saint Peter The Apostle of San Diego Chaldean Catholic Church. Bishop Soro was appointed by the Vatican's Pope Francis to his position and ordained DuHain as a deacon.

     In the Chaldean faith, a deacon is also referred to as Shamasha. A portion of Bishop Soro's congratulatory note to DuHain is as follows: 

     "Dear Shamasha Thomas, I am overjoyed with praise to God and thanks to your efforts for your faithfulness and service, not only for the Church for the past 30 years but also for being a devoted Husband, Father and a Friend. Also I take this opportunity at this very moment to congratulate you for your amazing career as a prominent Television reporter/anchorman for 46 years. I am proud to declare to everyone that you have been my parishioner, my deacon, and most of all my beloved friend."

    The bishop went on to send his regards to DuHain's wife and girls, all of whom participated in the Chaldean faith. He has invited DuHain to San Diego to instruct seminarians about public speaking and effective preaching.

    DuHain's future is taking shape. One of his kids has boomeranged back home to live. "We have a full house," DuHain said. "My daughters are coming to appreciate our advice and help. We want to be as active in their lives as they need or will accept." Add to ongoing parenting, DuHain is putting the gym on his agenda as well as spending more quality time with his wife.

    All of his activities these days will be done these day with a spiritual eye looking east. "Our churches all face east where Jesus came from and where he'll return," DuHain said. "It's mystical because we believe in things that you cannot hold and physically cannot prove. It's trust in the power of faith."


    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 and Sciences. She also owns and operates her production company, 4 U Productions. 


After 32 Years, Vanderzwaan to Retire as KSBW's Chief Meteorologist
Will Say Goodbye this Summer; Solomon to Replace

      Jim Vanderzwaan, who has been forecasting the weather at KSBW, the NBC affiliate in Salinas-Monterey, is retiring after 32 years at the station.

      Vanderzwaan, the station's lead forecaster, will leave this summer. He announced his retirement on the air Feb. 1 following NBC's broadcast of the Super Bowl.

      KSBW's morning meteorologist, Lee Solomon, will succeed Vanderzwaan. Solomon will become chief meteorologist when he takes over.

KSBW meteorologist Lee Solomon will succeed him. Solomon is currently the weekday morning meteorologist on KSBW Action News 8 Sunrise, but will become chief meteorologist for KSBW this summer.

Retiring after 32 years
KSBW's Jim Vanderzwaan
  "My decision to retire this summer was not made in haste or taken lightly, but one that my wife and I, along with KSBW, have been working on for some time now," Vanderzwaan said. "I will miss the wonderful people I've worked with over the years here at KSBW 8, and I will miss telling our audience about the weather. I'm truly grateful to have served our viewers for so many years, but now it's time for the next chapter for me and my family."

      Vanderzwaan has the longest-running broadcast weather career in the station's 61-year history, having provided what the station has estimated to be more than 25,000 weather forecasts. 

      "From tropical depressions to regional micro-climates, he has guided area residents through every changing weather pattern on the Central Coast with a calm, friendly style to which viewers can relate to," according to a station statement.

      "We, and our viewers, have enjoyed and benefited greatly from the remarkable tenure of Jim Vanderzwaan," said Joseph W. Heston, KSBW's president and general manager. "For over three decades, he has presented his forecasting expertise with reliability, and assurance, in a way that Central Coast residents appreciate. While there can only be one Jim Vanderzwaan, we are confident he has provided excellent stewardship and guidance to the next generation of KSBW 8 meteorologists."

Chapter Recognizes High School, College Students with Awards

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter Education Chairperson


      Each year, the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes broadcast excellence on the high school level.   

     The Chapter is, once again, celebrating that excellence in the Chapter area (Northern California, from Visalia to the Oregon border; Reno; and Hawaii). Students can enter their best work in a number of categories. Most of the categories are familiar to those who annually enter our signature Emmy� Awards such as: "Newscast", "Arts & Entertainment", "Public Affairs" and many of the craft categories. There are a couple of categories you may not be used to seeing: "Music Video" and "Long Form - Fiction".

    The "Awards for Excellence", which promotes best practices to high school students, is intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by high school students. Faculty involvement can only be advisory. Winning sponsored high schools receive an engraved glass pillar. The students involved in the production of the entry will receive certificates. 

     If you know any talented high school students who would be interested, let them know the filing deadline is March 31. Certainly let your local high schools and colleges know. For more information go to: 


     NATAS' High School Awards are underwritten by The TV Academy Fund, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3), established to administer scholarships, grants, fellowships, research and programs that will advance the art and science of the television industry.

    It is also time again to announce our college scholarship program. This year there are $16,000 in scholarships available.

    NATAS NorCal sponsors seven awards: five $2,000 scholarships and two $3,000 scholarships. Each award is named for former NATAS members who have honored our Chapter.

    Four are memorial: The Peter J. Marino Jr. $2,000 award recognizing production; The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Award, recognizing videography; The Kenneth Sloat Langly Award, recognizing writing; and the "Miss Nancy" Besst Award, recognizing an outstanding graduate student.

    One of the named scholarships is still active in our academy -- the Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship.

    And, again this year, two $3,000 scholarships, generously underwritten by The Big Picture's George Lang, will each go to one outstanding Graduate and one Undergraduate student.

    These Scholarships memorializes two former Lang co-workers and KGO-TV Journalists: Jerry Jensen, a KGO-TV co-anchor for more than 15 years, from 1969 to 1984; and Steve Davis, an anchor/reporter for more than 20 years in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Scholarship applicants must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry. They must attend a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno, Nevada.

    All entrants submit a sample of their work, their transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their professor or dean. All entries are screened by a panel of judges culled from the NATAS Education Committee. The Committee meets to decide the recipient in each category. The Committee can award or not award a scholarship for each category. The entry deadline will be later this summer.

    The scholarships will be presented during this year's NATAS Silver & Gold Circle Induction this coming fall. For more information go to: http://emmysf.tv/students-2/college-scholarships/

    This chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television.


For more info about SF/NorCal STUDENT AWARDS, click here



    Steve Shlisky, a producer and editor at KTVU Channel 2, is education chairperson for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 


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Will Adams is one of the unsung heroes of Bay Area television news. He's the one in the control room who's making the news look great. Because, after all, it's not just a newscast, but a presentation, to the viewers at home and online. In particular, Adams is a director at KNTV NBC Bay Area, where he recently celebrated his 15th anniversary. He's also one of the fastest runners on the planet! He's someone who has not only taken up running for health, exercise and relaxation, he has gone the extra mile -- quite literally. To date, he's ran in 10 marathons. Don't expect him to stop there. Meet one of the hardest-working people in Bay Area television, who's also a nice guy who goes out of his way to help anyone.


Where did you grow up? 

Hayward, I lived there until I was around 19.


Do you have siblings?  

I have a sister.


You and your wife, Katie, have been married for a long time. You have a son playing varsity football in high school. Yet, you still look like a kid yourself! What's your secret? 

Not thinking about my age and running.


When did you first realize that you wanted to work in television?  

Junior year in high school. We had a TV studio at school, and I became hooked!! Before that I was thinking of being a teacher, or something with lawn care, since I use to mow lawns.

At the controls
Will Adams, directing a newscast at NBC Bay Area


Where was your first job in TV? 

KTVU in Oakland. I interned there, and then I was hired as a TelePrompTer operator. 


Who has inspired you in your career?  

Willie McGrady, my boss at KNTV NBC Bay Area. He was a former director for NBC Sports and KGO-TV ABC7. 


Who has inspired you as a person?  

My parents had a huge impression on me. I get my hard work ethic from my Dad and my compassion from my Mom.


What's your favorite ice cream flavor? 

Chocolate Malted Crunch from Rite-Aid.


How do you spend your weekends? 

Usually lounging around the house or participating in running events.


Knowing you, and seeing your Facebook posts, you are a runner, no doubt about it. When did you take up running? 

I have been into running for three years now. I started out, just trying to run three miles for the Turkey Trot, and now have 10 marathons under my belt!!!


What do you love about running? 

I love the workout/sweating. I use to play sports all the time growing up, then stopped and just worked all the time.


How many miles a week do you run? 

On a good week, I run 30 to 40 miles. 


How many marathons have you raced in, and where? 

10 marathons. My first was in Toronto, Canada. Others have been in New York, Las Vegas, Folsom, Oakland (2), Fremont, Morgan Hill, Folsom and Portland, Oregon. 


What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart? 

I participate in a group on Facebook called "I Run 4 Michael". All of us runners work out for kids and their families who aren't physically able to. I also try to give back to our U.S. veterans via the Wounded Warrior Project or Taji 100 or Team RWB.


Perfect dinner?  

My wife's turkey meat loaf. Then the cold sandwiches the next day!!!


Any guilty pleasures?  

Ice cream, fast food, buttered popcorn


Besides running, do you play any sports? 

Not too much, but I still try to play catch with my son and play basketball when I can.


What do you do to stay healthy and in shape? 

Pretty much running and trying to watch what I eat.

Control room camaraderie
With Ed Duran, Eva Sandoval and Aaron Zafra


Do you have any professional mentors? 

Again, my boss at KNTV, and my father-in-law. He is a mentor as well. 


What do you do to relax? 

Watch TV or go to the movies.


How many Emmys have you won through the years? 

I have been nominated for one so far.


As a director in the controlroom, what kind of hard work and concentration goes into your job? 

The hard work is coding the show beforehand and making sure the producer can get the effects they want. During the show you need to be on the lookout for bumps in the road, so to speak. It's like driving and constantly scanning the road.


Some say there is a big difference between the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and, say, USA Today. What's your favorite read? 

To be honest, I do not read newspapers. I am online, starting with Yahoo! and clicking on links' that friends post, like NBC Bay Area.


What's your favorite TV show? 

It was Sons of Anarchy, but that just ended, so Cutthroat Kitchen is taking its place.


See any good movies lately? 

Family man
With wife, Katie, and their kids

Nothing new, but watched Shawshank again, lol.


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

I always try to make folks laugh so I'm a goofball, like I was in high school.


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

I wish I would have paid attention more during my high school football days and to be more friendly to folks in high school.


Any words of wisdom for the next generation of television directors? Technology is taking over, so just be able to adapt as best as you can. 


Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs? 

90s hip hop to country to rock...what a range. haha. 


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?  

I am not a big drinker but if I have to, a diet soda with Malibu rum.


Favorite spot in the Bay Area? 

My house in the South Bay.


Favorite restaurant in the Bay Area? 

Aquis, with my wife. And, Red Robin, with the whole family.


     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 Health Reporter
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How Much Sleep Do You Need?


      Depending on the breaking news of the day, it's not uncommon for producers, reporters and editors to be deprived of sleep. But when a few hours of shuteye become more routine than occasional, can it have a long-term effect on your health? Is there a magic number of hours you should sleep?

     According to studies on sleep and mortality, insufficient sleep can shorten your life. Sleeping plays an important role in:

  • Healing and repairing blood vessels
  • Maintaining a healthy balance of hormones that control your appetite
  • Controlling blood glucose (sugar)
  • Repairing cells and tissues, thus boosting bone/muscle mass
  • Defending against foreign or harmful substances

     You can experience the following immediate and long-term health effects when you don't get enough sleep:

  • Diminished cognitive function
  • Increased levels of cortisol (stress hormone) which cause the following:
  1. Increased appetite
  2. Increased body weight
  3. Increased belly fat
  4. Increased risk for type 2 diabetes
  5. Increased chronic low-level inflammation which leads to chronic disease (such as, coronary artery disease, dementia, and stroke)
  6. Increased blood pressure

      If Seven is Good, Is Eight Better?   

      Many people believe that they need at least eight hours of sleep a night for good health. But a study* reveals that sleeping seven (7) hours per night had the best survival rates. In fact, mortality hazard significantly increased when sleeping:

  • ≥8 hrs. (When sleeping >8.5 hrs., risk exceeded 15%.)
  • ≤6 hrs. (When sleeping <4.5 hrs., risk exceeded 15%.)

      Causes of death associated with sleep duration include:

  1. Heart disease
  2. 'Other causes'
  3. Cancer
  4. Stroke (Deaths from stroke were highest in men and women who slept 8, 9, and ≥10 hrs.)
  5. Breast cancer
  6. Colon cancer

      Bottom line: Those who reported they slept 6.5 to 7.4 hours had a lower mortality rate than those with shorter or longer sleep.


*Six-year study by American Cancer Society; 1.1 million men/women ages 30-50 to >70 years. Published JAMA Psychiatry article: Mortality Associated With Sleep Duration and Insomnia, 2002.


      Karen Owoc is a former Governor 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 plus a series of short-format healthy living TV segments. http://TheHealthReporter.tv 

The Yoga Corner


       About six years ago, I re-discovered yoga. The first time was in college and it didn't click. 
       The second time was while I was a reporter in Norfolk, Virginia. It was in early February which meant my new year's resolutions were still ripe. I couldn't tell you what my resolutions were in 2009. To be honest, I don't remember. I do, however, remember how I felt with each progressive class. Not good or even great (though sometimes I was). Mostly, I felt aware. 
      Several of the teachers at the particular studio I stumbled into were in the process of getting certified in Vinyasa, a flow style of yoga. As part of the training, they were reading a book called Meditations from the Mat. Often, they would start class with a quote from the book. 
     One in particular stuck with me: 
     "We make a beginning, we develop a love and respect for the person we meet in the mirror of our yoga practice. We find that we would rather be ourselves, imperfectly, than someone else perfectly." 
     I remember thinking, I need to read this book. 
     I did. 
     The reflections within it provided an opportunity for me to entertain how I might take my yoga practice off my mat and into my life. So, you can imagine my delight when, nearly six years later I randomly (or not so randomly) discovered the book's author, Rolf Gates, would be leading a New Year's Yoga Workshop in Davis, between the Bay Area and Sacramento. It was the first weekend in January. And, it was a drive I was willing to take. 
     Gates began with a few jokes (phew, yoga can be so serious sometimes) and a discussion. I scribbled a bunch of notes. Then we practiced. A lot of what he said resonated, but it wasn't until several weeks later that I began thinking about the parallels between what he said and new year's resolutions.
     As you read this article, it's possible your new year's resolutions are still ripe. Or perhaps, you suspect they've already gone soft. Maybe, you didn't make any and now you wish you had. Wherever you are in your 2015 journey, I offer you a little yoga wisdom that's as applicable in January as it will be in July. 
    Gates' words are in quotes below, followed by my interpretation:

    "No one can tell you what your priorities are" -- As we enter this new year, you get to decide where to put your energy. You can divide your life pie any way you like. Each slice need not be the same size. It's your choice, always. 
    "It's not the size of the drop, it's the consistency and application" -- You don't have to scale the mountain or slay the beast in one day. A little effort applied daily may take you farther than a huge effort applied initially and then stopped. 
    "Steadiness is getting back on the bicycle as many times as you fall down" -- No one is perfect. If you stray from your resolution once or many times, you need not give up. You only have to get back to it one more time than you stumble.
    "Stop one thing, birth another" -- Rather than focusing on what you're possibly giving up this new year, focus on what you stand to gain.
    "In a couple of years that trail won't even be there" -- When you first start a new habit or in a new direction, the old one is still there, perhaps seducing you. However, as you stop walking that old trail, eventually grass will grow where the trail once was and pretty soon it will cease to exist.
    "Everything is already okay" -- Hindsight is a beautiful thing. When you reflect back five years and remember what you were most worried about, you can see it all worked out. Trust that everything is unfolding for your highest good. It's okay to work towards self improvement while simultaneously recognizing you've already arrived. 
    "You cross the river by not pushing forward and not standing still" -- Balance is key. Balanced effort means moving in the direction of your resolution(s) without pushing or forcing change. 

    Melanie Woodrow is an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2 and a certified 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

A Special Reunion of a Paleo Kind
Bay Area, NorCal TV Newsies Celebrate 25 Years Since Award-winning Loma Prieta Quake Coverage

By John Odell
Chapter Secretary


       More than 60 TV veterans showed up for a mid-January get-together at San Francisco's Public House brew pub to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and to again celebrate KGO-TV's honor of receiving the George Foster Peabody Award for its coverage of the 1989 tremor.

       NATAS Silver Circle member Harry Fuller, KGO-TV's news director at the time, came down from Oregon to lead the festivities. The party was organized by Paleo TV Reunion, an old-timers' group first organized by Fuller in the 1990s.

Remembering the old days
KGO-TV ABC7's Carolyn Tyler, with former station news director, Harry Fuller

     In honor of the occasion, and of Fuller, the Paleos presented him with a donation of $2,500 to the Klamath Bird Observatory, a non-profit on whose board he serves as president. Fuller, author of Freeway Birding: From San Francisco to Seattle, also regaled the Paleos with tales of the Grey Owl, his latest study bird.

       And to commemorate his creation of "The Naturalists," KGO-TV's pioneering foray into environmental journalism, Joel Bartlett and Penelope Dunham presented Fuller with a painting by noted landscape artist Carol Peek, who was present at the event.

       Here are memories of the 1989 earthquake from those who attended the reunion:
       George Lang: "When the earthquake first hit I was in Marin. The first thing I did was run over to the shopping center, and Macy's was on fire. I was actually able to do a live broadcast where I was narrating what was going on. It was kinda cool for a camera guy. Just seeing how something as natural as an earthquake could virtually stop civilization as we knew it. I had never been exposed to anything like that before." 

       Paul Jeschke: "I was over in Marin... started heading back to the city, got up on the Waldo Grade, and it looked as if the whole city was on fire, because of the flames in the Marina. It was just incredible. And travelling across the Golden Gate Bridge to get back to work ... every single traffic light was out. And yet traffic was flowing smoothly through every intersection because there were volunteers out there directing traffic. It was amazing. The city came together in an emergency. The question was, we've just had an earthquake, should I go through the Broadway tunnel? 'What did you do?' I went through the tunnel!"  

       Carolyn Tyler: "My most vivid memory was being confused!! I had arrived in the Bay Area in Spring of '86 and of course knew it was earthquake country. When it hit, I was talking to a friend long distance and the phone went dead. I jumped up and looked out my window. No one seemed rattled. One woman was calmly walking with a bag of groceries, a guy was on his bike and cars were still driving by. So I thought 'maybe this isn't a big one... Maybe it just feels like that to a newbie.' But I turned on the radio and all hell was breaking loose!! I called the assignment desk and asked if I should come in and the answer, of course, was hell yes!! After that it was all rather surreal... anchoring out of the newsroom for days, my friend Laura Marquez' apartment destroyed, urgent calls from friends and family around the country, and working long hours." 

More than 60 Bay Area and northern California TV news colleagues gathered in January for the event. 

Photographs by John Odell

       Don Sanchez: "What impressed me most is, we immediately responded. People came in who had days off. Everybody seemed to know, under Harry's direction, where to go, what to do. And I have never seen, I was never so proud, of such an amazing response to the event, and the work that obviously led to the award. It was just extraordinary." 

       Mike Clark: "I was with Paul Zaro and we were at Candlestick. We had done our live shots and were on the elevator to the press box to get our free hotdogs. We stepped out of the elevator and I hear this noise. I thought, people are stomping on the stands. But wait a minute, these stands are concrete, they don't make any noise. And I looked out and the light standards were swaying back and forth. And I said, "Oh my God, Paul, it's an earthquake!" And we turned around and started to get back on the elevator. Wait, wait, wait. Can't do that! So we ran all the way back to our truck, hearing as we go KCBS radio, 'The Bay Bridge collapsed, the Marina is on fire.' We grab our gear, get back on the field, and start doing live shots with Pete Wilson."            

      Sydnie Kohara: "My most vivid memory is sitting at the update desk and looking outside at the SF skyline and not seeing a single light. Not one. The entire city was dark. Also, the video of people helping firefighters pull fire hoses through the streets of the Marina District. It says so much about the people who live here. I still can't watch it without getting choked up. And of course being part of an amazing newsroom operation that night.  I had just been hired a few weeks before, didn't know everyone's name, but saw a team come together like a well-oiled machine, with Harry as the driver. It was the best of newsrooms in the worst possible scenario."

       In addition to this writer, other Silver Circle attendees that night included Bob Anderson, Joel Bartlett, John Catchings, Rigo Chacon, Janice Gin, Kate Kelly, Pam Moore, Fred Pardini, and Jan Yanehiro.

Paleo TV Reunion meets informally about three or four times a year. 

       If you would like to have your name added to the contact list, e-mail John Odell at jodell@ccsf.edu. All are welcome. You don't have to be old nor have worked at KGO!


       John Odell serves as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was on the KGO-TV news team which received the George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. 


On the Move

      Emily Pritchard joins KXTV in Sacramento as a weekend evening anchor and multimedia journalist. Prior to joining the station, she was an anchor at WBND in South Bend, Indiana. 

      Mistie Lackey, executive producer at KOVR in Sacramento, joins KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana, as assistant news director. Lackey is also a former Governor, representing Sacramento, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Do You Remember?

San Francisco's KQED Channel 9 has had three homes in its history.

This was the first.

Can you name the three addresses?


       In January's Off Camera, we wanted to know 
if you could name KRON's 
Live at 5 crew from the 1980s.
(Left to right)  Bob McCarthy, Telecopter 4; Evan White(Silver Circle 1993) newsroom anchor; Tom Nettles, sports; Mark Thompson, weather; Bob Jimenez, studio anchor. The newscast was produced by Joe Fragola.

$200,000 in Scholarships in 2015
Honor TV Legends Wallace, McKay
Application Deadline March 16

       The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its chapters will award more than $200,000 in scholarships this year to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television. 

       At the national level, the awards include a new $40,000 Trustees' Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay.  The funds are granted to outstanding high- school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry. 

       "There is no better way to honor the Emmy� Award-winning excellence of broadcasting luminaries past than to recognize and foster the excellence of television's future," said NATAS Foundation Vice President Adam Sharp, himself a 1996 scholarship winner. "The excellence displayed over the last few years has raised the standards of the scholarship program to incredible new heights."

       This is the third year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its sixth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks.  It is presented at the Sports Emmy Awards each May.

       The $40,000 Trustees' Scholarship was re-established by the NATAS Board of Trustees to recognize a standout student achievement in the electronic media arts of the last year.  The recipient will be selected from the applicants who distinguish themselves in the 2015 McKay/Wallace competition or who were honored with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated for further consideration by their chapter.  The 19 regional NATAS chapters award thousands of dollars in scholarships annually.

      The online application for the McKay and Wallace scholarships is available at http://emmyonline.org/scholarship, with a deadline for submissions of 5 p.m. EST on Monday, March 16.  NATAS Trustees and officials will review applications and creative works, and the National Scholarship Committee will make its final selections in April. 


Contact Information:

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
Fax: 650 372-0279


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