June 2017
Special Emmy ® Awards Gala Issue

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EMMY® 2017: Renowed Bay Area TV Personalities To Host Emmy Gala
EMMY® 2017: LIVE Red Carpet Interviews Becomes Annual Tradition
EMMY® 2017: President's Welcome
Board of Governors Elects 13
NorCal Representation on NATAS Board of Trustees Set
Wayne Walker, Longtime Sports Director At KPIX, Dies At 80
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Wayne Walker
Kevin Walsh Named President/General Manager of KPIX
KXTV Anchors Mendonsa, Schornack To Leave Station
EMMY® 2017: Emmy Nominations For Sacramento Bee Journalists
EMMY® 2017: Sacramento Bee Fire Story Gets Emmy Nomination
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EMMY® 2017
Bay Area TV Personalities Co-Host  Emmy® Awards
Governors' Award Honorees 
Share Emceeing Duties June 3

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

       Four well-known San Francisco Bay Area television personalities will be the hosts of the 46th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco on Saturday, June 3.
      Fred LaCosse, David Louie, Barbara Rodgers and Don Sanchez will split the onstage duties during the awards ceremony that evening. Unlike in past years, this year's Gala is beginning one hour earlier. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., with the awards presentation following at 6 p.m. in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium.
     Tickets are still available. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $130 per person for center and floor seating; $125 for left and right seating; and, for side seating, the price is $120. Balcony seating is $110.
     Prices for all seats were raised May 23 by $10.
     To purchase tickets, please visit the Awards page at our Chapter website, www.emmysf.tv.
      Those interested in attending the Gala with a group must select and purchase all tickets at the same time. 
     Everyone but Louie is now retired from the business after illustrious television careers in the Bay Area. Louie has been serving as a reporter for KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco since 1972.
     LaCosse is well-known to Bay Area television viewers as a veteran news anchor, reporter, talk show host and news director. Since the beginning of his broadcasting career in 1956, he has worked at six television stations, including KNTV and KICU in San Jose, and KRON and KGO-TV in San Francisco.  He co-hosted the daily morning talk show,  A.M. San Francisco, on KGO-TV from 1982 to 1987 with his wife, Terry Lowry (SC 1996). LaCosse also hosted the weekly syndicated program Silicon Valley Business This Week, from 1995 to 2001.
    In 1988, LaCosse was inducted into the Silver Circle, and in 2016, to the Gold Circle, for his 25 and 50 years, respectively, of television contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry. In 2012, he received the distinguished Governors' Award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 
    Louie joined KGO­-TV in 1972. In addition to serving as East Bay and Peninsula bureau chief for the station, he developed a specialty as a money-and-business reporter. Louie left KGO-TV briefly in 1977 to become assistant news director at WXYZ-TV in Detroit -- the first Asian-American to serve in station management. He returned to KGO-TV in 1979 and has been there ever since.
    In 1995, Louie was inducted into the Silver Circle. In 2015, he received the Governors' Award from the Chapter. 
    Rodgers worked at KPIX in San Francisco for more than three decades, beginning in 1979. She anchored KPIX's noon and 4:30 pm. newscasts and also hosted Bay Sunday, the station's weekly public affairs program. Rodgers is a member and co-founder of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, and has served on the boards of various organizations, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Society of Professional Journalists. 
    In 2002, Rodgers was inducted into the Silver Circle. In 2004, she received the Governors' Award. 
    Sanchez worked for KGO-TV for nearly four decades, beginning in 1972. One of the most familiar faces in Bay Area television history, Sanchez began as a disc jockey in his hometown of Santa Maria before going to work as a reporter and anchor at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, in 1963.  While at KGO-TV, Sanchez anchored practically every newscast there. He also served as co-host in the mid-1980s for the station's Good Morning Bay Area
    In 2000, Sanchez was inducted into the Silver Circle. In 2013, he received the Governors' Award. 
Len Ramirez
Announcing duties at Emmy Gala
    Len Ramirez, who has served as a reporter at KPIX 5 in San Francisco since 1989, will serve as announcer during the awards ceremony. Ramirez is well-known for his extensive coverage of San Jose and Santa Clara County.  
    The SFJAZZ Center has been home to the Chapter's Emmy® Awards Gala since 2015.
    This year's program will be an intimate and memorable experience. 
     Returning this year to provide the musical entertainment will be The Marcus Shelby Trio.
    There will be more appetizers this year during the reception. The SFJAZZ Center also
Zeigler Sanchez
Facebook Live Interviews at Emmy Gala
features a new restaurant, B-Side, which will be open should appetizers not be enough to satisfy your appetite. 
    Comcast, the 2017 Emmy® Gala's major sponsor, will have a special feature in the form of its X1 Xfinity Lounge, which will be located upstairs in the Green Room, just above the SFJAZZ Center's main lobby and reception area. Comcast invites everyone to stop by the Green Room for a preview of its new home entertainment operating system.
    Friends and family around the world can watch LIVE Dual Webcasts of both the On-Stage presentation and the backstage Red Carpet Interviews via our website emmysf.tv.
    Lastly, stay in constant touch with the Gala on social media via Facebook and Twitter. Noemi Zeigler Sanchez of Laney College and Academy of Art University will be doing LIVE interviews on Facebook throughout the night. She and the Chapter's social media team will be stationed in the main lobby to interview nominees and recipients. Her team will also be tweeting from inside the theater in addition to updating across the Chapter's social media outlets. Everyone is encouraged to "Share Your Memories" using the hashtag #EmmySFTV
EMMY® 2017
LIVE Red Carpet Interviews At Emmy ® Gala
Lin, Stephens, Wing Share Co-Hosting Duties

2017 Emmy Gala Red Carpet Co-Hosts

Da Lin                  Kim Stephens            Kevin Wing

       Once this year's Emmy ® Award recipients are honored with their statuettes at the 46th Northern California Area Emmy ® Awards Saturday, June 3, at San Francisco's glamorous SFJAZZ Center, they will be whisked offstage and onto the renowned Red Carpet to be interviewed for what has become an Emmy ® Gala tradition during the last several years.
      All of the Emmy ® recipients, in addition to 2017 Governors' Award honoree Joyce Mitchell and 2017 Governors' Service Medallion honorees Pablo Iacub and Kim Stephens, will be escorted from the stage to the Joe Henderson Lab for Red Carpet photographs and interviews, all of which will be co-hosted once again by the trio of Da Lin of KPIX 5, Kim Stephens ( SC 2014) of KMPH Fox 26 and Kevin Wing ( SC 2013) of KNTV NBC Bay Area. 
     The three have been co-hosting the Red Carpet segment of the program since 2014. 
     Like the On-Stage awards presentation, the Red Carpet show will be streamed LIVE as part of the evening's LIVE dual webcast at www.emmysf.tv. 
     The dual webcast begins at 6 p.m. Pacific.

EMMY® 2017
President's Emmy® Gala Week Welcome

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President

        If you are planning to attend our 46th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday evening, June 3, I would like to welcome you.
       The evening will celebrate our Chapter's broadcast excellence and professional camaraderie. I'd like to congratulate the 501 individuals nominated this year. Many of these individuals received multiple nominations. Truly, work awarded an Emmy® statuette by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) attests an outstanding achievement.
Steve Shlisky 
Chapter President 
        At the Emmy® Gala, we will honor some of the most talented Chapter journalists and media craftspeople of the year. As Chapter president, I am proud to represent such vibrant professionals locally in Northern California, Reno, and Hawaii , as I am proud to do the same at national NATAS meetings.
       We are indebted to first time Emmy® Gala Chair Uilani Gray for her outstanding work organizing our Emmy® event. Uilani brought her unique skill set to our celebration. Special thanks to Award Committee Chair Wayne Freedman. This is his first year as chair after serving many, many years on the committee (and receiving many, many Emmy® statuettes). He has done a fine job guiding the long award process which culminates tonight. My special appreciation goes to Patty Zubov, Keith Sanders and Kevin Wing, who were instrumental in securing sponsors and marketing the Gala. And as always, a special salute to our longtime Executive Director Darryl Compton who manages the countless details that make this event possible. This dazzling night depends on the outstanding resources of the full Emmy® Gala Committee. Thank you for all your hours of phone calls, emails, meetings, site surveys and just plain hard work.
      I hope that all of you who are attending Saturday night will have a great evening. The evening will be special because you have made it special. Your toil, labor, and dedication to excellence contribute to this great occasion. We come here, our most important event of the year, because of you.  

B-Side in the beautiful SFJAZZ Center 
is a full service restaurant and bar 
in a lounge-like ambiance


Board of Governors Elects 13 to Governor Seats
Representatives Begin New Two-Year Terms For 2017-19
By Richard Harmelink
Chairperson, Chapter Nominating Committee
Chapter Governor, Fresno

        The Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unanimously elected 13 Governors to serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019.   
        The Board voted on the matter at its May 13 meeting.
        Per the Chapter bylaws, the nominating committee presented 13 names for the 13 positions, so the Board suspended the rules of needing the general membership to vote and appointed the 13 to the seats instead. Eight are incumbents serving a second term or completing an appointed term. Kevin Wing completed his officer term and is returning to a Governors' slot, and the remaining three are new members.
       Below are the 13 newly-elected Governors (incumbents noted with an asterisk):

Marialey (Mary) Carreno*
Executive Producer, KSTS Telemundo 48
San Francisco Bay Area
Mary Carreno received her bachelors degree in 1995 in Mass Communication, Audiovisual Specialization, from UCAB (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela). Her first job was in 1993 in RCTV, Caracas, where she worked her way up from press files to general producer. She also worked seven years as reporter. After Venezuelan government closed RCTV network, she moved to the United States in 2009 and worked as news producer at KFTV Univision 21 in Fresno until February 2014.  While working at Univision, she received four Emmy® nominations, earned her first Emmy® in 2013 and her second the following year. Carreno also received a Northern California RNTDA award in 2013. In February 2014, she joined KSTS Telemundo 48 in San Jose as executive producer. In 2016, she received three Emmys® and Telemundo 48 picked up 13 awards -- the most in the station's 28-year history -- including for Best Daytime Newscast and Best Evening Newscast. She is a member of Soroptimist International, a volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. She was born and raised in Margarita island, Venezuela. 
Uilani A. Gray*
President, Gray Event Management (GEM)
San Francisco Bay Area
Uilani Gray has been a successful event manager and creative consultant with over 11 years' experience planning from inception to service for corporate celebrations, non-profit galas, concert events to private events. She provided event coordination for the UC Berkeley Haas Business Big Data Conference event, which facilitated working with counterparts in France, communicating with the venue, speakers, vendors, and volunteers. She understands the importance of the delicate balance between being creative, executing meticulous planning, and retaining the ability to improvise under pressure. She provides exceptional strategic, creative logistical, and event production services to companies that want to maximize the value and effectiveness in a live production event. Gray holds a degree in Liberal Arts and Behavioral Science, but her passion for entertainment led her to get a second degree in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. Her journalistic passions are what encouraged her to get involved with NATAS San Francisco/Northern California. She is excited to be a part of this world class organization and looks forward to being a part of furthering their mission.
Kathryn Herr
Anchor/Reporter, CBS47
Kathryn Herr is the weeknight anchor at CBS47 Eyewitness News in Fresno. She joined the station in 2001 as weekend anchor, returning to her home state after work took her to Oregon and Idaho. Herr is an award-winning anchor/reporter who has covered a deadly school shooting, the Wesson mass murder in Fresno, and flown 600 miles per hour with pilots who provided security in the skies over Super Bowl 50. Prior to moving to Fresno, Kathryn co-anchored with her husband, Jim Brown, at KMTR in Eugene, Oregon. She began her career at KIDK in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Herr is a graduate of UC Davis. She is an avid Dodgers fan and animal lover.
Brian Johnson*
Reporter, KFSN ABC30
Brian Johnson is currently the South Valley Bureau reporter for KFSN ABC30 in Fresno, covering stories that affect communities such as Visalia, Tulare, Porterville and Hanford. Before coming to Fresno, Brian was a multimedia journalist for KHSL/KNVN in Chico, California. Before moving to Chico, Brian was a reporter and anchor for WTVY in Dothan, Alabama. Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota with a broadcast journalism degree, with Spanish and English minors. During his junior year, he studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. In his free time, Brian enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his fiancé, dog, and two cats.
Melissa Mainz*
Owner, Mainz Media
Melissa Mainz is the owner of Mainz Media, a Hawaii-based company focused on telling visually interesting and culturally sensitive stories. With over 20 years of video production experience, Mainz is an Emmy®  Award-nominated writer/producer and was the creative services director of Hawaii's ABC affiliate KITV for six years.
Tony Martinez*
Assistant News Director, Univision 19
Tony Martinez is an executive news producer with 25 years of experience in the production of newscasts in the United States. He graduated in 1991 with a B.A in Journalism & Broadcasting from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has worked in three of the main Spanish networks: Univision, UniMas and Telemundo.  His work has taken him to major television markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Sacramento. Martinez helped launch and produce the national network newscast En Vivo y Directo with Carmen Dominicci. Also, Martinez launched a different and original newscast in Chicago called En Contexto. He has experience in creating new program formats for news and he is currently the executive producer of Noticias 19 Univision in Sacramento, where he produces the weekly statewide half-hour public affairs program Conexion California. Martinez has been the recipient of 12 Emmy® Awards in different areas: News reporting, Interview/Discussion Program Especial, Breaking News, Station Excellence and many more. He was also honored with the Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Overall Excellence, the AP Television & Radio Association Impact Award, The Golden Mike for the Best Newscast (RTNA) and the GLAAD award 2016 for Outstanding Local TV Journalism (Spanish Language).
David Patterson
Producer, Hawaii News Now
David Patterson is a two-time Emmy® Award-winning news producer in the Honolulu market. He currently produces for Hawaii News Now (CBS and NBC). David has worked and lived in Honolulu since 1991. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where his grandfather was an active member of NATAS and one-time General Manager of KGO. David's first job in TV news was at World Monitor Television, a nightly news program on the Discovery Channel based out of Boston. David has also worked as a marketing professional, college teacher and was even a men's college basketball head coach at his alma mater, Principia College in Illinois. Married, Patterson has four children, four grandchildren and a stepson.

Luz Pena
Video Journalist, Univision 14
San Francisco Bay Area
Luz Peña is an Emmy® Award-winning video journalist reporting for Univision 14. She started her career at 22, reporting for the national broadcast network, MundoFOX. Before long, her passion for storytelling and fluidity on-camera made her a perfect fit for her own TV segment focused on informing the Latino community on technology and social media. She was named one of the top 40 Latino journalists in the United States by the Huffington Post. Pena also worked with Fox Deportes as a host for the Buzzer and averaged 2 million views per week. As a video journalist in the Bay Area, she is focused on merging multimedia journalism and Latino affairs. When asked why she would like to be on the NATAS Board of Governors, Pena says she brings a "fresh perspective and a millennial flare that's important to reach an ever changing young generation".
Ross Perich*
General Manager/Creative Director, ProMotion Studios
San Francisco Bay Area
Ross Perich, ProMotion Studios general manager and creative director, is a former Associated Press Broadcast Award winner during his career as a television anchor, producer and reporter for CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates (including KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area). Perich currently serves on the Board of Governors for The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northern California chapter. ProMotion Studios is widely acclaimed for its video work having won several national awards, including the 2015 AVA Platinum and Gold Awards, 2014 Telly Award, 2013 PR Daily Best Company Overview Video Award, 2013 Hermes Award, 2013 AVA Award, 2012 VEMA Award, 2012 Telly Award, 2012 Bulldog Award and 2012 Platinum Audio Visual Award. A strategic global thinker, creative producer, and deadline-driven leader, Perich's esoteric sense of humor and love of his family helps him keep his work in perspective. When not producing videos, you might find himon his bike coaching Team in Training (to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) or on a beach in Maui with his wife and two children. Perich holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and hopes to attend a Rose Bowl before 2050, but he's not holding his breath. GO BEARS!
Manny Ramos*
President, Manny Ramos Communications
Masters Instructor, Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area
Manny Ramos has spent more than 30 years in television news and has been a member of NATAS even longer. His career began as a production assistant at KNTV in San Jose and then as an assignment editor, producer, writer and reporter at KOVR in Sacramento and Stockton. He left Sacramento when he was hired as a reporter for KRON in San Francisco. Ramos spent more than 20 years working at KPIX, first as a morning anchor, then as the South Bay Bureau Chief and a reporter.  He finished his on-camera career as a correspondent for California Heartland, the PBS series produced by KVIE. Currently, Ramos is a Masters instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he teaches on-camera technique and interviewing in the multimedia communications department. He was awarded five Northern California Emmys® in five different categories.
Alecia Reid
Genera Assignment Reporter/Anchor, KRON
San Francisco Bay Area
Alecia Reid is an Emmy® Award-nominated General Assignment Reporter and Fill-In Anchor at KRON 4 in San Francisco. Covering extensive breaking news stories, as well as personal features throughout the Bay Area, Reid loves giving a voice to people that may not otherwise be able to tell their stories. When not covering the news, Reid can be found volunteering with a number of charitable organizations, traveling, and trying different types of food. She is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity San Francisco & Global Village, Big Brother Big Sister Bay Area, the National Association of Black Journalists and MIKA Girls Basketball, where she helps pave the way for student-athletes to become successful on and off the court.
Kevin Wing
Assignment Editor, KNTV NBC Bay Area
Executive Producer, Kevin Wing Media Communications
San Francisco Bay Area
During the last 10 years, two-time Emmy® Award-honored Bay Area television journalist Kevin Wing has dedicated himself to the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences by serving on the Board of Governors as secretary (2010-12), vice president representing San Francisco (2012-16) and national trustee-alternate (2015-present) to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Trustees. Perhaps best known to the Chapter membership as the featured writer of the long-running monthly series of Gold & Silver Circle Profiles that, since 2007, is a mainstay of the Chapter's Off Camera newsletter, Wing has written nearly 125 profiles to date. His works are not only featured on the Chapter website, they are also showcased on the website of the Media Museum of Northern California. In 2013, Wing joined the distinguished Silver Circle himself, when he was inducted in recognition of his more than 25 years of contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry. That same year, the Chapter's Board of Governors honored Wing with the Governors' Service Medallion for his many contributions to NATAS. Wing became the Off Camera's associate editor in 2012; in 2013, he became editor-in-chief. Since 2014, Wing has served as a co-host of the annual Emmy® Awards Gala red carpet show. He also serves on the Emmy® Gala Committee, the Archives/Museum Committee and the Gold & Silver Circle Committee. Wing has worked as a writer, assignment editor, assignment manager, news reporter, feature reporter, news anchor, special projects producer and field producer and has spent nearly his entire career in television news in his native Bay Area. Currently with KNTV NBC Bay Area, which he rejoined in February, Wing was a field producer for ABC News' Good Morning America and World News Tonight, based in San Francisco, from 2006 to 2017. Prior to that, he worked at KGO-TV in San Francisco from 2000 to 2003 and at KTVU in Oakland from 1987 to 2000. His two Emmy® honors are for Best Breaking News and Best Daytime Newscast, in 1996 and 2000, respectively, for KTVU. He began his on-air career as an anchor and reporter at KIEM-TV in Eureka in 1989, and at that time, he was the only Asian American male news anchor in California. He is a graduate of Ohlone College in Fremont and San Jose State University. Besides his work at KNTV NBC Bay Area, Wing is principal of Kevin Wing Media Communications, a production company specializing in public sector and feature video documentaries.
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez*
Professor, Laney College
Instructor, Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area
Noemi Zeigler Sanchez is a filmmaker, professor, comedian and host. She earned her MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and teaches Film/Media courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Laney College in Oakland, where she uses media and music to inspire activism. Zeigler Sanchez is currently producing a docu-series documenting Stuart Schuffman's campaign for mayor of San Francisco. She is also developing several film and TV projects with Wendy Kram (producer, Mad Money) including her feature screenplay What Do You Thinx of Madeline Minx? which won awards at Broad Humor and Female Eye film festivals and was a Sundance Screenwriter's Lab finalist. Kathleen Turner performed in a staged reading of the script. Zeigler Sanchez is a screener for The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; an education committee member for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and was an organizer for the Institute for International Film Financing. She has curated several multimedia events highlighting female and student filmmakers in conjunction with Laney College, the Academy of Art University, and College of Santa Fe - where she was a visiting professor. She was honored to receive a SMILE award from her students at Laney College for doing Something Meaningful In Life Everyday for her community. Zeigler Sanchez's films and music videos have screened at numerous festivals including South By Southwest, Ann Arbor Film Fest, SF Jewish Film Fest, SF Documentary and Euro Underground. She co-produced and hosted the web show The Minx Mandate for Revision 3, in which she interviewed leading experts, thinkers and troublemakers on the future of humanity. Guests included celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and immortalist Aubrey de Gray (seen on 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report). Zeigler Sanchez performs comedy, original music and stories at venues including Fireside Storytelling in San Francisco and Lush in Los Angeles.

NorCal Trustees Slate In Place For NATAS        
       The San Francisco/Northern California representation on the Board of Trustees of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is now set, with two-year terms scheduled to begin July 1.
       Linda Giannecchini completes two terms as trustee June 30, however, she will continue to serve as the National Awards Chairperson.
      Alison Gibson will replace Giannecchini as a first-term trustee; Gibson will continue to serve as national treasurer. 
      Elected for a second term as national trustees are John Odell and Steve Shlisky
      And, Joyce Mitchell will replace Kevin Wing as alternate trustee.
      Names below with an asterisk denote incumbency status. Terms will expire June 30, 2019:
Alison Gibson
Owner, MediaCool
Owner, Timeline Productions
San Francisco Bay Area
Alison Gibson  currently serves as the Treasurer of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and as Finance Chair for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter. Her expertise in budget and production management comes with many years of experience in the Bay Area and abroad. She is the owner of MediaCool and Timeline Productions, two strategic communications companies she founded in 1991 to serve broadcasters, corporations and the legal community. Gibson was chairperson of the Education Committee for 10 years, and has been honored with the Governors' Service Medllion.
John Odell*
Emertus, City College of San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area
John Odell began his broadcast career in 1973 as an engineer and staff announcer at public television station KPBS in San Diego. At CBS's KPIX in San Francisco in the late 1970s, he was an editor on the original Evening Magazine staff. At ABC O&O KGO-TV, he was a member of the news team that won the 1989 Peabody Award for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake, in 1989. Among other awards, Odell is the recipient of seven Emmys and a Silver Medal in the New York International Film Festival.
A member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The Nationa Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since 1983, Odell has served as the Chapter's Awards Chair, Secretary, Vice-President and President. Beginning in 1987, this is his 10th term on the National Board of Trustees. He holds a BA from Columbia University and a Master's in Mass Communication from San Diego State University. He served as a U.S Navy photo intelligence officer in the Vietnam War. He was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2003.
Steve Shlisky*
Editor, KTVU Fox 2
Co-Chairperson, Media Communication Department, Laney College
San Francisco Bay Area
Steve Shlisky   is a 37-year veteran of Bay Area television production (KTVU, KICU, and KNTV). A major chunk of that time spent editing local programming from short form PSAs, promotion, and commercial spots to longer form news features, sales presentations, and full length entertainment and documentary programs (½ hour to 2 hours in length). Many of these long form programs, Shlisky has helped to produce, direct and write.
Among his many honors Steve has received 12 local Emmy® Awards (based on 50 nominations), 13 Telly awards and six RTNDA awards. Since 1999, Shlisky has lectured at San Francisco State University (in their BECA program) and Laney College where, since 2011, he co-chairs the Media Communication department. Past subjects have included: Video Production, Audio Aesthetics with Pro Tools; Advanced Editing; Work Experience; and Media Literacy. Currently, he teaches one of the few semester-length DSLR workflow classes in the Bay Area. Shlisky also c hairs the Education Committee for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). His Responsibilities include: Overseeing the judging and awarding of $16,000 of College Scholarships Awards in seven categories each year; facilitating the judging of the chapter's High School Awards; developing a media literacy program and arranging for a speaker's bureau. He was induced into the Silver Circle in 2014.
Joyce Mitchell
Owner/Producer, 4 U Productions
Joyce Mitchell   is a documentary producer at 4 U Productions in Sacramento.  Passion is what drives her.  Couple that with 30-plus years of experience in TV and Mitchell strives to produce memorable programs. She has four prestigious regional Emmy® Awards for her documentary work and twenty nominations. In 2010, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' San Francisco/Northern California Chapter's Silver Circle. She's also won an Associated Press California-Nevada Best Documentary award for a program on teens and violence. An HIV/AIDS activist since 1986, Mitchel currently chairs the Sacramento non-profit Capital City AIDS Fund. She's committed to using television to help raise awareness and improve/save lives.

Wayne Walker, Iconic KPIX Sports Director, 80
Star NFL Linebacker Became Renowned Bay Area Sportscaster



By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      Wayne Walker, who parlayed a storied and successful NFL career as a linebacker and kicker for the Detroit Lions in from the late 1950s to the early 1970s into a 20-year career as an iconic sports director and sportscaster in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, has died.
     Walker died May 19 at the age of 80 in Boise, Idaho, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. After retiring from Bay Area television in 1994, he and his family returned to his native Idaho to reside. 

KPIX's Eyewitness News team, early 1980s

(Left to right) Meteorologist Joel Bartlett, anchors Dave McElhatton and Wendy Tokuda, and Walker

     He worked at KPIX in San Francisco from 1974 to 1994 and was part of the successful Eyewitness News team of anchors  Dave McElhatton and  Wendy Tokuda and meteorologist  Joel Bartlett throughout much of the 1980s. 
    Walker is survived by his wife, three children, and eight grandchildren.
    "On behalf of my family and the Detroit Lions, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Wayne's wife, Sylvia, and to his children, Steve, Doug and Kathy," Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford said in a statement on  the team's website. "Wayne was one of our finest players from the decade of the '60s and will not only be remembered for his career accomplishments as a Lion, but also for his great success as a broadcaster after his playing days were over."
      Walker was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL draft out of the University of Idaho. He ended up spending his entire 15-year career with the Lions as both a linebacker and a kicker. He made 53 field goals and 172 extra points as a kicker, and notched 14 interceptions as a linebacker. According to the team's website, he became the first player in Lions' history to play in 200 games and ranks second in seasons played and third in games played with exactly 200. In his career, he was voted to three Pro Bowls. He won Lions defensive MVP in 1968.
     In addition to being KPIX's sports director and sports anchor, Walker also served as an analyst for San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts. He also served, self-deprecatingly, as the intrepid host of a very popular sports segment on Eyewitness News called Wayne Walker's Sports Challenge, to which he would take on viewers' suggestions to challenge his athletic prowess, like running alongside one of San Francisco's cable cars to see if he could outrun the cable car. Seem easy? Not really. Walker's challenge was to race the cable car up the city's steep California Street hill to see if he could reach the top of the hill before the cable car. It was all in good fun, got some great laughs and made for entertaining television.
     In 1995 -- a year after Walker's retirement from KPIX -- the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted him into the distinguished Silver Circle for his many contributions to Bay Area and northern California television. 

CBS Sports contributed to portions of this article.
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Wayne Walker
Silver Circle Class of 1995

       During these last 10 years that I've been writing Gold & Silver Circle Profiles, I never had an opportunity to sit down personally with Wayne Walker. I always wanted to. Nor did I ever have a chance to work with him, or meet him. But, I sure wanted to. It just wasn't meant to be.
       That being said, and with his passing last month at the age of 80, I want to now honor him posthumously. This series about our Gold & Silver Circle inductees would never be complete without including him.
       The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted Walker into the Silver Circle in 1995, one year after retiring from Bay Area television, to commemorate his many contributions to Bay Area television.  I grew up watching him on KPIX. For 20 years -- from 1974 to 1994 -- he was the station's sports director and main sports anchor.
       Everything Walker did, he was successful at it. Prior to his 20 successful years on Bay Area television, he played 15 seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was a star linebacker and placekicker for the team.
       Wayne Harrison Walker was born September 30, 1936, in Boise, Idaho, where he was raised.  Graduating from Boise High School in 1954, he played American Legion baseball. He passed on an offer to play in the minor leagues so that he could attend college.
       In college, Walker played football at the University of Idaho. As a senior, in 1957, Walker was a team captain and was selected by the United Press as a second-team center on the All-Pacific team. In the East-West Shrine Game played in San Francisco later that year, he played on both sides of the ball.
        Walker was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL draft, 45th overall, in December 1957, weeks before Detroit won the NFL title, their third of the decade. He played for the Lions for 15 years, from 1958 to 1972. Walker appeared in 200 games for the Lions, a franchise record that was later broken. He also scored 345 points, which ranked third in Lions history at the time of his 1972 retirement. As a placekicker, Walker converted 53 of 131 field goal attempts for a 40.5% success rate, the lowest field goal percentage in NFL history. On extra points, he converted 172 of 175 attempts for a 98.3% success rate.
      Walker played in three Pro Bowls and was thrice selected as a first-team All-NFL player.
       In 1974, Walker relocated to the Bay Area to go to work for KPIX, where he became a favorite with Bay Area viewers. With his easygoing deliver and warm smile, that was only fitting.
      By the early 1980s, Walker and the Eyewitness News team of anchors Dave McElhatton and Wendy Tokuda and weatherman Joel Bartlett were catching on big time with Bay Area viewers, eventually becoming No. 1 in the market.
      Walker's sports segment on the news, Wayne Walker's Sports Challenge, was extremely popular with viewers. His fans would write in, suggest a feat, and he'd do it. It made for great television.
      Besides his work for KPIX, Walker was also a color commentator for the San Francisco 49ers' radio broadcasts, from 1976 to 1980, and again, in 1985. He also did color commentary on regional NFL games for several years for CBS.
      After retiring from Bay Area television, Walker moved back to Idaho. On May 19, he died in Boise at the age of 80 from complications from Parkinson's disease.
      He remains ninth on the Sports Illustrated list of greatest sports figures from Idaho.
      As much as he was a legend on the playing field, Wayne Walker was a legend on Bay Area television. With this issue of Off Camera, we salute him and the legacy he left behind. He will not soon be forgotten.
Kevin Wing authors "Gold & Silver Circle Profiles" each month for "Off Camera" and has been penning the feature series since 2007. A two-time Emmy® Award-honored 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. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Walsh Named President/GM of KPIX, KBCW 

Served As VP/GM At KOVR, KMAX; Replaces Retiring Cohen         


By Kevin Wing

Editor, Off Camera


          A new president and general manager has been selected to lead San Francisco's KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV.

         Veteran CBS Television Stations executive Kevin Walsh, who last led Sacramento's KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV,  has been named President and General Manager of the group's San Francisco Bay Area properties.
         Walsh will also lead KSTW-TV, the CBS-owned affiliate of
The CW in Seattle.   

Kevin Walsh

New President/GM, KPIX and KBCW

         Walsh is assuming his new role after spending the past nine years as Vice President and General Manager of KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV, the CBS-owned duopoly in the state capitol. He is succeeding Bruno Cohen as President and General Manager of the company's San Francisco and Seattle stations. Cohen retired from CBS May 31.
         "Kevin's long track record of success in Sacramento and, before that, decade of experience in San Francisco make him an excellent choice to follow in the footsteps of Bruno Cohen, and ensure that we have a smooth leadership transition at our stations in the Bay Area," says Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations. "We look forward to having Kevin work with our talented employees both in San Francisco and Seattle to make sure we continue to do a great job of serving our viewers, advertisers and community partners in these important markets."
        Walsh joined CBS Television Stations in August 2005 when he was hired by Cohen (then the General Manager of KMAX) to serve as General Sales Manager at KMAX. Walsh was promoted to Vice President and Director of Sales for both KOVR and KMAX in March 2007, and became Vice President and General Manager of the stations in October 2008 when Cohen left Sacramento to become President and General Manager of WBBM-TV, the CBS-owned station in Chicago.
        Walsh's local television background also includes 10 years with KRON-TV in San Francisco, including four years as the station's General Sales Manager. Prior to that, he spent four years in the sales department at KABC-TV in Los Angeles and three years as an account executive at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

Longtime Main Anchor Team To Leave KXTV
Popular Mendonsa, Schornack Have Co-Anchored For Two Decades 

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

       Longtime KXTV news anchors Cristina Mendonsa and Dale Schornack are leaving the station.
       The veteran broadcast journalists have been a team at Sacramento's ABC affiliate for about two decades. Reportedly, their contracts are not being renewed. Station Director of Content Sam Cohen said that the station has a policy of not discussing matters of personnel.
Anchor Changes At KXTV 
Cristina Mendonsa, Dale Schornack,
to leave station
Mendonsa and Schornack have solidly sat or stood side-by-side, anchoring news, ad-libbing through breaking stories, covering elections, and bantering during tosses to weather and sports. Mendonsa has received Edward R. Murrow and Emmy® Awards during her time at ABC10.
      Schornack has traveled worldwide, across the country and throughout California, covering stories including Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf, Princess Diana's funeral, the Los Angeles riots, and the Loma Prieta earthquake. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and sociology from South Dakota State University.
      Graduating from high school in Sacramento, Mendonsa has a college degree from Sacramento State University in Government-Journalism and recently completed her masters in Communication Studies and Leadership. For several years now, she's moderated the Sacramento Speakers Series that brings big name professionals in arts and sciences to the Community Center Theater.
     Mendonsa and Schornack have developed a wonderful friendship from working together. Mendonsa is currently writing a book.
    At press time, no date has been announced for when the two will depart the station.

EMMY® 2017
Afghan Project Garners Emmy ® Nominations
For Journalists At Sacramento Bee

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

     Journalists from the Sacramento Bee, some new to the craft of video, received Emmy nominations this year for a project about Afghan refugees who came to northern California on special visas. The refugees helped the United States in the battle against the Taliban. Now, many are struggling, adjusting to a new land without enough support from the government.
     "I pitched the project to my editors," said photojournalist Renee Beyer. "This is new territory for allof us. It's a different medium and very exciting, giving us a different way of looking at a story idea.
Newspaper Journalists Nominated
J essica Koscelniak, photojournalist-editor (left), with Renee Beyer, photojournalist
"The reaction is that it made
people feel."

Sue Morrow, assistant director of multi-media
I think it adds a whole other element of depth because the audio is so important as the subjects speak for themselves, it really comes to life."
    Also receiving an Emmy nomination is McClatchy photojournalist and editor Jessica Koscelniak. " No Safe Place is about people that Americans never hear about or recognize and yet they are so critical to our war on terror," said Koscelniak. "Government officials need to think about how we rely on these people to succeed."
    As documented in the project, Sacramento has the highest number of Afghan refugees with these special visas in all of California. Some 2,000 refugees have resettled in the county and many live in poverty and despair. "These men and women were the by-product of war and we can't forget about that," said Koscelniak.
    A special print section by Bee Journalist Steve Magagnini ran in the newspaper. It was accompanied online by the video project. "I needed the refugees to trust me and understand what we were doing," said Beyer. "Jessica and I worked together in the field for 18-days."
    Beyer is a senior photo journalist and has been with the Sacramento Bee 14 years. In 2007, she earned a Pulitzer Prize for excellence in journalism . It was for A Mother's Journey, a story about a family's emotional and financial struggle with childhood cancer.
    While video is now evolving for the newspaper business , one thing remains constant. "Without content, you're not going to have a powerful story," said Beyer.
    Sacramento Bee Assistant Director of Multi-Media Sue Morrow oversaw the documentary and is also nominated for an Emmy. "It's a call to action, makes you feel something and want to do something to help," said Morrow. "Everyone had a voice in it and the project was stunning because the reaction is that it made people feel."
    Regional Video Editor Jason Shoultz worked on the project and is nominated for an Emmy as well. Shoultz is an experienced broadcast journalist and has received Emmy Awards in the past for his documentaries. A couple of years ago, Shoultz saw opportunity at McClatchy, the company that owns the Bee, and hopped aboard. "We worked strongly with Jason and it's fascinating, said Morrow."

EMMY® 2017
Sacramento Bee Fire Story Gets Emmy® Nomination

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento
    A whole new world is unfolding for newspapers across the country. As video meets print, this year, the Sacramento Bee's Senior Photographer Paul Kitagaki, Jr. was nominated for an Emmy® Award for his coverage of the northern California Valley Fire. In 2015, California witnessed one of the worst wildfire seasons ever.
   "I'm trying to let the events unfold in front of me on the fly while trying to anticipate at that moment which camera to use," said Kitagaki. "I'll often shoot the still camera, then pick up the other camera set to video. It's the same camera, I just carry two. TV and print, today, we're all kind of doing the same thing. We're both shooting and sending it back to post to the web."
Paul Kitagaki, Jr.
Emmy® Nomination for Sacramento Bee Photographer
   Assigned to cover a story about a family that lost their home on Cobb Mountain in the Valley Fire, Kitagaki captured emotional, powerful storytelling. The Leonard family escaped with their lives but four people died in the blaze that roared through more than 76-thousand acres of land and destroyed about 12-hundred homes.
   "Transition from print to video has a deep learning curve," said Kitagaki. "Working with audio quality is new for photographers and reporters."
   But the learning curve is not stopping print from embracing video. A couple of years ago, The McClatchy Company hired Broadcast Journalist Jason Shoultz to work at the Bee as regional video editor. He's helping still photographers and reporters better understand the transition to video.
   "I find it exciting to see quality video storytelling being done by the Bee," said Shoultz. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento and owns 29 newspapers in 14 states.
   Kitagaki is a seasoned veteran and going gangbusters for video storytelling. He says it's more work but that's not stopping him. And it's not stopping the Bee, either. They're committing time and resources, seeing this as one more avenue of the future.
   "I was actually out at the Leonard's home last week, shooting another piece following them as they started framing their new house," said Kitagaki. The Leonards lost their home and everything inside, including their favorite animals.
   Returning to the site, outside near the charred rubble of the structure once called home, a child's swing remained. The Leonard's little girl, in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, was drawn back to all that was left - the swing.
   She jumped on, kicking her heels up into the air and letting her hair blow in the breeze. Those several seconds of joy and hope juxtaposed against the backdrop of pain and suffering were documented on video by Kitagaki.
   "The reporter could not have picked a better family," said Kitagaki. "They are so open with their emotions and they trust us. It's been a year-and-a-half and I've been so happy we've documented their struggles and triumphs as they've tried to rebuild their lives."
   Kitagaki's nomination was in the category, Continuing Coverage - No Time Limit.

American Legion Honors KTVU Investigative Series 

        Oakland's KTVU will receive The American Legion's Fourth Estate Award during the organization's 99th National Convention in Reno on Aug. 24.
        The Fourth Estate Award has been presented annually by The American Legion since 1958 for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Nominations in 2017 were considered in three categories: broadcast, print and new media (Internet).
         Taking top honor in the broadcast category is KTVU.
        In an investigative series titled Mental Hospital Hell, the station revealed horrific conditions inside the John George Psychiatric Hospital in Alameda County. The report aired hidden video footage of patients sleeping and eating on the floor, with some of them moaning and crying for help in the overcrowded facility.  The stories triggered major policy and staffing changes at the hospital, including the hiring of more doctors and nurses and the resignation of the hospital's director.

        The series' executive producer is Simone Aponte. Also being recognized are Ken Wayne, reporter; Ron Acker, editor; and Tony Hodrick, photographer.  
         "The American Legion has long recognized the vital role that the media play in contributing to society," said Charles E. Schmidt, national commander of the 2 million member American Legion. "These Fourth Estate Award recipients are being recognized for outstanding works of journalism that not only stand far above normal media reporting, but have also resulted in outcomes that have positively impacted the lives of people and issues. These committed journalists have devoted long, hard hours into investigating, researching, writing and producing reports that have truly made a difference.
         Previous winners of the award include CNN, CBS, USA Today,  ABC News, C-SPAN, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and LifeMagazine, among others.
       The nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.
"Karma" Lands KTXL Edward R. Murrow Award For Excellence In Social Media Coverage

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento
      A 10-year-old girl giving away handmade loom bracelets to people so they'll be nicer went viral after KTXL reporter Karma Dickerson covered the story. The piece was then posted to Facebook and took off like lightning out of a bottle.
       Getting millions of hits and attracting worldwide attention, the Sacramento station's Facebook post about determined little Leah Nelson garnered the first-ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media. Afterwards, NBC Nightly News did a report on this amazing child's endeavor. It's called Becuz I Care and it also has a Facebook page now.
       "She just saw people at school not being kind to each other and she wanted to encourage people not to do that," said Charles Nelson, Leah's father. To encourage kindness, Leah stands in front of supermarkets giving away her bracelets with a message attached. The last line of the message reads, "in a world with so many issues, let's just show people that we are valued."
Edward R. Murrow For Social Media Excellence
KTXL Reporter Karma Dickerson, with Leah Nelson
       "There are many issues that people are mad about," said Leah. "I want them to take action to change that." So, when someone is given a bracelet, Leah asks that they do something nice for someone else and pass the bracelet along.
       "The day she wrote that message was the morning of the Dallas police shooting and I'm looking at CNN and reading her words and I just broke down crying, it was so powerful," saidNelson. On July 7, 2016, a group of police offers in Dallas were ambushed, killing five and injuring nine others. Two civilians were also wounded.
       As it turns out, Leah's first bracelet was given to West Sacramento's Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. Karma Dickerson got the second. She scheduled an interview for the next day.
       "I guess the stars aligned because it was soft news and I didn't get pulled off the story," said Dickerson. "This little girl comes up to me with a backpack on rollers, handing me this bracelet and message to do a nice thing for somebody. I didn't know if she was selling something but I didn't want to be rude." And the rest is viral history.
       Leah's kindness plea has been heard around the globe. She's booking speaking engagements, talking with famous people, and hearing from kids and parents from Germany, North Korea, and across the country. A bracelet reminds people to buy someone a cup of coffee or compliment them. It's very simple. Be nice. Then give them the bracelet so they do the same thing for someone else.
      "The day after the report, I was tagged by at least twenty people who had seen the story given the power of social media," said Dickerson. "It took off and here we are." Someone has sent Leah a tee-shirt that says future president. "Her compassion for other people is out of this world, especially given she's a child," said her dad.
      The kindness message is igniting. Other kids elsewhere are also making and giving away loom bracelets with the kindness message attached. "When Leah heard that, I saw the biggest smile on her face," said Charles Nelson.
      Fox40 Vice President & News Director Ed Chapuis said the Murrow honor is considered a station award. A compilation of stories about Leah were entered.
      Chapuis recognizes it was a team effort.
      The first follow-up report was done by Fox40's Dennis Shanahan. But Karma played a huge role. "By far, the biggest contribution came from Reporter Karma Dickerson whose first story posting garnered 29-million views on Facebook," said Chapuis.
     And that's because Karma found Leah.

NATAS Legend's 'Brush' With Greatness
Famed S.F. State Professor Emeritus Zettl's Artistic Talents

By Steve Shlisky
Chapter President  
        Many in our broadcast community studied his definitive textbooks, interacted with his instructional DVDs, or attended his popular classes. As an educator, San Francisco State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Herb Zettl is legendary. Few of us know him as a fine lifelong artist. Lately he has been displaying nearly three dozen of his paintings at a one-man-exhibition in a downtown San Rafael gallery.
      Dr. Zettl's interest in painting started early, at five years old.
      "My parents gave me a brand-new water color set, two brushes, and a large drawing pad." Basically, self-taught until he received formal instruction during high school. In college, Dr. Zettl minored in art at Stanford University for his bachelor and graduate degrees.
Life Is A Great Big Canvas 
Dr. Herbert Zettl (left), discusses his artwork
with son, Steven
       Dr. Zettl's favorite subjects are landscapes, cityscapes (real or invented), and still lives. He paints the world around him and is greatly influenced by post-impressionist Paul Cézanne and Dutch artist and sculptor Fons Bemelmans : "I either use water color and black ink, or casein with or without pen-and-ink accents." Casein is a water based fast-drying paint in use since ancient Egyptian times. Dr. Zettl adds that casein: "Comes in tubes and behaves much like oil paints, except that casein dries faster and in a matte finish. Dr. Zettl finishes his creations by varnishing the paintings with Damar ( a natural resin harvested from trees in Indonesia and Malaysia) : "It greatly intensifies the hues and makes the paints come to life."
      The signature piece of this exhibit is "Weeds" (see artwork in photo above), a casein pigmented blowup of a dandelion in post bloom, "The weed painting was inspired by my daily walk up the road where I live. One side has the traditional ditch that is covered with grass and full of weeds, including dandelions. I have always been fascinated with its metamorphosis from weed to yellow flower to the most exquisite, final fragile stage, which I painted."
      Dr. Zettl's broadcast legacy began in the golden age of television. In the 1950s as an assistant director, he worked on live local cut-ins during network broadcasts for KPIX and KOVR. Dr Zettl also enjoyed stints with the CBS network and shows like Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person. As an educator, Dr Zettl's theory of applied aesthetics has brought worldwide recognition to San Francisco State University's Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) department.
     Now long-removed from the classroom, Dr Zettl can be found practicing his art at his studio in northern California.
    "Thanks to the luxury of retirement, I am able to paint almost every day," he says. 
     His paintings were on display in May at the Community Media Center in San Rafael.

Chapter President Meets Future Broadcasters


      Encouraging the next generation of television journalists and video productions has always been a priority of ours at the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
      Nothing could be more than proof-positive of our goals to keep children and young people encouraged about potential future careers in the television and video production industries.  
The Next Generation 
Chapter President Steve Shlisky speaks to students at Bristow Junior High School in Brentwood 
      On May 23, Chapter President Steve Shlisky traveled to Bristow Junior High School in Brentwood to speak with Heather Jeffery's third-period video production class.
      Students were well-prepared for the visit.
      Jeffery briefed them on Shlisky's titles and accomplishments before he spoke to the class.  
      Students told Shlisky about their experiences with video production.
      The class documents school activities, participates in non-profit fund raising, and creates a weekly informational newscast for the school.
      Each student prepared a list of questions for Shlisky, which he answered during a prepared Power Point presentation. The highlight of the visit was the opportunity for the students to hold an Emmy® statuette.
The Health Reporter           

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AM or PM? Why When You Exercise Matters
       Should you work out in the morning or the evening? Here are some answers to this age-old question that can help you gain even greater benefits from exercise.
Exercise in the Morning for the Best Sleep  
      Researchers at Appalachian State University studied the effects of exercise timing and sleep patterns. Lack of sleep contributes to chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. It increases the stress hormone, cortisol, which also elevates your blood sugar. Both blood sugar and cortisol contribute to damage to the epithelial lining of your blood vessels. This chronic assault results in plaque buildup and to stiffening of your arteries and other vital organs.
      The subjects in the study exercised at 7:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. on a treadmill for 30 minutes. At night, they wore a sleep-monitoring device that measured sleep stage time and the quality of sleep. Compared to the mid-day and evening exercisers, cardiorespiratory training at 7:00 a.m. showed significant improvements in the quality of sleep, such as 85 percent more time spent in light sleep, 75 percent more time spent in deep sleep, and 20 percent increase in sleep cycle frequency.
     Per this sleep-exercise study which was presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine and 2nd World Congress, carefully timing your exercise could result in additional health and longevity benefits.
Health Benefits from Sleep
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a third of American adults, get an insufficient amount of sleep on a regular basis. Per a six-year study by the American Cancer Society of 1.1 million men/women aged 30-50 years old and over 70 years, people that slept an average of seven hours per night (6.5 to 7.4 hours) had a lower mortality rate.
     Causes of death associated with sleep duration include heart disease, 'other causes', cancer, stroke*, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Deaths from stroke were highest in men and women who slept 8, 9 and 10 or more hours per day.
Know Your Fitness Personality
    The bottom line: exercise when it works for you. Morning workouts may elicit better sleep quality, but if you don't rise and shine with the sunrise, then work out at lunch or after work. Exercising later is better than none.
Stress Less
    If you can squeeze in the time and have the energy, schedule your exercise in the morning to get it off your to-do list. Some people like to "get it over with" and feel they can get on with their day when their workout is behind them. If the pressure of getting to the gym or fitness class weighs on your mind throughout the day or your work day is unpredictable and chaotic (a typical day in broadcast news), then definitely opt for a morning sweat session.
Get Energized
    Exercise is stimulating. If an early AM workout means you don't require a carafe of caffeine, then organize your day to exercise in the morning. When you're done, treat yourself to a healthy green smoothie to stay energized.
Karen's Fit Tip: When you exercise in the morning, be sure to drink some fluids pre-exercise as well as during exercise to maintain hydration. If you're unable to eat breakfast before an early-morning workout, eating about 30 grams of easily digested carbohydrates 5-15 minutes before exercise will help sustain you and may help improve your performance.

Karen Owoc is a clinical exercise physiologist and former NATAS governor. She is a recurring healthy living guest expert on KXTV ABC10 in Sacramento and the owner of HealthStyleRx™, a functional screening, nutrition education, and medical exercise program. For more health tips, visit http://HealthStyleTV.com
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Do You Remember?

Name the Emmy® recipients, year and station.

Last month, we asked you to identify these Emmy® presenters...
Sharon Navratil and Tom Vacar (Silver Circle 2003)
KTVU Channel 2
Thanks to Rita Williams for writing in and guessing correctly! 

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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:

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Darryl Compton,
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