April 2017

"Off Camera" in April
EMMY® 2017: Emmy® Nominations Announced May 3
Chapter Seeks Governor Nominations
G&SC 2017: Nomination Deadline April 15
KPIX GM Bruno Cohen To Retire This Year
Freddy Oldenburg, KSTS-TV News Chief, Leaves For Dallas
NATAS Scholarship Deadline May 15
NATAS Benefits: Headshot Day
Former TV Journalist Turned Author Michelle Kennedy
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Dwight Newton
Our People: KTVU's Chuck Leighton
The Health Reporter: Do This And You'll Be Happier
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EMMY® 2017
Emmy ® Nominations 
To Be Announced May 3

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

       With two months left until the 46th Northern California Area Emmy ® Awards Gala glitzes up the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco on June 3, you have one important date to remember. Emmy statuette
       Emmy® statuettes cannot be handed out in two months without Emmy® nominations.
       On Wednesday, May 3, Emmy® nominations representing the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be announced.
       This year, the nominations will only appear on the Chapter's website, www.emmysf.tv. They will be posted at 8:45 a.m. (PDT) on May 3. 
       Earlier this year, the Chapter's Board of Governors voted to only post the nominations on the Chapter website. The Board decided not to have a LIVE webcast and regional nomination parties, like the ones held last year in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose and Fresno. 
       Nomination certificates can be picked up June 3 at the Emmy ® Awards Gala at the SFJAZZ Center. 
Chapter Seeks Governor Nominations For Elections


By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President 
       The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is seeking new members for its Board of Governors. If you would like to add to the vibrancy of our local Chapter, please consider filling a Governor seat on our board. Governors honor the history, promote present activities, and secure the future of our well-respected Chapter. They provide fresh insights and effective leadership to our professional organization.
        The Board discusses and votes on matters of importance to our Academy. A nd our Board is responsible for what will prove to be an exciting Emmy Awards G ala coming in early June. 
      As a Governor, you would assist with: the entire Emmy® Awards process, from the Call for Awards to passing out Emmy® statuettes to recipients; to helping honor Bay Area Broadcast veterans at the yearly Gold & Silver Circle induction; to determining college scholarship and high school awards recipients; plus helping to organize the historical artifacts from the Bay Area broadcast industry. The Board also arranges the many movie screenings, forums, and activities you often see covered in our "Off Camera" newsletter.
       As the parliamentary governing body overseeing the functioning of each of the local chapters, the nineteen national  Boards of Governors are entrusted with safeguarding the integrity of the Emmy® brand and the Emmy® Awards process. The general membership of each local chapter elects governors. Governors serve a two-year term and can be re-elected for one consecutive term.
      The Chapter NATAS Nomination Chair is Richard Harmelink. He and his committee have been tasked with finding members to run for Board seats. Richard is asking all members to think of persons who would make great Governors. If you or someone you know would like to become a Governor, here a few things to know:
      Governors must be members in good standing of NATAS.
      Governors attend monthly board meetings, either in person or by phone. Meetings are a few hours long on the second Saturday morning of the month.
      Governors act as a feedback conduit between the local broadcast community and the chapter.
      Governors actively serve on at least one committee or sub-committee.
      As your Chapter president, I encourage you to represent your broadcast community and run for a Board seat. You will meet a great group of professionals, all of whom care about keeping our chapter current, substantial, and vibrant.
      Please send your possible nominee names and contact information to Richard Harmelink at richardharmelink@aol.com

Mid-April Deadline 
Approaching For
2017 Gold & Silver Circle Nominations 

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

     April 15 is the deadline for nominations for prospective inductees for  the Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2017.
     As you can see from the photographs (left) taken at the 2016 induction, the event is a lot of fun.
     The Silver Circle is not an award -- it is a society of honor. To be eligible for membership, individuals must have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years or more (with at least half of those years in the Chapter region), have made a significant contribution to their local  television markets and have distinguished themselves within the industry and the community.  Silver  Circle inductees are elected by current members of the Silver Circle.
       The Gold Circle honors individuals who have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for  50 years or more (with at least half of those years in the chapter region) and who have fulfilled the  same criteria as Silver Circle nominees. Gold Circle inductees are elected by the Board of Governors of The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
     Neither the candidate, nor the nominating individual, needs to be a member of NATAS.
     The 2017 induction luncheon will be held in the fall in San Francisco. A date and location will be announced soon.   

Bruno Cohen To Retire From KPIX This Year
GM Has Led CBS O&O Since 2012; First Joined Station As EP in 1979

      Bruno Cohen, general manager of CBS-owned KPIX and CW affiliate KBCW, both in San Francisco, has announced he will retire later this year.
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KPIX/KBCW GM  to Retire
      Cohen has led the CBS Television Stations group's KPIX and KBCW -- along with Seattle CW affiliate KSTW -- since 2012.
      He will remain on the job until a replacement is named. 
      Cohen first joined KPIX in 1979 as a newsroom executive producer. By the time he left in 1985, he was news director. 
      After departing KPIX he was syndicated programming development executive for Buena Vista Productions until 1992. Cohen then went to work at WNBC in New York as station vice president and news director from 1992 to 1996, and as senior vice president of programming and executive vice president of business news for CNBC, from 1996 to 2002. 
     In 2004, Cohen returned to California to join CBS and become general manager of KMAX in Sacramento. A year later, after CBS purchased KOVR, he was named president and general manager of KOVR and KMAX. 
     In 2008, Cohen became general manager of WBBM in Chicago until his return to KPIX in 2012. 
KSTS-TV News Chief Leaving Bay Area For Dallas

Freddy Oldenburg
Leaving Bay Area for Dallas
    Freddy Oldenburg, the vice president of news at KSTS-TV, the Telemundo station in San Jose, is moving to Dallas to become news director for the Telemundo owned-and-operated station there.
        Oldenburg is joining KXTX-TV in Dallas. 
        At KSTS-TV, this has been his second tour of duty as the station's news chief.
        From 2012 to 2013, Oldenburg served as news director at the station before leaving to become assistant news director at KVEA in Los Angeles, where he remained until 2014. That year, Oldenburg returned to KSTS-TV as vice president of news. 
        In Dallas, Oldenburg will replace Sandra Thomas, who has left KXTX-TV for an as-yet undefined managerial role at the Telemundo network. 
        Before joining KSTS-TV in 2012 for his first tenure as news director, Oldenburg was executive producer of a short-lived late-night program, Noche de Perros, on Telefutura.
        Prior to joining KSTS-TV five years ago, Oldenburg worked in different capacities within Univision, beginning in 2003, when he was hired as executive producer of Arriba Valle Central, a morning magazine show at KFTV in Fresno.

NATAS College Scholarship Deadline May 15

Student Scholarships 2016 Maya
NATAS Scholarship Deadline Approaching
2016 College scholarship recipients Luisa Conlon (Berkeley) , Dane Christensen (Stanford), Boyoung Kim (De Anza) and Aydan Dorsett-Sobel (Academy of Art), standing with Chapter Education Chairperson Keith Sanders (center) at the Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon.  
By Keith Sanders
Chapter Education Chairperson

      The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has provided more than $200,000 in college scholarships since 1985. And, this year, $16,000 in scholarship monies are available to selected recipients. 
      But, like with anything, the deadline is approaching. May 15 is the final day to apply. 
      Check out our website at http://emmysf.tv/students-2/college-scholarships/  f or the scholarship application, rules and instructions if you are a college student with a media major.
       Contact San Francisco/Northern California Chapter Executive Director Darryl Compton at 
darryl@emmysf.tv  if you would like a board member to do an in-person scholarship presentation at a college or university that offers degrees in journalism, film or television production  (please include the instructor's contact information).
       Here are the seven graduate and undergraduate scholarships being offered this year in various craft categories:
        $3,000 Steve Davis Memorial Overall Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship , underwritten by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts, Inc.;
       $3,000 Jerry Jensen Memorial Overall Excellence Graduate Scholarship , underwritten by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts, Inc.;
       $2,000 Peter J. Marino Memorial Production Scholarship;
        $2,000 Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship s ponsored by Abrazos & Books;
        $2,000 Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship;
        $2,000 Kenneth Sloat Langley Memorial Scriptwriting Scholarship; and
        $2,000 "Miss Nancy" Besst Graduate Memorial Scholarship
       Students who receive scholarships are also invited to be recognized and to officially accept their check at the Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon in San Francisco this fall. 
       More details will become available soon.  

First 'NATAS Headshot Day' Picture-Perfect Success
By Michael Moya
Chapter Membership Chairperson 

       Our first NATAS Headshot Day was a rousing success!
       As one of the benefits of being a member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, many members took advantage of this freebie.
      The appointments were scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the photography department of Laney College in Oakland. 
      We had a full schedule and everyone had the opportunity to interact with our photography team.
      Many thanks to Rawna Thurston from the Laney College cosmetology department for offering make-up to those who requested her talents. Michael Moya, the Chapter's membership chairperson, directed the photography team from the Laney photography department, while Chapter President Steve Shlisky was busy shooting video of the day's activities.
      We had over 20 inquiries for NATAS Headshot Day, with many others unable to attend requesting a future NATAS Headshot Day. There is a tentative
date being planned for late spring. We are considering Sacramento as the next location. A headshot opportunity at the Emmy® Awards Gala in San Francisco on June 3 might be made available as well. 
      "I really enjoyed the photo shoot and opportunity to have a new, professional head shot taken by Mike and his students at Laney College," said Aubrey Aquino, who has appeared on E! News, Fox Sports Net and CNN, and is the Bay Area-based host and creator of On The Flipside. "I'm so glad I took advantage of the offer, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. Well done!"
       "This is an incredibly useful benefit for our NATAS members," said Randy Forsman, a director at KCRA in Sacramento who also serves as secretary on our Chapter's Board of Governors.
      "Mike's poise and professionalism made the entire process quick and easy," Forsman said. "I would encourage anyone who doesn't have a headshot, or even those who just want a new one, to take advantage of this opportunity."
      Future NATAS Headshot Day events will be publicized in Off Camera as well as in member e-mail blasts. 

NATAS Members: Interested in hearing more about Headshots and other special Membership Benefit perks? Do  we have your email address? To be sure, please send an email to office@emmysf.tv .

Former Bay Area Reporter/Anchor Turned Author 
Accomplished Writer Michelle Kennedy; Her 'Don't Pee In the Wetsuit' Travelogue
Explores Life's Insecurities, Unresolved Relationship with Father  
Former TV Journalist, Now Accomplished Author
Author Michelle Kennedy, a Marin County resident, during a recent weekend trip to Pleasanton.
Photo by: Kevin Wing/NATAS
By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      Michelle Kennedy  has done something most of us have never accomplished, and likely, never will.
    For 152 days, the former reporter and anchor at San Francisco's KRON set out on a worldwide tour of 11 countries with a dear best friend, feeling free and seeking whatever adventures they would encounter along the way.
     That big around-the-world trip was nearly a decade ago. Kennedy was  33 years old at the time. And, already, at that young age, she was an 11-year veteran of television news. The Lodi native had traced her TV career path from Idaho Falls -- where, at 22, she landed her first job as a television reporter, just after graduating from Chico State University  - to the bright city lights of San Francisco, reporting and anchoring in the nation's sixth-largest television market by the time she was 30.
       Not too shabby, right?
       Definitely very cool, indeed.
      But, Kennedy wanted more. Whether or not she knew it at the time, she seemed to be on the verge of something big. Yes, even bigger than life in television news.
       Kennedy wanted to see the world.
   Australia. Costa Rica. New Zealand. Ireland. Scotland. Portugal. Spain. Croatia. Italy. Indonesia. Thailand.
      You name it. It was on their travel bucket list. And, it was the kind of world tour where they weren't just going to be tourists. They would plunge head-first into their vacation like there would be no tomorrow.
      Kennedy and her friend, Shannon, came up with a plan to see the world. They would save money over the next several months, research the countries they wanted to visit, eventually quit their jobs (Shannon worked in the legal profession) and board a plane with passports in hand and with the intent of not returning for six months, never feeling the need to look back at what they'd left behind.
       Along the way, Kennedy and her friend had designs to write a book about their travels. They started writing. But then, through it all, Kennedy's daily writings evolved into something more than just chronicling their worldly adventures.
    Kennedy found herself writing more deeply, about herself, about her life, about her insecurities, and most prominently, about her father, and her forever-unresolved relationship with him. Forever unresolved, because her father had been killed several years before in a horrific traffic accident involving his pickup truck and two semi tractor-trailer trucks.
    With her words, her thoughts, her reflections, all written, Kennedy decided to have her manuscript published. It became Don't Pee in the Wetsuit: A Worldwide Romp Through Grief, Laughter and Forgiveness . The book was published in 2016 and has been selling like hotcakes ever since.
    It is Kennedy's first book. Now out of television news, Kennedy teaches multimedia communications at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is also a lecturer at San Francisco State University. 
     "I wrote the book on the trip, the first draft," Kennedy says. "And then, I worked on it for seven years. And I didn't realize it at the time, but I kept going back in and saying I need to go to a writing coach and work on the writing. And then, I'd go to a seminar to learn how to pitch a story. And then, I'd take a class on how to make a book proposal. There were so many things to learn because it's one thing to say you want to write a book, but the process, there's so many things that go into it."
     Kennedy was also realizing at the time, too, that she was ready to talk about her feelings. She was ready to let her emotions be known. She was ready to talk about her father.
     "I was making myself ready to talk about it," Kennedy says. 
   Born in Lodi, her parents divorced when she was young. She ended up moving to the Los Altos/Mountain View area, not far from San Jose, to live with her mother. Then, during her formative years in high school, she moved to Lodi to live with her father. She was 16. She found that she liked to express herself, and so she became a reporter for her high school newspaper.
   Although her father loved her and cared for her very much, he had a difficult time showing it in the form of compassion and affection. Like all children, Kennedy grew up seeking the approval of her parents, and in particular, with her father. Yet, it was something she always struggled to come to terms with. Kennedy says she never felt good enough in her father's eyes.
     Fast forward through Kennedy's formative years to her life as a television reporter, and to someone struggling to come to terms with the relationship with her father.
   Years later, when her father died in the traffic accident, Kennedy was already a television reporter, and near her hometown, working for KTXL in Sacramento. In fact, on the day of the accident, her producers nearly sent her to the deadly scene. Instead, she ended up watching, live on television, what was left of the twisted metal of her father's pickup truck pinned between the two big rigs. Her father was gone, and with his passing, gone was any opportunity to come to peace and understanding with her father. .
     "The accident was scary and big and this spectacular thing, and I thought that was what I was avoiding all these years," Kennedy says. "And then I realized, no, that's not what I was avoiding. It was that I didn't get a chance to cultivate this relationship with my Dad. I thought, I'll never be able to work on it with him, I'll never have him dance with me at my wedding, he'll never be there whenever I have my first kid. That death is so final."
     Facing her grief, Kennedy continued life without her father. She eventually got hired at KRON, in 2005; while she'd made a name for herself on Sacramento television, Kennedy would make an even bigger name for herself as a reporter and anchor at KRON. It was the Bay Area. After all, it was the big time.
     But then, some three years into her tenure at KRON, the lure of taking a worldwide trip with her friend beckoned. And, perhaps, it could be suggested that taking time away from her life for six months to see the world would be one of the best decisions of her life. For Kennedy, and through her writing about the trip with her friend and their fun adventures - losing her clothes in Costa Rica, swimming with bull sharks in Australia, getting scolded for peeing in her wetsuit during a cave tour in New Zealand (hence, the name of her book) and living the life of a carefree traveler with the overindulgences of food, wine and foreign men - she came to terms with her feelings about herself and her insecurities and making peace with her father and his shortcomings.
      "When I wrote it, I thought, what if I'm not brave enough to put this out for all to read?", Kennedy thought. But, she knew it was still therapeutic to write about it.
      "It helped me with grief," she says. "It helped me in that it starts and ends with me. How do I feel about myself? Especially at this point, as a grown woman, it's really no one's responsibility but mine. What love do I have to give myself?"
      She was resolved to think that if it never became of anything, at least she did it for herself.
      But, for Kennedy, it did become something. It became a wonderful book: about her fun, free-spirited travels with her friend, Shannon; and about Kennedy's father, and how through her chronicling of her world travels, she, somehow, found it in her heart and mind to face all of the struggles, all of the hurt, and all of the insecurities, that originated in one way or another with her father, placing her on a new path of forgiveness of him for all of his shortcomings. 
     And, as part of that new journey, it, too, became a book about Kennedy -- a wonderful gal, beautiful on the inside as well as she is on the outside, who found herself, after tens of thousands of miles logged across the globe, 152 days later. 
    "The writing helped me to get rid of anger," she says. "It helped me to get rid of mostly being angry that my relationship with my Dad got cut short. But, at the same time, being able to remember all of these really wonderful times and being able to focus on that as a way to get through it. So that I didn't have to be shackled to this anger of it not going the way I had wanted it to.
    Putting her feelings into words, and what ultimately became her book, Kennedy learned to come to terms with herself.
    "I've always been hard on myself. I used to be a thousand times worse. Now it's a little bit better. I've had to struggle with it. It's hard," she admits. "Now, I can look in the mirror and say 'good job!'."
     The book is a fun read as Kennedy writes about her worldly adventures with her friend, Shannon. But, it's a serious read, too, as it addresses Kennedy's feelings about herself, and her father.
     "When you're writing your thoughts down," Kennedy explains, "stuff comes up that you didn't realize would come up. In the beginning, I used to think, 'oh, this is lame. I already know what my thoughts are.'"
     But, sometimes, she didn't. 
     "So many things came out through my writing that were underneath the surface that I didn't know were sitting down there," Kennedy says.
     "I thought I'd be writing a book about the trip. Instead, I wrote about my Dad."
     And, in so doing, Kennedy made peace.
     With herself. 

Don't Pee in the Wetsuit: A Worldwide Romp Through Grief, Laughter and Forgiveness. 
Now available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
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Dwight Newton 
Silver Circle Class of 1989

Dwight Newton was a journalistic pioneer in many ways before becoming a television columnist with the San Francisco Examiner for the better part of 30 years.  
      In 1949, when television was still in its infancy, Newton became a television columnist at the Examiner. There weren't many newspaper columnists devoting their space to television 
Dwight Newton
Silver Circle Class of 1989
at that time; Newton was one of the first. 
      And, can you imagine what it must've been like for Newton during this Golden Age of television. The medium was so new back then, with a variety of shows and programs, all produced locally in San
Fra ncisco and Oakland. 
      In 1989, the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted Newton into the Silver Circle for his more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area television industry. 
      Born in Ohio in 1906, Newton began his career as a copy boy at the Los Angeles Examiner. Eventually relocating to the Bay Area, he went to work for the San Francisco Examiner in 1929, at the height of the Depression, working as the newspaper's librarian. Newton eventually became a city columnist, much like Herb Caen was across town at the San Francisco Chronicle
     Newton had already been a 20-year veteran of the Examiner when he became its first television columnist. He was not only a newspaper columnist, he also produced Schoolcast and other broadcast assignments on radio stations KYA, KGO and KFRC and on NBC. In addition to his popular newspaper columns and critiques, Newton was also a regular presence on television in the Bay Area, appearing on KGO-TV, KQED-TV, KBHK-TV and KPIX, including a regular appearance on the Evening Show
     Newton eventually retired from the Examiner in 1976, after 27 years as a television columnist. 
     He died on Nov. 21, 2000, at the age of 94.

Kevin Wing authors "Gold & Silver Circle Profiles" each month for "Off Camera" and has been penning the feature since 2007. A two-time Emmy Award-winning assignment editor, reporter, writer and producer and a 2013 Silver Circle inductee, Wing is a journalist with KNTV NBC Bay Area. He is also principal of Kevin Wing Media Communications, a Bay Area production company specializing in public sector and corporate video documentaries. 
Our People

Chuck Leighton
KTVU Fox 2, Oakland 

Photo by: Wayne Freedman/NATAS
The Health Reporter 

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Do This and You'll Be Happier

      When was the last time you were totally immersed in the moment and not worrying, reminiscing or planning what you're going to do next?
      Live in the moment.  Don't multitask. In today's high tech world where you can follow multiple browser tabs at once while tweeting and listening to your favorite playlist, you've been trained to fragment your brain into various compartments, scatter your attention, and demand instant gratification. Multitasking has become a way of life, addiction and/or survival. But that practice can lead you down a road to unhappiness.

Pets are great teachers of living in the moment
Be Engaged
      Immerse yourself in an activity and you'll find greater happiness. Studies report people are happiest when they're so focused on an activity that virtually nothing else exists. That is, they aren't interrupted by extraneous thoughts and hours pass like minutes.  
      In Buddhism, mindfulness is a practice of bringing all your awareness to the present. By doing so, you are more likely to achieve what you intend to do. Therefore, when you feel with full awareness, you are more likely to feel fulfilled.

      Fit Tip:    Living in the moment may be one of the most important lessons we learn from our pets. Dogs aren't watching the clock or wondering how they look or how their behavior will be perceived by others. They live in the present... and just wag their happy tails. :)

Karen Owoc is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiac rehabilitation and cancer exercise training. She is a health education instructor in medical weight management, nutrition and behavior modification. Karen is a former NATAS Governor and produces/hosts healthy living short-format TV segments. Visit her website for more healthy how-to's at http://HealthStyleTV.com.

On the Move
Brianna Ruffalo
     Erik Rosales, general assignment reporter at KMPH in Fresno and a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is leaving the station to become a reporter based in Washington, D.C., for the Christian Broadcasting Network.

      Brianna Ruffalo joins KFSN-TV in Fresno as a general assignment reporter. Prior to her new assignment, Ruffalo was a special projects producer and multimedia journalist at KTLA in Los Angeles. 

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Please write to  On the Move  and  Off Camera  Editor  Kevin Wing  at  kevin@emmysf.com .

Do You Remember?

Who is the Camerawoman?  Here's a hint: she's a member of the Silver Circle.

Last month, we asked you to name these two individuals, as well as to identify the television station and the name of the program. 

The program was Kaleidoscope, with KQED's General Manager, James Day, 
interviewing former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, on Feb. 17, 1958.

Kudos to Fred Pardini (SC '97) and Peter Borg for writing in and guessing correctly. 

Do You Remember?
 If you do, please write to 
Off Camera Editor  Kevin Wing at  kevin@emmysf.com.
If you guess correctly, we will mention you in next month's Off Camera

Membership News
Sign-Up for Free Bay Area Movie Screenings

        FREE   Bay Area Movie Screenings are being offered to NATAS members and a guest.
        Many are previews including a "Q & A" with the director and producer of the film following the screening.
        To receive invitations, please sign up on the Cinema Club mailing list. Send an  e-mail to office@emmysf.tv   and put "Cinema Club" and your name in the subject line. See you at the movies!

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     Thank you!

NATAS Job Bank
The Board of Governors
President: Steve Shlisky*, KTVU Fox 2/Laney College
Vice President- San Francisco: Don Sanchez *, KGO-TV ABC7 (Retired)
Vice President-Sacramento:  Cynthia Zeiden* Zeiden  Media/Sacramento State University   
Vice President- Fresno:  Kim Stephens* KMPH Fox 26/Fresno State University  
Vice President- Hawaii:  Pamela Young*, KHON 2
Vice President- Reno: Landon Miller, KTVN 2 
Vice President-Smaller Markets: Scott Rates, KAEF/KBVU
Secretary:  Randy Forsman KCRA 3
Treasurer:  Jim Spalding Spalding & Company
Past President: Keith Sanders , San Jose State University
Linda Giannecchini* KQED 9/Franklin Mieuli & Associates  (National Awards Chair)
John Odell* CCSF Emeritus
Steve Shlisky*KTVU Fox 2/Laney College  
Cynthia Zeiden*, Zeiden Media/Sacramento State University (National Program Chair)
Kevin Wing* (alternate), KNTV NBC Bay Area /Kevin Wing Media Communications
Kent Beichley, Pac 12 Networks
Robert Campos, KNTV NBC Bay Area
Mary Carreno, KSTS Telemunto 48
Wayne Freedman*, KGO-TV ABC 7
Alison Gibson, Media Cool (National Treasurer)
Luis Godinez KDTV Univision 14
Uilani Gray , Gray Event Management
Richard Harmelink KFSN ABC30  
Pablo Iacub KUVS Univision 19
Brian Johnson KFSN ABC30
George Lang* The Big Picture
Melissa Mapes Mainz, Mainz Media
Joyce Mitchell* 4 U Productions
Michael Moyafotografx/Laney College
Scott Patterson , San Francisco State University
Pat Patton, KRON 4 (Retired)
Ross PerichProMotion Studios
Manny Ramos* Manny Ramos Communications/Academy of Art University
Terri Russell, KOLO 8
Juan Serna, San Jose State University
Matt Skryja, AAA NCNU Insurance Exchange  
Julie Watts, KPIX 5
Melanie Woodrow KGO-TV ABC7/Academy of Art Univeristy
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez, Laney College/Academy of Art University
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:  Michael Moyafotografx/Laney College
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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