February 2014 

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In "Off Camera" This Month:
Editor's Note
EMMY 2014: Emmy Awards Entry Master List Now Available
NATAS Hosts Forum On Intellectual Property Rights
40 Years Later: Kidnapping of Patricia Hearst Captivates Local TV News
2014 Gold & Silver Circle Nominations Deadline
Chapter Preparing To Honor High School And College Broadcasting Students
Univision Crew Attacked, Robbed In San Francisco
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
Soundbites: KGO-TV ABC7's Dan Ashley
The Health Reporter: Women And Heart Attacks
Karen Sutton Is New General Manager At Beyond Pix
On The Move
Do You Remember?
This Month In Television History
NATAS Members Receive Discount To Women's Leadership Conference
NorCal RTNDA Award Winners Announced
Bay Area Press Photographers' Call For Entries Deadline Feb. 7
Peninsula Press Club Announces 38th Annual Awards Competition

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, Freelance

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

Gary Schultz, KGO ABC 7

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Kim Stephens, KMPH Fox 26

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 February edition of 
Off Camera!
        And, if you're a new or returning member, welcome. 
        And thank you!

          Being a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and, in particular, the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, affords you many membership benefits. Receiving Off Camera in your inbox each month of the year is one of them. All of us on the Off Camera team strive each month to bring you the latest industry news, stories about your friends and colleagues, the latest news from our annual Emmy Awards and Gold and Silver Circle events, and information on seminars, workshops, mixers and activities that you can be a part of. And, always, the Chapter is looking to discover (and uncover) cool and interesting perks that you, as a NATAS member, can benefit from. All year-round.
         On behalf of our Chapter's Board of Governors, Chapter President Keith Sanders and Executive Director Darryl Compton, welcome again. We're happy to have you with us. The year's only just beginning, so stay tuned. We're just getting started.
         Let me share a little about what we have for you in this month's Off Camera. As many of you know, it's Emmy season. Many of you became members, or renewed your membership, when you entered the 2014 Emmy Awards competition. Keith Sanders has the very latest on the Emmys, below. 
         And, speaking of activities, we've got one coming up for you this month. Check out Activities Chairperson Cynthia Zeiden's article about an event Feb. 8 at UC Berkeley that will also be webcast live. 
         This month, in Bay Area history, in particular, marks the 40th anniversary of the kidnapping of Bay Area newspaper heiress, Patricia Hearst. It was big, big news back in the day. Read former KGO-TV reporter John Lester's account of all that occurred on Feb. 4, 1974. On a personal note, what happened that day four decades ago was what interested me, then a young Bay Area boy, to seek a career one day in television news. And, if you were listening to your transistor radio back in February 1964, you probably heard that The Beatles were coming to America and to network television. You might scream and jump up and down with excitement when you see the pics from their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show way back when. It was a really big shooooe!
        Dan Ashley is now KGO-TV ABC7's longest-tenured main male news anchor. In this month's Soundbites, get to know him better outside of his work. He's one of the nicest, friendliest guys in our industry. And, he's a rock star. I'm not kidding, either. 
        We've also got lots of names in the news this month, so be sure to read all about some talented colleagues of ours who are starting new jobs this month. 
        There's much, much more in your February edition of Off Camera. Hope you enjoy it!

Kevin Wing


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Emmy Entry Master List Now Available
Now Is Your Chance To Check Your Entries

By Keith Sanders 

Chapter President

Thank you to everyone who entered the 43rd Annual Northern California Emmy Awards. A total of 769 entries were received, 667 English and 102 Spanish. Thank you also for becoming a member of the NATAS SF/NorCal chapter. We have 809 returning members and 184 new ones for a total membership this year of 991.  You can renew your membership until March 31st.

A 2014 Emmy entry master list is available on-line for review:


All interested parties should review this list for accuracy as to entrant names, titles, and appropriate fees. You can add names until Friday, April 11To add a name, the person who filled out the entry form should send an e-mail to darryl@emmysf.tv authorizing the addition. The late fee is $25. The person adding needs to give Executive Director Darryl Compton a credit card number or send a check made out to the NATAS SF/NorCal. The address is 4317 Camden Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403-5007.

Any entry or entrant that is still incomplete (including membership and entry fees) will be subject to a $25 reprocessing charge or disqualification. If an entry must be reprocessed, the original entry fee will not be returned. Friday, April 11th will be the FINAL date the National Television Academy will accept late changes or omissions to entries.

Emmy nominations will be posted on the Chapter website (www.emmysf.tv) at 12 noon, Wednesday May 7, 2014. Each person nominated receives a certificate, suitable for framing. Nomination Certificates will be available for pickup at the EmmyAwards Gala on Saturday evening, June 14, 2014 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Advanced reservations to this Black Tie Event are required.

Emmy statuettes will be awarded only to those individuals listed on the entry form. After the Awards presentation, production certificates or plaques may be ordered to honor those individuals the recipients feel contributed to their award-winning entry. These certificates and plaques are available from the National Academy office.

I look forward to seeing you at the Gala!

NATAS Hosts Feb. 8 Panel Discussion On
Intellectual Property Rights, Publishing
UC Berkeley Event Will Be Webcast Live; Free To NATAS Members


By Cynthia E. Zeiden
NATAS National Program Chair


     On Saturday, February 8th from 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. PT, NATAS will be hosting a panel discussion "How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights When You Publish Your Work Online" during the California Lawyers for the Arts' (CLA) 31st Annual Music Business Seminar, "21st Century Musician" at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, CA.
     "How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights When You Publish Your Work Online" is a NATAS crossover panel dealing with rights issues that are common between musicians and media professionals. We will be covering options that producers have to distribute/publish their work online, for example what is involved with granting different levels of Creative Commons rights. Through their presentations, the expert panel will explore: the pros and cons of existing methods of online distribution, legal protections and best practices.  
     This NATAS panel discussion session will be webcast live to all NATAS members nationally, and there will be opportunities for the online audience to ask the panel questions in the Q&A session. This webcast is free for all NATAS members. For more details and to register for the free webcast go to: 


The panelists are:


Jeffrey Brandstetter
 Jeffrey Brandstetter, ESQ. is a veteran entertainment and intellectual property attorney with over 22 years of experience in film, TV, music, literary, new media, and film financing matters. He has represented a wide array of entertainment and high-tech clients (from very high profile to new artists), including recording artists, songwriters, indie record labels, publishing companies, sports figures, managers, accountants, producers, distributors, merchandisers, promoters, music manufacturers, writers, film and TV production companies, financiers and Internet startups.  Mr. Brandstetter is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, 

The Music Business (Explained in Plain English), and has been published in multiple national publications, including Entertainment & Sports Lawyer and the Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts Handbook.   In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Brandstetter is also the CEO and Co-Founder of IndiePlaya <www.indieplaya.com>, the revolutionary online independent film distribution and marketing platform that optimizes direct-to-consumer sales to highly targeted audiences with bleeding-edge DIY marketing tools and business intelligence.



Jarid S. Johnson
Jarid S. Johnson 
has worked in media production since 1974. His careers in photography, technical theater, radio and television provide a varied and solid foundation for his work as a Director of Photography. In addition to studio and long lens work, Johnson is a highly skilled hand-held camera operator. Since 1989, he has shot live music at every venue in the San Francisco Bay Area. Johnson is also an accomplished editor; when shooting, he composes and creates sequences with an eye toward the final edit. He is also the founder of AMPsf, Artist Media Productions, providing musicians with promotional tools to engage their fans on the internet using 'movies for musicians.' His most recent projects include producing blues legend Elvin Bishop's first concert DVD, nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award and promotional concert footage for Vienna Teng. He is currently in post-production on a documentary shot in the Caribbean entitled "Musicians with a Real Purpose: Jamaica & Haiti."
Bryn Boughton
Bryn Boughton
 has over 15 years of experience in digital media. In that time, she has been recognized as an expert in her field, founding the innovative digital music company IRIS Distribution in 2003 and its marketing agency arm BlinkerActive in 2007. IRIS reached profitability in 2008 and was acquired by The Orchard, a Sony Music Entertainment company, in 2012.  Boughton's most recent venture, Monday Envelope (currently in stealth-stage), super-charges parent participation in school related groups.  She also sits on the board of several start ups including Loudr, Revel Spirits and Secret Agent Audio as well as being an active member (and co-founder) of the professional women's networking group, Women In Digital Media - West.   


      The event's moderator, Cynthia Zeidenstarted her PBS career as the Director of


Cynthia Zeiden
Broadcast Operations at WYCC-TV, a PBS station in Chicago. In this role, Zeiden's work was Emmy� Award-nominated multiple times. 
      She then moved to San Francisco to assume the role of Program Manager at KCSM-TV, a PBS station in San Mateo. Zeiden served as a Governor of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, eventually becoming chapter president. 
      Today, she also serves as a national trustee and national program committee chair. She has owned Zeiden Media for the last 14 years. Her company develops, produces, acquires and markets programming for PBS stations around the country.



40 Years This Month, Bay Area Television News Changed With SLA's Abduction of Newspaper Heiress
An "Off Camera" Exclusive, Former KGO-TV Reporter Recounts His Experience 
Working On The Iconic Story And His Relationship With The Hearst Family

By John Lester
Special to Off Camera

(Editor's Note: John Lester worked for KGO-TV in San Francisco in 1974, when newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment. Her abduction, and anything in the months that followed that involved Hearst during her captivity with the Symbionese Liberation Army made headlines. This month, on Feb. 4, marks exactly 40 years since Hearst's kidnapping. It was also an iconic moment in the history of Bay Area television news. Lester has written this "Off Camera" exclusive of his recollection of all that happened at the time.)


I was employed by KGO-TV, the owned and operated station, of the American Broadcasting Company, located in San Francisco. My job description was - reporter. My expertise was covering the misdeeds of those who preferred not to dounto others as you would have them do to you, but just to do unto others. Period.

Since 1970, my partner in matters of crime was Al Bullock. I carried a notepad and ballpoint, Al lugged a 28-pound Ikegami 16mm film camera designed for news gathering. Born in 1922, Al signed up with the U.S. Navy at 17, stayed on for seven years as photo mate first class. His entire tour was in the South Pacific covering 85 major operations as a combat photographer, shooting thou-sands thousands of feet of WWII front action film.

Al is a Mickey Rooney type - small in stature but replete with vigor and a cantankerous nature. He measures 5-feet, 5-inches but claims to have started his KGO career at 6-foot, 4-inches. According to Al, over a thirty-plus career, the 28-pound Ikegami squashed him down to size.

Hearst News Conference, 1974 
John Lester, left, and Catherine and         Randolph Hearst.
          Al and I were a team, independent of the assignment desk. Crime was our beat. I took the 6a.m. commuter train from San Jose Monday thru Friday. We paired up at Burlingame; from there he drove the station car to the Hall of Justice, 6th and Bryant. 7:45 we checked in at Homicide Bureau - 4th floor. All The City's murders and mayhem landed here. Bad guys caught. Bad guys on the loose. We paid tribute to the other bureaus: Robbery, Forgery, Burglary, Juvenile, Missing Persons, but homicide was our meat and potatoes, home-base, our nest.Five years, this was our routine.


Then it changed.

February 4, 1974, a small band of misfits committed a villainous act which brought a distinguished family to its knees, and turned a nation upside-down. I was there from the beginning and became intimate with the victims of the crime.

I was given a key to the front door. I became a friend and confidant. I ate with them, drank with them, laughed with them, offered advice when asked, and, on occasion, slept under their roof. And, I shared their tears. Tears of sorrow, tears of rage, and on rare occasions - tears of joy.

I was privileged to be in the midst of this historic, albeit tragic event.

I took daily notes, and, with their permission, often recorded conversations.

233 West Santa Inez Avenue, Hillsborough, California.

Patricia Hearst, 19-year-old Berkeley student, a junior, majoring in art history, the innocent recipient of evil. Patricia Hearst, granddaughter to renowned William Randolph Hearst, the man who influenced American journalism, was kidnapped.

The crime made world head-lines because of the Hearst legend .

Patricia was abducted Monday, approximately 9p.m. from the Berkeley apartment she shared with her fianc�, Steven Weed.

At 10:30 that night the telephone rang at the Hearst residence. 17-year-old Vicki Hearst was in a comfortable perch on her parents' king-size bed watching the ABC Monday Night Movie. Vicki answered the phone. Sergeant Dick Berger of the Berkeley Police Department said he wished to speak with Mr. or Mrs. Hearst. Vicki told him they were out of town.

"There was trouble tonight," Berger blurted out, "two black men and a white girl broke into the apartment. Weed was beaten, he's in the hospital, " a brief pause, "and Patty is missing."

Vicki rushes down the stairs in tears and repeats the story to her sister, 19-year-old Anne Hearst.

In The Newsroom
Al Bullock and John Lester, 1974. 

The phone again. Anne picks it up mid-ring. Lt. Ron Snyder has more information. "He said it was probably a kidnap, and we got really scared. At first we didn't want to tell Mom and Dad. We didn't want to get them worried, then, we thought, well, who else are we supposed to call?"

Randolph Hearst was asleep at 2a.m. in Washington, D.C. He picks up the phone before the second ring. "I said, 'Dad, there has been an accident. People broke into Patty and Steve's apartment and Steve was beaten up. He's in the hospital but he's okay.' Then, I said - 'and Patty's gone.'"

"What the hell are you talking about?" he grumbled into the mouthpiece.

Anne began to sob.

"Then, he said: 'Gone where?' And he started getting mad, and I said: 'Wait a minute. Just listen.' Then I told him about the people dragging her into a car and we didn't know where she was."

". . .and I started to cry, and Dad said, 'OK, OK.' And Mom got on the line and said: 'Are you alright?' And, I said: 'Yeah, we're fine.' And then we hung up, and about ten minutes later the FBI called and said they were coming over."

11:55p.m., Dwayne Eskridge pulls his vehicle into the Hearst's driveway. Anne Hearst runs through the hallway in response to the front door chimes.

Eskridge had been applying his talents as a radio and audio engineer for the FBI for thirty-five years. In 1940, he was assigned to Honolulu. His job - to establish a communications link with San Diego. December 7, 1941, he was working on equipment at a mountain outpost five miles outside of Pearl Harbor. The distant roar of engines broke the customary Sunday calm. Looking up, he sees Japanese fighter planes with flame-red meatball insignias skimming the mountain ridge. The War is here.

Thirty-three years later, Eskridge stands at the front of the Hearst home as Anne Hearst opens it. "He said: 'Hello, I'm Dwayne Eskridge, Federal Bureau of Investi-gation,' And I said, 'Hi.' And he showed me his badge.'"

February 8, 1974. Wednesday. The Hearsts returned from Washington the night before.

7:30a.m. Al and I were posted on the gravel driveway in front of the home. Two other crews were there, so I stood by another fifteen minutes, then I walked to the front door and rang the buzzer.

Emmy Brubach, the cook and housekeeper, opened the door and greeted me with a warm smile and a thick German accent and invited inside. I'm sure my uniform blue blazer with Circle 7 logo was the key to her hospitality.

I stood in the foyer of the Hearst home. A voice from the top of the staircase, boomed out: "How's it going? You're a reporter for Channel 7?"

"Yes, sir, John Lester."

"It's Randy. John. Come on up."

William Randolph Hearst had five sons. William Randolph Hearst, Jr.,

John Randolph Hearst, George Randolph Hearst, David Whitmore Hearst, and

Randolph Apperson Hearst. David and Randolph were twins, born in 1915.

Everyone called him Randy.

I followed him to his second floor dressing room. He stripped off his pajamas, jumped into the shower. I sat on the toilet seat. This was a very big bathroom. Like a hotel. White tiles and a lot of white towels.

His voice broke the sound of the whoosh of water from the shower.

"Well, what do you think we can do?" he asked. 

I suggested that we, the media, had the tools to convey a message to the abductors. There was really no point in harming her. They need her for a bargaining tool. They probably want money.

"I think you're on to something," he said.

The following day, the group had grown to about fifty. We'd become a news village. Randy's son-in-law, Jay Bosworth, married to Jenna, daughter number two, seeks me out to say that "Randy wants to see you."

Inside, Randy informs me that he and Catherine want to go out front and make a plea to their daughter's abductors. They would come out at 3p.m. and make a brief statement, accept a few questions. There will only be one appearance. Could I pass this on to the reporters in front and contact those who are not there?

On the front porch, in front of the door I deliver his message.

The Chronicle's veteran reporter, Harry Jupiter, with hat and suit and tie, comes over and asks me who I am and I tell him. Harry is old school, very cordial, disarming in fact, and queries me a bit more, jotting notes on his pad all the while.

Back in the day, news companies never referred to the competition by name. In a story, if needed, we referred to "a reporter from a local news source." It was an unwritten rule. Never identify the other person.

The next day, there was a front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle with the by-line, Harry Jupiter and Harry referred to me as "John Lester, the Hearst family spokesman."

And, Randy commented: "Well, why not, we need someone to help us. I guess you'd better start acting like a spokesman."

So, it began.

February 12, 1974 - Tuesday. A tape was broadcast on KPFA radio. "My name is Cinque. I am a black man. I hold the rank of Field Marshal of the Symbio-nese Liberation Army. The SLA has arrested the subject for the crimes her mother

and father have committed against the oppressed people. The Hearst empire serves the rich and are in direct contradiction with the interests of the people."

Patricia Hearst's voice came on the tape in a tiny, breathy voice: "Mom, Dad, I'm OK. I'm a prisoner of war." The broadcast lasted a half hour.

A ransom letter was included. They wanted $70-million in food for the people and release of Little and Remiro, two SLA members held in San Quentin prison for the shooting murder of Marcus Foster, the first black superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, November 6, 1973.

The days and weeks continued on. More tapes and demands. Patricia's voice, the only assurance she was alive.

While the Hearsts worked on plans to win the freedom of their daughter, the gas shortage joined their drama as front page news. There were long lines and fist fights. Prices for super regular escalated to 54.9 cents a gallon.

February 20. Patty's birthday came and went with no celebration.

The Mel Brooks comedy, "Blazing Saddles," opened today.

There was talk of impeachment for President Richard Nixon over Watergate.

February 22. The first People In Need (PIN) food giveaway program was a disaster.

We are now "live" from Hillsborough. I am doing five reports a day.

At dinner, I relay that Don Oliver, reporter for NBC, refers to me as "Citizen Lester." Randy laughs and laughs.

We have become a gypsy camp of reporters and cameramen. At times, nearly one-hundred. We are a weekend tourist attraction. Hillsborough police are assigned traffic control.

March 2 - Saturday. The Chronicle reports that the people across the street have been allegedly involved in a $4-million stock swindle. Randy's comment: "The neighborhood's becoming crime ridden."

Charles "Charlie" Bates, FBI Agent-in-Charge of the Northern California District, makes his nightly visit. Nothing new. Can't find the SLA. The FBI offices are in the Federal Bldg. on Golden Gate Avenue, just off Van Ness. The SLA, with their prize, is holed up just eight blocks west, 1827 Golden Gate Ave., between Broderick and Baker.

March 12 - Tuesday. Carol Doda streaks nude across the Marina Green.

          March 25 - Monday. The second food distribution goes well. Then, there is Sara Jane Moore, a PIN volunteer who hopes for a permanent post with the Hearst organization. 

          On September 22, 1975, she waits in a crowd on Post street side of the St. Francis Hotel for President Gerald Ford. She pulls a .38 Smith and Wesson from

her pocket, takes a shot at Ford, but a bystander hits her arm. She is in federal custody for the rest of her life.

          April 3 - Wednesday. Another SLA message. Patty drops her ancestral ties.

She has taken the name "Tania."

          April 8 - Monday. Henry Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits home run number 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record, against Al Downing of the Dodgers.

          April 14 - Easter Sunday. The Hearsts celebrate Mass at a little church in Las Cruces, Mexico. In a pew alongside them, wearing an old sweater with holes in the elbows, sloppy shirt and pants - Bing Crosby.

April 15 - Monday. The SLA holds up a bank in broad daylight in the Sunset District. FBI photos show Patricia holding an automatic weapon. She is later charged as a participant in the robbery.

The SLA moves to Los Angeles and Compton, figuring they can blend in.

Compton folks don't want any part of these renegades. They tip police.

May 17, 1974 - Friday. LAPD Swat and the FBI storm the SLA hideout.

A shootout is live on TV. All SLA are killed, the house burned to the ground. Patty Hearst and her captors, Bill and Emily Harris, watch the carnage in a motel near Disneyland. They escape the police dragnet, end up in Pennsylvania.

          July 4 - Friday. Catherine's 57th birthday. 
          September 18, 1975. SFPD Robbery Inspector Tim Casey and FBI Agent Tom Padden take the back stairs to the third floor of a house on 625 Morse Street, in the Mission district. Patricia Hearst is arrested.


Although a kidnap victim, Patricia Hearst is tried for her part in the bank robbery. Later, actor John Wayne wrote: "It seems quite odd the the American people will not accept the fact that a ruthless group, the SLA, could brainwash a little girl by torture, degradation and confinement."

Ironically, the trial starts February 4, two years after she is abducted. Two months later she is convicted. After two years, she is freed. President Carter commutes her sentence. President Bill Clinton pardons her in 2001.

April 1, 1979, Patricia marries her former bodyguard, Bernard Shaw.

          They move to Connecticut and raise a family. Two daughters.

          After 40 years of marriage, Randy and Catherine Hearst divorce. Randy remarries two times.

          December 30, 1998, Catherine, 81, dies of stroke. Randy attends her funeral in Beverly Hills.

          December 18, 2000, in New York City, Randy, 85, dies of heart failure.

          December 18, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Patricia's husband dies of cancer. He was 68.

          February 20, 2014. Patricia Hearst Shaw will turn 59.



April 15 Is Deadline For Class Of 2014 Nominations For Distinguished
Gold & Silver Circle
Induction In October
Silver Circle 2013

     This is your opportunity to honor the careers and contributions of our NATAS chapter's most distinguished television colleagues by nominating them to the Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2014.

     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 asignificant 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.

     Neither the candidate nor the nominator need be a member of NATAS.

Gold Circle Application Form 

     Inductees will join the ranks of television luminaries such as: 
Belva Davis, Roberta Gonzalez, Spencer Christian, Jim Swanson, Don Ford, Pam Moore, Marty Gonzalez, Ysabel Dur�n, Pete Wilson, Barbara Rodgers, Kevin Wing, Dave McElhatton, Wendy Tokuda, Rigo Chacon, Sydnie Kohara, John Kessler, Dennis Richmond, Belva Davis, Ross McGowan, Ed Pearce (Reno), Nancy Osborne
(Fresno), Pam Young (Hawaii), Dan Adams (Sacramento), Suzanne Shaw, Luis Echegoyen, Rita Williams, Don McCuaig, Shirley Temple Black, Charles Schulz, Jack Hanson, Jim Vargas, Don Sanchez, Joe Fonzi, Cheryl Hurd, Jack LaLanne and Elaine LaLanne.     
The Induction Luncheon will take place October 25 at the Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Save the date: 
Saturday, October 25 - Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon 


 More information on the Gold & Silver Circle 


S.F./NorCal Chapter Readies To Honor High School, 
Collegiate Broadcasting Excellence

By Steve Shlisky

Chapter Education Committee Chairperson


      Now that your EmmyAward entries and applications have been submitted, it is time to sit back and dream of receiving professional recognition. It is an exciting process for reporters, producers, writers, editors, and the many other craftspeople in our chapter.

      Before our Emmy Gala this June, there are a number of other broadcasters anxiously waiting for similar recognition. Our chapter sponsors awards for what maybe be future Emmy winners in our market, those from local high schools with media programs.

      The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences celebrates broadcast excellence of high school students in our Chapter area (Northern California, from Visalia to the Oregon border; Reno; Hawaii). Students can enter their best work in a number of categories. Most of the categories are familiar to those who annually enter our signature Emmy Awards such as: "Newscast", "Arts & Entertainment", "Public Affairs" and many of the craft categories. There are a couple of categories you may not be used to seeing: "Music Video" and "Long Form - Fiction".

     The "Awards for Excellence", which promotes best practices to high school students, is intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by high school students. Faculty involvement can only be advisory. Winning sponsored high schools receive an engraved glass pillar. The students involved in the production of the entry will receive certificates.

     If you know any talented high school students who would be interested let them know the filing deadline is March 31. :



NATAS' High School Awards is underwritten by The TV Academy Fund, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3), established to administer scholarships, grants, fellowships, research and programs that will advance the art and science of the television industry.

     It is also time again to announce our college scholarship program. This year there is $16,000 available.

     NATAS NorCal sponsors seven awards: five $2000 scholarships and two $3000 scholarships. Each award is named for former NATAS members who have honored our chapter.

     Four are memorial: The Peter J Marino Jr. $2000 award recognizing production; The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Award, recognizing videography; The Kenneth Sloat Langly Award recognizing writing; and the "Miss Nancy" Besst Award recognizing an outstanding graduate student.

     One of the Named scholarships is still active in our academy. The Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship.

     For the fourth year, two $3,000 scholarships, generously underwritten by The Big Picture's George Lang, will go to one outstanding Graduate and one Undergraduate student.

     These scholarships memorialize two former Lang co-workers and KGO-TV journalists: Jerry Jensen, who co-anchored News Scene for more 14 years; and Steve Davis, an anchor/reporter for more than 20 years throughout the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

    Scholarship applicants must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry. They must attend a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno.

    All entrants submit a sample of their work, their transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their professor or dean. All entries are screened by a panel of judges culled from the NATAS Education Committee. The Committee meets to decide the recipient in each category. The Committee can award or not award a scholarship for each category. The entry deadline will be later this summer.

     The scholarships will be presented during this year's NATAS Silver & Gold Circle Induction this coming October at the Parc 55 San Francisco Wyndham Hotel. For more information go to: http://emmysf.tv/silver-circle.html

     This chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television.


Link to Scholarship Information 


Univision News Crew Pepper-Sprayed By
Assailants in San Francisco, Camera Stolen

      San Francisco police are seeking two robbers who pepper-sprayed a Univision Channel 14 news crew and stole their camera in the Mission District last month.
      The crew, which consisted of four men between the ages of 28 and 61, was breaking down their equipment after filming in th
e area when two male suspects believed to be in their late teens ran up from behind and pepper-sprayed them, police say.      The robbers took the camera and fled.           
      The victims were treated at the scene for eye irritation. 
      The robbery was the latest in a series of attacks of TV news crews in the Bay Area.  In August, a KGO-TV ABC7 crew was robbed of their camera gear in Oakland.
 In September, an armed security guard traveling with a KRON news crew in San Francisco interrupted an attempted robbery, shooting one of the suspects.
      TV stations have been hiring private security guards to travel with news crews in 
high-crime areas in the Bay Area.

Gold & Silver Circle Profiles 



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A new series of Gold & Silver Circle Profiles is being prepared at this time, with the first profile to be featured in our March edition of Off Camera


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Dan Ashley is not only a rock star, but he's the longest-tenured main male news anchor in the history of San Francisco's KGO-TV ABC7. This month, learn more about the always-engaging newscaster, who's also making quite a name for himself as the lead singer of a Bay Area rock band as well as being one of the most friendliest people ever in Bay Area television. 


Where did you grow up?

Chapel Hill, North Carolina  I'm a Tar Heel, born and bred and when I die I'll be a Tar Heel dead. Go Heels!


Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest?

I have three siblings-a sister and two brothers. I'm the oldest and we are all extremely close.


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

I always had an interest in current events and really started to pay attention in middle school. That intensified during my high school years on the debate team where we would have to be informed on so many issues. But I didn't really make the decision to pursue television news as a career until college.


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

I have been inspired by so many people as journalists, Peter Jennings in a significant way, David Brinkley (a fellow North Carolinian), I loved the use of language by Charles Kuralt (also a North Carolinian, but who's counting!), the interviewing skills of Mike Wallace and Charlie Rose (NC, for the record!).   As far as people outside my profession, I've always greatly admired Winston Churchill for his grit and determination and the golfer, Greg Norman, for his ability to win and to lose with equal grace.


Before ABC7, where did you work before?

I worked for nearly nine years at the ABC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina prior to moving to California. Before Charleston, I worked at the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.


As an anchor, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Dan Ashley"?

My day can vary from one day to the next depending on current events, outside commitments and/or my shooting schedule for special reports. Often, however, I am on the job much earlier than 2 p.m. if I am working on a special projects report or, as is often the case, speaking somewhere. After the early newscasts, I have dinner in my office, then prepare for the 9 p.m. and the 11 p.m. newscasts.


You've worked at KGO-TV ABC7 for almost two decades, and you are now the longest-tenured main male news anchor in the history of the station. What's your secret?

I am quite honored to now be the longest-running main male anchor that KGO-TV has ever had.  I always say that these jobs are tough to get, tougher to keep!  I don't know any secrets regarding longevity as an anchor, just try to work hard, be reliable, and stay focused on doing the best you can every day.


Do you like ice cream? Okay, that's a loaded question. Of course, you do! What's your favorite flavor?

My first real job besides mowing lawns was at Swensen's Ice Cream Factory where I worked for six years in high school and college, so I come by my love of the stuff honestly.  It's toss-up depending on my mood-Cookies and Cream and/or Mint Chocolate Chip. Ice cream is the one food I would have a very hard time giving up, besides chocolate!


Tell us about your home life. How do you spend your weekends?

My weekends are a time to re-charge from what are often very hectic and demanding weeks.  That said, very often, I have outside commitments as well such as all sorts of charitable functions.


What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart?

I am very involved in a number of charities that mean a great deal to me.  I am on the boards of the Bay Area American Red Cross, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and Friends of Camp Concord which sends under-served kids to summer camp each year through a golf tournament that I have hosted for the past sixteen years. I am also on the board of the Commonwealth Club of California.  This job gives me the enormous privilege of being involved in the community in so many unique and meaningful ways. I am very grateful for the chance to do so.


Perfect meal for dinner?

Ice cream! Probably a great filet, baked potato, and a salad.  Then ice cream.


You are quite the jokester. Have a guilty pleasure?

Ice cream.  I love to go to a late night movie on the weekends and treat myself to popcorn and some candy.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

I am curious, so I like learning about different things and this job demands that. I also deeply appreciate the unique place in the community that the public nature of my job gives me. It's a chance to truly plug-in on a lot of levels.


Have you had any mentors, and if so, who? Who do you look up to?

The man who owned Swensen's had a big impact on me in terms of an appreciation for work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. He's turning 90 this year and I spoke with him just a few weeks ago. I also learned an enormous amount about broadcasting from my general manager in Charleston, he retired a few years ago but I'm still in touch with him as well.  I also had a Journalism professor and a Spanish professor in college who also both took great interest in me and helped me greatly.


What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with?

I try to get a lot of exercise. I'm an avid golfer.  I read a fair amount. And I'm a singer-taking two lessons a week with two different teachers.


What do you like most about working at ABC7?

The people. I work with some remarkable people who are truly committed to doing good and meaningful work for our viewers.  I go to work with my friends.


Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?

I turned down anchor jobs in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and a number of other places to come here, so I hope that I'll be right here!


Who is your favorite television journalist?

I admired Peter Jennings enormously.  Great mind, great curiosity and work ethic.  Enviable style.


Do you have a favorite author?

I don't read any fiction, just biographies and histories.  David McCullough is fabulous in that regard. 


So, what's this about being in a band? Tell us more about PUSH

I've been the lead singer in a rock band for more than three years now. It's a real kick. I play with some fabulous musicians and we perform regularly all around the Bay Area. We've played to as many as four-thousand people. It's fun and a great way to connect with people in a different way. I'm so thrilled by and grateful for the response I get when we play.  I recently sang the National Anthem at a Golden State Warriors game-what a privilege.


San Francisco Chronicle, or USA Today?

Chronicle, hands down.


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

Favorite show from years past: The Rockford Files. Current favorite shows: Shark Tank and Downton Abbey.


I love movies. What a wonderful art form. My brother and I have written several and have shopped them around L.A. So far, no one's beating down our door, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time! 



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

Both-serious when I need to be, and very focused.  But I also believe life is more fun when you can also be light-hearted and even silly.


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

I would have started singing seriously many years ago. Other than that, not a thing.



Any words of wisdom for the next generation of television journalists?

Read a lot, write a lot, and work very, very hard.  Also, don't believe the chatter, journalism isn't going anywhere-it will evolve in terms of how it is delivered to people, but it is still necessary and relevant.


Favorite vacation destination?

Anywhere warm with a nice golf course. Then, there's Paris.


During your career, has there been a news story or stories that you've "owned" that, up to now, has defined who you are as a journalist?

There have been a few major stories that I believe shaped me and my career.  Being the last broadcaster on the air the night Hurricane Hugo crashed across South Carolina and then first one back on the next morning when we got the equipment working again probably tops the list.   My trip with Bay Area holocaust survivors to Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Treblinka is right there as well. What a life-changing assignment.


What's the most favorite thing about your job? Least favorite thing, if anything?

The chance to have an impact every day. Missing the opportunity to have an impact.


Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs? Something tells me PUSH is in there somewhere.

I like all kinds of music from opera to jazz and listen to all kinds often.  I've got a lot of rock-n-roll in my iPod, some Frank Sinatra, and, of course, a healthy dose of PUSH!


Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?

Iced tea. Never had much of a taste for alcohol-unless it's a frozen margarita. Strawberry, please.


What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

Answer all of your questions!  Take up singing!


From a journalistic standpoint, how would you prefer viewers to see you?

As someone who cares a great deal about that job we are doing here and the important role we have to play in a free society. Someone who is "all in" when it comes to getting the job done and done right.


Favorite spot in the Bay Area? Favorite vacation destination? Where have you yet to travel to?

There's no place like home.


What do you like about social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? Does it help bring in new viewers?

I think social media is a remarkable new tool to gather and to disseminate information. It also gives those of us on the air a direct way to communicate with viewers and they with us.  Used productively, it is a very powerful addition to the media universe.


Not only are you a popular television news anchor, you are the lead singer in a rock band. What's it feel like to be a rock star?

Ha!  I wouldn't know!  But it is a great deal of fun to perform for people and to play with such a terrific bunch of guys.  Check us out : www.rockwithpush.com  


Stay tuned: In the March edition of Soundbites, we travel to Fresno to learn all about Kim Stephens, a member of our Chapter's Board of Governors (Kim takes over as board secretary this month) and the longtime, popular co-anchor of KMPH FOX 26's Great Day!

The Health Reporter

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Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Chances are you know someone who has had a stroke or heart attack. But did you know that heart disease in America is the number one killer of women over the age of twenty? That statistic translates to one death every minute.

      Men have traditional risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes, but women seem to have a sex-specific family history tied to their risk of having a heart attack. According to an Oxford vascular study, a woman who has a mother who had a stroke has a higher risk of having a heart attack as well as a stroke. Using reliable tools to predict heart attack risk is critical because women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men.


If you're a woman, you should know... 

Heart attacks in women don't often present like those in men. Some doctors realize the difference and may recognize a feeling of indigestion and extreme fatigue as "female heart attack symptoms", but some still don't.

     Heart attack symptoms aren't as predictable in women as they are in men. For example, a Circulation study showed that 43% of women don't experience acute chest pain at all during a cardiac event which is a hallmark sign in men. (See the symptom results below.) Consequently, women - especially if under the age of 55 - are more likely to be misdiagnosed and discharged from the hospital.


Major symptoms in women more than one month prior to a heart attack:

  • Unusual fatigue (70.7%) that may even feel like the onset of the flu

  • Sleep disturbance (47.8%)

  • Shortness of breath (42.1%)

  • Chest discomfort (29.7%) and many experienced NO chest pain

  • Indigestion

  • Anxiety

Major symptoms in womenduring a heart attack:

  • Shortness of breath (57.9%)

  • Weakness (54.8%)

  • Fatigue(42.9%)

  • Cold sweat

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Lower chest discomfort

  • Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort that feels like indigestion

  • Back pain

Fit Tip: Listen to your body. Don't dismiss symptoms as something minor or try to 'tough it out'. Be assertive and persistent. Remember, many doctors still don't recognize female heart attack symptoms. In the ER, tell the triage nurse you need to be seen by a cardiologist. Know the symptoms, know your risk factors, and pass this on to women you know. 


Karen Sutton Becomes Beyond Pix's General Manager
Broadcast Executive Leaves Stanford Video After Long, Outstanding Tenure


By Kevin Wing

Chapter Vice President, San Francisco


     Karen Sutton, the veteran executive producer and director at Stanford Video, is moving on to a new chapter in her professional life.

     After 17 years of working at one of the world's most prestigious universities, Sutton is leaving Stanford Video to become the new general manager at Beyond Pix Studios in San Francisco.

     Sutton's last day at Stanford Video was Jan. 29. She begins her new position Feb. 10.

     "For the past 17 years, I have been fortunate to build my career at Stanford University," Sutton says. "It has been with great pride that I have worked for this organization, one that truly makes a difference in people's lives and the organizations they represent."

Karen Sutton
Beyond Pix's New General Manager Begins Feb. 10

     Sutton, who is a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is an Emmy Award-nominated executive producer who was responsible for producing and directing a variety of programs, including documentaries, PBS television series, live interactive webcasts, keynote speaker engagements and live events for high-level state, national and international visitors.

     She was also responsible for overseeing the relocation and redeployment of Stanford University's multi-camera production studio and editing facilities. Sutton supervised all visual, technical and integration aspects to design a hybrid facility accommodating analog and digital capabilities. Stanford Video is a division of University Communications at the university.

     Sutton was executive producer of the Emmy-nominated The Roundtable, an annual world-class forum of multidisciplinary experts on topics such as climate change, education reform, world affairs and our aging population. She also managed the award-winning series, Uncommon Knowledge, a bi-monthly interview program for political leaders, scholars, journalists and today's big thinkers to share their views with the world.

    "I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the team at Beyond Pix to nurture and expand existing partnerships and grow new opportunities," Sutton says. "Beyond Pix has provided professional, dedicated support to me as a vendor while I was at Stanford, and I am delighted to be joining a team of professionals I highly respect."

    Before joining Stanford, Sutton managed production facilities in Silicon Valley, and spent the last 18 years in the video industry, from working in traditional broadcast production to software-based new media systems. She is a graduate of State University College in Buffalo, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications.

   "Karen is one of the most talented executives in the Bay Area's motion arts industry, and we're looking forward to her vaulted leadership in keeping Beyond Pix at the forefront," says Ray Santiago, the company's founder. "Karen is a rock star in my book."


On The Move

Who's Arriving And Leaving Around The Chapter


Mike Dello Stritto joins KPIX in San Francisco as managing editor. He was most recently assistant news director at KOVR and KMAX-TV in Sacramento. Dello Stritto has also worked in Las Vegas, West Palm Beach, Chattanooga and Gainesville, much of that time as a news reporter. 


Leslie Miller joins KION in Salinas-Monterey as news director. Miller once served as an interim news director at KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado.  She has also worked in Atlanta, Houston, Tampa, Phoenix (two stations), New Orleans, and Palm Desert. Most recently, Miller was a producer and writer for non-news clients. 


Brianne Randle, reporter at KHON in Honolulu, is leaving the station to embrace motherhood. 


Nestor Garcia rejoins KHON in Honolulu as a reporter. His first day was Feb. 3 Garcia left the political world behind; he was a member of the House of Representatives for Hawaii, and also served as a city councilman. Garcia returns to KHON, and television news, after a 23-year absence.


Ann Sterling joins KITV in Honolulu as weekday morning anchor. Most recently, she anchored the weekday morning newscast at KTVX in Salt Lake City.


Justin Fujioka, chief meteorologist at KITV in Honolulu, is leaving television news to become press secretarty for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Fujioka currently serves as regional vice president for Hawaii on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Got a new gig? Get 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!


Do You Remember?

Newsy Newlyweds, But Who Are They?

In the January edition of "Off Camera", we asked if you could identify these newsy newlyweds from yesteryear. No one could guess, but no worries now. It's time to reveal who this famous couple is!
It's Hawaii's own Pamela Young and Gary Sprinkle!
Pamela & Gary are both NATAS Silver Circle members, Pamela Class of 2004 and Gary 2007.
Pamela serves on the NATAS Board of Governors and is a past vice president for Hawaii.

KPIX Celebrates 5th Year On The Air In The Bay Area

The year was 1953, and KPIX -- the Bay Area's first commercial television station to hit the airwaves -- was celebrating its fifth year on the air. Do you recognize any of these people? 
If you do, please write us at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and let us know!


This Month In Television History

Flashback 50 Years: The British Invade America!


The Beatles Make Television History 
With Ed Sullivan In 1964

Are you old enough to remember? Back in February 1964,
The Beatles arrived on American soil for the very first time, and music in the United States would never be the same again. Fifty years ago this month, on Feb. 9, 1964, the Fab Four 
made their U.S. television debut on CBS on "The Ed Sullivan Show". 
To this day, the show that aired that evening remains one of the most-watched in television history. 

Exceptional Women in Publishing Offer NATAS Discount to Leadership Conference On March 6


      Join women leaders from media and technology at the annual Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) Women's Leadership Conference in San Francisco on March 6.

      The conference's theme is How to Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media.

     The 2014 event marks the sixth year that EWIP brings its signature all-female roster. Expect a day brimming with insight and intelligence. Each session of this daylong event will be packed with practical takeaways, creative ideas, and lively discussions about the successful business and content models of today and tomorrow. You'll come away with a sharper understanding of how each media platform connects you to audiences and how you can leverage all of them to attract and engage new audiences.

      Sign up here and save 30% with our partner code EWIPFriends. The Exceptional Women in Publishing website can be found at www.ewip.org


2013 NorCal RTNDA Award Winners Announced
SF Bay Area Press Photographers Association's
Call For Entries Deadline Is Right Now

February 7 Is Final Day To Enter Competition
     The San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association invites all news photographers to join SFBAPPA and enter the
40th Annual News Video Competition.


     New this year: VIDEOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR. The person who exemplifies a well rounded journalist instincts in all aspects of gathering news Entries must have been shot during 2013


                                           The entry deadline is February 7.

San Francisco Peninsula Press Club
Announces 38th Annual Competition

Contest Has Video and Broadband Categories


     The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club invites you to enter the

37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition. The competition is open to the eleven Bay Area Counties for work done in 2013.

     The contest has categories for Television and Broadband. The entry deadline is February 28.
     Television categories include: Breaking News, Features, Sports, Public Affairs, Interview/Talk, Documentary, Videographer and Editing. Broadband categories: Breaking News, News Story, Continuing Coverage, Feature Story, Entertainment, Sports, Multi-Media, Blog/Commentary, and the best use of Twitter.


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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