April 2014 

In "Off Camera" This Month:
Editor's Note
Board Of Governors Nomination Deadline May 1
Emmy® Awards Update
KRON 4 Hosts NATPE Job Fair April 12
2014 Gold & Silver Circle Nominations Deadline
35th Sports Emmy Awards
America's Cup Emmy Nominations
Copyrights: Fair Use In The Newsroom
Soundbites: KTVU's Tori Campbell
MSNBC Anchor De La Cruz Joins KPIX
Television Pioneer Philip Nye Dies
Shari Shima, Hawaii's First Meteorologist, Dies At 52
On The Move
Baby Girl For KFSN ABC30's Stephaniie Stone
New Resort Hotel In Orlando Pays Tribute To Jack LaLanne
Do You Remember?

Off Camera

    Kevin Wing, Editor 

the board of governors



Keith Sanders, San Jos State University, President

Kevin Wing, ABC-TV/"Good Morning America," VP San Francisco

Christian Anguiano, KUVS 19, VP Sacramento

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno

Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii

Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno

Mike Garza, KXTV 10, VP Smaller Markets 

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Kim Stephens, KMPH FOX 26, Secretary

Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President


national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED

(National Awards Co-Chair)


Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)


Steve Shlisky, KTVU Channel 2  (Alternate) (Education)



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, KRON 4

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Ross Perich, Trainer Communications

Greg Rando, KTVU Channel 2

Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Stephanie Stone, KFSN ABC 30

Karen Sutton, Beyond Pix Studios

Justine Waldman, KRON 4

David Waxman, KRCB 22

Justin Willis, KSEE 24

Pamela Young, KITV 4

Alice Yu, KVIE 6


committee chairs:

John Catchings, Catchings & Associates (Museum)

Craig Franklin (Awards)

Kym McNicholas, Kymerview (Membership)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

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Editor's Note
        Welcome to your April issue of Off Camera!
         We hope you'll enjoy the first Spring issue of our award-winning publication. We have news to share with you from around the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, including from the Bay Area, Fresno, Chico and Hawaii.
         We are always doing our best to cover every market in our Chapter. But, we can't do it without you. If you have news to share from your market, have a story idea, a new job (or know of someone who does) or even a comment to make about Off Camera, please drop me a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com. Thank you very much in advance. I look forward to hearing from you, whether you're working in the Bay Area, Salinas-Monterey, Fresno, Sacramento, Chico-Redding, Eureka, Reno or Honolulu. Hey, if you have a story idea in Hawaii and you'd like one of us from Off Camera to travel to the islands personally to do an interview, let's just say you won't have to twist anyone's arms! No pushing and shoving, please!
        It's nearly Emmy time here in our Chapter! And, by the way, if you've been having the Emmys on your mind, many of us certainly have. Please keep in mind that the 2014 nominations for this year's June 14 Emmy Awards Gala in San Francisco will be announced on May 7. Once the nominations are announced, we will include them in our May issue of Off Camera, which will be released the following day. Meantime, in this issue, check the latest update on all things Emmy, including all of the important dates leading up to the Gala in June!
       Thanks so very much again for your interest in Off Camera! Hope you enjoy this issue!

Kevin Wing
Off Camera

At NATAS SF, It's That 
Time Of The Year Again
Interested In Running For A Seat On The 
Board Of Governors? Now Is Your Chance
By Richard Harmelink
Regional Vice President, Fresno

     Wikipedia defines, in part, a "governor" as

"...high-ranking officials in private or similar governance, such as commercial and non-profit management...". 

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences defines a "governor" as "... the governing body of the local chapter."  

    Any way you look at it, a "governor" is very important to any organization, and this is why we are looking for you!

    If you have ever thought of getting more involved with the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, now is the time to do so.  The Chapter is seeking nominations for our next Governor election. 

    The Board of Governors regularly meet monthly, on the second Saturday morning of each month, at a Bay Area television station, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

    Regional members outside of the Bay Area may attend via conference call.  The Board of Governors discuss and vote on matters of importance to the Chapter.  

    These positions are for two-year terms.

    Deadline for submitting names and biographies is May 1

    If interested, please send information to richardharmelink@aol.com


Emmy� Awards Update
KRON 4 Hosts NATPE Career Day, Job Fair
Free April 12 Event Will Offer Three $1,500 Scholarships

By Kent Beichley, Chapter Governor

     KRON-TV  4 in San Francisco will host an all-day free Career Day, Job Fair, Workshop and Station Tour on Saturday, April 12.
     The event, sponsored by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation, is held twice a year in different cities across the country.
     Also participating in the career day/job fair event will be representatives from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the California Broadcasters Association.  
     Approximately 150-200 students from colleges all around the Bay Area are expected to attend.
     The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast, followed by a Career Workshop in Studio B with a panel of nine professionals from various stations in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose television market who will answer questions in their particular area of expertise.  
     Attendees will have lunch and then there will be a job fair in the first floor conference room, followed by a tour of the KRON TV station.
      A highlight for students is the opportunity to talk with panelists and station personnel about what they do and how they got into the business.
      Another exciting element for students who RSVP is the opportunity to win one of three $1,500.00 scholarships, generously donated to the event by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment.

Panelists scheduled to appear, as of press time:
Candice Hirleman Archer - Vice President, Creative Services, KGO-TV ABC7
James Crowe - Digital Sales Manager, KRON 4
J.D. Freeman - Market President, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment,
Michelle Griego - News Anchor, KPIX 5
Joshua Johnson - Morning Newscaster, KQED
Emily McLaughlin - Public Relations and Communications, PAC-12 Networks
Tom Raponi - President and General Manager, KTVU Channel 2/KICU 36
Kimberly Tere - General Assignment Reporter, KNTV NBC Bay Area

     Scott Howard, News Director of KHSL-TV (CBS) in Chico will also present a demo interview with Paulina Garan, a Santa Clara University sophomore.
     KRON 4 is located at 1001 Van Ness Avenue (between Geary Blvd. and O'Farrell Street), San Francisco, within walking distance of the BART Civic Center stop, and by MUNI from Caltrain's San Francisco station.
     To RSVP, visit the NAPTE website - https://www.natpe.com/education/programs
April 15 Is Deadline For Nominations For Distinguished Gold & Silver Circle
Gold & Silver Circle 2013
    Last chance to fill out the online application to suggest someone - including yourself - to be included in our NATAS Chapter's prestigious Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2014.

     The SilvSilver Circle 2013er 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 NATAS                                             Chapter Board of Governors.

                                          Gold Circle Application Form 

NOMINATION PROCESS:  Gold & Silver Circle nomination applications are available online or from the NATAS office. Neither the nominator nor the nominee need be a member of NATAS to qualify for induction. 
The Gold & Silver Circle Committee selects nominations from the applications received.  The cut-off for induction is determined by the Silver Circle Committee. Voting for the Silver Circle is done by the Silver Circle membership. Voting for Gold Circle membership is done by the NATAS Board of Governors. 

Note date change:
Saturday, November 1 
Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon


  More information on the Gold & Silver Circle  




NATAS Announces 35th Sports Emmy Awards

       The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced 
the nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.
       More than 180 nominees were announced in 39 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play Personality and Studio Analyst. The Awards will be given out at Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center May 6 in New York City.
      "The world of sports television grows bigger each year," says Malachy Wienges, NATAS chairperson. "We have had over 900 submissions coming from the sports community demonstrating that this is another outstanding year for sports and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. With so much outstanding talent vying for the prestigious Emmy� Award and with our Lifetime Achievement Award going to Ted Turner, an icon in broadcast television, this year's ceremony promises to be an exciting evening for the entire industry."
      "The 35th Sports Emmy� Awards features some exciting new categories," says Steve Ulrich, Executive Director of the Sports Emmy� Awards, "including the first-ever awards for sports personalities and programming in Spanish. It's been a great year in sports, and we look forward to recognizing the very best on May 6th."

America's Cup Broadcast Team Makes
Big Splash With 5 Emmy Nominations

       Media production for the 34th America's Cup has received five Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Live Sports Special.  Main production was headquartered in San Francisco, the site of the Final Races.
       The five nominations come on the heels of a previous Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for AC LiveLine.
       "When we started planning for the 34th America's Cup in 2010, one of the initial priorities was to create an exciting television experience for viewers," says Stan Honey, director of technology for the America's Cup. "These nominations from the media production of the America's Cup in 2013 are a clear signal that the America's Cup is now being recognized as a compelling television sport."
      The five Emmy Award nominations are for: Outstanding Live Sports Special;
Outstanding New Approaches-Sports Event Coverage-Official App; Outstanding Technical Team Remote; Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound; and the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award-AC LiveLine, "WingWash".
      The America's Cup Official App, for iOS and Android, was nominated in the Outstanding New Approaches-Sports Event Coverage category. The Official App allowed users to follow the racing live via video, race animation, or text updates and users could select from several audio streams, including commentary, or on-board audio from each of the competing teams. Users could also post comments, chat and interact with event media and officials.

Emmy Nominations For America's Cup
AC LiveLine, the groundbreaking graphics technology that allows for information to be embedded in the broadcast, previously won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement. This time, AC LiveLine is nominated in the same category for a new feature that showed the flow of wind across the giant wingsails that powered the America's Cup boats at speeds of up to 50 mph, adding another dimension of information for viewers to aid in understanding the race tactics.

It's All About Copyrights:
Fair Use In The TV Newsroom

By Mark A. Pearson, Esq. 

Chapter Chairperson, Legal/Bylaws


      Back in my days working in the newsroom I never thought much about copyright rights. I routinely used other people's works to enhance or help me tell my stories; a song from Blondie for the music bed on a piece about on the members of a baseball team that dyed their hair yellow, quoting Frank Sinatra classics while anchoring sports or using clips from popular movies. Each of these are clear examples of my blatant copyright infringement, but luckily as a member of the media I had a defense to any legal claim by the authors of those works. Fair Use.


What is Copyright?

      Before I explain how Fair Use protects members of the media from claims of copyright infringement, here are the basics on copyright. Copyright, codified in federal law under 17 U.S.C. �101, et seq., is meant to protect and foster the arts by giving certain rights to authors of tangible works. The exclusive rights afforded to authors under the Copyright Act include the right to (a) make copies; (b) distribute copies; (c) perform the works; and (d) make derivatives of the works. Copyright does not protect ideas, only works that have been fixed in a tangible form. Finally, an author need not register the work with the Copyright Office in order to gain protection, instead the exclusive rights listed above attach to a work the moment it is created, regardless of registration.

      Music, song lyrics and movie clips are all tangible works protected by copyright. In order to use works protected by copyright, you must have the permission of the author (usually granted via a license, assignment or in an employment agreement). Since the authors did not give me permission, my incorporation of the Blondie song, Sinatra lyrics and movie clips into my stories was, indeed, copyright infringement.


Fair Use in the Newsroom

     At this point, I'm sure some of you are wondering why Debbie Harry never filed suit against me or ABC, my employer, for copyright infringement. The simple reason, Fair Use. Section 107 of the Copyright Act states, "...the fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment,
news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

     Fair Use is essentially a carve-out in the Copyright Act allowing for limited use of an author's works in certain instances where the benefit of the public outweighs the need to protect the author's rights. It goes without saying that allowing the news media to use copyright protected works in the course of reporting is paramount over an author's rights. It's fairly well established that the Fair Use Doctrine gives television news, newspapers, and even online publications an almost absolute defense to copyright infringement.


Challenging Fair Use

     While rare in circumstances involving news gathering, there are times when the owner of a copyright will file suit despite the infringing party's Fair Use defense. This past winter the issue of Fair Use was raised by Bay Area toy maker Goldie Blox in their dispute with hip-hop legends, the Beastie Boys. Goldie Blox created a promotional video featuring the Beastie Boys' song "Girls", with altered lyrics. Relying on the "criticism and commentary" portion of the Fair Use Doctrine, Goldie Blox argues that the new lyrics were intended to parody the original song. Parody is well-established as a valid Fair Use defense as by its nature a parody is meant to criticize the original work.

    The Goldie Blox v Beastie Boys dispute has yet to be settled. However, in cases where a Fair Use defense is raised in court the Copyright Act sets forth a four part test to help make a determination:


1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

2. the nature of the copyrighted work;

3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


    While it's beyond the scope of this article to analyze how the test is implemented, it's important to recognize that if the Goldie Blox case ever goes to trial the court would use this test to establish a fair use defense or rule that the infringement is indefensible.

    For those of you in the news media, just remember, the Fair Use Doctrine is what allows you to do your job without ever stopping to worry about infringing on someone's copyright.


     Mark A. Pearson is a former member of the news media turned EntertainmentLawyer. He counsels creative, talented and entrepreneurial clients on copyright, trademark and contract law as a partner at ARC Law Group in San Francisco.  

    He also serves as the Board of Governors' Legal Chair for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

    If you have a legal issue you want addressed in a future edition of Off Camera, write to at: mark@arlg.com.


Soundbites/Kevin logo   
It's a time for anniversaries this month here at Soundbites. As we celebrate the first anniversary of this column with this issue of Off Camera, we also know that someone else is celebrating a much bigger anniversary! This month, Tori Campbell celebrates her 18th year with Oakland's KTVU Channel 2, where she works as a news anchor for Mornings On 2 and The KTVU Channel 2 News At Noon. She holds the distinction of being the longest-serving anchor for Mornings On 2. Joining the station in April 1996, we thought it would be appropriate to help Campbell celebrate her anniversary with the station by featuring her in Soundbites. Did you know that news is not only in her blood, but so is good nutrition? So much so that Campbell is now a certified nutritionist as well! There's a lot more to know about her, so let's get started!

  • Where did you grow up? 

  • Born in NYC and raised in Ridgefield CT, where my family lived in a house built in 1782


Do you have siblings? 

An older sister who lives in a NYC suburb and a younger brother who lives outside Boston. They're each married with two kids. 


When did you first realize that you wanted to be in television news?



I went to a small liberal arts college in upstate NY and majored in French Literature. I worked in sales for a couple years after graduating but then went to a journalism school in CT and knew I wanted to be a TV anchor. 


Who has inspired you in your career? Who has inspired you as a person?



Ross McGowan was influential both in getting me here to KTVU and also how to conduct myself as a professional. And I owe a huge debt to the three people who decided to hire me back in 1996; executive producer Rosemarie Thomas, news director Fred Zehnder, and general manager Kevin O'Brien. As far as inspiring me as a person, I'd have to say both my parents and my husband, for their integrity and unconditional support.


Before KTVU, where did you work? 

My first full-time gig was at WREF, a tiny radio station that had a rubber band to close the newsroom door. But it was in my home-town of Ridgefield CT so I knew if someone crashed into the fountain at the junction of Rte 7 and 35, that was my lead story. Then I moved up to morning producer and mid-day anchor at WNLK radio in Norwalk CT. When I moved to CA in 1989 I got the role of news director /news anchor at KKIQ in Livermore thanks to program director Jim Hampton. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, I talked my way into doing some reporting for KGO radio. Eventually I became the Contra Costa reporter and a weekend anchor, and worked there until 1996 when I started at KTVU.



As a television journalist, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Tori Campbell"?



I get up at 4am, and arrive at the station a little after 5am. I review the run-down, write some teases, look for new stories or updated angles to existing stories, do my hair and makeup and try to pre-read at least the first half hour of the newscast before I run into the studio at 6:56. I'm on the air from 7-9am. I get a short break and then work on the Noon News. At 12:30 I'm done and head home or wherever I need to go for the afternoon.  


You've worked at KTVU for nearly two decades. Do you think you've changed, as a person as well as a journalist, since you first began at the station back in 1996?

I'm sure it'd be impossible to work at one place for 18 years and not have been changed in some way. I'm still very proud to say I work at this first-class station and I do my very best every day to offer news to our viewers in a way that lives up to those high standards. However I have tried hard not to get too closely linked to that identity as a "TV anchor." I prefer to tell people I'm a working mom who happens to have a somewhat public job. And I taught my kids that this position does not make me better than anyone else, and it doesn't make my kids better than anyone else. 


Do you like ice cream? Okay, that's a ridiculous question. No one has said that they don't. What's your favorite flavor?



Actually since I've changed my eating habits over 4 years ago, I don't really eat ice cream. I do occasionally make my own chocolate milkshake with frozen bananas, almond milk and cocoa powder. It's delicious without all the guilt. 


Tell us about your home life. How do you spend your weekends? Do you have any hobbies?



Since becoming an empty-nester this past fall, I've really focused on health and fitness. I try to work out every day, either at the gym, or walking with friends. I also consider healthy cooking to be my new favorite hobby. I'll make 3-4 new whole-food plant-based dishes every week. I've also been very involved in my church where I've been a member for 25 years and just finished a 3-year stint on the vestry, which is the board of directors.

  • You are now a certified nutritionist. How did this come about?

  • Four and a half years ago, I wasn't in the best shape and was really frustrated. I read an article about a book called "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It made so much sense to me. It was the first time I learned not just what to eat, but why. So I read everything I could get my hands on, on this topic. And eventually I decided I wanted more than just being well-read on nutrition; I wanted some more formal education. I found a very thorough 2-year online program that I finished last summer and am now a Certified Nutrition Consultant.

  • You make your own dishes at home. What do you like to make the most?

  • The one thing I make and use the most is my own salad dressing. Salads are fabulous but if you drown all those healthy vegetables in a fat-laden or even a low-fat dressing that's full of unhealthy additives and artificial sweeteners, you're kind of missing the point.

It's a super easy dressing to make that I call 3-2-1 dressing that comes from Rip Esselstyn's Engine 2 Cookbook;

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp organic maple syrup.

Mix in 3 Tbsp water and voila! 3-4 servings of healthy tasty and easy salad dressing.

I have a green smoothie every workday morning and I love making soups, grain salads, stews, stir-fry's, casseroles, muffins, and occasionally a chocolate dessert. 


What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart?



I've been very involved with my church for the last 25 years; it's like my second family. One of my roles there was running the Outreach committee which supported over a dozen non-profit charities that are both local and international. I've also emceed a lot of fundraising events for organizations that I believe are doing amazing work, including Wardrobe for Opportunity , Goodwill Industries and Bay Area Crisis Nursery 


Perfect meal for dinner?



Obviously, a home-prepared meal is ideal. My current favorite is a plant-based mushroom lasagna, a green salad and a fruit sorbet.


Have a guilty pleasure?

I do enjoy a nice glass of chilled chardonnay or two on the weekend. And if I'm out at a restaurant for a nice dinner, I've been known to indulge in a 'death by chocolate' dessert once in a while!

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I have always loved being 'in the know.' Even as a child, I would stay on top of current events. My father worked for years as a print journalist so we always had newspapers and news magazines around the house. And since my mother is British, we'd traveled quite a bit and I enjoyed international news too. So it just seemed like a logical fit to get into the business. I also really like TV because moving visual images are such an incredibly powerful way to tell a story.



What do you do to relax?

I've been able to spend more time reading lately and I especially enjoy historical fiction. I'm reading "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter right now. And I loved "A Still Life with Bread Crumbs" by Anna Quindlen. 


What do you like most about working at Channel 2?



It sounds clich�, but it's the people. We have a great team in the morning; from my co-anchors to the reporters, writers, producers, editors and the folks in the control room. We all have the same goal; to put the best newscast on the air every morning. And everyone brings some different skills and perspectives to the table. I have always liked working with bright intelligent people. You can't work in this market, in this industry without having at least some smarts. And having been here 18 years now I have a deep respect and knowledge of the history of the station and still feel it's a privilege to be part of this station. 


Who is your favorite television journalist? 

I admire Barbara Walters for her ground-breaking work as a female broadcast journalist and her talent as an outstanding interviewer. I have gotten to meet both Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather at the Lesher Center's speaker series which was a great honor and loved hearing their stories of making it to the top. I even crossed paths briefly with Peter Jennings in the lobby of KGO when Mikhail Gorbachev was in San Francisco so I feel I hit the trifecta of the network anchor giants.


What's your favorite TV show? Go to the movies lately? 

I've gotten hooked on Downton Abbey and watch every episode. I'm only sorry it's only on a couple months each year. I've also been watching "House of Cards" after watching the British version a couple years ago. We go to the movies periodically; but I'm kind of a chicken and don't like excessive violent films. I enjoyed "Philomena" and "Blue Jasmine" this past year. 


Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?!

I guess a little bit of both, depending on the circumstances. 


If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life?

Nope.. not a thing.



Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs?

I've been using Pandora, and the best music comes from the 60s 70's and 80's series. I usually listen to Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and U2 at the gym. But at home I'm listening more to jazz and classical music to relax and unwind a little.

Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?
It's almost always white wine, but occasionally there's nothing like a cold beer on a warm summer day.


In next month's Soundbites:

Rob Mayeda is, undoubtedly, more known for his on-the-mark weather forecasts for the Bay Area and his talented use of KNTV NBC Bay Area's informative weather graphics than he is for his weightlifting. Rob lifts weights at the gym? Yes, and we're talkin' some serious barbells. Learn more about the popular weathercaster for NBC Bay Area in the May edition of Soundbites
MSNBC Anchor De La Cruz Joins KPIX May 5
Will Anchor KPIX 6 p.m. Newscast, KCBW's 10 p.m. Show
       Veronica De La Cruz is joining KPIX 5 and KCBW in San Francisco as co-anchor of KPIX 5's 6 p.m. newscast and KCBW's 10 p.m. newscast.
       De La Cruz joins both broadcasts beginning May 5.
       She will co-anchor the weekday 6 p.m. newscasts on KPIX 5 with Ken Bastida, and the weeknight 10 p.m. newscast on KBCW, also with Bastida.

       De La Cruz most recently worked for MSNBC, where she anchored, reported for and hosted First Look. She also hosted NBC's Early Today and anchored and reported for KYMA, an NBC News affiliate in Yuma, Arizona.  

       Prior to MSNBC, De La Cruz was at CNN Worldwide as an anchor and correspondent for "American Morning."

       "Veronica is a passionate journalist who is dedicated to reporting the news with insight, accuracy and balance. We're thrilled that she's joining our team at KPIX 5" says Dan Rosenheim, Vice President and News Director, KPIX 5/KBCW.   

       "San Francisco leads the discussion in so many areas I am passionate about, including health care, technology, and the Asian Pacific Islander community. I am a California girl, born and raised, so returning to sit alongside KPIX's team of outstanding journalists is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am pleased and excited to call KPIX and the Bay Area home," says De La Cruz.

       Before beginning her career in journalism, De La Cruz spent a decade of her life as a competitive figure skater. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.  De La Cruz returns to northern California, where she was born and spent her childhood.


Television Pioneer Philip Nye Dies At 86
Served As KGO-TV News Director, Later VP Of ABC News
       Philip Nye, who continued his long, distinguished career in radio and television until retiring at the age of 86, has died.

       Nye, who went on to become vice president of ABC News, also headed the news department at KGO-TV in San Francisco and was, at one time, an investigative reporter and anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles.

       Nye was 87 when he died peacefully on March 20.

       Born in Newark, Ohio on March 1, 1927, he was a proud graduate of Ohio State University where he studied theater and journalism.  

       The highlights of Nye's career included serving as news director of legendary radio station WKNR Keener 13 during its 1960's heyday; investigative reporter and anchor for KTLA in Los Angeles; and news director for WXYZ-TV, where he built one of the best news teams in the country. He went on to head news departments at WABC in New York and KGO in San Francisco. In the 1980's, he became vice president of ABC News, managing their owned and operated television station news division.  He later became an active partner in Burnham Broadcasting, managing television stations in Bakersfield as well as Green Bay and New Orleans. 

      Nye continued working well beyond retirement. At Shelby TV, he wrote and broadcast a weekly news program for more than ten years. But most important to him was mentoring many up and coming young journalists. 

      He was an avid reader and loved old movies, enjoyed cooking, playing golf and watching his beloved OSU Buckeyes play football.

      Memorial services were held on the East Coast last month. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics in Nye's name.



Shari Shima, Former Weathercaster
At KITV And KHNL, Dies At 52
Was Known As Hawaii's First Broadcast Meteorologist
      Shari Shima, considered to have been Hawaii's first broadcast meteorologist, has died. 
      Shima, who died in March, was 52. 
      She worked at KITV for eight years before joining KHNL in 2001.
Shari Shima 
KITV and KHNL meteorologist was 52.
      No details were released about the circumstances surrounding her death, in
keeping with her last wishes, according to a close friend.

      Shima was "very approachable," says Ed Matthews, a news photographer who worked with her at KHNL from 2007 to 2009. 

      Matthews says Shima was always recognized and greeted by members of the public more than other TV news personalities in the field.

      Angela Keen, another former TV news colleague, describes Shima as "the consummate professional. She knew weather and she was always in your corner. She was never competition, she was always there alongside you."

      Shima was a 1979 graduate of Castle High School in Kaneohe, says Sandra Ordonez Tsujimura, a former classmate. 


On The Move

Who's Arriving, Who's Leaving Around The Chapter


Brian Dinsmore, assignment manager at KPIX 5 in San Francisco, becomes the station's new morning executive producer. 


Alyssa Deitsch joins KHSL in Chico as a morning news anchor and reporter. A California native, Deitsch returns to her home state after two years as an anchor, reporter and producer at KCWY in Casper, Wyoming.


Got a new gig?  Got a promotion? "On The Move" and Off Camera want to know and help you spread the word! Please drop us a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and let us know! Congratulations!


And Baby Makes Three!!
Chapter Governor, KFSN ABC30's Stephanie Stone 
Happily Adds "New Mommy" To Her Title!
By Richard Harmelink
Chapter Vice President, Fresno

      Time for some exciting baby news around the Chapter!!
      We want to congratulate KFSN ABC30's Stephanie Stone for her new arrival!
KFSN ABC30's Mia Savanna


      Mia Savanna was born at 6:57 a.m. on March 15.
      Baby Mia came into this world weighing a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
      As you can see by Baby Mia's first selfie for Off Camera, she is already a loyal ABC30 viewer! Perhaps she'll be anchoring the news at the Fresno station in 2040!
      This is the first child for Stephanie and her husband, Jacob. Stephanie represents Fresno as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
      Baby Mia, Mom and Dad are doing very well. We wish the new family all the very best! 
      Congratulations Stephanie! 


Fitness Center At New Resort Hotel In
Orlando Pays Homage To Jack LaLanne
In The Name Of Exercise, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Named After World-Renowned Fitness Guru
                       He was around before P90X. Before Jane Fonda. Before Richard Simmons.
       His name was Jack LaLanne, the San Francisco Bay Area's original fitness guru who went on to worldwide fame as the quintessential face of exercise, fitness and good health.
       LaLanne's name will be on the fitness center of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hotel, now under construction at the Universal Orlando resort complex. 
       The Jack LaLanne Fitness Center, the first of its kind, will play into the retro theming of the hotel, which will have a design based on roadside motels of the mid-20th century.
           Amid modern exercise equipment will be LaLanne photos, trophies, artifacts and a statue of him. 
      For decades, LaLanne was a health-club owner, TV personality and juicer vendor, getting his start in San Francisco at KGO-TV in the early 1950s. Television monitors throughout the fitness center will play old episodes of his show.    
      LaLanne, who was 96 when he died in January 2011 at his coastal California home, was a Gold & Silver Circle inductee, along with wife, Elaine LaLanne, of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
     "When you think of fitness during these iconic decades, Jack LaLanne just resonates in our minds," says Russ Dagon, vice president and executive project director for Universal Creative. "This partnership with the LaLanne family will complement the new property wonderfully."
      The first phase of the 1,800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened this week. 
Do You Remember?
Can you name these two gentlemen and the TV station? Write to us at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and let us know!

In the March issue of Off Camera, we asked if you
could identify this reporter 
covering the Coalinga earthquake in 1983.  


ANSWER: If you guessed Nancy Osborne, you're right! Osborne, a member of our Chapter's Gold & Silver Circle, recently retired after 35 years of dedicated service to KFSN ABC 30 in Fresno. 

Thank you to Bill Green, John Larimore, Sarah Soghomonian and Terry Trovato for writing in and guessing correctly! All of them also identified the photographer as Gary Brooks, another longtime member of the KSFN ABC 30 news team.

Contact Information:

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
Fax: 650 372-0279


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