October 2016
Special Gold & Silver Circle Edition 

Mark Your Calendar! 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon Oct. 29 in San Francisco
October 2016 "Off Camera:"
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: Buy Tickets Today for Oct. 29 Class of 2016 Induction Luncheon
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: Bay Area, Sacramento TV Veterans To Be Inducted Into Silver Circle
GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE 2016: Our Legacy in Pictures
Next Month in "Off Camera"
Chapter Presidents Meet in Chicago
KTXL's Lonnie Wong Receives Big Honor
"High School Sports Focus" Celebrates 25 Years
Longtime KPIX Publicist Leaving Station
Oakland Makes Film History with New Film Festival
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Wendy Tokuda
The Health Reporter
The Roundup
Oakland Hills Firestorm: 25 Years Later
On The Move
Our People: KGO-TV's Clyde Powell
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Silver Circle 2013
      The 2016 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon is less than a month away. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square.
      One of the highlights of the afternoon is the introduction of each inductee. They select close friends to do the honor.  You will see their names and photos above this story.
      Gold Circle inductee, Fred LaCosse, long time Bay Area newsman and program host, has selected Jim Schock, former news director at KGO and KRON.  He also served as bureau chief for ABC News.  Schock is currently the vice president of the Broadcast Legends.  
     Silver Circle inductee Randy Davis. video journalist at KGO ABC 7, will be introduced by KGO ABC 7 reporter Laura Anthony.  
     Robert Handa, KNTV NBC Bay Area and former KTVU reporter, will be introduced by KQED Newsroom anchor, Thuy Vu
     KTVU Fox 2 meteorologist  Bill Martin will be introduced by fellow KTVU Fox 2 meteorologist Mark Tamayo
     KGO ABC 7 reporter Lyanne Melendez will be introduced by KGO ABC 7 anchor/reporter Carolyn Tyler (SC 2007).  
     Political Analyst at Comcast and Time Warner and former KCRA reporter Steve Swatt will have his close friend Joyce Mitchell (SC 2010), of 4U Productions, introduce him. 
     KCRA News Director Lori Waldon will be introduced by KCRA's President & General Manager Elliott Troshinsky.
     The emcee for the day's festivities will be KGO ABC 7 anchor Dan Ashley (SC 2015). Ashley was in Africa last year and accepted via video. He will be officially inducted at the start of this year's ceremony.
     Another highlight of the event is the awarding of $10,000 in NATAS Scholarships to four outstanding students from local colleges. Proceeds from the luncheon support the NATAS scholarship fund, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. 
     As you will see from the photographs below of last year's luncheon, the event is much like a high school reunion. Gold & Silver Circle members and friends gather and get a chance to talk to colleagues' they have worked with over the years and meet new friends.
    The Gold & Silver Circle  is not an award - it is a society of honor. To be eligible for induction, individuals must have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years to be inducted into the Silver Circle, and 50 years or more to be inducted into the Gold Circle (with at least half of those years in the Chapter region), made a significant contribution to their local television markets and distinguished themselves within the industry and the community.  Silver Circle  inductees are elected by members of the  Silver CircleGold Circle inductees are selected by the NATAS Board of Governors.
     Individual tickets for NATAS members and their guests are $90, or $85 if purchased by Oct. 14; individual tickets for non-NATAS members are $95, or $90 if purchased by Oct. 14. Tables of 10 are available. Tickets will be held at the door.
      You may also want to place a salutation in the souvenir program. Ad sizes range from business card to full page.  
      For more information about the event, please visit the  Circles page at the Chapter website.

Our Legacy in Pictures: A Look Back At
2015 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon

Next Month in 'Off Camera'

Silver Circle 2013

Be sure to watch for the November issue of Off Camera for a special report on the 
Oct. 29 Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon! 
Read the stories! See the pictures! 
And, find out how you can purchase official NATAS photographs 
of this very special occasion!
That's next month in Off Camera!

See's Candies Donates Box for Each G&SC Guest

Each attendee at the Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon 
will receive a half pound box of See's Candies.

G&SC Wine Donated by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts

George and Claudia Lang 
The Big Picture Film and Video Arts 
will provide complimentary wine for the 
Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon on Oct. 29.

Chapter Presidents Meet in Chicago
Annual Meeting Focuses on Current Issues, Future of NATAS
In the Presence of Presidents
Steve Shlisky, San Francisco/Northern California Chapter President (front row, center), meets with other Chapter presidents from around the country in September at NATAS' annual presidents' meeting in Chicago.

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President

        Once each year the local chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences send their presidents, award chairs and administrators to a group of meetings to compare notes and discuss current issues and the futures of our organization. As your newly minted president of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, I recently met with my counterparts in Chicago (actually we met in Rosemont, at a near-to-the-airport Hyatt Regency). In a separate meeting, our Chapter's Award Chair, Wayne Freedman, met with the other 19 award chairs. National Award Chair Linda Giannecchini facilitated this meeting. Giannecchini is also one of our Chapter's trustees.
       Among the topics discussed at the president's all-day Friday meeting were improvements to Emmy® Express, suggestions for added member benefits, expansion of each local chapter's social media, selling Emmy® branded merchandise, and whether or not to make judging mandatory for those entering each of the local chapter Emmy® Awards.
       Every chapter is now using Emmy® Express, the software which runs things like the entry and judging process around each chapter's Emmy® Awards plus many other business applications that affect the local chapters. Over the last year the company developing the software, Frontera, has made over 100 "Phase Two" improvements in Emmy® Express. Frontera will soon improve the software in a Phase Three process, beginning in March of 2017, which should include a universal sign-on (where members will be able to do a number of activities with a single sign in) and an improved dashboard for every member.
      Among added member benefits, the presidents discussed branding items like mugs, t-shirts, backpacks with the Emmy® logo. These products could be offered to members for sale or giveaways by each of the local chapters. While many presidents believe this to be an added source of revenue and an exciting way to retain existing members and attract new ones, there were a few dissenters. Several presidents believe that it overly commercializes and cheapens our unique brand.
     Some of the chapters have adopted a mandatory judging policy. Once entered into the Emmy® Awards a member must judge within two years or pay a $25 penalty. The Lone Star chapter reported not only a greater participation in judging but an additional $12,325 collected in penalties. The president of that chapter, Jason Anderson, was asked if there were any complaints from its members, Anderson reported there were none, that of the 1145 entries, 652 participated in judging Emmy® entries and 493 paid the $25 penalty equaling $12,325.
      Other issues discussed were the protection of the Emmy® brand, copyright and logo, whether the local chapter presidents should automatically be the trustees, and cutting down on the number of national meetings held each year.
      While issues around Emmy Express® affect all the chapters equally, other matters, like the mandatory judging policy and offering branded products are up to each individual chapter. These meeting are a way for the presidents to compare notes and evolve the myriad aspects chapter governance.
      At the same time the presidents met, most of the local chapter administrators met to discuss issues around the business of running each chapter. On Saturday our local awards chair Wayne Freedman met all-day with his counterparts from across the country. Our Chapter Trustee Linda Giannecchini Chairs the National Awards committee and facilitated this meeting and represented our chapter at the administrator's meeting. 

Longtime KTXL Anchor/Reporter Honored
Lonnie Wong Recognized for Work, Civic Contributions 

Lonnie Wong Receives Worthy Honor
Lonnie Wong receives a proclamation from the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in late September, recognizing his many years of work in broadcast journalism in Sacramento and his commitment to the community. 

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

         Lonnie Wong, an anchor and reporter at Sacramento's KXTL for almost four decades, was recognized in late September by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for his decades of service to journalism and the greater Sacramento Valley community. 
Lonnie Wong
       Earlier this summer, Wong received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Journalists Association for his outstanding contributions to television journalism. 
       Wong co-founded the Sacramento Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and has served on its board for its entire 31-year history.
       In February, he will celebrate his 37th anniversary with the station. 
       Wong has received numerous accolades for his work and involvement in the community. He  has been recognized by the California State Legislature for his work in broadcast journalism.
       During the initial years of the AAJA Sacramento chapter, Wong helped create student mentoring programs and presented media access workshops for the Asian Pacific non-profit community, programs that AAJA National has expanded upon over the years.
       He has served on the national AAJA board and has been a contributor to numerous Student Broadcast Projects at past AAJA conventions, both as a project coordinator and as a staff volunteer and mentor. He has also served on the Unity program committee, coordinating convention workshops.
      Prior to joining KTXL in 1980, Wong was a freelance radio reporter, TV sound technician, TV news photographer and field producer for national television networks as well as local television stations in Los Angeles and San Diego. 

Celebrating 25 Years on the Sidelines
Braunstein's "High School Sports Focus" Milestone

By Robert Braunstein
Special to Off Camera

        Twenty-five years ago I started a high school sports show at KICU-TV Channel 36 in San Jose. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time. I just thought a highlight and feature show on high school sports could work in the Bay Area. I had earned my Master's Degree at the University of Missouri, where I covered lots of prep sports. I had also worked in Laredo, Texas, where high school sports is king.
        So, why not a show in the Bay Area. I went to an account executive at C36 and asked if he thought we could sell a sponsor to this kind of show. Not only did he find one, but he quickly signed Tom Roulette from Courtesy Chevrolet to the show's first sponsorship.
        Our management team wasn't really thrilled about having to now put on a high school show since we had a signed sponsor. But we did with a bunch of brash twentysomethings going to work to design a set which included a Honda Civic cut in half from Atlas Auto Wreckers. We put the set together on nearly no money and started the show.
Robert Braunstein
High School Sports Focus

       Very quickly, High School Sports Focus became one of the highest-rated shows on the station. Our management team discovered very quickly that this show would be important for the station. Whenever they went to a public event, this new high school program was all people would talk about. The show was live, at 11 p.m. Friday nights, which was absolutely crazy. I would go out and shoot a game, come back and either edit and write the highlights myself or hand them off to a staff member to cut if I was running too late. I then ran to the men's room to put on my make-up and into the studio for the live show. I was reading scripts for the first time live!
      We made lots of mistakes those early years, and there were many of what I called nuclear disaster shows where so many things went wrong. One week, I came back to see two fire engines in the parking lot because there was a fire in a dumpster. Another week a cable was in the wrong slot in master control so we were in black for what seemed like an hour. In fact it was about five minutes, which in television is an eternity. One week my game at San Ramon Valley High School went into overtime, the parking lot was packed on the way out and I didn't get back to the station until 10:55 p.m. I handed off my tape, ran into the studio and went live. For some reason, any time Oak Grove High School and my good friend, Coach Ed Buller, were scheduled to be live on the set, something bad happened. But, most often it went well, 400 shows in all.
      Owning the show means doing it all including human resources, IT work, gear repairs, After 10 years at KICU, I left and started my own show with my own production company. Once again, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never produced an entire show on a computer before. I always had a control room to put on all the graphics and roll tape. Now everything had to be done in the computer. This was 2002, so computers did not have the processing power they do today. I worked every waking hour on those first shows, just trying to get them done. I learned a lot about computer processing and what needs to be done on a Pentium II computer to feed out a show onto Beta tape.
       I had never owned a business before, so this was a crash course in web development, human resources, accounting, bookkeeping, graphic design, camera repair, IT, and most importantly, sales. Getting sponsors in the show is what pays the bills and keeps the show alive. It is the hardest thing I do. We have had great, supporting sponsors over the years. People like Gary Riekes at the Riekes Center. Kevin Compton has been an angel for our show not only as a sponsor but as a moral compass I count on for his sage advice. Companies like Wells Fargo Bank, Blach Construction, Stevens Creek Toyota, Lexus of Stevens Creek, DGDG.com and many others who have supported us over the years. My problem with sales is I care too much. It hurts every time a potential sponsor I believe would be a perfect fit says no. How can anyone not want to support this type of positive attention to our local teens? Out of every one sponsor that comes into the show there are so many others who say no.
       This year marks my 25th year producing a high school sports show on television overall and my 15th producing the show as my own small business. I had never owned my own business, so I had to learn a lot. Still, my company has shown a profit every year and will again this year. Our generous sponsors have helped us hand out more than $300,000 in scholarships and gifts to schools over the 15 years. We have shown thousands of teen athletes in a positive way every week. I have trained dozens of talented young people, many of whom have gone on to major markets to continue their broadcasting careers.
      I've covered so many great athletes. My interview with Pat Tillman after his Leland High School team won a section title showed me what a fine human being he was. Pat had a great game that night, despite not feeling well. Afterwards, he told me it was his teammates who lifted him up and his team to victory. I was crushed when Pat was killed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. Such a loss for our nation and our area. I will never forget the day I was covering his brother, Kevin, at a Leland soccer game when Pat came over to chat. Before leaving he said, "Keep up the great work, you're doing good stuff."
     My interview with Marshawn Lynch after he won the Silver Bowl, the Oakland League title game his senior year was a classic. After the game, it was all I could do to keep from laughing as Marshawn in his excitement said, "Oh my linemen, if I wasn't so broke I'd take them all to Sizzler".
      Keri Walsh might have been the greatest athlete I've covered. Keri won state titles in volleyball and basketball. She really is as sweet and gracious a person as she seems on TV. She has shown me how a person can remain humble even when you are the best in the world.
     So many memories of great games with great players competing for the love of the game. Many of the players never playing beyond high school, but going on to do great things in their lives taking what they learned in competitive sports along with them into the business world.
     I have met so many wonderful coaches who gave their lives to help young people. Coaches who make very little money, but love their players and sacrifice time away from their families and friends to influence young lives. Coaches like McClymonds High School head basketball coach Dwight Nathaniel. Coach Mo lost his wife in a car accident the summer before leading his team to a perfect 36-0 record and a state title. There was no movie made about this coach, this team, and no one would believe it. A team from very rough west Oakland winning every game that year despite so much adversity. I've never seen a coach and his players needing each other as much as this team with the nickname, "Mack Family".
      I never planned to spend a quarter century of my life covering high school sports on television. My Masters in Journalism did not prepare me for what I have learned over these years. The joy of producing this show each week is something I just cannot explain. What can you say when a teenager thanks you for coming to their game, when a parent tells you how much a story we aired means to them, when you see an athlete who received one of your scholarships goes off to college with dreams of a brighter future. I am privileged to have fallen into this career, It's been so much fun, so much work, and so incredibly rewarding. At some point in the not too distant future it will all end. I will either sell the show or hand it off to someone who can carry the torch.
      Until then, I'll be on the sideline, on the court, at the games, carrying a camera on my shoulder recording another small piece of Bay Area sports history. 
WATCH: High School Sports Focus can be seen on Comcast SportsNet California 
Directv 698, Dish 438, Comcast 721 and Uverse 767.

Robert Braunstein, who, for many years was the sports director and anchor at KICU-TV in San Jose, is the creator and host of 'High School Sports Focus' on Comcast SportsNet. 

Longtime KPIX Publicist Leaving Station
Akilah Monifa Also Produced Public Affairs Shows

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      Akilah Monifa, who for 15 years has served as the director of communications and public affairs at San Francisco's KPIX a nd KBCW and has also produced and executive-produced several public affairs programs there, is leaving the station. 
Akilah Monifa
Ready for life's next chapter
    Monifa told Off  Camera on Sept. 28 that her last day at the CBS and CW stations will be Oct. 14. She says she is getting ready for the next chapter in her life and career, which will involve writing. 
      She has handled  a wide range of responsibilities for the San Francisco stations.
      Monifa has been serving as spokesperson to KPIX and KBCW, to the trade press and to community organizations throughout the Bay Area. 
     Additionally, Monifa has served as Executive Producer of three public affairs shows and producer of two: Bay Sunday , Bay Area Focus and Black Renaissance.
      Monifa has served as a leader of the stations' various community service activities, including the Walk to Cure Alzheimer's, Food for Bay Area Families, the KPIX/KCBS Spelling Bee, the AIDS Walk and many others.  
     Additionally, Monifa has been the stations' central booker for placing on-camera talent at community events.  
    She has also coordinated the stations' intern programs.  

Oakland Makes Its Own Film History
New Film Festival Launches at New Parkway Theater

Story and Photographs 
By Don Sanchez
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
Cinema Club Chair

       You're watching a movie, reclining on a comfortable couch, enjoying a pizza in one hand and a beer or glass of wine in the other. But you're not at home.
       It's the way we watch films in the New Parkway Theatre in Oakland. Pretty laid back.
       The theater is on eclectic 24th Street where the monthly Oakland Art Murmur happens.
       It's just around the corner from the emerging Uptown District where trendy restaurants share the blocks with chic boutiques.
      That change is part of the Oakland story showcased at the first All Oakland Mini Film Festival on Sept. 17. Short films that honestly examine the past and project a  hopeful vision for the future.
      There were unintentionally funny clips from the 1940s and 50s, a compelling documentary on the graffiti culture, and pieces on a city in transformation.
      The audience was able to interact with the filmmakers, reacting to their interpretation and their connection to the city.
      The film festival started the day in the New Parkway, but ended the evening with outdoor screenings.
      I was surprised and fascinated by parts of the Oakland culture and history few of us may know about. 
      A reporter is always learning something new.
      NATAS members had been invited to provide videos for the film festival and to attend at half price.  It turned out to be a day of enlightenment... and entertainment.
     Festival Creator-Director Chelsea b.w. says she was "very pleased with the outcome of this first festival and the..mix of films and filmmaker conversations."
    Our Chapter president  Steve Shlisky was there that evening as well.  "Chelsea produced a truly unique festival by screening a series of eclectic films by and about Oakland," Shlisky says. "I have lived and worked in this city for over half my life and saw so many images and places I never knew existed. It was wonderfully fun."
          I'm glad I saw some of it as well. 
          I suggest we all plan to explore the stories that unfold at next year's festival.
          Maybe one of them will be yours.

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Gold & Silver Circle Profiles

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Wendy Tokuda
Silver Circle Class of 2001

       Wendy Tokuda is synonymous with the Bay Area. And, with excellence in television journalism. As many of you know, Tokuda retired this summer after more than 40 years in television. She had worked in Seattle, and Los Angeles, and, of course, right here in the Bay Area, where she had worked for most of her career.
     She made her mark early, coming to work at San Francisco's KPIX in 1976. Still in her 20s, she eventually rose to become one half of the legendary anchor team with Dave McElhatton (SC '88), creating appointment television in the Bay Area -- at 6 and 11 p.m. weeknights -- for many years with the station's Eyewitness News. People weren't just talking about them. People were watching them. It showed in the ratings. The team was No. 1 in the Bay Area throughout much of the 1980s.
     Tokuda, who was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2001, is, much like who McElhatton was, a legend herself in our business. She has done it all. It's been a bit less than two months since Tokuda retired, and it's still taking a little time for most of us in the Bay Area to get used to no longer seeing her on television. These days, instead of seeing her walking through the newsroom, you'll most likely spy her tending to her lovely vegetable garden in her spacious backyard, the envy of everyone in her neighborhood.
Eyewitness News Dream Team
At KPIX in the early 1980s, with (left to right) Joel Bartlett, Dave McElhatton and Wayne Walker
     One of the most prominent anchors and reporters ever to grace TV screens in the Bay Area, Tokuda's 40-plus years in television was wrapped up nicely in a celebrated, colorful career that included starting out in her hometown of Seattle before moving to the Bay Area in the mid-1970s to begin the first of what would ultimately be two tenures at KPIX. Tokuda's Bay Area career wouldn't be complete, of course, without mentioning her tenure at KRON, which she graced the TV screen for upon her return from Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, remaining there for a decade before returning to KPIX to finish out her career.
       Tokuda began her television career at KING-TV in Seattle.
       "The news director turned me down something like four times," Tokuda says. But then, he gave her a chance.
       First a secretary for the station, she moved to the station's news department as a reporter.
       After six months on the air, station management promoted her to weather anchor and science reporter.
       "It sure didn't feel like a promotion," she says. "I told them, 'well, I don't know anything about the weather, or science.' And the news director said, 'Any good general assignment reporter can be a science reporter. And we're going to show you how to do the weather.'
First 4 News
In 1997, with co-anchor Pam Moore at KRON
       She did one weather rehearsal. That was it, she said. Then, they put her on the air, in front of the weather map, in which she used magnets to illustrate cold fronts, temperatures and sunny skies.
       "I struggled to get a few words out, then fumbled through this horrible thing. It was torture. And, after that newscast, no one would make eye contact with me. You know what that means."
       Afterwards, Tokuda sat in a chair, trying not to cry. She felt horrible.
       Later, one of the station's anchors told Tokuda not to worry. He said to her, 'I'll bet you $50 that one day you will go farther than anyone else will who's sitting in this studio'.
      The rest is history.
      San Francisco, and KPIX, came calling in 1976. Once in the Bay Area, Tokuda began reporting for the station, eventually being promoted to weekend anchor. Eventually, by the late 1970s, she began anchoring weeknights with McElhatton -- and along with meteorologist Joel Bartlett (SC '03) and sports anchor Wayne Walker (SC ' 95), the foursome, with the Eyewitness News franchise, became the most popular anchor team in the Bay Area by the early 1980s. It was a dominance that would last until Tokuda left KPIX in 1991 to be an anchor and reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles.
        While in Los Angeles, her work included coverage of the Rodney King beating and the riots that ensued, the Northridge earthquake and, of course, the O.J. Simpson saga.
Governors' Award Celebration
In 2010, after receiving the Governors' Award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 
      "I didn't like it, it was disconcerting," says of her time in Los Angeles. "It was, I guess, the fact that Hollywood can be all about money. There was this crevasse, this gap, between the races, exposed in a really sad way. A gap between the rich and the poor. I think the Bay Area is more integrated than it is in L.A."
        Tokuda remained in Los Angeles for five years, until opportunity in the Bay Area came knocking for her to return and work as an anchor at KRON. She was hired by then-KRON news director Dan Rosenheim, who later became vice president of news at KPIX and subsequently brought Tokuda back to KPIX after a decade at KRON.
        Returning to the Bay Area, Tokuda "wanted to drop down to the ground and kiss the earth", she says. "To do what I do, there aren't a lot of jobs doing what I do, and it didn't matter what I'd done before I left for L.A., or what my reputation was. None of that mattered. What mattered would be, 'was there an opening?' And there aren't many openings for people who do what I do. You have to just wait, and be lucky. And, I happened to get lucky."
        When she returned to the Bay Area to work at KRON, she began anchoring the station's then-new 4 p.m. newscast, First 4 News, with co-anchor Pam Moore (SC '10). She eventually began co-anchoring with Pete Wilson (SC '01), too.
Tending to the Garden
Tokuda, at home doing a little pruning in her backyard
        "I had a whole different appreciation for the Bay Area, and to be in this place where I felt so at home, and where people are.. well, where there are so many good people," Tokuda says. "Not that there aren't good people in L.A. But, there are so many communities here in the Bay Area. And, I was a part of the community. I was so happy when I came back to the Bay Area."
        During her earlier years with KPIX prior to leaving for Los Angeles, Tokuda was a calming, authoritative presence with McElhatton following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
        In 1985, when a wayward humpback whale entered San Francisco Bay and remained there for days -- with the Bay Area news media and an adoring public subsequently nicknaming the whale, Humphrey -- Tokuda shined during the saga, documenting the whale's saga and eventual rescue. She, along with now-former husband, Richard Hall (a former executive producer at KTVU in the 1980s and the son of Monty Hall of 1960s-70s' Let's Make a Deal fame) -- created three reality-inspired children's books about Humphrey.
       That passion for connecting with children slowly surpassed Tokuda's desire to command the anchor desk. Her most endearing endeavor, "Students Rising Above", is her most important work. The segment highlights a non-profit organization that helps at-risk students who excel in the classroom despite harrowing personal challenges. The franchise began when Tokuda was at KRON; it moved with her to KPIX.
      If Tokuda could name those who were most influential to her in her career, there would be three people: Don McGaffin, who was managing editor at KPIX (as well as a media critic and commentator) during Tokuda's first years at the station; McElhatton; and Bruno Cohen, KPIX's president and general manager.
      McGaffin was instrumental in Tokuda's career. He would edit her scripts with a pencil. And he did something that would become invaluable to her.
      He offered to come in once a week, early before work, to help her hone her skills.
      "He was incredibly generous with his time," Tokuda says.
      McElhatton helped her to become a better anchor. 
      "Mac was the one who taught me how to write for anchoring," she says. He'd tell her to write more conversationally. "He was that kind of teacher. He affected forever the way that I anchored.
       McElhatton also told Tokuda to do her best never to make factual errors, saying that viewers would never let her forget it.
       "You cannot make a factual error," he told her. "I am not being mean here," he said, "but you are a minority, and you are young. They are going to be judgmental if you make a factual error."
       "The standard was different then for a young woman of color," Tokuda says. "And that's how it was back then."
      Through the years at KPIX during her first tenure there, Tokuda and McElhatton anchored coverage of every major story, including the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck the Bay Area on Oct. 17, 1989. In the first hours following the earthquake, the pair anchored their coverage from a partially-lit newsroom because electricity had been knocked out in the studio. 
       On Aug. 19, Tokuda said goodbye to KPIX and to television news. At age 66, she was ready to move on after some 42 years in the business. 
      These days, Tokuda spends more time with her husband and the five daughters they share while continuing to pursue her continuing passions of storytelling, environmental restoration and finding ways to help at-risk children. She is also quite a green thumb in her sprawling garden.
      She is also one of the nicest, most down-to-earth human beings you could ever meet. 

Kevin Wing has been writing 'Gold & Silver Circle Profiles' for 'Off Camera' since the summer of 2007. A 2013 Silver Circle inductee, he is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer, reporter and assignment editor in the Bay Area, currently associated with ABC News and 'Good Morning America' . He also has a production company, Kevin Wing Media Communications, and serves as alternate national trustee on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Since 2013, Wing has served as editor of 'Off Camera'.

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Fit Feasting This Fall

          Fall is here. That means a harvest of new and returning TV shows' premieres. It's the season for change. Autumn, with its emerging warm glow, signals it's time to evolve. As the deciduous trees let go of the old to prepare for the new, perhaps it's the perfect time for you to shed your old ways of dieting and try some new foods, cooking techniques and recipes! Designate fall as a time to try something new - especially if the foods you're eating are as boring as last season's reruns.
Face Your Fall Food Fears
        Perhaps fall brings visions of binging, bloating and weight gain caused by the annual sugar fests (a.k.a. Halloween), harvest festivals, turkey feasts, and super bowls of football food, but there IS a way to survive the season. By planning ahead, preparing some healthier alternatives and staying satiated (i.e., no starvation diets), you can still share in the festivities, occasion and fun. By bowing out of the event altogether or denying yourself nourishment, you can be setting yourself up for frustration, loneliness and binge eating later.
       Prime-time snacking season has also arrived with the long-awaited return of football. But being healthy doesn't mean you can't take part in the social feeding frenzy. Just consider some other ways to bypass the greasy processed chips, chicken wings, sodas, and pizza. Here are a few fashionable fall foods to try:
- Bruschetta with Garden Tomatoes and Basil - Brush some fresh pesto on the roasted bread for another layer of flavor.
- Cowboy Caviar (a tangy spin on Texas black bean dip) - Great for dunking chips or as a 'salsa' for tacos!
- Belgian Endive (also in season) makes an ideal 'scoop' for dips
- Zesty Home-Baked Tortilla Chips with Mango-Avocado Salsa
- Chipotle Chicken Tacos (made with chicken breast)
- Catfish Tacos with Citrus Salsa
- BBQ Grilled Shrimp Toast
- Fresh Iced Lemonade Tea
- Cranberry-Orange Spritzers
Be a Healthy Adventurer!
      Fall is an excellent time to make changes in your life as fall is all about preparing for new growth. In life, you're either in a state of growth or decay. Think about taking one small adventurous step toward getting healthier each day. By doing so, in a year, you will have made a significant change in your life.
Karen's Fit Tip
Don't dwell on that cookie you couldn't resist. Beating yourself up because you "went off your diet" will only bring on feelings of failure and defeat. At the end of each day, ask yourself what you did to get you closer to your goal. Those are the kinds of thoughts that will propel you forward and sustain your motivation.

Karen Owoc is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiac rehabilitation at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital and a Health Education Instructor for Kaiser Permanente. She is a former NATAS Governor and produces/hosts health and lifestyle TV segments. Visit her website for more healthy living how-to's and her real food recipes at http://TheHealthReporter.tv.

The Roundup

The Roundup is a quick look around the Chapter of what is happening in each region. If you have something to contribute, please write to Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing  at kevin@emmysf.com .

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: The beautiful Victorian home in San Francisco's Alamo Square neighborhood that was featured on ABC's Full House is for sale. If you have $4.15 million, it's yours. The house's exterior was featured in the opening credits of the popular show, which ran on the network from 1987 to 1995. The home is one of the famous "Painted Ladies"  Victorian homes and is one of the most photographed homes in the City by the Bay. The house was built in 1883.

SACRAMENTO: A familiar face returns to California's capitol city in the form of Jim Kozimor. Comcast SportsNet  is bringing back Kozimor for the inaugural season at the Golden 1 Center. The 30-year veteran of the sports broadcasting business is the newest addition to the Kings broadcast team after seven years away from the Sacramento market.  Former Kings star Doug Christie is expected back for pregame and postgame duties. And Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds will continue their work on the television broadcast, as will sideline reporter Kayte Christensen Kozimor spent plenty of time in the Sacramento market as a television personality for both the Kings and the Monarchs from 1998 to 2009, as well as a radio host on KHTK 1140. He brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and is a familiar face for most longtime Kings fans.  He will continue to be the primary host for CSN Bay Area's signature program SportsTalk Live and will contribute to SportsNet Central as well as  the network's MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL studio shows. See On the Move for more on Kozimor's move to Sacramento. 

FRESNO:   Fresno Governor and FOX26 reporter,  Erik Rosales , is recovering from severe complications from knee replacement surgery. He's in the hospital and expects to be on an antibiotic drip for at least six weeks. It is not known when he'll be able to get back to work. You are welcome to share your well-wishes on Erik's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Erik-Rosales-433353480129119/   
Fresno State students in the Mass Communication and Journalism department joined KSEE24 and FOX26 news crews in Washington DC covering the Central Valley Honor Flight. 65 veterans and their volunteer guardians had a whirlwind 3 day visit to the memorials and monuments built in their honor. The Fresno State students are putting together a documentary of this trip, along with a story that will air on the student run Fresno State Focus newscast.  KSEE24 MMJ Gregory Woods shot stories to air when he got back. 

FOX26 crew Bert Montelongo and Kim Stephens went live during the morning Great Day newscast from the Iwo Jima and World War II Memorials, Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. They were also live throughout the trip on Facebook and put stories together for the FOX26 10pm News with both a traditional camera and with their cell phones using the Videolicious App. All veterans go on this trip for free - paid for by donations. Only one more funded trip is scheduled for the end of October. 

He may not have a great pitch but Kopi Sotiropulos has a great connection with his community. That's why he was voted 'Fresno Famous.' Kopi from FOX26 threw out the first pitch at the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game (Astros' AAA team) and helped design the team's Hawaiian themed jerseys which were auctioned off to benefit the MS Society and Crohn's Disease Foundation. Kopi beat out Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr, another Fresno favorite son.
Andrew Marden is back home from covering the Rio Olympics. The KSEE and CBS47 Sports Director was all over the Nexstar stations and social media with his stories about the games, local athletes and behind the scenes experiences.

At KFSN, its ABC30 Action News Midday newscast has expanded its newscast to one hour, at 11 a.m. The longer newscast began Sept. 12. The station broadcasts 38 1/2 hours of news every week. 

RENO: Reno drops in the Nielsen national market rankings. Of Nielsen's 210 Designated Market Areas, 47 increased their positions, while an equal number dropped in the new 2016-17 rankings. The latest data was released last month. Of all the moves, the largest was Reno's six-spot drop to 112, with Des Moines, Iowa, the biggest gainer, rising three slots to 69.

HONOLULU:  The tenants of the next season of Fuji Television and Netflix's Terrace House will be finding themselves in paradise. Filming of the reality show will take place in Hawaii. Terrace House is a non-scripted reality show that takes six strangers (3 male and 3 female) and have them move in together for a month. The show was originally aired as a TV segment on Fuji Television from 2012 to 2014 before a partnership was made with Netflix to move it to the streaming network with Terrace House: 'Boys & Girls in the City' . Aloha!

SMALL MARKETS: Eureka's first television station, KIEM-TV, began operations 63 years ago this month. On Oct. 25, 1953, California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc., which owned the station at the time, signed on as KIEM-TV, assigned to Channel 3. Ever wonder what KIEM stands for? Funny you should ask. It stands for "Keep Informed Every Minute". The station, by the way, was once owned by Precht Television. Bob Precht, president of the company, was the son-in-law of TV's legendary  Ed Sullivan.

Oakland Hills Firestorm: 25 Years Later
An 'Off Camera' Special Report Coming in November 

         This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills firestorm -- the worst wildfire in California history and the seventh deadliest fire in U.S. history. It began as a small fire on Oct. 19, 1991. Firefighters dispatched to the scene extinguished the blaze, but the next day, on Oct. 20, the fire re-erupted. When the wildfire was put under control three days later, it had claimed 25 lives. Nearly 3,300 homes and 500 apartments were destroyed, 1,500 acres were left scorched and 150 people had been injured. The economic loss was $1.5  billion. 
        The fire affected many of us, either personally or professionally. Were you personally affected by the fire? Were you working at the time and covering the fire for your station? If so, we would like to hear from you. In the November issue of Off Camera, we will mark the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills firestorm by telling your story and how the fire affected you.
Share your story with us
      If you'd like to be included in next month's special report, please write to Off Camera Editor Kevin Wing  at kevin@emmysf.com
On the Move
Jim Kozimor
  Jim Kozimor returns to the Sacramento market as a member of the Sacramento Kings broadcast team. Kozimor, being brought back to Sacramento by Comcast SportsNet, will host Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live from the new Golden 1 Center. 

     Alayna Gomez  joins KTVU in Oakland as a weekend anchor and reporter. Her first day is Oct. 10. Gomez leaves WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut.

Alayna Gomez
Lydia Pantazes joins KRON in San Francisco as a reporter. Pantazes leaves KEYE and Telemundo, both in Austin, Texas. Previously, she worked at KCOY and KKFX in Santa Maria. 

    Bethany Crouch, morning anchor at KTXL in Sacramento, is  leaving the station after nine years. She made the announcement on the air in September. She did not disclose what she will be doing next.

    Jim Parker, former director of digital operations at KPIX in San Francisco and formerly with the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, joins KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa, as news director. Since leaving KPIX in 2013, Parker has been working in Washington, D.C., most recently as an executive producer at WJLA-TV. 
Bethany Crouch

    Aaron Wilson joins KTVU in Oakland as a morning producer for Mornings On 2. Wilson leaves KMPH in Fresno, where he was a producer of the station's Great Day broadcast. 

    Brian Flores joins KCPQ, the Fox affiliate in Seattle, as an anchor and reporter. Flores will anchor the station's new weekend morning newscast and report during the week. He leaves KTVU in Oakland, where he had been an anchor and reporter since 2012. 

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Our People

"Covering the South Bay with Dedication"
KGO-TV ABC7 photographer Clyde Powell, based at the station's South Bay Bureau in San Jose, has been covering San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley for nearly 40 years, and he has done it all, from breaking news live shots to feature stories. The Bay Area news veteran, who grew up in the town of Corning in northern California, is a familiar face on story assignments and at news conferences. Sometimes, Powell puts on a gruff exterior; he's actually a very nice guy, and is one of the true professionals all of us have counted on through the years. A true asset for ABC7 News

Do You Remember?
Can you name this producer/writer?
What stations did he work for?
What did he do before TV and what name did he use?
Hint: He is a member of the Silver Circle.

In September's 
Do You Remember?..
We wanted to know if you could name these two CNN anchors. 
Who are they?
Dave Walker and Lois Hart ( Silver Circle Class of 2003)  Co-anchored CNN's first newscast in 1980.  Returned to KCRA 3 in Sacramento for a long anchoring career, retiring in 2008. They also worked at KOVR

Do You Remember?
 If you do, please write to 
Off Camera Editor  Kevin Wing at  kevin@emmysf.com.

NATAS Announces Emmy Recipients
for National News and Documentary Awards

       Recipients of the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy®  Awards were announced in September by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).
       The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln
Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
       The event was attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news
and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy® Awards were presented in 46 categories.
       "The National Academy takes great pride in honoring the men and women that bring us the news of  the day while providing us with the background analysis that we need to be well-informed citizens
of the world," says  Chuck Dages, chairman of NATAS. 
       "(The event) is a celebration of the great work of the national news media organizations and their  continual pursuit of the story and the facts that is the cornerstone of our nation and its dedication to  the freedom of information," says  Bob Mauro , president of NATAS.
      Stanley Nelson, documentarian and founder of Firelight Media, was honored for his mastery of the  craft of the documentary, particularly the historical documentary, and for his distinguished body of  films exploring the many facets of the African American experience. The lifetime achievement award  was presented by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Bill Moyers .
      This year's award presenters included:
Dana Bash, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Co-Anchor, CNN Election Center  N.J. Burkett , Award-winning correspondent for New York's Eyewitness News, WABC-TV, and
a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences,  Fred Cohen , Chairman, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,  Chuck Dages , Chairman, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,  Lester Holt , Anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Anchor of Dateline NBC,  Bob Mauro , President, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,  Jane Pauley , Contributor to CBS Sunday Morning. Emmy and Edward R Morrow Award  winning journalist and former Co-Host of the Today Show and former Anchor of Dateline, NBC  David Rhodes , President, CBS News,  Maria Elena Salinas , Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univision and Co-Host of the news magazine,  Aquí y Ahora,  Marvin Scott , Senior Correspondent of New York's PIX 11 News at 10, host of the weekly,  issues-oriented program PIX 11 News Closeup and a former Trustee of the National Academy  of Television Arts & Sciences,  George Stephanopoulos , Anchor of ABC News Good Morning America and This Week with  George Stephanopoulos,  Jake Tapper , Anchor, State of the Union and The Lead with Jake Tapper, and CNN Chief  Washington Correspondent,  Elizabeth Vargas , Award winning ABC News anchor and Co-Anchor, 20/20.
        Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System Awards Management  Solution ("DMDS") for the submission, judging and voting of all programs in the 37th Annual News  & Documentary Emmy® Awards. Accounting services for the competition are provided by the firm  of Lutz & Carr, LLP. International Emmy® Awards are tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst &  Young.
       The numerical breakdown by award recipients, by broadcast, cable and broadband entities, as
compiled by the independent accountancy firm of Lutz & Carr LLP, follows:
PBS 14 BBC World News 1
CBS 7 CCTV America 1
ABC 4 Discovery Channel 1
CNN 4 National Geographic Wild 1
HBO 3 Smithsonian Channel 1
NBC 2 Telemundo 1
Univision 2 The Center for Investigative Reporting 1
Regional Reporting Winners
       A complete list of the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy ® Award recipients is also available  on the National Academy's web site at www.emmyonline.tv.

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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
Kevin Wing* (alternate),  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 Mainz, Mainz Media
Joyce Mitchell* 4 U Productions
Michael Moya, fotografx
David Paredes KNTV NBC Bay Area
Scott Patterson, San Francisco State University
Pat Patton, KRON 4 (Retired)
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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"GC" and "SC" references, immediately following an individual's name in a story, refers to that individual being an inductee of the Chapter's Gold Circle and/or Silver Circle, followed by the year, or years, of induction.