January 2014 

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In "Off Camera" This Month:
2014 Membership Dues Announcement
Editor's Note
NATAS Hosts Forum On Intellectual Property Rights
New Governors Join NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter Board
Yan Can Cook, Again! Martin Yan Returns To PBS With New Cooking Show
The Corona Brothers: Thanks To Martin Yan, The Trio Is Working Together For The First Time In 25 Years
KRON Video Journalist Brings Together Carlos Santana And Former Bandmember Who Has Been Homeless
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
2014 Gold & Silver Circle Nominations Deadline
Soundbites: NBC Bay Area's Jenna Susko
The Health Reporter
Steve Poitras Returns To KTVU As Marketing Director
Lisa Yokota Returns To KTVU As Community And Public Affairs Director
Brent Boynton Is New News And Production Vice President At KNPB
Jillian O'Brien Is New Assistant News Director At KSBW
Loren Nancarrow, 60, Former KPIX Anchor, Dies
TV A Go Go
James Beard Foundation Awards Call For Entries
Do You Remember?
Will The Real Don Sanchez Please Stand Up?
Article Headline
Friends, Colleagues Of KFSN Photojournalist Battling Lymphoma Show Support
KTVN Employees Help Those In Need During The Holidays
Daytime Emmy Awards Needs Judges

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

Kym McNicholas, Kymerview, Secretary (Membership) 

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

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

Mistie Lackey, KOVR CBS 13

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, Stanford Video

Justine Waldman, KRON 4

Ken Wayne, KTVU Channel 2

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)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

Quick Links
2014 Membership Dues!

      This is your official notice to pay your 2014 Membership Dues.  They are due by Jan. 31 - or Jan. 24, if you plan to enter this year's Emmy� Awards.        You must pay your Dues prior to filling out the Emmy� Awards entry application, or you will be charged Non-Member prices.    

If you have already paid your dues, thank you. If you are not certain, log into your account. 

      The member dashboard has been improved. You will get copies of all your entry correspondence.
      Unpaid members will be removed from the rolls on March 31.

Questions? You can always e-mail or call Darryl Compton, the Chapter's executive director, at the Chapter office: 


office@emmysf.tv   (650) 341-7786


Editor's Note

      Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2014!!
      And, welcome to your first Off Camera of the new year!!
      All of us with Off Camera and the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences wish you the very best in this new year.
      This year's Emmy Awards is only five months away! In this issue of Off Camera, learn more about the Call for Entries. Deadline is Jan. 24. And, if your NATAS membership hasn't been renewed yet, now's the time to do so.
      Want to get more involved with the Chapter? The Board of Governors strives to plan an array of events and activities that you will be interested in. Below, find out more about a February event at UC Berkeley. It's a panel discussion on intellectual property rights and publishing. Check it out in person or watch it online via live webcast.
      No doubt you've been hearing all about the reunion of Bay Area music legend Carlos Santana and his former Santana band member, Marcus Malone, who, homeless, had been walking the streets of Oakland. In Justine Waldman's story, learn how Malone's fate changed when he met KRON video journalist Stanley Roberts. It's a good news story you'll love. 
      Yan Can Cook! Okay, you've known that for years. But, here's the scoop: Off Camera got an exclusive interview with the Bay Area's world-renowned TV chef, Martin Yan, on the set of his new PBS cooking show. And find out how he brought three brothers together who've worked as photographers in Bay Area broadcasting for the better part of the last three decades -- a professional reunion of sorts that's a first in 25 years for BillDave and Rick Corona.
      There are lots of changes going on at some of our stations around the chapter, especially at Oakland's KTVU. Check out who's returning there in the stories below. 
      Eat enough during the holidays? No, you say? Who are you kidding? In Karen Owoc's Health Reporter column this month, discover some new ways to slim down.
      As for this month's Soundbites, we spotlight KNTV NBC Bay Area's Jenna Susko, from the station's Investigative Unit. Learn more about her, from where she grew up to her favorite ice cream flavor.
     And sadly, we say goodbye to a former anchor at KPIX who passed away in late December after a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer. A true icon on San Diego television since he left the Bay Area,
Loren Nancarrow was not only a colleague of ours, but a friend, too. A good guy, and a five-time Emmy� Award-winning anchor, reporter and weatherman. Known throughout San Diego for decades, he also made his mark in the Bay Area.
     Have a read of Richard Harmelink's story from Fresno, where colleagues of KFSN photojournalist
Gary Brooks are getting together to help him in his time of need. And, learn more about what
employees at Reno's KTVN did during the holidays for their community.
     Finally, starting with 2014 is a new,
occasional feature to Off Camera. We call it This Month In Television History. Check out who's making history this month!
     Thanks for reading your January issue of Off Camera. We hope you enjoy the read. And, again, all the very best wishes to you in this brand new year.
Kevin Wing
Off Camera

2014 Call For Entries Deadline Jan. 24 
Emmy Statue

The Emmy Entry Deadline is Friday, January 24th.  The only give you a couple of weeks to pick your best work from 2013 and submit it.  Enter Now - Don't wait until the last minute to enter.  The first entry received for this year was from Beyond Pix Studios.  Category 24-Commercial; NHRA, Sonoma Raceway, Theatrical; Sean Karlin, Director; Andrea Barnett, Editor.  We are expecting about 800 entries. 

A few notes:

Two ContestsEnglish and Spanish are separated into two separate contests.  Spanish entries are judged by Spanish speaking peer judges and are scored and awarded separately from the English entries.

NATAS Membership - Remember you don't need to be a member to enter, but you can save $$$, especially if your name is on more than one entry.  Make sure that all of the entrants have paid their 2014 membership dues before filling out the entry form.  The system will charge Non-Members Fees if dues are not up to date. 

Number of Entrants - There is a maximum quota of 12 eligible names allowed per entry without further written permission.

No Montages Segments must be separated by a second of black.

Composites You must list your segments (Title, Air Date, & TRT) in the remarks section of the entry form.  (Recommend three to five segments for a composite)    

No Double-dipping - You are double-dipping if you enter a news feature as the photographer and then enter the same segment in craft photography.  (If you are listed as a producer on the news feature, you could then enter as the photographer in the craft.)  Note:  Categories 1-5 are exempt from double-dipping.

Video Upload - The person filling out the entry form is responsible for the video upload.

Processing Fee - A $25 processing fee will be added to all fees not paid by the end of the grace period.

Judging - By entering, all entrants are required to be peer judges for categories submitted from other chapters.

Category changes:

          11 - Specialty Assignment Reports - submit three examples of your specialty.

          17 - Sports categories - re-numbered.

          Team Coverage has been eliminated.

New Categories:

     16 - Lifestyle

18 - Special Event Coverage - reinstated to include sports, community, or

              entertainment events.

32 - Musical Composition/Arrangement

TIME CODE - New this year is the Time Code field.  Enter the start time code for your 30-second nomination and recipient video clip.  If your entry is nominated, the editor will pull the 30-second clip from your entry starting at the time code you specify.

NO CAPS LOCK - Please use upper and lower case lettering when filling out the entry forms.

Complete list of rules and categories, just click on the link to the Call for Entries.


Link to Call for Entries 


Link to your Membership 


Link to Online Entry 


Important dates:

     Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - Deadline for entries

     Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - Video upload deadline

     Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 - Entry list posted at www.emmysf.tv

     Friday, April 11, 2014 - Last day to add names to entries

     Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (noon) - Nominations Announced at www.emmysf.tv

     Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Emmy� Gala at San Francisco Hilton Union Square 


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.


Mike Fleming
Mike Fleming
creates video and multimedia productions for corporations, small business, government, non-profits, musicians and individuals. He is also the Founder and Bandleader of San Francisco's own Barbary Coast Allstars (BCA). He has shared the stage with a host of talented musicians including Wynard Harper, Freddie Roulette and has opened for The John Lee Hooker Band, Blue Riddem', and many others. Fleming likes to mix his originals into the set list with popular cover songs in what he calls "the 3 R's; Rock, Reggae and R&B" with a little bit of Country mixed in for flavor. This mix of styles is right in line with the emergence of "AMERICANA" as the hottest new musical genre, which is what Johnson plays both solo and with the band. Johnson gives back to the music community serving as the San Francisco Coordinator for Nashville Songwriter's Association and Co-Manager of the West Coast Songwriter's, Berkeley Chapter's monthly Song Competition at the very popular Freight & Salvage. He also is a frequent guest host at the Ireland's 32, which is one of San Francisco's longest continually-running Open Mics.


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."


      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.



S.F./NorCal Chapter Adds New Governors
Ross Perich                  Justine Waldman
      At the December meeting of the Board of Governors, two new governors were appointed to fill open positions. 
      Ross Perich, vice president, Trainer Communications, was named to fill
Jim Parker's seat in the class of 2015. 
      Justine Waldman, reporter/anchor, KRON 4, was named to fill Jack Pavelick's seat in the class of 2014.  

      Perich was recommended by our Chapter secretary and acting membership chair, Kym McNicholas. Waldman was recommended by Chapter governor Da Lin, multi-media journalist at KPIX.

     We will be holding our annual election for the Board of Governors this spring.  If you are interested in getting involved and running for the board, please contact our nomination chair, Richard Harmelink at richard.l.harmelink@abc.com. Harmelink is regional vice president for the Fresno market of NATAS and is a photojournalist at KFSN ABC 30.


If Anyone Can Cook, It's Martin Yan
Veteran TV Chef Serves Us Again In New PBS Cooking Series 


By Kevin Wing

Regional Vice President, San Francisco


      Martin Yan has been showing us how to cook Chinese food on television for more than 35 years. He has not only shown us how to do it through his immensely popular Yan Can Cook and numerous how-to cookbooks, but he has entertained us along the way, with his friendly demeanor, good sense of humor and welcoming, engaging personality.

      What has the Emmy Award-winning Yan been up to lately? His MY China restaurants (the "MY" represent Yan's initials), located in San Francisco and Rohnert Park, celebrated their first anniversary in December. Located on San Francisco's Market Street and at Rohnert Park's Graton Casino, respectively, the restaurants are a live, in-person experience of his TV shows for visitors. With two locations under Yan's belt, he says more are planned in the future.

      "See, taste and discover," Yan says. "We want people to discover the ingredients of each dish and how we put it all together. We bring this to them in the restaurants."

     While the longtime Bay Area resident's (Yan resides in the South Bay) restaurants were being launched, behind the scenes, Yan was quietly working on a new cooking show, based on his travels to Asia. And, later this year, that new show - Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam - will debut on PBS, produced by his production company, Yan Can Cook, Inc.

     "In the last 10, 15 years, I've traveled all around the world, focusing on food, culture, heritage and tourism," Yan says. "I spent about three or four months every year, spending time traveling, eating, cooking with master chefs, in southeast Asia. I gained a lot of knowledge, and now I want to share that knowledge with everybody on PBS and other channels."

     Yan's new show will have the best of both worlds when it comes to a television production. Part of it will feature what has been shot overseas. The other portion of the show, of course, will include the in-studio cooking segments, all of which were shot in November and December at a studio in Emeryville, not far from Pixar studios. Yan recently invited Off Camera for an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview of the show during the recent tapings. The studio is expansive, ultra-modern, and it is equipped with all the modern technological necessities. And the fanciest kitchen appliances. Every cooking show needs a camera pointing down from the ceiling to show what's being made on the stove or countertop. Besides the show being produced as a traditional three-camera set-up, there are also miniature GoPro cameras everywhere imaginable to give viewers a true feeling that they are there. Even if they could somehow fit in the refrigerator or in the oven (yes, there are GoPros in both).

    Yan says his new show will be unique.

    "This is the first one that, I think, anyone has ever done in the U.S. market that focuses on Vietnam with 26 episodes," Yan explains. "I know Gordon Ramsay and a lot of other chefs have done it, but they normally have done one or two programs. But, to do a series of 26 shows that can be broadcast for six months, then repeated for another six months, for a whole year. And people can really understand the culture, the heritage, the history, architecture, arts and crafts of Vietnam."

   Demonstrating his talents via cooking shows and writing about food in books all these years stems from a premise near and dear to Yan's heart.

   "I love people, I love sharing," Yan says. "And you probably also know that food is about sharing. If you cook the food and you don't share, that's not good."

   That certainly has been just fine with his fans. Yan Can Cook has been on the air for more than 30 years.

   "It's one of the longest running cooking shows on the planet," Yan says, proudly. "We've aired more than 3,500 cooking shows."

   As for the Vietnamese cuisine theme for the new show, Yan says "we take people on a tour of Vietnam. We take them all over. From the mountains to the valleys, we take you to the city. Basically, we take you everywhere we went on our travels. We spent three months on location shooting footage for all 26 episodes."

   Yan has decided to hold off on the debut of the new show until late this summer.

   "In early summer, a lot of people are on vacation," he explains. "This way, the show's debut in late summer will allow the new shows to play through next Christmas. Six months of new programming. Then, the shows can be repeated for the next six months, into 2015."

   Many would say that Yan is a natural for what he does in front of the camera. After all, he's been doing it since 1978. But, to listen to him speak modestly, he would portray himself differently.

   'I was never trained to be on camera," Yan says. "But, I love to cook, I love to eat. And because of that, I continue to learn. I think if you love what you do and enjoy what you do, it can become contagious. So, basically, I'm just showing my enthusiasm and excitement and also my passion, with the audience."

   And, Yan will be doing just that, once again, this summer.

Yan's New Cooking Show Reunites
Bay Area's Well-Known Corona Brothers
TV Trio Has Brotherly Love, But Hasn't Worked Together In 25 Years

Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen? 
Martin Yan, second from left, is flanked by the Corona brothers on the Bay Area set of his new PBS cooking series. From left to right: Rick, Dave and Bill

By Kevin Wing

Regional Vice President, San Francisco


      If you've been working in the Bay Area television and production industry for the better part of the last 35 years, then you've heard of the Coronas.

      They are three brothers, Bay Area natives originally from Newark, who followed each other, one after another, into Bay Area TV. And chances are, you've worked with at least one of them - at least once - during their careers.

      Between them, Rick, Bill and Dave Corona have 19 Emmy awards for their work in the business. They've worked as photographers for most of the television stations here, either in news or in programming and production. Besides being on-air, it could be said that they've nearly done everything behind the scenes.

      So, what are the chances that the three brothers could actually have an opportunity to work together, all three of them, on the same project?

      It's not as common as you might want to believe. No, they're not estranged. On the contrary, the trio has a very unique, close familial bond that is unmistakable.

      Uncommon or not for them to be working together on the same project, it's happening now.

      And, that's something that hasn't occurred since 1988.

      The Coronas are offering world-renowned Bay Area chef, Martin Yan, a powerful 1-2-3 punch with the current production of his new PBS series, Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam. His new cooking show recently wrapped in-studio production, and Yan and his production team are preparing it for a late summer launch on PBS.

     In fact, it is Yan who brought the brothers together under one production for the first time in more than 25 years.

     "I have the great pleasure and honor to know them," says Yan, during a recent, exclusive Off Camera interview from his Emeryville studios.

     The four have worked together before on Yan's cooking shows "back in the old days at KQED", he says.

     "They were part of the crew," Yan adds. "Then, when we shot A Taste of Japan and A Taste of China, one of them was on my overseas crew."

     To work with all of the Coronas, Yan says, "they're fun loving, professional, and dedicated."          Rick Corona is the oldest of the three. After graduating from Newark High School in the mid-1970s, he graduated from San Jose State University in 1979, and hit the ground running that year when he was hired at KNTV in San Jose to work as a production assistant, editor and photographer. And, talk about Rick hitting the ground running - by the following year, he was nominated for his first Emmy.

    In 1981, he left KNTV to go to work for KPIX in San Francisco, to work on the station's Evening Magazine. Within a month, he was on the way to China with the rest of the production crew to shoot a series of segments overseas.

    "By that point, I knew this was going to be a great life," Rick says.

    At one point, Rick ended up working for the news department for a short time, but he didn't care for it, and decided that doing entertainment programming was more to his liking.

    "My motto is, 'no news is good news,'" he jokingly says.

    Rick also went to work for KPIX's entertaining Mac & Mutley, a popular show that centered around the adventures of Mutley, a Benji lookalike, who traveled the Bay Area with his human companion, host Doug McConnell. Their adventures took them from rock climbing to scuba diving. Yes, Mutley scuba dived. The show was immensely popular with children as well as adults. "The dog could only dive in warm water," Rick remembers. "So, the show went on location to exotic locales like the Cayman Islands and Australia, and Belize. I mean it was really like a tough assignment. It was a fun show to work on. Doug McConnell is a great guy."

    For a brief time, Rick also went to work for several Sacramento stations, and at one time, worked on a teen show called Scratch, which gained notoriety because it was the first show that Lisa Ling appeared on. Ling is perhaps best-known for her years on ABC's The View, with Barbara Walters.

    Rick, who has 10 Emmys to his credit, has also worked for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

    "I'm so proud of my brothers," Rick says. Both have become just incredible crafts people. They're great. I see it, and it makes me just so proud."

    Bill Corona got his start in 1985 at KPIX, working as a freelance production assistant. He recorded audio for Evening Magazine, as well for another show, Pacific Currents. He also went to work for the station's documentary unit, Group W Productions, from which many assignments took Bill overseas.

    "I first met Martin in 1995," Bill says. "gayle yamada had asked me if I was interested in shooting for Yan overseas. I said yes. The culture, the food, the experience was just fantastic."

    "Martin is a pro," Bill says. "I just know what to ask him what he wants. So I'll do this, or I'll do that, and you've got to get that rapport. And I'll know when to get him off the set, so he can relax. Get him in, get him out. Hosts appreciate that. Know what the people want to do. It's trust. That's key. This here is interesting, this show. All the brothers are together. We all have our own skills. I'm on the jib. Dave is doing hand-held, and Bill's doing the slider. It works out perfect."

    Bill, a four-time Emmy winner, says the brotherly teamwork helps a lot.

    "I think we understand what it takes to do this. It's not easy," he says. "And we all like to be the captain of our own ship. We all branched out and did our own thing and have done different types of projects. It's interesting when we get together, because we can't all be in charge. We all have that give and take. Now, we've all been doing this business for a long time, we back each other up, we know what each other are thinking, and we know how to get to that goal and it's always the production. Whatever it takes to make this thing the best."

   Dave Corona, the youngest of the three and a five-time Emmy winner, got his start in 1987 as a news intern at KGO-TV in San Francisco. He worked on the assignment desk there, and eventually, the station made him full-time.

   He then went to KPIX briefly; his two brothers were already there as well. But, Dave's time at Channel 5 was brief. In 1989, he went to work for KRON. Two weeks later, the Bay Area was rocked by the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, which he says was a tremendous learning experience for him.

    "I was the South Bay Bureau chief for KRON at one time," Dave says. But, in 1996, he decided he wanted to get out of covering news.

    "I went to work for Tech TV from 1996 to 2002, then shot for the Discovery Channel," Dave says.

    By then, Dave was married, and he and his wife were having twins. His wife said he should have a job that would keep him close to home, so he went back to work for KRON, then to KGO-TV a few years later, when he began working on a new afternoon show called View From The Bay.

    Dave enjoys working with his brothers on Yan's new show.

    "It's a nice change of pace to work with your brothers," he says. "We haven't done anything recently, so doing this show together is nice. We just haven't been able to work together very much."

    "Working with your brothers, well, you have a history that you don't have with anyone else," Bill says. "I have a lot of relationships in television working with others. But when you work with your brothers, there's a richness. And it's kind of neat to do every once in awhile."

    Rick, the oldest of the three, can't agree more.

    "It's fun. We've all been doing this in our careers for a long time," Rick says. "It's nice to work with your brothers every once in awhile. It's hard to explain. You're familiar with the person that you're working with, and we're a family."

    Dave says he goes with the family tradition when it comes to work: "Show up on time, make sure you're there and give them what they want."

    "Making everyone feel special," Dave says. "I'm just not in it for myself. I treat everyone the same way. That's the way it is. I'll do it as best as I can possibly do, and even more so, to make their vision for a show a reality. As long as I'm keeping up that family tradition of making the client feel good, and making the production work out. It's a family tradition. It's a family trait. We are people pleasers. We want to make people feel happy and make them feel great."

   Yan is having a great time working with the Coronas.

   "They're very tight. They have fun," he says. "They're not only good at what they do. These three guys are gentlemen. They are true professionals. Hopefully, we will continue to work together for many years to come. They make me feel at ease. I love them."


KRON's "People Behaving Badly" Video Journalist 
Reunites Carlos Santana With Former Band Member
Marcus Malone Was Homeless In Oakland, Then His Fate Changed

By Justine Waldman

Chapter Board of Governors


         Stanley Roberts walked into the KRON 4 newsroom to a thunderous applause. 

       "That had never happened to me before," Roberts told me of the reaction his co-workers had when he returned from his rather unusual assignment. Stanley spent his day reuniting a music legend with a homeless man in East Oakland.

       And it almost didn't happen.

       For the last eight years, Roberts has put together the very popular People Behaving Badly segment on KRON 4 News. He exposes toll evaders and people who bring their pets into restaurants, even drivers who ignore stop signs. He captures, with his camera rolling, regular folks bending and breaking the rules. Then he confronts them about it. That is what makes the sparks needed for his television shtick. Some people apologize or make excuses. Others cuss and run from him as fast as they can. "It is not always that glamorous or rewarding. But I love it," Roberts says.

      While doing a typical story on illegal dumping, Roberts stumbled across Marcus Malone. He was homeless and picking through trash on the street.

 An Unexpected Reunion
 Music legend Carlos Santana (left), catches up with Marcus  Malone, a homeless man who is a former member of  Santana's band.

      Roberts, who is not afraid to start up a conversation with anyone, asked Malone why he was there. He wasn't doing anything wrong, but Roberts thought he might add some insight in to what people toss on the road. Malone told Roberts that one time he found cash in the pockets of abandoned pants. He wanted to use the money to buy music equipment because he was part of the original Santana Blues Band. Malone said he was there in the Bay Area garage where the band got its start. 

      Roberts pushed a little harder. Malone admitted he had gotten in trouble, spent time in prison and fell out of touch with all the people in his life.

     It was a chance meeting and a very honest conversation. It would change lives.

     "I just did what any journalist would have done," Roberts says.

     Always on deadline, Roberts put together his story on illegal dumping and included Malone talking about finding the money and his musical past. 


Everybody's Everything
Carlos Santana, In Oakland, On The Day Of The Reunion With Marcus Malone

   "I almost didn't put it in. I thought I might get blowback from it. But I am so glad I did," Roberts says. 

     The story on illegal dumping aired, and Roberts went off to enjoy his weekend. That could have been it. But he was still curious if Malone was telling the truth.  He did some research online and found a few photos of Malone with Carlos Santana. "Trust but verify," is a motto Roberts says he lives by. But then what? How could he make some good out of this?

     Thank goodness for Facebook. 

     Roberts, no stranger to the odd viewer comment (both positive and negative) got a message on the social media site in his inbox. It was from Santana's manager. They had seen the story on illegal dumping and recognized Malone. Roberts was shocked, saying "the manager told me Santana had gone out looking in East Oakland for Marcus but he could not find him. He wanted to reconnect and get him off the streets. But they needed my help."

     So Roberts went out on a mission to find Marcus again and bring Santana with him. No pressure.

     Roberts went back to East Oakland and scoured the streets. He asked other homeless people if they knew where Malone was and knocked on every trailer, camper and car he thought Malone might be staying in. It took time and his persistence paid off.

     Now, with his camera rolling, Roberts captured a reunion decades in the making. There was nothing bad, illegal or embarrassing about it. Simply, a touching, heartwarming and genuine moment.

     Roberts arranged to have Santana wait a block or so away from where Malone was staying. Then, he got Malone to walk down the street with him. He only needed to convince the man something good was going to happen. Roberts got his camera out. They turned the corner and Santana got out of a sport-utility vehicle. 

     It was a moment made for television. Santana and Malone embraced each other and shared a huge hug. With smiles across their faces they reconnected right away. It was as if time never passed between them, though one is a mega-superstar and the other is a man who lives on the streets. Roberts says "it was very emotional."

     Then came the standing ovation in the newsroom. When Roberts returned, telling KRON that he had brought together Santana and Malone, there was no holding backth wi how proud all of his colleagues were of Roberts. He trusted his gut and tried to make something positive happen. He played the raw footage to a few people huddled around his desk. 

     "Grown men I have worked with for years were crying when they watched it," he says. "I couldn't believe it."

Musician Meets Journalist
Carlos Santana, With KRON's Stanley Roberts
Stanley Roberts
     Roberts had one hour to write and edit his "Magnificent Marcus" story.

Then it was off for a holiday vacation. "I really thought that was it," he recalls.

     But, as awesome things do, the story went viral overnight. "Next thing I know all hell breaks loose," Roberts says. "I am getting messages from around the world telling me how much the story meant to them. I'm talking Twitter and Facebook notes from people in China, Greece and Ecuador. One just came in from Honduras."

     "Getting praise from journalists I respect was one thing, knowing you have inspired people and made a difference in a stranger's life is another," Roberts says. "It just blew my mind."

     While he was supposed to be taking time-off, he was doing national cable show interviews on how he became the liaison between Santana and Malone. While people do love to see others 'behaving badly', they also love a story that makes them feel good.  All it took was fate, curiosity, determination and remembering to hit record on the camera.

     Malone and Santana are in touch. Good things are in store for the former band member.

     Roberts knows there is no shortage of people behaving badly. His time with Malone and Santana "was a once in a lifetime thing and I'm glad we could help. This was a gift."

     And that deserves a round of applause.


Gold & Silver Circle Profiles 



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Gold & Silver Circle Profiles returns in the February issue of Off Camera


Gold & Silver Circle 
Class of 2014 
Nominations Deadline April 15
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 andElaine LaLanne.

     The Induction Luncheon will take place this Fall at the Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

 More information on the Gold & Silver Circle


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If you're a bad guy, don't get caught by Jenna Susko, an investigative reporter with KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose. With the station's Investigative Unit since 2011, now's your chance to find out more about her.
Where did you grow up? 
Pensacola, Florida
Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest? 
I have a younger brother, Patrick, who lives in Pensacola.
After growing up in Florida, what's it like living in California? 
It's great living here. So much to see and do, and the weather is phenomenal. Low humidity, no mosquitoes or hurricanes! Though I love being in the Bay Area, I do miss the southern charm of the Gulf Coast.
Do you have any pets? 
Yes! A very energetic five-pound Maltese named Bella.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be in television news? 
It's something I've always wanted to do. I loved watching the news growing up.
How did you find your niche in television as an investigative reporter? 
I started out as a general assignment reporter. I would put together a story every day, but I tried to focus on investigative projects in my spare time. I spent many days off researching and paying for public records on my own. After a couple of years, I got the chance to become an investigative reporter while working on the Gulf Coast.
Had you always aspired to be a journalist? Or, did you have other things in mind when you were in school? 
I've always wanted to be a journalist. I really loved writing and English classes in school.
Who has inspired you in your career? 
It's not just one person, it's an entire organization. IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) has inspired and guided me over the years. A fellow journalist introduced me to the organization six years ago, and I've been very lucky to have such excellent mentors and a place to go for help and guidance.
Before NBC Bay Area, where did you work? 
I worked at stations across the Southeast, and lived in just about every southern state. Most recently, I worked at the NBC affiliate in Mobile, Alabama, as an anchor/investigative reporter.
As a reporter, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a recent "day in the life of Jenna Susko"? 
It always starts with hitting the snooze button at least four times. From there, it's a whirlwind of coffee, emails, meetings, and looking at public records -- lots of documents, but I love to research and chase stories. I will not accept no from public officials. Just last week, I dealt with a records request that was denied for no legal reason. I fought hard, even showed up at the agency's office for an explanation. I got the documents.
As journalists, we must be curious about the world around us. As an investigative reporter, do you think you have to be more curious?
I think you have to question everything. Be willing to question authority, willing to put in a lot of hours to track down the truth.
Do you like ice cream? Okay, I know. What kind of question is that? Of course, you like ice cream! What's your favorite flavor? 
Oreo ice cream with hot chocolate fudge! I love just about any dessert that involves chocolate.
Tell us about your home life. How do you spend your weekends?
I'm obsessed with college football, so during football season, my weekends revolve around game schedules. Otherwise, a typical weekend usually involves hiking and dinner out with friends, maybe a winery visit or a trip to Tahoe.
Perfect meal for dinner? 
This is a tough one! I love seafood and pasta. I'd have to say shrimp, asparagus and lots of garlic toast. Oh, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Have a guilty pleasure? 
Yes. I really love shopping.
What do you enjoy most about your work? 
Helping people. When someone needs help exposing a problem, or just wants answers, we have the ability to do that. I really enjoy searching for the proof and exposing wrongdoing -- these are the kinds of stories that have an impact on our community.
Have you had any mentors, and if so, who? 
In this type of job, I feel it's important to surround yourself with talented, experienced journalists for guidance. Scott Zamost of CNN, has been my mentor since I began investigative reporting, thanks to the mentoring program through IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors). Our assistant news director, Matt Goldberg, who sits on the IRE board, has been an incredible leader for our Investigative Unit. We have it good at NBC Bay Area!
What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with? 
I love being on or near the water. I feel most relaxed sitting on the beach or on a boat, reading a good book. I also really enjoy hiking and learning to ski!
What do you like most about working at NBC Bay Area? 
The people. Management believes in investigative journalism and gives us the tools we need to do our job. It's a great feeling coming into work every day knowing they have your back and support what you do. Working here has been such a fulfilling experience.
How do you like living and working in the Bay Area? Most everyone in TV would like to work here, and here you are! 
You're right. I am very fortunate. I still can't believe I get to work here! I absolutely love the Bay Area.
Who's your favorite college football team? (I think I already know the answer to this!) 
My alma mater, Florida State University. Go Noles!
What's your favorite TV show? Go to the movies lately? 
Scandal and The Blacklist.
Favorite vacation destination? 
I love going to new places. However, Watercolor, Florida, and Lake Tahoe, are my two favorite places to spend time with family and friends and just relax.
During your career, has there been a news story or stories that you've "owned" that, up to now, define who you are as a journalist?
Government accountability is very important to me. At NBC Bay Area, I have done a number of stories that question authority and the decisions they've made. These are the stories that define me, it's a big reason why I love working here. Our management
believes in exposing the truth and holding the powerful accountable.
Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer? 
Wine! Unless of course, a football game is on TV.
From a journalistic standpoint, how would you prefer viewers to see you? 
As a driven, hard-working investigative journalist who knows it's about the story, not the reporter.
Favorite spot in the Bay Area? Favorite vacation destination? Where have you yet to travel to? 
My favorite spot in the Bay Area is Cavallo Point. My dog, Bella, loves running around there, and I enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch with friends and a glass of wine. 
What do you like about social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? 
It's a great way to connect with community. TV is one-way communication. Through social media, we get to interact with our audience. 
Stay tuned: In the February edition of Soundbites, find out more about Dan Ashley, KGO-TV ABC7's longest-tenured main news anchor! Did you know he's the lead singer in a band, too? Learn more about him next month!

The Health Reporter

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The holiday feasting is finally behind us. Since Thanksgiving seemed to roll right into Christmas this year, perhaps it was especially challenging for you to control your eating and manage your weight. If you consumed more calories than you expended, you may be starting the new year with a wider waistline and a guilty conscience. Well, don't fret because here are some humane ways to get back on track.


1. DON'T beat yourself up for "being bad". Avoid dwelling on having gone back for seconds (or thirds) and/or indulging in Aunt Clara's irresistible tray of homemade cookies. Beating yourself up because you "went off your diet" will only bring on feelings of failure.


2. DON'T starve yourself or overly restrict your calories to "make up for being bad".


3. DON'T vow to "go on a diet" and here's why...


  • Diets can make you fat. They can be counterproductive. Diets are associated with the Three D's of Dieting: Deprivation, Defeat and Depression. These emotions can trigger a cycle of compulsive overeating, obsessions, and emotional eating binges.

  • Most diets focus on weight (that is, chasing that elusive number on the scale) and not on how you feel.

  • Diets are things you're driven to get on, but can't wait to get off. Your eating plan needs to be something you can follow and enjoy for a lifetime.

  • Routine dieters usually start diets on Mondays or at the beginning of a new year and consequently, eat uncontrolled portions of their favorite "fattening foods" until they finally begin their diet. This behavior often results in having even more fat to lose.


4. DON'T punish yourself with a workout. Workouts should reinforce positive feelings, i.e., increased energy and greater psychological well-being, not negative ones.


5. DON'T skip meals to compensate for the excesses. Limiting meals and snacks will set you up for overeating at the next opportunity and start the cycle of starving and binging all over again. Stop recollecting what you ate with regret and try to follow the 3-2-1 principle: 3 meals, 2 snacks and 1 round of exercise per day.


6. DO eat mindfully the next time you eat. Stay in the present. Eating mindfully means you will:

  • Stop eating when distracted by the TV, computer, phone, etc.

  • Chew more.

  • Notice the different colors of food on your plate.

  • Eat only when physically hungry.

  • Eat with chopsticks or smaller utensils.

  • Stop eating when full.



7. DO focus on fiber when you eat your next meal or snack. Strive for 40 grams of fiber from natural plant-based foods and not from something that comes with a wrapper (e.g., a fiber bar) or a lid (a powdered fiber laxative). The objective is to "eat real food" -- the essence of today's nutrition message. Nutrition has come full circle... from field to table, TV dinners, instant breakfasts, low-fat, low-carb, and now back to whole food that's as close as possible to the way nature made it. By eating real food that's high in fiber, you'll naturally eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts) which are nutrient-dense and contribute to healthy weight loss and increased levels of energy.


8. DO drink more water. You use up to two pitchers of water everyday just to keep your body functioning. When you find yourself rummaging through the pantry or frig for something to eat, but can't quite put your finger on what you want, your body may just need water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. So, relax with a soothing cup of hot tea or refreshing glass of water before taking your next bite.


9. DO differentiate between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Holiday time is an emotional time. While food fuels your muscles, it also feeds your feelings. When eating is triggered by an emotion rather than physiological hunger, it's known as 'emotional eating' and it comes at a cost to your health if you don't control it.


The solution to emotional eating is to first recognize it as well as identify a pattern. The next time you have the urge to binge, stop and ask yourself if you're physically hungry. Then rate your level of hunger on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being ravenous and 1 being barely hungry). Next, rate your mood. Are you happy, sad, lonely, bored, stressed, etc.? Then note what food you're craving. This exercise will help you identify whether your need to eat is emotional or physiological and which emotions are associated with particular foods. When you eat to satisfy an emotional need, you're more likely to binge eat, that is, continue eating past the point of being full.


10. DO move your body. Exercise and physical activity strengthen your muscles. A loss of muscle mass slows your metabolism and ultimately, the ability and rate at which you lose weight. The goal in losing weight is to lose fat not muscle. Remember, your heart needs strong muscles. Extreme caloric restriction and crash dieting can diminish heart function. Muscle is active tissue and burns more calories, even while you're at rest. To maintain and build muscles, they have to be used and need proper nutrition especially when you pull back on calories.


Fit Tip: At the end of each day, ask yourself what you did to get you closer to your goal and acknowledge that achievement -- no matter how small. These are the kinds of thoughts that will propel you forward and sustain your motivation.


KTVU Brings Back Station Veteran
Steve Poitras As Marketing Director

        After 10 years away from Oakland's KTVU, station veteran Steve Poitras is returning to the Bay Area to serve as Channel 2's new marketing director. 

        Tom Raponi, KTVU and KICU TV36 vice president and general manager, made the announcement last month.

        Poitras, who left KTVU in 2003 after a 15-year career there, is returning to lead the marketing teams at KTVU as well as at KICU TV36. 

Steve Poitras 
Returns To KTVU This Month

The award-winning Poitras joined KTVU as a writer/producer in 1988. He took over as marketing director in 1990 and led the promotional efforts at KTVU until he joined KPIX in San Francisco in 2003 as marketing director there. 

        While at KPIX, Poitras rose to station manager before joining KTLA in Los Angeles in 2008. While at KTLA, Poitras rebranded the iconic station with a complete redesign of logo, on-air graphics, news set and music. In 2012, he joined KFMB-TV in San Diego.

        "I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented marketing professional again," Raponi says. "Steve made many significant contributions to KTVU and TV36 during the time we worked together from 1996 through 2003. Steve has a passion for our stations and a special talent for creating remarkable connections with our viewers and community. We all look forward to welcoming Steve home and are excited to see the next chapter of his success."

        Poitras is a graduate of UCLA's motion picture television department and has been a Bay Area resident since 1983. "Having built my career at one of America's finest television stations, the idea of returning to the city and station I love is a tremendous feeling", Poitras says. "Coming back to the Bay Area to KTVU and TV36 is like coming home. In my heart, I never left."

        Poitras contributed to KTVU's success in many different ways during his first tenure at the station. He was responsible for launching Mornings on 2, which debuted in 1991, with a custom rendition of "It's a Beautiful Morning." In addition, many viewers will recall "The Original 10 o'Clock News - It's Our Time, Period" which pre-empted CBS' KPIX and then-NBC affiliate KRON's efforts to invade KTVU's 10 p.m. news time slot. Poitras was also responsible for creating and producing the highly regarded "Classical Gas" tribute to KTVU's 40th anniversary, in 1998.

       Poitras is the recipient of many local and national awards including Emmys, Promax Gold, and the recipient of Promax's first-ever BrandBuilder award.  


KTVU Veteran Lisa Yokota Returns As
Station's New Community Affairs Director


        Like Steve Poitras, Lisa Yokota is another veteran of KTVU Channel 2 who is returning to the Jack London Square studios. 

        Yokota returns to KTVU and KICU TV36 as its new community and public affairs Director. A 20 year-veteran of progressive broadcast marketing and community outreach projects, Yokota will lead both stations' community outreach efforts, including "Family 2 Family" and COX Media Group's philanthropic initiatives, such as "COX Conserves."

Lisa Yokota 
KTVU's new Community and Public Affairs Director

        Prior to joining KTVU, Yokota was marketing director at KTSF-TV, where she developed and led implementation of public affairs programs and various community service projects. She also brings Silicon Valley experience as promotion manager at Yahoo! 

        Yokota previously held the position of sales and promotion director at KTVU. In that role, she developed eye-catching retail campaigns for KTVU advertisers.

        Tom Raponi, KTVU and KICU TV36 vice-president and general manager, is excited about her return to the Bay Area. 

        "Lisa Yokota has been a very well-respected broadcast professional in the San Francisco market for many years, and we welcome her back home to KTVU and TV36," Raponi says. "Her expertise in marketing and community outreach is a perfect fit for our stations to continue to serve our community at the highest levels." 

       "My primary goal is to be a resource to the community," Yokota says, "to advocate for them as well as the station."

       Reinvigorating the long-running KTVU "Family 2 Family" project which promotes educational and community concerns will be an important objective for Yokota.  She will also actively work with COX Media Group as a whole on "COX Conserves Heroes," a program which honors the Bay Area's unsung environmental volunteers and inspires neighborhood conservation.


Reno Television Veteran Becomes 
News And Production VP At KNPB
Brent Boynton Has Three Decades Of Experience In Northern Nevada


Brent Boynton 
Promoted To Vice President, News And Production

       KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting announces the promotion of Brent Boynton, Emmy-nominated television journalist, to vice president, news and production.  Boynton joined KNPB in 2012 as news director and currently hosts its community affairs programs, A Conversation and Open Lines.

      As a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, Boynton has spent more than three decades working in television news including time at both KTVN and KOLO. He also served as communications director for former Governor Jim Gibbons.

      "Brent is a valuable member of the KNPB team," says Kurt Mische, the station's president and chief exeutive officer. "We hold his commitment to journalistic excellence and dedication to quality programming in very high regard and look forward to his continued efforts as our new vice president of news and production."

     "News is in my blood - it's what I love," Boynton says. "Since my first unofficial 'broadcast' from home at the age of 4 to my first real news job as a radio announcer in Texas, I still look forward to going to work every single day and cherish the things I get to do with a station like KNPB that is so committed to helping others in the community."

     Boynton holds a Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a Master's degree in mass communications from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has also taught journalism. He serves on the boards of directors of Step 1, Inc., and Lunch Aid.


KSBW Hires Familiar Face For Asst. ND Post
CNN Producer Jillian O'Brien Returns To Station In New Role

      Jillian O'Brien is the new assistant news director at KSBW Channel 8 in Salinas.
      O'Brien, who has been working as senior producer of CNN Headline News, joined the station in December.
      For O'Brien, it is a return to KSBW. She first worked there as a news producer from 2002 to 2005, when she left to join KRON in San Francisco. 
      She was hired by CNN in 2009, moving to the network's Abu Dhabi news bureau. There, she won a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. 
      Earlier this year, she returned to CNN's Atlanta headquarters. 
      "Jillian's return to the Central Coast is a 'perfect storm', personally and professionally," says Lawton Dodd, KSBW news director. "A return to family, home and hearth here on the Central Coast, bolstered by a passion for journalism and the legacy of community leadership that is KSBW."
Loren Nancarrow, 60, Former KPIX Anchor
Longtime San Diego TV Icon Had Battled Brain Cancer Since February


By Kevin Wing

Regional Vice President, San Francisco


      Loren Nancarrow, who worked at KPIX in San Francisco as a news anchor and reporter in the late 1980s and early 1990s but who prominently spent the majority of his 30-plus years in the industry on San Diego television, has died.

      Nancarrow died Dec. 28, just 11 months after he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, in February.

      Nancarrow was 60 years old.

 Loren Nancarrow
 San Diego TV Icon, Former KPIX  Anchor Died Of Cancer Dec. 28

      He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.

      Nancarrow's television career spanned more than three decades and included stints as a weatherman, news anchor, reporter and environmental reporter. He joined KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, in 1980, working as a reporter and anchor. In 1988, Nancarrow left KFMB-TV to move to the Bay Area to join KPIX as an anchor. Known for his calm delivery during breaking news situations, Nancarrow excelled in the hours and days following the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989.

     In 1991, Nancarrow took advantage of the opportunity to return to San Diego, rejoining KFMB-TV as its weathercaster and environmental reporter. He remained at the CBS station until 1998, when he moved across town to ABC affiliate KGTV to become its weathercaster and environmental reporter. He was a huge proponent of growing food organically, preserving the environment and living sustainably. During his tenure at KGTV, he turned his backyard into the "10News Ranch", regularly filing live and taped weather and environmental reports from there.

    In recent years, Nancarrow had been anchoring the news at KSWB, the Fox affiliate in San Diego.

    A five-time Emmy Award winner, Nancarrow also co-authored four organic gardening books.

    Nancarrow was diagnosed with stage three terminal brain cancer in February, and later retired from his anchor position at KSWB. He called himself a "Brain Cancer Warrior", and authored a blog about life, and life with cancer.

    Nancarrow, who lived in Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, Hannah and Britta.

    On Dec. 30, a memorial paddle out and beach gathering was held at South Cardiff State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, in northern San Diego County, to celebrate Nancarrow's life. Thousands of people turned out, from friends and colleagues to community leaders and television viewers. 

    Nancarrow's wife and family are working to establish a healing garden in his name at the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center. His family says it is the perfect way to honor Nancarrow, who cared so deeply about the environment and helping others who are fighting cancer. So far, $50,000 has been pledged online.


On The Move

Who's Arriving On Scene Around The Chapter


       Ashley Moser joins KITV in Honolulu this month as weekend morning anchor and weekday morning reporter. She replaces Jill Kuramoto, who left the station to accept a position with the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. Moser leaves WNWO in Toledo, Ohio, where she had worked as an anchor and reporter, joining that station just six months ago. 

      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!


Jan. 9 Deadline For Broadcast, New Media 
Entries For James Beard Foundation Awards 


      The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards are now accepting entries for the Broadcast & New Media Awards. Entry forms are completed online and can be found at 

       Please note that for all entries besides Outstanding Personality/Host, judges look for: the entry's content, originality, execution, and overall appeal.

       For the Outstanding Personality/Host category, judges look for: the host's knowledge of content, presentation, communication skills, style and appeal.

      Fees are $100 per entry for members and $135 for non-members. (On the payment page, there is an option for non-members to become members for $29.)

      The Broadcast and New Media entry deadline is Jan. 9.  Nominees will be announced on March 18, and their submissions posted on the James Beard website.   

      The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner will be held on May 2 in New York City.


Do You Remember?

o You Remember...?
Who Are The Newlyweds?
Can you identify these two Hawaii news anchors?  Hint: They are both  members of the 
Silver Circle.  If you know who they are, please let us know! Drop us a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and we'll mention your name next month!


Last month we asked "Who Is The Captain?"


Kids' Show Retrospective
A few of you remembered the name of this Captain! You guessed it! It's Mitch Agruss, who portrayed Cap'n Delta on KOVR in Sacramento in the 1960s. Agruss eventually took his show to KTXL in Sacramento, where he became Cap'n Mitch. Agruss is also a member of the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thank you for writing in, Don Gold!


Which one is Don Sanchez?
In the November issue of Off Camera, we asked if you remembered the names of the KGO-TV Channel 7 News Scene team.  We published the answers in the December issue. 
Sports anchor Jim Celania's name was listed because when we published the color photo below a couple of years ago with Don Sanchez's name listed, Sanchez called us, saying that the photograph wasn't of him, but Celania. 
He called back again this time, saying that it was him, and not Celania. 


Make sense? Well, to set the record straight:


(Color Left to Right) Jan Carson, Jerry Jensen, Fred Van Amburg, Pete Giddings, Russ Coughlan, Jim Celania and Valerie Coleman.


(B&W Left to Right) Jack Hanson, Steve Davis, Marcia Brandwynne, Tom Janis, Fred Van Amburg, Jerry Jensen, Pete Giddings and Don Sanchez.


Don Sanchezretired from KGO ABC 7 


at the end of 2012 after 40 years at the station. He served as arts and entertainment reporter, news anchor, sports anchor, news reporter and host of 
Good Morning Bay Area.


Don started his career at KSBY in San Luis Obispo in 1963.

He was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2000 and received the chapter's highest honor, the Governors' Award, at the Emmy gala last June.


This Month In Television History

Seems Like Yesterday
Mornings On 2, KTVU
January 2, 1991 (Premiere)
Back in January 1991, KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland decided it was time to change morning television in the Bay Area with the debut of "Mornings On 2", the market's first two-hour local morning newscast to compete with the network morning shows on ABC, CBS and NBC. It was also the first local morning show of its kind west of the Mississippi. Naysayers at the time didn't expect the new show to survive. But, KTVU proved them wrong in a big way, and within two years, "Mornings On 2" was not only the No. 1 morning newscast in the Bay Area, it became the top local morning broadcast in the nation. This month, the newscast that critics said would never last is celebrating its 23rd anniversary on the air. Above, from left to right, are the show's original on-air staffers: Steve McPartlin, host; Terry Lowry, anchor; and Eric Greene, reporter. 

Happy 23rd Anniversary, "Mornings On 2"!!
Friends, Colleagues Of KFSN Photojournalist Show Support In His Time Of Need
Gary Brooks Battling Lymphoma, Needs Blood Transfusions

By Richard Harmelink
Regional Vice President, Fresno
Gary Brooks

      Friends and colleagues of KFSN ABC 30's Emmy Award-winning 
photojournalist, Gary Brooks, came together to support a friend.  
      Brooks has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma and needed a blood transfusion. 
      Teaming up with the Central California Blood Center, his co-workers and friends honored him with a blood drive in his name. 
      About 30 people came out to help Brooks, who continues to be strong and battle this disease. 
      "Way to go Fresno for helping out a friend, co-worker and NATAS member!", say his friends.
      If you would like to send Brooks a card in support, please send it to: Gary Brooks, c/o KFSN ABC 30, 1777 G St., Fresno, CA 93706.

Helping Those In Need During The Holidays
KTVN Partners Up To Help The Community


       The number of people who need help putting food on the table for their families seems to grow each year, putting added stress on food banks trying to help them.  That's why events in Reno, like KTVN's Share Your Christmas Drive By Food Drive, are so important. 

       On Dec. 13, employees of Reno's CBS affiliate put most of their regular TV duties on hold to collect food and money for several of the area's food banks.  This is the 21st year KTVN has partnered with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and a number of other local charities to spend a full day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., collecting food and money.

       The news, production and engineering teams from the station split up and headed out to three locations in northern Nevada: the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, the Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.  

       In addition to collecting donations, the station devotes more than seven hours of live coverage through the day to the event. By the end of the day, thousands of people had driven through the three collection sites donating 183,000 pounds of food and $240,000 - not to mention several bins of toys for the Toys for Tots program. 

Making It Happen In The Community
KTVN Helps In A Big Way Throughout Northern Nevada During The Holiday Season. 

      "When it comes to having an impact on our community and the viewers we serve, this is the most important thing we do as a television station all year long," says KTVN News Director Jason Pasco.  "I'm proud we have so many people in our station who are invested in a successful outcome and work year after year to collect more food and money than the year before." 

     Jocelyn Lantrip, spokeswoman with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, says "KTVN Channel 2 is a true partner in helping us to solve hunger.  Their unbelievable commitment during the Share Your Christmas Drive By Food Drive is staggering to us.  Not only do they devote so many resources to this event, but they bring to light the very serious issue of hunger throughout the year.  Our ability to keep up with the unbelievable increases in need that we have seen over the last few years has been made possible by the efforts of the KTVN News Team."


41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Organizers Looking For Judges

       The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy� Awards recently announced its call for
Entries and Judges.  This year, we launched a new all-online awards system.
Entrants now upload video to the system and judges register, view
submissions and cast ballots online.  For judging ease, the system will even
be available for viewing on an iPad!
       We encourage judging participation from all NATAS members who work in or
have worked on National programming for at least 2 years over the past 5
years, or members who have a body of National programming experience.  Over
the years I have been with Daytime, I have become aware of eligible
member/judges tucked away in various corners of the US (and beyond)!
       There are many genres in Daytime - Daytime Drama, Talk Shows,
Games Shows, Culinary, Lifestyle, Travel and Legal Programming, Children's
and Animated Programs, and each feature an abundance of associated
performer, host, promo and craft categories.  This year, the Daytime Emmys
have introduced 3 new Spanish Language categories: Outstanding Morning
Program in Spanish, Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish and
Outstanding Daytime Talent in Spanish.  This provides members who are fluent
in Spanish, the opportunity to view and evaluate submissions as broadcast.
If you wish to judge these categories, please be sure to select the Spanish
fluency option on the judge registration form.
         We are asking all individuals to register anew, even if they have
participated in past Daytime judging.  Information from previous years will
not carry over to the new system.

The Daytime Emmy� Awards always appreciates the judging time, effort and
expertise from all disciplines, and trusts that the convenience of an online
system will encourage you to view and evaluate the work of your peers.

Here are some key Judging Dates:

*       Deadline to Register to be a judge: Jan. 17
*       Drama Performer Pre-Nomination judging begins: Jan. 31
*       Preliminary Round Judging for selected non-drama categories begins: Feb. 7
*       Drama Performer Pre-Nomination and Preliminary Round judging ends: Feb. 24
*       Blue Ribbon Judging begins: March 26
*       Blue Ribbon Judging ends: April 21
*       Nomination Announcements: May 1


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


The name "Emmy�" and the graphic image of the statuette, are registered trademarks of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.