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EMMY® 2016: KCRA Producer Nabs First Emmy in 27 Years
Election 2016: Shlisky Tapped As Chapter President
Election 2016: Board of Governors Election Results
Shlisky Assumes Chapter Presidency
Sanders Reflects on Presidency
KXTV Promotes EP to News Director.
News Director Jonathan Mitchell Leaves KNTV
High School Journalism Awards
Patrick Emory, 77, Former KOVR Anchor, Dies
Bay Area Stations Focus on Homeless Issue
The Story Behind KRON's "BackStory"
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EMMY® 2016
Record Number of
Statuettes Handed Out
at 2016 Emmy® Gala
Broadcast Veterans Atkinson, Zettl 
Honored with  Governors' Award 

By Keith Sanders
Past Chapter President, 2012-16

     The 45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards were presented Saturday evening, June 4 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. The Emmy® Award honors excellence in all fields of television and on-line production.  The Spanish and English award entries are judged and scored separately and then presented at the ceremony.
      KNTV NBC Bay Area and KUVS Univision 19 received the Overall Excellence/News Excellence award. They also received the highest number of awards with 18 for KUVS and 14 for KNTV. Newscast recipients included: KCRA 3 and KOVR CBS 13, Sacramento, for the larger markets; KFSN ABC 30 and KGPE CBS 47, Fresno, in the medium markets; and KTVN 2, Reno, for the smaller markets.
     "This year we awarded a record number of Statuettes, which is a reflection of the quality of work produced in our region," said Executive Producer Karen Sutton.
     112 entries received the Emmy® award with a record of 379 statuettes being handed out to 285 individuals.
     Attendance was over 600 with the event being dual webcast on the chapter's website www.emmysf.tv. One stream featured the live On-stage Emmy® show and the other included live Red Carpet interviews with Fresno Vice President Kim Stephens, of KMPH Fox 26, San Francisco Vice President  Kevin Wing, of ABC News, and Governor  Da Lin, of KPIX 5. T he webcasts were also shared to our NATAS Facebook and Twitter pages and YouTube channel. 
     "Our live webcast of the Gala and Red Carpet interviews drew over 2,000 viewers in 52 countries," said Sutton.
     The prestigious Governors' Award, the highest honor a regional chapter can bestow, had two recipients.
     Chapter President Elect and  San Francisco State University alum  Steve Shlisky introduced Governors' Award recipient Dr. Herbert Zettl, Professor Emeritus of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at SFSU.  
     "I'm surprised and deeply honored," said Zettl. "I especially appreciate your ranking television education so high on your priority list. This is important to me because I firmly believe that it is the educated and prudent use of television that will keep humanity humane." 
     Governor Joyce Mitchell introduced her 40-year mentor, Governors' Award recipient Stan Atkinson, a long time Northern California Anchor/Reporter.
     Referring to his biographical video, Atkinson said, "About that kid that was up there, he was 19, it was 1951, the station was KRSN, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Little did he know what he was in for, he was in for 46 years of the most exciting time any person could ever have."­­
      Maria Leticia Gómez of KDTV Univision 14 in San Francisco was the recipient of five Emmy® statuettes. Four Emmy® awards went to Luis Godínez, KDTV and Michelle García, Blanca García, Freddy Oldenburg, Paula Reyes, and Gabriel Sotelo from KSTS Telemundo 48.
     The audience enjoyed the return of Marcus Shelby and his Marcus Shelby Trio. Plus Marcus added a new voice this year, Denise Perrier.  
     The NATAS Board of Directors took over the presenter duties for the first time in the history of the gala. A number of them also accepted statuettes of their own that evening.
     Special thanks to this year's sponsors, including  KeyCode Media, Avid, Tesla Motors, Handlery Union Square Hotel and Lyft. Generous wine sponsors included  Black Cordon Vineyards, Buon Vino Winery and Korbel California Champagne.
EMMY® 2016
2016 Emmy® Gala Night A Big Hit
By Keith Sanders
Past Chapter President, 2012-16
        This year's Emmy® Awards Gala for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was a very big hit with attendees because it represented the ever-growing television and media landscape of the region. 
       "Having been to every ceremony since 1982, I'm amazed at how much has changed and yet remains the same," said Chapter Governor  Wayne Freedman . "Whoever we are, whatever work we do and wherever we come from, I appreciate the way that this event brings so many industry people together in one room for a few hours."
     "I really think the SFJAZZ Center is such a perfect venue for what is television's biggest night in our Chapter," said Kevin Wing, the Chapter's vice president representing San Francisco. "It was a very classy show from beginning to end."
     The Emmy® statuette is awarded for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. San Francisco/Northern California is one of 19 chapters awarding regional Emmy® Awards. The chapter is composed of television/cable stations, on-line and production companies from Visalia to the Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada.
     575 English and 179 Spanish entries were received in 67 categories for work produced in 2015. Electronic ballots were submitted by a minimum of seven peer judges from other NATAS chapters and were sent directly to the accounting firm of 
Spalding & Company in San Francisco.
     "It takes the efforts of many people to make an event of this magnitude successful," said Karen Sutton, who served as the show's executive producer. "I greatly appreciate all of the contributions from the Board of Governors, the Emmy® Committee, our SFJAZZ and Beyond Pix Production teams and our volunteers."
     Director  Wayne Philippo , Production Manager  Sean Karlin , Lighting Director 
Robert Erdiakoff, Voices of God  Terry Lowry  and Fred LaCosse , Stage Manager 
Richard Harmelink, Trophy Manager Steve Shlisky, Ms. Emmy®  Lauren Freedman , Mr. Emmy®  Steven Sanders , and Envelope Manager  Freda Zheng
were vital to the show's success. Dozens of other volunteers worked to make this Emmy® gala such an impressive show. The night was full of Social Media posts on
our Twitter and Facebook pages, thanks to Governor  Noemi Zeigler  Sanche z and her team. 
      2016 Emmy® Event Committee members:  Kent Beichley, Wayne Freedman,  Louis Godinez, Richard Harmelink, Sean Karlin, George Lang, Da Lin, Terry Lowry, Ross Perich, Wayne Philippo, Keith Sanders, Steve Shlisky, Matt Skryja Julie Watts Kevin Wing,  Melanie WoodrowNoelle Walker
Pamela Young Patty Zubov  and Chairperson Karen Sutton. 
      "This year's Emmy® gala was one of my favorite to date," said Awards Chair Julie Watts. "Karen and Sean put on a fantastic show, as always, putting their heart and soul into making a memorable evening for our chapter."


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EMMY® 2016
Veteran KCRA Producer Captures
First Emmy in 27-Year Career
Special Projects Producer Manoucheri Beyond Elated

By David Manoucheri
Special to Off Camera

        I won my first Emmy® award on June 4, though I wasn't there to accept the award.
      A friend asked me what my acceptance speech for that award would have been and I said "About time! (drops mic)".
      You see, I've been in the business for 27 years and this is my first Emmy® award. Not the first nomination, mind you. I have dozens of those (enough to paper the walls of my house). I have to admit a slight amount of bitterness had crept in. I was calling myself the "Susan Lucci" of news Emmy® awards and the moniker stuck. It's partially why I didn't attend. I was certain the streak would continue. The year's competition was fierce.
     It's been 27 years since I started in TV. In that time, I've gotten, literally, dozens of "honor to be nominated" certificates; markets from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Omaha to Dallas to Sacramento. I have worked nearly every job, from director to reporter to photographer and field producer.
     Until tonight, I had never won. I heard speeches saying if I worked hard and just kept at it, this would come, the honor and recognition from my peers. I started mumbling words at the speakers that, if said on the air, would result in an FCC violation. One year in Dallas I had six nominations. During my ten years here in California...probably more.        Yes. I was bitter.
     But, things happened to change all that.
     Five years ago, my life was at a crossroads. My wife got sick. She went into the hospital and in less than a week...she was gone. Losing her income we also lost our home. I became a single dad to four kids: Abbi, Hannah, Noah and Sam.
     In the middle of that chaos, KCRA took a risk and hired me to be a special projects producer. I know our Assistant News Director, Jim Stimson, read some of my initial stories, while I was still in the grieving stages, and must have wondered "what the hell were we thinking?" Many of my scripts came back dripping in red ink. Rightfully so.
    But in time I helped start our investigative unit along with Jim, Millicent Ozdaglar, Kevin Oliver, and our boss, news director Lori Waldon. I was producing segments for our program "Common Ground" and had found my voice again...a voice that complained about how my scripts were tracked. Out of exasperation, I think, Millicent told me "just voice the damn thing yourself!"
     One day I found a story, about a painting.
      "Who Is Ralph Pekor?" was supposed to be about a prison mural, falling apart and in desperate need of repair. The more we probed, though, the less anyone really knew about the man who did the painting. We searched old records and newspapers. I bought old pictures on eBay! Soon, this tale had everything: a killing in Southern California; Hollywood actors; and Folsom Prison. It also has our anchor, Brian Heap, talking like a Chicago gangster, which I think made the story.
     The story wasn't about a mural, it was about Ralph. It was about a sad-sack character with a talent with paint and a brush and a knack for ending up in jail. His granddaughter even saw the story on the web. She loved it.
     I'm dating a wonderful woman these days. She reminded me just how compelling this story was and convinced me it was worth entering. I am so glad she did. After all, this intriguing story, like so many we try to tell, is about people.
     The road to this first Emmy® award wasn't easy. I know, it never is. But, the fact my life is so different in such great ways; the fact that this was such a good tell; the fact I was producer and reporter on this story; the trust and care KCRA 3, and my bosses all have in my ability to do this job. 
     For that...it might actually have been worth waiting 27 years
     Well.. maybe."

David Manoucheri is an Emmy® Award-winning special projects producer at KCRA in Sacramento. 


Shlisky Becomes Chapter President 
Chapter Veteran Begins First Term At Helm

          July 1 marked the beginning of a new year for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the selection of a new president.
          Steve Shlisky (SC '14) , elected to a two-year term, took over as Chapter president July 1. Shlisky, who has worked as a producer and editor at KTVU in Oakland since 1980, is a veteran of the Chapter's Board of Governors, having served as the longtime chairperson of the Chapter's Education Committee and as a national trustee representing the Chapter region. 
         Shlisky will preside over his first Board of Governors meeting July 9, to be held at the annual Chapter retreat, taking place this year at KTVU's Jack London Square studios.
         Shlisky succeeds Keith Sanders, of San Jose State University, who completed a four-year term as Chapter president June 30. Sanders remains on the Board as immediate past president. 
          Don Sanchez  (SC '00) has also been elected to serve a two-year-term as Vice President, San Francisco. Sanchez, who worked as an entertainment reporter, reporter, host and anchor at KGO-TV in San Francisco until retiring after a four-decade career there, succeeds Kevin Wing (SC '13), of ABC News, who completed his four-year term on June 30. Wing will continue to serve on the Board as an alternate national trustee representing the Chapter region.
        Current Vice Presidents Cynthia Zeiden (SC '15), of Zeiden Media, Kim Stephens (SC '14), of KMPH, and Pamela Young (SC '04), of KITV, were re-elected to serve their second two-year terms, representing Sacramento, Fresno and Hawaii, respectively. 
        Landon Miller, of KTVN, is new to the Board. He has been elected to serve as Vice President, representing Reno, replacing Terri Russell, of KOLO. Russell completed her four-year term June 30. She was elected to a two-year term as a Governor on the Board.
        Randy Forsman, of KCRA, who had been appointed as Chapter secretary last year, was elected to a new two-year term in that role. Jim Spalding, of Spalding & Company, was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer. 

Experience Prevails In Chapter's 2016 Board of Governors Election

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera 

      The results of the 2016 Board of Governors election for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences continues, as it has in previous elections, to reflect the experience and talent of this Chapter, representing both sides of the television camera. 
      Re-elected to second two-year terms on the Board of Governors are
Kent Beichley, of PAC-12 Networks; Wayne Freedman (SC '02) , of KGO-TV;   Luis Godinez , of KDTV;  Richard Harmelink , of KFSN;  Sean Karlin , independent; Joyce Mitchell (SC '10) , of 4 U Productions; and Melanie Woodrow, of KGO-TV. 
      Alison Gibson , of Media Cool, complete four years as Trustee; Terri Russell, of KOLO, completed four years as VP Reno; and Julie Watts, of KPIX, completed two years as Awards Chair.  The three will now serve is first term Governors.
Joining the Board for the first time are  Scott Patterson , of San Francisco State University, and  Juan Serna , of San Jose State University.
     The two-year terms for all began July 1.
     The Governors' first order of business will be in attending the Board of Governors retreat and Board meeting July 9. 

New Beginnings for S.F./NorCal Chapter
Steve Shlisky Assumes Presidential Duties, Readies
To Continue Keith Sanders' Successful Legacy

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President

       Spring into summer, we have just seen the season change, so it goes with your local NATAS Governing board. The new solstice of elected Governors and officers start their tenure on July 1.
       In this election season former Chapter President Keith Sanders terms out and I will replace him. "Replace" is a tall order because Keith has done a masterful job these last four years. I hope to continue the good works he has started.
Steve Shlisky
New Chapter President
       This transition is bittersweet. I will give up the Education Chair (as a producer/editor and an educator the Chair was a comfortable fit) to take the presidential duties. I am forever grateful to former chapter president Javier Valencia for this appointment. As committee chair I facilitated the high school awards and college scholarships. Both contests saw improved student participation. The scholarships added $6000 in awards thanks to a personal grant from NATAS Governor George Lang; presently there is $16,000 available to chapter colleges. This year we presented 13 Awards of Excellence (our top high school award), a new record for our chapter. For the first time these recipients will be automatically entered into a national competition against high school from other chapters.
       One of my duties as the incoming president is to appoint committee chairs. I have asked Keith Sanders to take on this position (basically we are switching places). Keith is a media producer at San Jose State University. His résume reflects many years working in local broadcast as well. He is well-suited for the chair duties.
       The appointment to president takes me out of my comfort zone. Finding time to monitor and participate in the committee activities of our vibrant chapter will be a challenge. I have been mentored from our fantastic past presidents Linda Giannecchini, Javier Valencia, Cynthia Zeiden and, of course, Keith Sanders. I am blessed with a fantastic board (many board members have been re-elected for another term and the incoming members look well-qualified). Many of the current chairs will be back as well. I expect that I will be looking to all of them for guidance.
      Like seasons, this change proposes renewal. I hope to bring new ideas and energy to our chapter. It is a challenge I gladly accept and as inevitable as the coming Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Thoughts From A Past President 
Keith Sanders Reflects on Four Years of Leadership of the NATAS S.F./NorCal Chapter

By Keith Sanders
Past Chapter President (2012-16)

     June 30 marked my last day as president of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. I was fortunate to serve two terms, which worked out to be 1,461 days. It was my honor to be entrusted with such a position.
Keith Sanders
Chapter President, 2012-16
     Our governors, chairs, officers and trustees collectively make up the best group of people I have ever encountered in my professional life. I respect their talent and intelligence. While most board votes are routine and unanimous, a good board should have the ability to make contentious decisions. That they did, from time to time. I'm pleased that lively debates always remained respectful, and everyone had their say even if the meeting went long. No, it didn't always go my way, but I think we made good decisions.
    While I'm sad to be leaving this position, I know that we're in good hands with Chapter President Steve Shlisky, who began his first term on July 1. His excellent contributions as Governor, Education Chairperson and National Trustee over the years makes me very optimistic for our Chapter's future.
      I will continue to participate on the Board.  This is not goodbye.

KXTV Promotes EP to News Director
Sam Cohen Now Overseeing TV and Digital Content

       Sacramento's  KXTV did not have to look far to find a new news director.
Sam Cohen
New KXTV News Director
       The ABC affiliate has hired Sam Cohen, who previously worked as the station's executive producer of digital and social, to be its next news director. 
       As Director of Content, Cohen will oversee digital as well as television for the station.
       Cohen takes over the news director duties from Jerome Parra, who left the station at the end of May after four years there as the station's news chief. 
       Prior to joining KXTV, Cohen worked at KTXL, the Fox station in Sacramento, as executive producer of digital content and as a senior producer. 
       Previously, she was also a news producer at KUTV in Salt Lake City and WDJT in Milwaukee.

News Director Jonathan Mitchell Leaves KNTV

          Jonathan Mitchell, news director at KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose, has left the station, it was announced in early July.
         His last day was July 6.  
         Mitchell joined the station in 2010.
         Previously, he was a news director for stations in Spokane and Toledo. He also worked in Cincinnati and Medford, Oregon.
         There were no details at press time as to who would succeed Mitchell. 

Future Journalists Take Center Stage
Chapter's High School Awards Honors Students


          Don Sanchez introduces high school students June 2 at Marin County's renowned 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The students, from Tamalpais High School, received awards for their television and multimedia work from the NATAS High School Journalism Awards from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 
        The awards were presented by Sanchez, the current vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Chapter's Board of Governors, who is the retired entertainment reporter, reporter and anchor from San Francisco' s KGO-TV ABC7. That same evening, the school's AIM Student Film Festival was presented at the theatre.

Patrick Emory, 73
Former CNN Anchor Worked at Sacramento's KOVR
Patrick Emory
Former KOVR Anchor
By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera         

       Patrick Emory, whose 33-year career in television news took him all over the country -- including to Sacramento, where he anchored the news at KOVR during a three-year stay there -- has died. 
        Emory, who was 73, passed away June 5 of natural causes at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
        Emory's illustrious, award-winning career as a news anchor was certainly recognized in Sacramento and northern California between 1991 and 1994, when he co-anchored KOVR's weeknight newscasts with Jennifer Whitney
        His work was also recognized nationally for a number of years during his tenure as an anchor with CNN.
        Born March 23, 1943, in Tampa, Florida, Emory graduated from California State University, San Jose (now San Jose State University), in 1967. 
        Besides KOVR and CNN, Emory's career took him to stations around the nation. His last station was WFTS in Tampa, where he retired in 2003. 
        Emory is survived by sons Peter Emory and Andrew Emory and grandchildren Samantha and Wyatt
        A memorial service was held June 17 in Sacramento. 
        Donations in Emory's memory may be made to the SPCA. 

Bay Area Stations View San Francisco Homeless Issue As Part of Project 

       More than 70 San Francisco Bay Area media organizations devoted a considerable amount of airtime and print space in late June while taking a new look at the city's homeless issue.
      Four network television stations -- Fox's KTVU, CBS' KPIX, ABC's KGO-TV and NBC's KNTV -- along with independent KRON, signed up for The SF Homeless Project.
     "We see the misery around us - the 6,600 or more people who live on the streets of San Francisco - and we sense it is worsening," reads a letter kicking off the campaign read on-air and posted to stations' websites. "We feel for the people who live in doorways and under freeways, and for the countless others who teeter on the edge of eviction. We empathize with the EMTs, the nurses and doctors, the social workers and the police. They are on the front lines of this ongoing human catastrophe."
      "This is an unprecedented effort by more than 70 media outlets to shine a spotlight on a significant issue that impacts everyone in the Bay Area," says KRON news director Aaron Pero in an interview with TVSpy. "In fact the Project's efforts have help spur media in other cities to take up the same action plan. Hopefully this project will continue past this week and even spread to additional topics."
       Below is what several of the stations covered as part of the campaign:

       KTVU: KTVU aired several homeless-related stories throughout the day at 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. all week.  Reporter Jesse Gary had the signature piece, which ran in the 10 p.m. newscast about the people, including families with kids, who can't afford housing in the South Bay and are living in RV's in Mountain View.
       The station's stories about the subject can be found at  http://www.ktvu.com/homeless

       KRON: KRON began its coverage with three stories.  The station set up a special section on its website, at  http://kron4.com/category/sf-homeless-project/

       KGO-TV: The station aired several stories that focused on the plight of the city's homeless and possible solutions to the issue. Watch their coverage at   http://abc7news.com/sfhomeless/

The Story Behind KRON's The BackStory
A Reality Show About Station's Video Journalists

By Michael Rosenthal
Special to Off Camera
      If you think video journalists don't have enough to do already, what with producing, shooting, reporting, writing, and editing their news packages (as well as setting up their own live shots and posting extra material on social media), how about making them the centerpieces of a reality show at the same time? That's what KRON 4 is doing with The BackStory, a locally produced weekly half-hour show now in its second season.
       Initially, the idea was met with a fair amount of skepticism. "The first time I heard this concept, I hated it," exclaims video journalist Will Tran. "I just thought that people should not see how the sausage is made."
       Others were afraid that that the show was just a way for the company to spy on them. According to video journalist Vicki Liviakis, "When we first started doing it, I said, We can't tell the true story about what really happens behind the scenes. We'd all be fired!"
       "My first thought was, This could be really cool or this could be really bad," says J. R. Stone, another VJ.
       Assignment Manager Bonnie Hitch recalls, "I was utterly horrified. When I first heard about it, I couldn't imagine how this was all going to work." Hitch is often seen in The BackStory giving reporters their daily marching orders. "My vision of it was that I was just going to be constantly on camera all day, and no matter what I did, it was going to be recorded. So it was absolutely horrifying. But in reality, it's turned out to be a much easier process. It's not nearly as frightening as I thought it would be."
      A typical BackStory segment follows two video journalists on the same day as they attempt to report their stories. It may start with the afternoon editorial meeting at the station, and normally includes behind the scenes footage of the studio and/or control room while the reporters' stories are being broadcast. The BackStory uses no written narration; the stories are told solely with the material captured on camera plus perhaps a few clips from airchecks and reporter packages.
    "I really thought that there wouldn't be that much interest because it's just -- we're hardworking journalists and that can't be that interesting. But apparently it is," says Liviakis. She adds, "There are a lot of comic moments. There are a lot of really stressful moments. And every time I look at it and my mom looks at it, she goes, Oh, you don't really do that, do you? Maybe you should find another vocation. This is too dangerous!"
      On any given day, anything can happen. Equipment can break. Stories can fall apart. A local eccentric might interrupt a live shot, testing a VJ's patience. A reporter may just happen to be on the scene when a missing girl's body is discovered. Or an intrepid VJ might scoop other reporters by hopping a fence and wading out into the bay where a couple of people are trapped in their car.
      In the latter case, BackStory producer/videographer Steve Relova was following KRON 4 VJ Terisa Estacio as she arrived on the scene. Crews from competing stations were already set up.
     "And Terisa looked out there, looked at everybody else standing on this side of the fence, all dry and she said Screw that! She put on some waders and jumped the fence," recounts Relova. Later, he adds, "The CHP guy comes up, and she thinks, Oh s--t! I'm busted. And he was like 'Can you talk to them for me?' He didn't want to hop the fence either and he was basically soliciting her help to ask, What are they saying? Why are they in the water? It was pretty funny."
      After The BackStory began airing last year, reporters began warming up to it. They soon realized that showing how the sausage is made might not be such a bad idea after all.
      "It's real, and it shows how difficult it can be for our reporters out in the field especially," says Hitch. "I think that's probably the most surprising thing for viewers, is just to see what Terisa Estacio goes through every day or what it's like with Will Tran in the morning or any of those crazy things that happen."
      "And they can see how hard it is and that you're flying from here to there, and something as inconsequential as I gotta go to the bathroom that I don't think people think about," adds Tran. "It almost makes it human, like we're just like you, only we just happen to work on this."
      It's those human moments that the staff of The BackStory looks for, sometimes to the chagrin of the reporters.
      "We take great pride in delivering the news and sometimes I don't feel the pride in things that I say off the cuff," says Liviakis. "And I groan. Like seriously, really, did I say that? Did I do that? Oh, God! And they really used it."
      On bigger stories, it's common for reporters from different stations to all be on the scene at the same time. They occasionally become part of The BackStory too. At first, that didn't sit too well.
     Relova remembers that some of them treated him like a pariah, "cussing at me and telling me, Don't you shoot me. You better not shoot me!"
      One such response came from a well-known, Emmy® Award winning reporter.
      "When he saw the camera he was not happy. He had no idea what the heck I was doing," explains Relova. "And then several months later -- I guess he must have seen the show since then -- and he was a lot warmer to me and actually talked to me and didn't use expletives and tell me not to shoot him and that kind of thing. He was okay with actually being on it, and we actually put him into one of the segments."
      According to J. R. Stone, in some ways The BackStory makes his job a little easier rather than harder. "When people start coming up to you and they say, Yeah, we know how it works. We watch The BackStory. Then you're like, OK, maybe we're making some progress here."
      The BackStory airs on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. on KRON 4. Jim Swanson is the Executive Producer and Ashley Gold Messina is the station's General Manager. Beginning July 18, KRON will air the program from 9 to 10 p.m. for five nights that week. 

Michael Rosenthal is a producer for "The BackStory".

KPIX's Cook Co-Hosts CBS' The Talk July 12

          Elizabeth Cook, a news anchor at KPIX in San Francisco, will appear on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show, CBS' The Talk, as a guest co-host on Tuesday, July 12, The show air from 1 to 2 p.m. 
Elizabeth Cook
        Cook will join hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood at the table. This will be Cook's first appearance on The  Talk
       Throughout the week of July 12, news anchors from five CBS-owned stations around the country will serve as guest co-hosts:
       Monday, July 11 : Kristine Johnson , WCBS-TV, New York
       Tuesday, July 12: Elizabeth Cook, KPIX 5, San Francisco 
       Wednesday, July 13: Lisa Hughes, WBZ-TV, Boston
       Thursday, July 14: Kaley O'Kelley, KTVT-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth  
       Friday, July 15: Ukee Washington, KYW-TV, Philadelphia
Coming Soon In Off Camera

Bob Jimenez
         What's  Bob Jimenez up to these days? 
         We featured the popular, former San Francisco news anchor in  Off Camera early last year. Now 70, Jimenez, who worked at KRON from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, is in Los Angeles nowadays and has taken on a new role. 
         Find out what he's doing this summer in Off Camera

On the Move
   Karen Sutton, Emmy® Gala producer for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and former general manager of Beyond Pix in San Francisco, joins Kaiser Permanente in Oakland as executive producer/video operations manager for its multimedia communications department.

     Sharokina Shams, news reporter at KCRA in Sacramento, is leaving broadcasting to work in communications for the California Restaurant Association. She joined KCRA in 2006. Prior to that, Shams worked at KSEE in Fresno. 

     David Bienick, news reporter at KCRA in Sacramento, joins WCVB in Boston. He joined KCRA in 2000. 

     Nate Serota, multimedia journalist at KITV in Honolulu, has left the television industry to become the public information official for the parks and recreation department for the City and County of Honolulu. In his 10 years at KITV, Serota also served as an associate producer, assignment manager, photographer and web editor. He received his second Emmy® Award last month in the Video Essay category. 

    Have a new job? Got a promotion? Retiring? We'd like to know about it. Please write to  On the Move  and  Off Camera Editor  Kevin Wing at kevin@emmysf.com .

The Health Reporter
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How to Curb Emotional Eating
Working in the television industry requires a superhuman ability to survive a daily grind of turbulent emotional stress. Tight deadlines, breaking news and a string of unpredictable events are enough to succumb to an emotional eating binge. You need food to fuel your muscles, but food also feeds your feelings.
Emotional vs. Physiological Hunger
When eating is triggered by an emotion rather than physiological hunger, it's known as 'emotional eating' and comes at a cost to your health. Emotional hunger is distinctly different from being physically hungry. It strikes suddenly, whereas the rumblings of physiological hunger occur gradually. 
Emotional hunger is a psychological need to fill a void and generally involves a craving for a specific food, i.e., a 'comfort food'. On the other hand, physiological hunger can be satisfied by any variety of foods and isn't focused on one particular item.
Comfort Foods
Comfort foods are foods that you crave to obtain a good feeling when you're in a negative mood, such as when you're angry or depressed. But you may also reach for comfort foods to sustain good, positive emotions, such as when you're happy, relieved or elated. Comfort foods become dangerous when they're unhealthy choices.
The most popular comfort foods for women are sweet, such as chocolate, ice cream and cookies.  Men, however, tend to gravitate towards food with more substance, such as pizza, steak, casseroles, and chips.
When physiological hunger is satisfied, you're more likely to stop eating, whereas when you're eating to satisfy an emotional need, you're more likely to continue eating past the point of being full. Emotional overeating often results in feelings of guilt and defeat if you're trying to lose weight. These feelings can trigger yet another emotional eating binge.
The Dangers
When you're eating emotionally and not when you physiologically need food, you'll tend to consume more calories than your body needs. If these extra calories aren't used, they'll be stored as fat which can eventually lead to health problems, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Managing Your Emotions
If you were given food as a reward or to cope with emotions (e.g., cookies or ice cream to 'cheer you up'), you never learned to manage your emotions. When food becomes your friend and your only strategy to resolve emotional distress, you risk the associated dangers of overeating and unhealthy eating.

Know Your Triggers 
Take ownership of your emotions and health. Dealing with emotions is a skill that's learned. Triggers often include: loneliness, boredom, sadness, fear, frustration, stress, depression, deprivation, anxiety, shame, lack of control, avoidance, and defeat. When you have the urge to eat emotionally, consider the following alternatives to cope:
  • Express your emotions rather than shove them down with food. Call a friend of write about your feelings in a journal.
  • Get physical or productive. Go for a walk/jog, play with your pet or play a game, or work out at the gym. (Exercise helps release endorphins that trigger feelings of well-being.) Wash the car, clean house, do laundry, work in the garden, or redecorate a room.
  • Calm yourself. Do yoga/meditation.
  • Seek help. Individual or group counseling may be effective in coping with emotional stress.
  • Find ways to have fun and laugh.
Be Aware of Your Behavior 
Be careful not to substitute your emotional coping mechanism (eating) with one that can lead to another negative out-of-control (addictive) behavior, such as compulsive shopping and spending, drugs/alcohol, or gambling.
The solution to emotional eating is to first recognize it as well as identify a pattern. The next time you have the urge to eat:
  • Stop and ask yourself if you're physically hungry.
  • Then rate your level of hunger on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being ravenous and 10 being so full you feel sick).
  • Next, describe your mood. Are you happy, sad, lonely, bored, stressed, etc.?
  • Then note what food you're craving.
This exercise will help you identify whether your need to eat is emotional or physiological, which emotions trigger you to eat, and which emotions are associated with particular foods.
Fit Tip:  It may not be necessary to completely eliminate comfort foods from your eating plan if you can eat them mindfully and with some restraint (i.e., a few spoonfuls of ice cream versus a whole pint). Practice dealing with your emotions and you'll learn to moderate the subsequent cravings.
Karen Owoc  is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist at John Muir Health/San Ramon Regional Medical Center. She is also a Health Education Instructor for Kaiser Permanente teaching nutrition and weight management. Owoc is a former NATAS Governor and produces/hosts healthy living TV segments. Stop by her website for more healthy how-to's at http://TheHealthReporter.tv.

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"Picture Perfect"
KGO-TV ABC7 photojournalists Cathy Cavey and Dean Smith spend a few moments looking at video shot recently while on assignment in San Francisco.

30 Years? Where Does The Time Go?
Carolyn Tyler Celebrates Three Decades At KGO-TV

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera
      Carolyn Tyler is nothing short of amazing. Oh, and enduring, too. How do we know? Well, for starters, she is celebrating 30 years at one television station!
     This month, Tyler is celebrating three decades at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco as a news anchor and reporter. She has done it all there: general assignment reporter, morning anchor, weekend anchor, weekday anchor. The list is endless!
      Recently, she marked her 30 years at the station with a special celebration with longtime friends and colleagues. Here she is, flanked by best friends (left to right) Rosie Allen, Barbara Rodgers, Cheryl Ward, Pam Moore and Belva Davis.
      Happy 30th anniversary, Carolyn, from all of us at Off Camera!

Do You Remember?

Emmy® Flashback 2004
The Emmy ® Goes to... 
What award, what station, and who are the recipients?

Do You Remember? If you do, please write to 
Off Camera Editor  Kevin Wing at  kevin@emmysf.com.
Last Month's question:
The year was 1988 at the Gift Center, KPIX 5 celebration. 

(back) Wendy Tokuda, Shaun Donohue, Nancy Graham, Angie Gordon,
           Michael Hoff, Don Bleu, Roy Moore, Mike Hegedus
(middle) Lori Hallman, Peter Maroney, Dianne Fukami, ?, Fred Elsenthal,
            Lindsey Jackson, Lou Wirth
(front) Mutley with trainer Gene Alba, Carolyn Wean, Bill Corona, ?.

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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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