March 2017

"Off Camera" in March
EMMYS® 2017: Emmy Entries Master List
Nomination Deadline Approaching for 2017 Gold & Silver Circle Induction
Introducing Newest Additions to Chapter Board of Governors
KTVU News Chief Dana McDaniel Resigns; Search On For Replacement
KGO-TV Photographer Survives Landslide Scare
KCRA Assignment Manager Wraps Up 36 Years in TV
KGO-TV ABC7's Dan Ashley, Cheap Trick, Rock Walnut Creek
NATAS 2017 Membership Dues Deadline March 31
Membership News: Discount Passes to Cinequest Festival
Fresno Hosts NATAS Scholarship Seminars
High School Awards Deadline March 10
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles: Robert Hosfeldt
Our People: KTVU's Debora Villalon
The Health Reporter
Next Month's Off Camera
On The Move
March 14 Event at Cal Showcases Author and Black Journalist
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EMMY® 2017
Deadline to Include  Additional 
Names on Emmy® Entries March 31 
       The Awards Committee is still in the middle of the Emmy® Certification process. More entries will be moved or disqualified. All unpaid names have been removed.  
       CHECK THE MASTER ENTRY LIST! You have until March 31 to add names to Emmy® entries. 
       The person responsible for completing the entry form needs to e-mail  with the name, position, member number and e-mail address of the person to be added. Entry fees must be paid by credit card before the name is added.  

     If you have questions or issues, please e-mail or call Darryl Compton, Chapter Executive Director, at (650) 341-7786.

April 15 Deadline For Nominations
For G&SC Class of 2017 Induction 

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

     The nomination deadline is approaching for the Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2017. Nominations will be accepted until Saturday, April 15.
     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), made a significant contribution to their local  television markets and 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 need be a member of NATAS. And yes, you can even nominate yourself.
     The induction luncheon will be held in the fall. A date will be announced in the coming weeks.  

NATAS Chapter Board of Governors Welcomes
New Representation for San Jose, Bay Area, Eureka 

By Kevin Wing
Edi tor, Off Camera

        The Board of Governors of The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has appointed three new members to serve on the governing board.
        The three new members are filling positions on the Board left vacant by their predecessors before the actual end-of-term dates.

         Scott Rates
        Vice President, Small Markets
        Scott Rates is news director and anchor at KAEF NorthCoast News in Eureka. He serves on the Board as Vice President, Small Markets.
        Born in Santa Barbara, Rates has lived in the Los Angeles area, but spent most of his life in central Florida and the Bay Area.
        With more than 10 years of news experience, Rates has had the pleasure of working at some great stations, and has learned from some of the best in the business. Rates joined KAEF last August. Before that, he worked as the assistant news director at KRCR in Redding and worked for four years as a multimedia journalist at KRON in San Francisco. He also worked as a journalist at the CBS and ABC affiliates in Orlando.
        Working as a journalist in Orlando, Rates covered many high-profile stories such as the last Space Shuttle mission, the Casey Anthony trial, and the Trayvon Martin shooting. In San Francisco, he covered the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in 2014, and the devastating Napa earthquake in 2015.

       Robert Campos
       Governor, San Francisco
       Robert Campos is an award-winning journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker.  As a staff producer for ABC News, he covered the civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.  For ABC's PrimeTime Live he investigated contamination at the largest meat processors in America. 
       "Unkindest Cut" triggered a re-evaluation of a self-inspection plan that would have removed USDA inspectors from the meat processing lines.  His film about an underground colony of "sewer children" living beneath the streets of Bogota, Colombia, brought international attention and support to the "Children of the Andes Foundation," which helped liberate street children from their squalor.
       His investigation into the slave trade that brought young boys from Haiti to cut sugar cane in the Dominican Republic won a National Emmy, a George Foster Peabody Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for journalism. Campos recently returned to his home, San Francisco, and is a staff producer with the Investigative Unit at KNTV NBC Bay Area.

        Marialcy Carreno
       Governor, San Francisco
       Marialcy Carreno is Executive Producer at KSTS Telemundo 48 in San Jose.  
       She received her bachelors degree in 1995 in Mass Communications, 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 the Venezuelan government closed RCTV network, she moved to the USA 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 next year. She also received a NorCal RNTDA award in 2013.
       In February 2014, she accepted the opportunity to be Executive Producer at KSTS Telemundo 48 in the Bay Area, CA. In 2016 she earned three Emmys; Telemundo 48 picked up 13 Emmys -- the most in the station's 28-year history - including for "Best Daytime Newscast" and "Best Evening Newscast".
       Besides her bachelors degree in Mass Communications, she earned a Masters degree in Teaching in Higher Education.

KTVU Searching For Its Next News Director
Dana McDaniel Leaves Oakland After 2 1/2 Year Stint as VP of News

       For what is now the third time in the last four years, KTVU Fox 2 in Oakland is searching for
Dana McDaniel
KTVU News Chief Resigns
someone to lead its news department following the sudden departure of Dana McDaniel last month.
       McDaniel left the station in mid-February for personal reasons, according to a Fox spokesperson. She joined the station less than two and a half years ago, in October 2014, at a time when Fox took ownership of the station from Cox Media Group. Cox had owned the station since 1963.
       McDaniel was news director at Fox's owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C., WTTG, before heading west to California for the KTVU job. 
       She replaced Lee Rosenthal, who had a brief year-long tenure at KTVU from 2013 to 2014. 
       In years past, it was uncommon for the station to search for a news director with the frequency that it has had in the last several years. Prior to Rosenthal's arrival, Ed Chapuis held the position for 10 years, succeeding Andrew Finlayson, who led the news department from 1999 to 2003. Finlayson was the successor to Fred Zehnder, KTVU's legendary news director, who held the job for 21 years, from 1978 until his retirement in 1999. 

Veteran KGO-TV Photojournalist Survives Landslide
Boulder, Debris Crush Live Van, Injure Longtime ABC7 Cameraman
Photo by: Kevin Wing/NATAS
"I thought I was going to die, right there."
KGO-TV ABC7 cameraman Ian Babcock, relaxing at home in mid-February more than a month after the freak mishap in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is still recuperating. 

KGO-TV Microwave Truck Demolished
What is left of Babcock's live truck after it was destroyed by the massive landslide on Highway 17. 
By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera 

      For Ian Babcock, it was the most frightening moment he had ever experienced in his 23 years as a television news cameraman in Northern California.
      Being buried alive by a massive landslide is something Babcock, 50, says he will remember for the rest of his life.
      The veteran KGO-TV ABC7 cameraman -- he's been with the station's South Bay Bureau since 1997 after getting his start at KCBA in Salinas- -- is well-liked by his colleagues and station management. Babcock is known for his welcoming smile, easygoing nature and hard-work ethic. 
     From now on, he will, undoubtedly, be known for that fateful morning in January when he nearly lost his life to the side of a mountain giving way, saturated by rainstorms. 
    Babcock says it all happened so fast. He works the early-morning shift for KGO-TV. He's usually up by 2:15 a.m., and is on the road to the South Bay Bureau in San Jose by 3 a.m. 
     But, on the morning of Jan. 9, fate had other ideas for the veteran cameraman who, when not working, plays lead guitar in his own band and surfs the waves along the Santa Cruz coastline. 
     Driving north on Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains, between Vine Hill Road and Sugarloaf Road, Babcock was suddenly met head-on by a barrage of dirt and mud, large boulders and tree branches sliding down the canyon next to the highway. 
     "It happened very fast," Babcock recalls. "Everything was coming down, and the truck was getting lifted up on two wheels. At that point, all of that debris and the boulders kept falling on top of the truck. It was so loud. I couldn't hear anything else."
     The slide eventually stopped, with Babcock trapped inside. 
     "It was dark, and I sat there, trying to think what to do next. At first, I thought I was dead," he says.
     That's when Babcock heard a voice. A driver had stopped to help. The driver told him that there were wires strewn across the truck wreckage. Babcock yelled back and told him to stand back. 
     At that point, Babcock began recording video with his mobile phone. There wasn't much to see inside. On his video, you can see the branches that came through the cab of the truck. 
     Finally, firefighters arrived on the scene and helped free Babcock from the wreckage.
     When Babcock got out of the truck and looked back at what happened, he couldn't believe it.
     "I was in such disbelief," he says. "I just couldn't believe it." 
     Babcock has been on medical leave from work since the accident. He is nursing a sore shoulder, the same shoulder he carries his camera on. He is hoping to go back to work soon. 
     "The accident made me think twice about life, and how it could end in a second, for any of us," he says. "It almost happened to me. That morning, I fixed half a sandwich to have for lunch later in the day. Had I stayed at home a little longer to fix my lunch, I could've gotten caught in the true thick of that landslide. Timing is everything."

KCRA Assignment Manager Wraps Up 36-Year Career

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento 

     Enthusiastic and upbeat, 
Jan Richard is still flying high on the adrenalin. She walked into the doors of Sacramento's NBC Affiliate KCRA3 back in 1980, first hired to produce the Noon News. Later, she moved over to the Assignment Desk.  Now, 36 years later, Richard just retired this past January 2017.
     "Walking out the door for the very last time, obviously, was sad but how lucky am I to leave with all of these good feelings and fantastic relationships I've created over the years," said Richard. "I loved every minute of the job and remain excited that I loved what I did for 36-years."
     Richard is having a little newsroom withdrawal these days, missing the excitement of the news business she fell in love with back in Eureka where she started at KIEM. Hired directly after graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Communications, Richard went right to work.
    "In Eureka, I produced, reported, anchored, shot film, edited, pretty much did it all," said Richard. "We were a six-person team covering the news," said Richard. Then, she moved up to news director and eventually was hired by KCRA. And she's never looked back. "I can truly say I loved my job," said Richard. "I feel so fortunate. Not everyone can say that."
That's a Wrap!
KCRA's Jan Richard retires after 
36 years 
in television news
    Deciding to retire was prompted by personal reasons. For Richard, it was a step not taken lightly. "Leaving was one of the toughest decisions of my life," she said. "It's been my identity for so many years. It's been who I am -  so much more than a job."
    Richard said that she will miss the Assignment Desk and the people she's worked with throughout the years. "The desk was really exciting to me because I liked being involved with everything going on," said Richard. "The desk was involved with the entire newsroom, different news producers, reporters, breaking news.
    Recently, Richard's father died and she found it difficult to manage his affairs in Marin County while also working. "This is a transition period for me," said Richard. "I need to take care of family stuff. It's emotional and draining and it's a relief to not have to worry about work right now. I feel very lucky that I could retire and focus on this."
    In good style, Channel 3 gave Richard a going-away party that she said was overwhelmingly special. "I'm not used to being the center of attention," said Richard. "What they did for me was so amazing. I kept saying to myself, 'is this really for me?' It was beyond being queen for the day. The studio was decorated, they did a breakfast buffet and an awesome video of my career with NBC News Anchor  Lester Holt in it."   
    Still radiating an abundance of energy, Richard said she's now ready to spend more time with family and friends, travel, read, and learn how to refine her cooking skills. "I feel like I'm going out at the top of my career," said Richard. "And I feel very satisfied. But I do miss that tug of breaking news."

Dan Ashley's 'Rock The CASA' Fundraiser Sells Out in East Bay
KGO-TV ABC7 Anchor's Band, PUSH, Opens for Cheap Trick in Walnut Creek 
Rock The CASA Fundraiser Rocks Walnut Creek For Two Great Causes
Pictured: KGO-TV ABC7 anchor Dan Ashley (center), with Cheap Trick band members Daxx Nielsen, Rick Nielsen, Tom Peterson and Robin Zander.

Cheap Trick rocks Walnut Creek with KGO-TV's Dan Ashley
Dan Ashley, far right, with (from left to right) Daxx Nielsen, Tom Peterson, Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander.
By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera 

     The evening rocked March 4 at Walnut Creek's  Lesher Center for the Arts to benefit two causes near and dear to the heart of longtime KGO-TV ABC7 anchor Dan Ashley.
     A sold-out concert audience of more than 400 people enjoyed rock band Cheap Trick and Ashley's own band, PUSH
      Tens of thousands of dollars were raised to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, and Friends of Camp Concord, both of which help children in need. Ashley's Rock The CASA Foundation has held annual concerts at Lesher since Rock The CASA's inception in 2015. Eddie Money headlined that year; in 2016, it was REO Speedwagon
     The 2018 concert benefit is set for March 3. More details to come in Off Camera later this year. 
    Ashley has been with KGO-TV since 1995 and is now the station's longest-tenured principal male news anchor, ever. 
Membership News
SF/NorCal Members Must Renew By March 31 Or Be Dropped
        Members of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who have yet to pay their 2017 membership fees, have until Friday, March 31 to do so. If not renewed by that date, they will be non-members on April 1 and will need to pay the higher fee when returning at a future date.
        Non-members will miss out on free or  discounted events, and will not receive the  Off Camera  newsletter or important e-blasts delivered directly by email. 
        Returning members can renew membership here.
Membership News
Discount Passes to Cinequest Festival for Members, Guests

Michael Moya
Chapter Membership Chairperson 

      Cinequest Film & VR Festival  (CQFF) has agreed to give NATAS members and guests discounted  $199 Mavericks Passes (a $250 value). The Festival runs through March 12 this year.
Jason Reitman received the Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award 
March 5 at the Hammer Theatre Center, in San Jose.
      The Mavericks Pass  provides access to:  
  • Maverick Spirit Events
  • All Media Legacy Event
  • Writers Celebration
  • All Regular Film Screenings
  • Silent Cinema Event
  • All Encore Day Screenings
  • Closing Night Screening & Party   
       To redeem discounted Mavericks Passes,  email .
       The Cinequest Film & VR Festival  presents over 90 World and U.S. premieres with groundbreaking innovations by 700+ participating filmmakers from over 50 countries each year. Screenings and events take place in San Jose and Redwood City. Here's a link to see the line-up for this year's  Cinequest Big Events.
       Don't miss out on this celebration and its networking opportunities!  See you all there. I will be one of the volunteer photographers and an ambassador for NATAS.
Discount passes available to Members and Guests by emailing a note of interest to

Fresno Hosts NATAS Scholarship Seminars
Scholarships 101
Keith Sanders, the Chapter's education committee chairperson and past Chapter president (2012-16), speaks recently with students in Fresno about scholarship opportunities.

By Kim Stephens
Chapter Vice President, Fresno
        A big thanks to our Chapter's Education Chair, Keith Sanders, for driving from the Bay Area to Fresno to conduct two seminars about our NATAS scholarship program.
        He started the day at Fresno City College in the Rampage school newspaper office meeting with journalism students - helping them know about the scholarship opportunities available to them.
Then, in the TV studio at Fresno State, he shared the same thing with journalism and multimedia majors. He showed these students - and a few professors - the range of work that earned scholarships last year.
       One of those journalism students, Mary Kate Paquette said, "It was really neat to see the range when he showed us last year's winners. I was surprised at the range of submissions."
       A Clovis Community College student and 8 high school students also came to the Fresno State TV studio and said they are very excited to submit their work and show NATAS the impressive things they are doing at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
      Daniel, a Clovis Community College student, said, "After watching those winning submissions, I already know what I want to enter for this year."
     "The students at Fresno Community College and Fresno State were engaged and asked great questions after seeing clips from last year's winning entries," Sanders said. "I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of them take home a scholarship this year."  
High School Awards Entry Deadline March 10

By Keith Sanders
Chapter Education Committee Chairperson
     Northern California, Reno and Hawaii high school students are all qualified to enter the NATAS Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence
     Entries produced from March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017 are eligible. Categories include News, Sports, Public Affairs, Arts and Entertainment as well as Crafts.
     If you know friends who have high school students taking media classes, please tell them about the contest. Direct them to view our Chapter website, then click the Student tab. Here's a link for the 2017 Call for Entries. Deadline is March 10.
      Last year, a record 13 Pillars for Excellence and 13 Certificates for Merit were awarded to regional high schools. Wai'anae High School, Wai'anae, Hawai'i, broke all records with  eight   Pillars and two Merit awards. The Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley received three Pillars and two Merit awards. Franklin High School, Elk Grove and Moanalua High School, Honolulu, had a Pillar and Merit award each. Maui High School, Kahului, and Whitney High School, Rocklin each received three Merit awards. Sheldon High School, Sacramento has a Merit Award.
     All winners of the Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence  are entered into the national competition at no cost. Last year Wai'anae High School was the proud recipient of four National High School Awards!
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
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Robert M. "Bob" Hosfeldt
Silver Circle Class of 1986

            KNTV Channel 11 -- known today as NBC Bay Area -- has had a rich and storied history during its more than six decades on the air in the Santa Clara Valley and in the San Francisco Bay area. For its first five years on the air in San Jose, it was an independent station until it became the ABC affiliate for the Salinas-Monterey market. Its association with ABC lasted until 2000, when it briefly became an independent station (and WB affiliate for Salinas-Monterey). Finally, in January 2002, the station officially became part of the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market when it began broadcasting as the Bay Area's new NBC owned-and-operated television station. 
           Long before NBC purchased KNTV, it was owned and operated by Gill Industries, Inc. One of the station's early pioneers was a man named Robert M. "Bob" Hosfeldt. Hosfeldt came aboard in 1959; the following decade -- when the station became an ABC affiliate -- he was promoted to be the station's program director. Hosfeldt rose through the ranks and eventually became vice president and general manager of KNTV until the station was sold in 1978. 
          Hosfeldt, after his career at KNTV ended, became president of Gill Industries, Inc., in 1978.
Robert M. "Bob" Hosfeldt
Silver Circle Class of 1986
          In 1986, Hosfeldt was among the first to be inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his more than 25 years in contributions to the Bay Area and northern California television industry. 
          Born  in Los Angeles on April 23, 1933, Hosfeldt attended Los Angeles elementary schools until his family moved to Porterville. He began attending San Jose State College (now University) in 1955 as a freshman music major. He pledged Kappa Alpha fraternity, and it was there at an exchange with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority he met his future wife, Blanche Fritzen
         Hosfeldt earned his Bachelors degree in Radio and Television in 1959 from San Jose State. After graduation, he began working at KNTV as an announcer and director. It was June of 1959. While working full-time at the station, he received his Master's Degree in Communications from San Jose State, in 1961. 
         He was appointed the station's program director that same year. It was while being interviewed for the job that that he first met Allen Gilliland. With the help of Gilliland, Hosfeldt became very successful at KNTV and later at Gill Cable. He became vice president of Gill Industries and general manager of KNTV in September 1965. He continued with his education and received a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1968. 
        Hosfeldt's experience in television programming allowed him to bring many innovations to Gill Cable. He started movie channels before there was an HBO and an all-sports channel before there was an ESPN. He created and coined the term Pay-Per-View which offered sports and other programs in a major urban market on a pay-per-view basis years before the industry became aware of the income potential of per program offerings. He also founded the Bay Area Interconnect during his first few years at Gill Cable. The advertising potential of cable television had never been given serious consideration in those earlier years. But, Hosfeldt worked out an agreement between all of the Bay Area cable television operators where they were interconnected via microwave. The Bay Area Interconnect offered advertisers the opportunity to reach over 2 million cable homes, instantly making cable advertising competitive with over-the-air television stations. 
      The Interconnect idea quickly spread throughout the country. Gill Cable grew from about 40,000 to 140,000 subscribers from 1978 to 1988 when the company was sold. Gill Cable was considered the most innovative systems in the country and was selected by the National Cable Television Association as a must-see for visitors from other countries interested in the medium.
      Hosfeldt died on Dec. 15, 2008, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 75.
      Recognized as one of the men who turned KNTV into a solid television station for the Santa Clara Valley during its first quarter of a century on the air, Hosfeldt is remembered for his many contributions to Bay Area television. 

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, 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

Debora Villalon

KTVU Fox 2
Photo by:  Wayne Freedman /NATAS
The Health Reporter 

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Matcha: The Ultimate Health Beverage
        If you're looking for a healthy alternative to the usual shamrock-shaded green beer to show your St. Patrick's Day spirit, try matcha. Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder that dates back to a 1,000-year-old Japanese tea ceremony. Preparing and serving matcha is a formal art in Japan and the health benefits of this green elixir have been striking.
The Magic of Matcha
       Researchers consider green tea the healthiest beverage you can drink. Its health benefits have been studied since the 1990s due to their strong correlation between long life and health in many Asian cultures. Extensive studies on green tea revealed that it provides significant protection against cardiovascular disease heart disease (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and stroke. And what's good for your heart is also good for your brain. An active, working brain requires sufficient blood flow. Healthy, plaque-free blood vessels are necessary to get the job done.
Catechin Polyphenols
      What makes matcha so beneficial? Something called polyphenols. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants and green tea contains polyphenols classified as "catechins" (pronounced KAT'-eh-kins).
       Catechin polyphenols are found in the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Catechins are also found in red wine, chocolate, berries, and apples, but in smaller amounts compared to tea leaves.
       Four types of tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant: black, green, white, and oolong, but green tea undergoes much less processing than the other teas, so it contains more antioxidants as well as less caffeine. Specifically, these hand-picked green tea leaves are high in catechin polyphenols called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is the most active and most studied of the polyphenols.
How to Drink It
      Matcha is made from high quality leaves and is jewel green in color. When drinking matcha, in contrast to drinking steeped green tea, you are drinking the whole leaf and not just the brewed water from the leaves. Therefore, when drinking matcha, you're consuming 10 times the antioxidants, i.e., the health benefits in one cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.
      To drink it, the green powder is whisked with warm (about 158-176°F), not boiling, water. If the water is too hot, the tea can become quite bitter. Matcha has a rich, aromatic taste. Higher quality matcha has a finer texture and deep mellow taste. It is less astringent (bitter) and has a 'greener' (not hay-like) flavor than those of lower quality.
For Weight Loss
     If you substitute 1-2 cups of matcha for your daily can of soda, you could save nearly 55,000 calories in a year. That's more than 15 pounds!
      A 12-week study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that drinking one bottle of green tea per day containing 690 mg* catechins helped the subjects shed more than six pounds in 12 weeks and inhibit the formation of LDLs. LDLs are the "bad" cholesterol that increase your risk for developing atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries).

*In Japan, the average daily consumption of green tea leaves is about 2 grams and 200-400 mg catechin.
Lead Contamination
     Green tea plants absorb and accumulate lead from the soil and from contamination due to
their proximity to hig hway exhaust and surface dust. The lead ends up being concentrated in the tea leaves. China is one of the biggest exporters of tea, but their tea is grown in an area contaminated by heavy metals due to excessive industrial pollution. Consequently, it has inevitably resulted in lead contamination of tea plants. Lead is a physiological and neurological toxin that can affect every organ and system in your body.
     So, if you consume the whole leaf (as in matcha), be sure the tea comes from a non-polluted, high-quality source. The best matcha green tea comes from Japan. In a study published in the Journal of Toxicology, researchers found no traces of lead in organic green tea from Japan, but high levels of lead were detected in organic green tea from China.
     Green tea contains an amino acid (a building block for proteins) known as L-theanine. L-theanine is often used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure as well as prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Green tea is meant to be sipped slowly. This ritual in itself can help you relax and slow you down which will augment the calming effect of the tea.
What to Know When Buying Matcha
    There are varying grades of matcha based on where the leaves are picked and how they're dried and ground. Higher quality grades of matcha use leaves that are picked from the very tip of the tea bush and shaded from direct sunlight for two months before harvest. This results in matcha that contains more chlorophyll because the tea leaves are forced to overproduce chlorophyll, thus, it has a richer and brighter green color.
"Ceremonial" grade is expensive and the most pristine Matcha you can find. "Premium" or "in-between" grade is not as pricey as the ceremonial varietal, but a step up from the cooking grades.
"Culinary, cooking or kitchen"grade is made with less delicate tea leaves and is one-fifth to one-third the price of its ceremonial sisters. It has a stronger tea flavor that is too strong for drinking, but this grade allows its flavor to shine through in matcha-flavored desserts, cookies, cakes, smoothies, and lattes where it is mixed with other ingredients.
Fit Tip:  Carefully check out your green tea source. You not only want to avoid lead contamination, but you want maximum catechin content. A study in the Journal of Food Science analyzed catechin content in green tea leaves stored at 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) for 1 week, 1, 2, 4, and 6 months. They determined that catechins, particularly EGCG, progressively degrade during storage.
WARNING! If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, a child, taking a blood thinner, have a chronic disease, always speak with your physician before consuming anything new.
Karen Owoc is a clinical exercise physiologist specializing in cardiac rehabilitation and medical fitness. She is a health educator in medical weight management teaching nutrition, exercise and behavior modification for Kaiser Permanente. Karen is a former NATAS Governor, produces/hosts health and lifestyle TV segments, and is a recurring healthy lifestyle expert on KXTV ABC10 in Sacramento. Visit her website for more healthy living how-to's at

In Next Month's Off Camera           
Michelle Kennedy
        An  Off Camera feature story about Michelle Kennedy, a former Bay Area and Sacramento reporter and anchor turned author and educator, will appear in the April issue of
Off Camera. It was originally scheduled to appear in this issue. Off Camera regrets the delay.
        Kennedy, a Bay Area resident, worked as a reporter and anchor at KRON in San Francisco in the mid-2000s. Prior to that, she was a reporter for KTXL in Sacramento. 
     Now an instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a lecturer at San Francisco State University, Kennedy has written a very well-received book, Don't Pee in the Wetsuit: A Worldwide Romp Through Grief, Laughter and Forgiveness. Published in 2016, the book blends a six-month worldwide travel trip with a best friend with grieving following the death of Kennedy's father, who was killed in a traffic accident. Much of the book was written while she traveled with her friend around the world. Kennedy's unresolved relationship with her father is woven throughout the book as she struggles to forgive her father's shortcomings and make peace.
       Watch for the April issue of Off Camera and our one-on-one interview with Michelle Kennedy.

On the Move
       Ross Palombo, investigative reporter and anchor at KTVU in Oakland, is leaving the station to become the new Washington, D.C. bureau chief for WPLG in Miami. Palombo is rejoining WPLG; he left there in 2015 to return to the Bay Area to work for KTVU. Earlier in his career, he worked across the Bay as a reporter for KRON in San Francisco.
Bianca Beltran 
       Bianca Beltran, reporter at KSBW in Salinas, has been promoted to weekend morning news an chor at the station. Prior to joining KSBW in 2015, she was a reporter at KSMS in Monterey.
      Chelsee Yee,  weekend assignment manager at KITV in Honolulu, has left the station to assume webcast duties at the  Honolulu Star-Advertiser in Honolulu. 
      Mahealani Richard, former communications manager with Shriners Hospital Honolulu, is now the 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. anchor at KGMB and KHNL in Honolulu. 
      Lynn Kawano, anchor at KGMB and KHNL, has a new role there as chief investigative reporter. 

      Ashley Nagaoka, former account supervisor at Anthology Marketing Group and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, joins KGMB as a general assignment reporter. 

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Please write to  On the Move  and  Off Camera  Editor  Kevin Wing  at .

March 14 Event at Cal Showcases Author's New Book on Black Journalist

      NATAS members are invited to attend an upcoming event in March at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
      The event is to showcase Sonja D. Williams and her new book about Richard Durham, a pioneering African American radio journalist. 
      Durham is perhaps best-remembered as the creator of Destination Freedom, a groundbreaking radio series which dramatized the struggle for Civil Rights in the United States.
      Following the event, there will be question-and-answer session with Williams. 
      The event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.  

Do You Remember?
Can you name these two? And, what station and name of the program?

Last month we asked you to identify these two gentleman...
It's the 1960s. They were both news reporters. 
Walter Winchell , the renowned American newspaper and radio gossip commentator, visited with  Ben Williams  (Silver Circle Class of 2000).  
Williams was the first black reporter hired by San Francisco's  KPIX in 1966, 
where he remained for the next 25 years. During that time, 
he worked as a reporter, weekend anchor and East Bay Bureau chief.

Do You Remember?
 If you do, please write to 
Off Camera Editor  Kevin Wing at
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 with 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  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 
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
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
Erik RosalesKMPH FOX 26
Terri Russell, KOLO 8
Don Sanchez* KGO-TV ABC7 (Retired) 
Juan Serna, San Jose State University
Matt Skryja, AAA NCNU Insurance Exchange  
Julie Watts, KPIX 5
Melanie Woodrow KGO-TV ABC7/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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