May 2017
"Off Camera" in May
EMMY® 2017: Emmy Awards Gala June 3; Tickets On Sale May 3
EMMY® 2017: Joyce Mitchell To Receive Governors' Award
EMMY® 2017: Pablo Iacub, Kim Stephens To Receive Governors' Service Medallions
KNTV NBC Bay Area Investigative Series Honored With Peabody Award
KCRA 3 Receives Edward R. Murrow Award For Overall News Excellence
Univision Layoffs Affect Fresno, Sacramento
KTVU Assistant News Director Promoted to News Director
KSTS Hires New News Director from L.A.
KTVU Launches New 11 PM Newscast
John Wallace, 71; Fresno News Anchor
Stephanie Harris, 47; KCRA Assignment Editor
Richard Schaller, 84; Former Hawaii General Manager
NorCal TV Producer Puts End to "The End"
NATAS Scholarship Deadline May 15
KCRA Director Has Award-Winning Beard
Our People: KPIX's Phil Matier
Sacramento Commentator's Book Gets National Recognition
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EMMY® 2017
2017 Emmy® Awards Gala Tickets  On Sale May 3
Chapter's Biggest Event of the Year
Returns to SFJAZZ Center June 3

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      Ready to get glammed and gussied up all in the name of honoring and celebrating the best television work in our Chapter?
       This year's Emmy ® Awards Gala for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is one month away!
       Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 3, for the 46th Northern California Area Emmy ® Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, June 3, at the glitzy SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. 
     Save money and purchase your tickets early before prices increase.
     Also on  May 3, Emmy® nominations will be announced.
     This year, the nominations will only appear on the Chapter's website, They will be posted at 8:45 a.m. (PDT) that day.
     The SFJAZZ Center has been home to the Chapter's Emmy ® Awards Gala since 2015.
     This year's Gala begins at an earlier time. A no-host reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by the awards presentation, beginning at 6 p.m. 
     There will be more appetizers this year, too. The SFJAZZ Center also features a new restaurant, B-Side, which will be open should appetizers not be enough to satisfy your appetite.  
     Returning this year to provide the musical entertainment will be
The Marcus Shelby Trio
     Governors' Award honorees from previous years will serve as rotating hosts during the awards presentation. The hosts will be announced in the June issue of  Off Camera
     Tiered pricing is from $100 to $120 per person, depending on the seating location in the theater. These prices will remain in effect until May 23. On May 24, all prices will increase by $10. 
    Those interested in attending the Gala with a group must select and purchase all tickets at the same time. 

  Emmy statuette


EMMY® 2017
Governors' Award To Honor Mitchell

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

Joyce Mitchell
, whose Emmy® Award-honored career has spanned four decades and has encompassed key producing roles at television stations in Sacramento and with her own production company, will receive the coveted 2017 Governors' Award at the 46th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards in San Francisco June 3. 
      After working as a producer and executive producer at Sacramento stations KCRA, KOVR and KVIE, and at Capitol News Service, for three decades, Mitchell formed 4 U Productions, which creates and produces social cause and health-related documentaries. 
Joyce Mitchell
2017 Governors' Award honoree
    Based on Mitchell's work in the television industry within the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and her charitable and community involvement endeavors in Sacramento and throughout northern California, the Chapter's Board of Governors voted unanimously at its April meeting to honor Mitchell, a 2010 Silver Circle inductee, with this year's Governors' Award.
     " There is no one more deserving for this year's Governors' Award," says Steve Shlisky, Chapter president. "Joyce's recognition represents the unanimous vote of our entire Board of Governors. Her contributions to broadcasting in Sacramento and northern California as a producer, educator and Governor are rare in the industry. Sacramento and northern California are fortunate to have her."
     "Receiving this recognition is beyond my wildest dreams," Mitchell says. "The Governors' Award is a great, prestigious honor that I must admit surprised me. I work hard as a journalist, because I truly believe in the 4th house -- our industry -- in the system of our country's checks and balances. I took my marching orders very seriously early on when I was told that being in the television industry came with great responsibility. Always, accuracy first. Then, raising much-needed awareness of news that impacted people."
     Very involved in the Northern California television community, Mitchell also serves on the Chapter's Board of Governors, representing the Sacramento market. 
     Mitchell has certainly produced and written memorable, powerful television programming throughout her career.   After covering  AIDS issues in the mid 1980s, Michell founded the Capital City AIDS Fund, for  which she has raised more than $70,000 in scholarships for people with  AIDS. 
    Mitchell's national and regional awards attest to the strength of her  work and her commitment to using television to make a difference. Her production company's  projects, some of which have aired on PBS and Discovery Network,  have been honored with three Emmy® awards, 19 Emmy® nominations  and the Associated Press California-Nevada Best Documentary.  Mitchell  has also been recognized for her work, on domestic violence, by the  California State Assembly, the El Dorado Women's Center, the BT  Collins Golden Hook Award, and The San Joaquin Women's Center. 
    Also involved in education, Mitchell taught journalism at California State University, Sacramento, from 1989 to 2006.
    "I remain a committed broadcast journalist and am honored to be recognized with this prestigious award. I am forever grateful to the old-timers who early on spent time with me, teaching me, showing me the way. To this day, I continue looking for teachers. There's always more to learn. This industry has taken me on a wonderful journey. As a producer, I sometimes feel like just the worker bee. But I know in my heart, it's the worker bees that often get the job done."

EMMY® 2017
Service Medallions To Recognize Iacub, Stephens

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

   The Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is honoring two of its own at the 46th Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala in San Francisco June 3. 
      Pablo Iacub, news director at KUVS Univision 19 in Sacramento, will join Kim Stephens, news anchor at KMPH FOX 26 in Fresno, when each receives a 
Governors' Service Medallion recognizing their outstanding 
ind ividual contributions to the Chapter. 
     Iacub and Stephens, both of whom serve on the Chapter's Board of Governors representing the Sacramento and Fresno markets, respectively, will be ho nored during the awards ceremony of the Emmy® Awards Gala.
     "It's very special to be honored by my peers, with whom I gladly work, not for recognition, but to help others in our broadcast industry," says Stephens, who is also a 2014 Silver Circle inductee. 
     Iacub was unavailable for comment at press time.
Peabody Award Honors NBC Bay Area 
"Tenacious Reporting" For 'Arrested At School' Investigation

       A KNTV NBC Bay Area investigative series into the misuse of school officers is being honored with a prestigious 2017  Peabody Award.
      The series of reports, Arrested At School, uncovered a disturbing trend within the education system, captured the attention of top officials at the White House, and spurred security changes across 34 schools in the Bay Area that will soon impact roughly 67,000 students.
      Reporter Bigad Shaban and producer Michael Bott obtained discipline records from the U.S. Department of Education and the more than 160 school districts across the Bay Area's nine counties to determine how often schools rely on police and for what reasons. The investigative team spent months collecting, inputting, and analyzing the data. Their reporting revealed how minorities and students with disabilities were being disproportionately arrested while at school, leaving some with criminal records before they even hit puberty for what some described as simply "childish misbehavior."
     "The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered several troubling aspects in the way schools misuse police officers to discipline children, and the nearly two year-long investigation is now leading to major policy changes that will impact thousands of students," said Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News for NBC Bay Area, who oversaw the series of reports as executive producer.
      Photojournalists Mark Villarreal and Michael Horn shot and edited the series. Additional photography was also provided by Jeremy Carroll and Felipe Escamilla.
     "We are proud that our investigative work has been recognized with this prestigious honor and will continue our commitment to shedding a light on questionable practices on behalf of the communities our station serves," said Rich Cerussi, President and General Manager for NBC Bay Area. "Our ongoing mission is for our investigative reporting to hold the powerful accountable and inspire changes that will help make a difference in people's lives."
     The distinguished Peabody Award has been bestowed to "stories that matter" since 1940, recognizing supreme storytelling in news, entertainment, radio, documentaries, and web. This year, only 32 winners were named of the more than 1,200 submitted entries.  
     In honoring the NBC Bay Area investigative series, judges cited "tenacious reporting" that "contributes to the larger conversation about rebuilding trust between police and their communities."
"A rigorous examination into local school districts relying on police as a means of student discipline reveals an alarming overreach by law enforcement," noted the judges."
    "The result for many students-mostly minority populations-is juvenile citations that become permanent criminal records. Tenacious reporting contributes to the larger conversation about rebuilding trust between police and their communities."
    Honorees and finalists will be recognized at the 76th Annual Peabody Awards Gala on May 20 in New York City. The awards presentation will be  broadcast on both PBS and Fusion at 9 p.m., Eastern time, on June 2.

KCRA 3 Receives Edward R. Murrow Award
For Overall News Excellence -- 4th Year In Row

      Sacramento's KCRA 3 has again been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall News Excellence.
      This marks the fourth consecutive year KCRA 3 has been honored with the award for Overall News Excellence. KCRA 3 was also honored with an Edward R. Murrow award for the Best Newscast-Large Market for KCRA 3 News at 5.
      "KCRA 3 News and Hearst Television have a long history of providing quality news to our viewers," KCRA 3 and KQCA My58 President and General Manager Elliott Troshinsky said. "We are proud that our news team has been recognized again for their commitment to provide our viewers with trustworthy and credible news and information that affects their lives."
      "We are incredibly honored to receive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence and Best Newscast," KCRA 3 News Director Lori Waldon said. "There is a strong sense of passion, pride and teamwork in our stories and our newscasts. We dedicate our work to the community and the viewers we serve."
      Edward R. Murrow Awards are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Region 2 includes televisions stations in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and encompasses all other California, Nevada and Hawaii stations.
     These prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievement in electronic journalism and that the recipients have demonstrated the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. 

Nationwide Univision Layoffs Affects Fresno's KFTV and KUVS in Sacramento-Modesto
ND Sandy Sirias Among Five Staffers Served Pink Slips 

       Nationwide layoffs at Univision Communications includes several positions at KFTV in Fresno and KUVS in Sacramento-Modesto.
        Media Moves, an online website that covers Latinos in the media industry as well as issues that affect the industry, says approximately 100 positions were eliminated from Univisión's news department and other areas.  The workers who lost their jobs on April 3 include on-air talent, videographers, producers, editors, and news directors. Some Univisión radio positions were included in the national layoff.
        KFTV news director Sandy Sirias was among five Fresno Univisión workers who were laid off. Sacramento news director Pablo Iacub will become regional news director and oversee the Sacramento and Fresno news operations.
        Also impacted in Fresno are weekend news anchor/reporter Francisco Mireles and three camera operators.

KTVU Promotes Assistant ND to News Director 
Amber Eikel Becomes Station's Third News Chief Since 2013  

      Amber Eikel, assistant news director at KTVU in Oakland, has been promoted to news director,
Amber Eikel
KTVU News Director
effective immediately.
      Eikel replaces Dana Hahn McDaniel, who left the station earlier this year after two years there. 
      In her new role, Eikel will oversee all editorial, business and administrative functions of the station's news department. 
      She had been KTVU's assistant news director since 2013. 
      Prior to joining the station, she was executive producer at KIRO in Seattle, and previously, at KTNV in Las Vegas. Earlier in her career, she was a senior producer at WTMJ in Milwaukee.
     Eikel began her career as a producer, executive producer, and interim news director at KMIR in Palm Springs. 

KSTS Taps L.A. Manager For News VP Post
Telemundo Promotes Within: Rossyris Silva to Bay Area

      There is another news director change in the Bay Area, this time at the Telemundo station in San Jose.
Rossyris Silva
KSTS VP of News
     Rossyris Silva has been promoted within the Telemundo Station Group.
       Silva, currently assistant news director at KVEA in Los Angeles, becomes vice president of news at KSTS Telemundo 48 in San Jose.
       She begins May 8. 
      Once again, Silva takes over a position left vacant by Freddy Oldenburg, who moved to Dallas last month  to become vice president of news at KXTX there.
      In her new role, Silva will oversee the news department and the station's local newscasts, as well as other local productions across multiple media platforms.
      Prior to joining Telemundo as a KVEA executive producer in 2013 , Silva spent 10 years as a news producer at Univision.

KTVU Launches New 11 p.m. Newscast 
Oakland Station Competing with KNTV, KRON, KPIX, KGO-TV 

By Kevin Wing
Editor, Off Camera

      For the first time in its 59-year history, KTVU in Oakland has launched its first 11 p.m. newscast. 
The station launched The Eleven o'clock News on April 17.
      The station's veteran evening news anchors, Frank Somerville and Julie Haener, team up with longtime sports director Mark Ibanez and chief meteorologist Bill Martin
      Somerville joined the station as co-anchor of Mornings On 2 in 1992. He moved to the 10 p.m. broadcast in 2008 following the retirement of then-10 p.m. news anchor, Dennis Richmond. Haener joined KTVU as a reporter and anchor in 1997 and assumed 10 p.m. co-anchor duties in 2006 following the departure of Leslie Griffith. Ibanez has been with the station since 1979; Martin joined in 1993. 
      Since it first began operations in March 1958, KTVU's late-night news offering has always been with its long-running 10 p.m. newscast, which began airing the first week the station went on the air. The new 11 p.m. broadcast follows the station's 10 p.m. newscast. 
      Its new 11 p.m. offering now makes the head-to-head competition in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose at that hour even tighter, as the new broadcast faces newscasts airing on KNTV NBC Bay Area, KPIX 5, KGO-TV ABC7 and independent KRON 4 -- all of which have had 11 p.m. newscasts for decades.

J ohn Wallace, 71
Longtime News, Sports Anchor-Reporter for KFSN, KJEO/KGPE
By Warren Armstrong
Special to Off Camera

         The Fresno-Visalia area is mourning the loss of Central California broadcast news icon, John Wallace Franzman. His family says the longtime newsman passed away on March 27 th , 2017 after a long battle with COPD. He was 71 years old.
John Wallace Franzman
Longtime Fresno broadcaster dies
        Franzman  attended San Rafael High School, the College of Marin, and the University of Arizona. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
         In 1969, "John Wallace" began a nearly 50 year career reporting news and sports in Fresno for KYNO-AM, KFSN-TV, and KJEO/KGPE-TV.
        Franzman  was the consummate anchorman, but he also had a burning passion to serve his community, from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation and many, many more. 
        Franzman  had a great wit and was well known for always offering words of support to his colleagues. ABC30 Action News Anchor Liz Harrison said "John was a true mentor to me when I arrived at Channel 30 over thirty years ago. Even though I was only 22 and very green, he encouraged me with handwritten notes left overnight on my typewriter." Liz wasn't alone. Many journalists who work or worked in the Fresno market still cherish those handwritten notes from the man who set the bar incredibly high as an outstanding
reporter, anchor, and humanitarian.
       Franzman  is survived by his wife, Cheri, and a large loving family.

Warren Armstrong is a news anchor at KFSN ABC30 in Fresno. 

KCRA Mourns Death of Beloved Assignment Editor
Stephanie Harris
KCRA assignment editor was 47
       Stephanie Harris , an assignment editor at KCRA in Sacramento, passed away suddenly April 8.
       She was 47.
       Harris' colleagues say she was well-liked in the KCRA newsroom, and hard-working. 
       Lori Waldon. KCRA's news director, shared these thoughts about Harris.
       "Stephanie was a warm and wonderful presence in our newsroom," Waldon says. "She was smart, spirited and very funny. Working the assignment desk is one of the toughest positions in a newsroom, and Stephanie did her job well. She was a valuable member of our team. We miss her terribly."
      In addition to her work at KCRA, Harris was also an experienced voiceover artist, specializing in commercials, audio books, video-game characters and oral corporate presentations.
      Harris rejoined KCRA in January 2016 as an assignment editor. Previously, from 2004 to 2009, she worked for the station as a traffic producer. 

Richard "Dick" Schaller, 84
Former KITV General Manager; Also Worked at KGMB, KHON, KIKU

         Richard Frederick 'Dick" Schaller , a longtime Hawaii broadcast executive, has died. 
         Schaller died March 30 in Tacoma, Washington. He was 84 years old.
         Born in Buffalo, New York, Schaller spent decades working in the local broadcast industry, including as general manager of KITV in Honolulu, and as general and sales managers at KGMB, KHON and KIKU. 
        For the last 10 years, Schaller worked at the Grand Wailea Hotel on Maui. 
       JoAnn Alama, former KITV executive assistant, remembers Schaller.
       "I consider myself lucky to have worked with Dick at KHON and KITV," Alama says. "He was simply the best -- so kind and generous with a heart of gold! He was loved by so many, and he will be missed."

NorCal TV Producer Puts An End To "The End"

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento 

         Broadcast airwaves are a precious commodity. TV Producer Sue Wilson fully embraces that concept. Wilson realized the importance of public responsibility while working in public affairs at KCBS in Los Angeles during the 1980s. There, she received a regional Emmy Award for her work.
        A couple years later, taking a job in news at Sacramento station KTXL Fox40, she received another Emmy for  investigative producing.  "Seems I have been working more than 20-years on ways to improve broadcast media in general," said Wilson. "One way I realized I could make change is through the fact that these stations are licensed to serve public interest. But after losing the fairness doctrine, seems public interest is whatever the station says it is. Still, I am determined to hold broadcast stations accountable."
       Wilson was outraged by the death of 28-year-old Jennifer Strange, a Sacramento mother-of-three who entered a contest at radio station 107.9 in January of 2007. The station, called The End,  was owned by Entercom Communications Corp., then the fourth largest radio chain in the country.
       A regular listener of The End, Strange went to the Entercom station to participate in a water drinking contest. It was called, "Hold your wee for a Wii," a Nintendo gaming console. It was popular at the time and Strange wanted to win it for her kids.
      Strange started downing water like crazy and won second place in the contest. All the while, listeners called in, cautioning the station about the possibility of water poisoning. Joke after joke, the station deejays continued the contest, ignoring the warning calls.
      Strange went home and died a short time later. A co-worker of Strange called to notify the station about her death. The deejays were fired and told to hire lawyers.
      "When I saw the headlines in The Sacramento Bee about Jennifer Strange being killed, I was stunned," said Wilson. "Can you really kill someone and keep a license?" Wilson documents what happened to Strange in a program called Broadcast Blues.
      Eventually, Wilson went to war with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Investigations were opened by both the FCC and Sacramento District Attorney's office. But they went nowhere.  The family did sue Entercom and won a $16.5 million judgment.
     "I covered the trial in court," said Wilson. "I was in utter shock that the FCC would allow this radio station to continue serving the public and so I wrote a petition to deny their license. A lawyer in Washington D.C. helped me. Back in 2013, he told me you are not going to get anywhere with this but you got to file because it is the right thing to do."
     Mergers were involved and a lot of money was at stake. The station's license was up for renewal and Wilson refused to back down. Whatever happened, Wilson was committed to being heard. "Usually, the FCC absolutely ignores these petitions," said Wilson. "Licenses are treated with a rubber stamp."
    October 27, 2016, Wilson was officially notified that her petition to deny a license for 107.9 had been granted. She believes justice finally prevailed.
    Out of her Amador County home office in Fiddletown, Wilson  put an end to The End. And she's not done. Wilson runs a small organization called Media Action Center. She produces documentaries about social justice, blogs and keeps a close eye on the broadcasting industry across the country. "I have been doing many things to hold broadcast stations accountable," said Wilson. She believes wholeheartedly that the stations have a responsibility to serve the public's best interests.
    "I am a watchdog," said Wilson. "Yes, I guess that's true." To read her blogs or view segments of Broadcast Blues, go to

NATAS College Scholarship Deadline May 15

By Keith Sanders
Chapter Education Chairperson
      The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has provided students hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships since 1985. This year $16,000 in scholarship monies are available to selected recipients. 
      But the deadline is approaching in a few weeks. May 15 is the final day to apply. 
      Check out the scholarship application, rules and instructions if you are a college student with a media major.
       Here are the seven graduate and undergraduate scholarships being offered this year in various craft categories:
        $3,000 Steve Davis Memorial Overall Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship , underwritten by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts, Inc.;
       $3,000 Jerry Jensen Memorial Overall Excellence Graduate Scholarship , underwritten by The Big Picture Film & Video Arts, Inc.;
       $2,000 Peter J. Marino Memorial Production Scholarship;
        $2,000 Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship s ponsored by Abrazos & Books;
        $2,000 Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship;
        $2,000 Kenneth Sloat Langley Memorial Scriptwriting Scholarship; and
        $2,000 "Miss Nancy" Besst Graduate Memorial Scholarship
       Students who receive scholarships are also invited to be recognized and to officially accept their check at the Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon in San Francisco this fall. 
       More details will become available soon.  

I Mustache You A Question: Why'd You  Grow That Amazing Award-Winning Beard, Randy?
KCRA Director Forsman Attracts Wife, Then Nabs First in Beard Contest
By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento
          Directing live newscasts is sometimes like bubbling in a pressure cooker. Daily, it has Randy Forsman on the hot seat at KCRA 3. Yet, he keeps his cool and pulls off programs incorporating cut-ins from live trucks, satellites, and a chopper. 
         Forsman is a multi-tasker. He's also a beard master.
         That's right. It takes growing, and grooming, and more growing, and still more grooming. All of that work, and Forsman took first place in the sixth annual Northern California Mustache and Beard Competition April 7 in Sacramento. 
No pullin', it's real....
KCRA's Randy Forsman wins first place in beard competition. Honest Abe, it's the real deal.
         Take a look at his photograph - and it pretty much says it all. 
         The category was Full Beard Styled Mustache.
         "I actually get a lot of compliments about my beard from people at the station, almost daily, in fact," saysForsman. "I'll hear things like 'hey - nice beard' or something like that."
         Forsman loves directing live TV. In the control room, he's in charge of calling the show. Like a well-written script, in real life, the beard story has an interesting beginning, middle, and end. But, Forsman wasn't really directing the beard show. The furry face was motivated by the love of a woman.
        "Funny story," he says. "I met my wife two years ago and she mentioned that she liked beards. So, I started growing my beard to impress her." 
        And impress her it did. The two got married about a year ago.
        "I would not have grown my beard on my own," Forsman explains. "It was strictly for her and she encouraged me to enter the competition. I entered last year and took 7th place. She urged me to enter the competition again this year and so I did." That beard won Forsman a wife and now a first place moustache/beard trophy.
        Forsman has been with KCRA for the last 10 years, directing the station's newscasts. In all, he's been in broadcasting two decades, working at stations back east and here in California. Forsman has received four Emmy awards and is currently serving as secretary on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 
       As for the future, Forsman says that he can't imagine going anywhere else. He's staying put  - except for a couple of quick getaways this summer to beard competitions in Los Angeles and Bend, Oregon.         
      Stay tuned.

Our People

Phil Matier
KPIX 5, San Francisco
(and KCBS Radio and San Francisco Chronicle
Photo by: Wayne Freedman/NATAS
TV Commentator's Book Gets National Recognition

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

       The book  Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California is accumulating awards. It's written by Political Broadcast Journalist Steve Swatt and co-authored by his wife,  Susie , received its third award in April.
Susie and Steve Swatt
Game Changers
        It won Silver Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the West-Pacific - Best Regional Nonfiction category. The Swatts were notified by their publisher Heyday Books out of Berkeley. The awards will be presented during a ceremony this coming summer in Chicago.
       "I feel great," says Steve Swatt . "It's always terrific to have your work validated not only here in California but nationwide. The book was a true labor of love."
       Swatt currently hosts a political interview program on The California Channel for Comcast. He's a regular guest on Sacramento TV and radio stations doing political commentary about California and the nation. Most recently, he's done analysis for KCRA 3, CBS13, and radio station KFBK. Swatt was political reporter at KCRA 3 for more than 20 years. He left the station in 1992.
       Game Changers already has landed the California Historical Society Book Award and was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a national competition. In 2016, Swatt was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has received an Emmy Award for his work in TV news. 

On the Move
        Larry Johnsonnews director at KMTR/KVAL in Eugene, Oregon, joins KTVU in Oakland as executive producer of Mornings On 2, The Nine and The FOX 2 News at Noon. It is a return to California for Johnson; prior to relocating to Oregon, he was an executive producer at KSEE in Fresno. 
Angela Greenwood
        Lindsey Pena , weeknight news anchor at KGPE in Fresno, joins KGTV in San Diego in the same capacity.
        Angela Greenwood, reporter at KGPE in Fresno, joins KOVR in Sacramento in the same capacity.
        Kathryn Herr, former news anchor at KGPE in Fresno, rejoins the station as anchor of its 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts. 
        Pedro Rivera
, reporter at KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Arkansas, joins KTXL in Sacramento in the same capacity.
        Carlos Correa, multimedia journalist at XETV in San Diego, joins KOVR in Sacramento in the same capacity. Correa's now-former station, XETV, will soon cease operations after 64 years on the air in San Diego.  
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Do You Remember?

Who are these Emmy® presenters?  
From what station? What year?

Last month, we asked you to identify this camerawoman. 
Cathy Cavey
Silver Circle Class of 2012
Started at KCRA in Sacramento in 1979, then joined KGO-TV in 
San Francisco, where she has been a fixture for the last 35 years. 
Read all about Cavey at her Silver Circle bio at
Thanks to Marty Gonzalez, John Odell and Rita Williams 
for writing in and guessing, naturally, correctly!

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

Darryl R. Compton* NATAS

* Silver Circle inductee

Contact Information:

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
Darryl Compton,
Executive Director
4317 Camden Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403-5007
Phone: 650 341-7786 or 415 777-0212


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