January 2015 Issue of "Off Camera":
EMMY 2015: Call for Entries DEADLINE JAN. 16
EMMY 2015: New Emmy Express Dashboard Feature
Chapter Website Debuts New Look
New Life For KRON: Former NBC Station Moves To KGO-TV
New Life For KRON: Relocation Sentimental For Many KRON Employees
Master Class Series: Camera/Lighting Workshop in S.F. Jan. 24
Sacramento Co-Anchors Give Birth
Gold & Silver Circle Profile: Joyce Mitchell
Gold & Silver Circle 2014: Order Photos from Induction Luncheon
Fresno Anchor Leaves Business After 20 Years, Enters PR
Soundbites: KGO-TV ABC7's Eric Thomas
The Health Reporter
The Yoga Corner
Veteran KTVU Morning News Producer Moves To 7 p.m. Newscast
On The Move
New Post For NATAS National's David Winn
Do You Remember?
In Next Month's "Off Camera"


 Off Camera

    Kevin Wing


the board of governors




  Keith Sanders

  San Jos� State University

Vice President, San Francisco: 

  Kevin Wing

  ABC-TV/"Good Morning               America"

  Vice President, Sacramento: 

  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media  

Vice President, Fresno: 

  Kim Stephens

  KMPH FOX 26 

  Vice President, Hawaii

  Pamela Young

  KITV 4

  Vice President, Reno: 
    Terri Russell
    KOLO 8 
  Vice President, Smaller             Markets: 
    David Waxman
    Waxman TV
    John Odell
    CCSF Emeritus
    Jim Spalding
    Spalding & Company
  Past President:

  Javier Valencia



 national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini


(National Awards Chair)

Alison Gibson

Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden

Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)

Steve Shlisky

KTVU Channel 2  




Zara Arboleda

Children's Hospital Fresno

Kent Beichley

KRON 4/Pac12

Wayne Freedman


Luis Godinez

KDTV Univision 14

Richard Harmelink


(Nominating Chair) 

Pablo Icub

KUVS Univision 19

Brian Johnson


George Lang

The Big Picture

Da Lin


Terry Lowry

LaCosse Productions  

(Gold & Silver Circle Chair) 

Sultan Mirza



Jen Mistrot


Joyce Mitchell

4 U Productions

Ross Perich

Trainer Communications

Greg Rando

KTVU Channel 2

Brenda Salgado

KGMB/KHNL, Hawaii News Now  

Sandy Sirias

KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja


Stephanie Stone


Karen Sutton

Beyond Pix Studios

(Emmy Gala Chair)

Melanie Woodrow

KTVU Channel 2 

Alice Yu



 committee chairs:


  Cynthia Zeiden

  Zeiden Media 


  John Catchings

  Catchings & Associates

  Linda Giannecchini

  KQED 9 


  Julie Watts

  KPIX 5


  Steve Shlisky

  KTVU Channel 2 


  Alison Gibson

  Media Cool  


  Mark Pearson

  ARC Law Group 


  Kym McNicholas



  Patty Zubov, Platonic TV


 execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton


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January 2015
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EMMY� 2015
Win an Emmy� Statuette in 2015
Call for Entries for S.F./NorCal Emmy� Awards
44th Northern California Area Emmy Awards


     It's time to start looking for those airchecks and asking your colleagues if they want to add their names to your entry as the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gets ready for the 44th Northern California Area EmmyAwards, representing work performed during the 2014 calendar year.

     The 2015 EmmyAwards Gala is being held earlier this year -- on June 6, 2015 -- so that means that the entry deadline is earlier, too.  

     All entries must be submitted by midnight, Jan. 16, 2015. Entrants will have until Jan. 23 to ensure all video is properly uploaded.

     For the first time, we will be accepting entries from the U.S. Territory of Guam.

     There are also some significant category changes this year, so please be sure to read the Call for Entries carefully.

     We've added a few new categories, including Journalistic Enterprise, Technology and On-Camera Talent-Reporter - Transportation/Traffic.  

     However, the addition of those categories has resulted in rule changes for some of the existing categories.

     For instance, Investigative Reports can now be entered in the new Journalistic Enterprise category, but stories that are investigative in nature will no longer be allowed in the Feature Serious categories. General Assignment Reports are no longer limited to 24 hours, but stories that may be considered a feature or special report, will not be permitted to enter in that category.

     We have also split, combined and removed a few categories due to many or too few entries. 

     Also, please note a little known rule that catches many entrants by surprise.  Per national requirements, each entry (except Overall Excellence/News Excellence) is limited to 12 entrants.


Category Changes:

     Overall Excellence/News Excellence: The president/general manager and news director are the only eligible entrants. 

     General Assignment Reports: This is no longer limited to 24 hours.  Entries should not include feature stories or special reports.

     Continuing Coverage: This is now split into Within 24-hours and No Time Limit.

     Investigative Report: This is now divided into Single Story and Series.

     Feature News Reports: Features should not include stories that are investigative in nature.

     Documentary: This is now split into Cultural/Historical and Topical.

     Promotion-News Promo: Single Spot: now includes same day.

     Promotion-Campaign: This now includes news and programming.

     Musical Composition: This category has been eliminated. 


New Categories:

     Journalistic Enterprise: Two subcategories, Within 24-hours and No Time Limit     

     Technology: Feature/Segment, Program/Special               

     On-Camera Talent-Reporter - Transportation/Traffic



     All information is now controlled on your DASHBOARD. Log into your EmmyExpress membership account. Be sure to pay your 2015 membership dues before filling out an entry form. If you are not a paid member for 2015, you will be charged the non-member rates.     
     Contact the Chapter office if you have any problems accessing your account or have a question. Executive Director Darryl Compton can be reached at 
or at (650) 341-7786.
     Get those Emmy entries in!! Good luck in 2015!!


New Emmy
      When you log-in to renew your membership, you will find a new "one stop" DASHBOARD.  Just click the "Emmy Express" link at the top of the home page.  You can log-in using your member number and password, or your 
e-mail address and password.


The log-in takes you to your personal DASHBOARD where you can:

  • Renew your membership
  • Update your profile
  • Fill out an Emmy� entry
  • Resume an Entry that you started but did not finish          
  • Review your submissions
  • Upload your video
  • Pay an invoice
  • Review your payments
  • Review e-mail that Emmy� Express has sent you

Additional resources include:

  • Viewing the category list
  • Viewing the Call for Entries
  • Printing the Rules PDF
  • Printing the Category PDF


You can log back into your DASHBOARD any time and keep track of all your Emmy� entries.

Chapter Website Unveils New Look
New Branding, Features Make It More Than Just Cosmetic

By Keith Sanders

Chapter President


        Every now and then, there comes a time when a home needs a fresh coat of paint, and perhaps, even a remodeling of sorts.

        Our Internet home for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences -- -- is no different.

        It was time to give our home a new look. 

        That new, fresher look for our Chapter website was unveiled at the Dec. 13 Board of Governors meeting at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland. The revamped website has a more straightforward design. As an example, the Board of Governors' 

page clearly shows how the Chapter is organized with officers, trustees, governors and committee chairpersons.  

       But, the new look is only part of the story. Our site employs the WordPress content management system, which is now used by most chapters of NATAS nationwide, including the national organization. Switching over to this new look conveys a more uniform style with the national organization and the other chapters. Frontera Interactive provided the WordPress template, which has become our national brand. 

       Patty Zubov, the Chapter's marketing chairperson, oversaw the switch to the WordPress format.

      "What I like best about the new site is that department chairs and section heads can have a say in the design of their own pages, and can quickly update their pages themselves," Zubov says. In fact, the WordPress site can be revised by stakeholders almost as easily as editing a Word document. 

      The site includes all types of Chapter information, including:

      Membership: member perks and new member application;

      Awards: information about Emmy� entries, plus nominees and winners' displays;

      Circles: application to nominate professionals, or yourself, for over 25 years of service;

      Events: upcoming events and the NATAS Program Survey form; 

      Students: college scholarships, high school awards and student membership;

      About Us: Board of Governors' page, Chapter history and foundation information;

      Emmy Express: membership renewal, Emmy� entry submission and event RSVP.


      Beyond the new look and reorganization of the website, there are more changes and upgrades in store.

      "The site will offer a chance for visitors to get to know the Board of Governors, with their bios and web links, and the Chapter's regions, with blogs from each area," Zubov says. 

      It will be easier to "save the date" for upcoming events, and the much-anticipated Video Center will archive recorded event programs. The home page will feature relevant news articles. Our regions (San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno, Hawaii, Reno and the Smaller Markets) will each have their own page for the first time.

     Interested in seeing your Chapter's new Internet home? Please visit and let us know your thoughts. 


      Keith Sanders is president of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and serves on the faculty at San Jose State University. 


End of an Era for KRON 4
Ex-NBC Affiliate Moves Studios, Offices to KGO-TV ABC7
Story by Kent Beichley
Chapter Governor, San Francisco

Photographs by
Jeffrey Pierce
Special to Off Camera
       As the studio lights dimmed following KRON 4's final broadcast from its Van Ness Avenue facility Dec. 12 in San Francisco, a flurry of activity was beginning, across town, on the third floor of 900 Front Street, the home of the ABC Broadcast Center and KGO-TV ABC7. The roots had been planted several months earlier at KRON's new home, a building they will share with KGO-TV. 
      Led by KRON and Media General engineers familiar with the technical and logistical nightmare of building a new television studio under the pressure of time, equipment that had rested in its place for a decade was carefully wrapped, packed, and transported four miles to its new home along The Embarcadero. 
Last Newscast at 1001 Van Ness Avenue Studios
Catherine Heenan, Jacqueline Bennett, Pam Moore, Gary Radnich

      The weekend was spent unpacking, organizing, connecting, and praying that everything would survive the move without overly upsetting the delicate environments that the sensitive technical broadcast equipment had lived in for so long.

      The one robotic camera brought over more than a month earlier to set up the software and wiring with the remote controls in the control room three floors away was finally reunited with its brethren. But, having one working camera ready beforehand did not guarantee all remaining cameras in studio would join the new network wiring so easily. 

Saying Good Night for the Final Time
Former KRON 4 anchor 
Tom Sinkovitz 
reunites with anchors 
Pam Moore
Catherine Heenan 
Gary Radnich

The news interface service, the heart of any newscast that builds show rundowns, brings in video for packages and VOs and adds commands for automation, was safe and sound. Also mechanically and technically intact were the studio microphones and IFB lines -- communications lines necessary for the anchors to hear what was being broadcast and for the producers to talk to the anchors while they are on the air. 

      KRON's graphics, and separate ticker, were also only half-operational when KRON went to air during the early morning hours of Dec. 15. 

      Dec. 15 seemed to arrive too quickly for all equipment to be working and in unison. The TelePrompTer ran intermittently, causing the anchors to print and read scripts the old-fashioned way. That didn't stop the amazing crew and anchors from working with what they had and producing an excellently-solid first newscast in the new space. This elicited elated, though exhausted, applause from everyone in the control room, including management.

      During the second hour of KRON's regular six hours of morning news, the staff successfully aired its first remote live shot and interview with the anchors in the studio using Dejero backpack technology.


      Kent Beichley serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a television production engineer at KRON 4. 

     Jeffrey Pierce is a multimedia journalist at KRON 4. 


KRON Employees' Bittersweet Farewell
"Time to Say Goodbye" to Former Studios

By Sherae Honeycutt
Special to Off Camera

        I first arrived at 1001 Van Ness Avenue in June of 2013. It was the first day of my internship, and I remember being so excited walking up from the Civic Center BART Station. I walked up the hill with the busy Western Addition traffic. 

       When I arrived, I was met by Theia. She has been working at KRON 4's front desk for 13 years. Theia is always the first face you see when you enter the station. She always has a bright smile on her face. She greeted me kindly, like she always does, and I felt right at home.Now that we're in the new building on Front Street, I asked Theia what she would miss most about the Van Ness Avenue building. She told me she felt comfortable there. Her old space was an office surrounded by glass. To talk to her you'd have to speak through it. At 900 Front Street, Theia now sits at a brand new desk, minus the glass. She says she will miss the people who walked past the station on Van Ness. People would come to the speaker just to say hello to her or just to stop and wave.

       I remember sitting in the lobby; it was early on my first day and I wanted to make a good impression. I people-watched and waited. A new reporter was going through training, others were coming back from lunch, and still others were on their way out. 

       I also stared at one of KRON's Emmy statuettes. At the old building, it was placed on a platform in a case that you couldn't miss when you walked in. One person passed me a few times. He came in, out, then back in again, and stopped to say hello. I didn't know who he was at the time, but anyone who watches KRON knows Stanley RobertsHe asked me why I was waiting. When I told him I was a new intern, he was more than happy to welcome me to KRON and give me a tour.
      We went up to the newsroom and I found the assignment desk. From my first day at KRON, I felt I found a new home. I always felt welcome and everything was a learning experience. I came to KRON going into my junior year of college. It was the summer before I started at San Francisco State University. I immediately began to gain valuable experience, and by the fall, I was working as a production assistant. I was writing news and editing video. I remember sitting at the building on Van Ness and seeing something I wrote being read on-air by anchor Vicki Liviakis. For me, it was completely surreal.

      In the last year and a half, I have experienced many news stories in that building: The overturning of The Defense of Marriage Act, the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport, the 2013 BART Strike, "Batkid" saving San Francisco, and the Giants' most recent World Series win. However, the building has been around far longer than I have. KRON moved into 1001 Van Ness in 1967. Previously the station was in the basement of The Chronicle building at 5th and Mission streets. The station went on the air for the first time in 1949, and was owned and operated by the DeYoung Family. When KRON moved to Van Ness in the 1960s, it was to its own building, on property formerly occupied by a cathedral. 

     To give you an idea of how long KRON was on Van Ness, ponder this: In 1967, the first Super Bowl was played against the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, interracial couples could legally get married, and The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released. 

     For some of us the move was sad. Some were glad to leave. As for me? It's bittersweet. Our new home is beautiful. From my desk, I can look over my shoulder and see Coit Tower. If I go to our break room, I can see the lights on the Bay Bridge. We have new technology. Everything has a place here. Though, there is a part of me that misses going to Van Ness. There was so much history there. Even if the building was old and nothing seemed to work the way it should, it was my home.

     On the evening of our last newscast at Van Ness, I wasn't scheduled to work. I got home from school and sat down. Then, I felt compelled to go to the station. I thought our last newscast was going to be at 11 p.m. that night. When I got there at 7 p.m., I quickly realized we were going off the air in an hour. We drank champagne (I'm old enough), reminisced, saw old friends, and wrote on the walls. This picture is my contribution. I wrote it on the wall at the assignment desk. Where I sat during my first three months at 1001 Van Ness, our news director, Aaron Pero, gave a short speech. He said, "It's time for a new adventure." He's right.      

     While I will always miss our old building, it was time to say goodbye. Our industry is changing, and as a station, we have to move with it. I'm proud to know that years after I leave KRON, new interns will find their way into this new location just like I did at Van Ness, and they will find a home. At KRON, no matter what building we are in, the energy is the same. We are a family here. No matter where I go in my life, a little piece of me will be at 1001 Van Ness and now 900 Front. I've made incredible friends, mentors, and gained more experience than I could have imagined. Even if it's not Van Ness I still love my job as much as I did the first day I walked into the waiting room of The Bay Area's News Station. 


     Sherae Honeycutt is a production assistant at KRON 4 and a 2014 recipient of the Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship. 


Chris Bollini Leads Camera/Lighting Workshop Jan. 24 in San Francisco


By Cynthia Zeiden

National Program Chair, NATAS

     The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of San Francisco, or IBEW, are partnering to present a series of master classes in TV production and post-production that are free to NATAS and IBEW members. 

    The next master class is Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

    For non-members, the price is $25; it's $5 for students with a current ID in San Francisco. The classes will also be webcast live to NATAS and IBEW members, and at a later date, be archived on YouTube. 

      RSVPs are required. Please use the links below.  
      Registration begins at 10 a.m. with a networking reception. The class/webcast will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific. The online webcast audience will be able to ask questions of the instructor during question-and-answer periods, along with the in-person audience. The course will end at 1:30 p.m.  
      Here's what you get: in-depth tips and techniques from a Bay Area Television Master! Class begins with basic principles, but will quickly accelerate into advanced concepts.

Saturday, Jan. 24



Location: Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Instructor: Chris Bollini


     Chris Bollini, Emmy� Award-winning photographer, editor and producer, started his broadcast journey at a public access station in Marin County. After an internship, he was offered a freelance photographer position on a weekly news magazine show. From there, Bollini worked at KFTY Channel 50 in Santa Rosa, where he entered the fast-paced word of daily news. After two years, he changed pace and joined the creative services department to begin producing, shooting and editing local commercials and promotions. 

     After six years at KFTY, he was hired to work on a television program that merged the elements of news and production. The station was KPIX 5 and the show was an updated version of Evening Magazine, hosted by Mike Rowe and Malou Nubla. Eventually, the series morphed into Eye on the Bay with Liam Mayclem, Brian Hackney and Thuy Vu. It aired for eight years before it was cancelled. Currently, Bollini is very excited to be at KOFY-TV in San Francisco, working in the creative services and local programming departments. With shows like Creepy KOFY Movietime and Dance Party, Bollini says KOFY-TV is a fun and rewarding place to work.


Academy of Art University

79 New Montgomery Street (between Jesse and Mission Streets), San Francisco


Link to RSVP for Live Camera/Lighting Workshop 


Link to RSVP for Camera/Lighting Webcast


     Cynthia Zeiden is the activities and programs committee chairperson for the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 


"We've Come a Long Way, Babies!"
Baby News in Sacramento!
As Their Families Grow, KCRA Co-Anchors 
Mix Careers, Friendship with Motherhood

By Joyce Mitchell
Chapter Governor, Sacramento

       Sitting side-by-side on the KCRA 3 anchor desk delivering the news in Sacramento, Edie Lambert and Kellie DeMarco are stellar at what they do. Both women have long-standing careers as broadcast journalists, and earlier this year, in addition to delivering the news, both anchors also delivered babies.

       Nine months ago, Lambert and DeMarco each gave birth to little girls born two weeks apart. First, Lambert gave birth to Carlie. Then, DeMarco had baby Piper.

       During the holidays last month, the NBC station aired a station holiday promo featuring the news anchor team and introducing their babies to viewers. 

Ready for their Holiday Promo Close-Up
Edie Lambert, left, with daughter, Carlie, and Kellie DeMarco with her daughter, Piper

 "Viewers shared the pregnancy journey with Kellie and me so it's fun to share where we are now," Lambert says. 

       DeMarco says she feels that viewers relate. They understand. 

       "As a first time mom, it was wonderful when viewers reached out to me," DeMarco says. "It's as though I've joined a special club. Women, in particular, are being really kind and generous. We're all going through the same thing. We're all trying to be good wives, good girlfriends, and good workers at the same time. It sort of surprised me that so many people stepped forward to offer such encouraging advice."

      Hitting the airwaves back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, television, for years, was a male-dominated industry. But, things have changed, and are continuing to change. Women have pioneered the field. According to a 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association report, women are represented in more than 97 percent of major market newsrooms across the country. Statistics show women are making a mark as TV professionals while also having full, personal lives. That includes having children.

     "It's really empowering to hear the statistics," DeMarco says. "When you go to journalism school, you think about how you can move up in this industry as fast as you can. More than a decade later, I look around and see all the women on TV holding big anchor jobs and they are all women who've been pioneers in this business. I feel lucky that Edie and I are both part of that movement."                  As women have integrated newsrooms on camera and behind the scenes, along with the changing times comes the realization that women -- like their male counterparts -- can have it all: careers, marriage, and children, if they so choose. 

     Together, pregnant on set, Lambert and DeMarco were symbols of that.

     "I'm not sure I ever looked at it as a pioneering voyage," Lambert adds. "I do see it as unusual. But, there was a station in Florida that had us beat!"

     Lambert is referring to WFOR, the CBS station in Miami. Three on-air personalities for WFOR's morning newscast -- anchor Rhiannon Ally, meteorologist Lisette Gonzalez and reporter Natalia Zea -- all had baby bumps while behind the anchor desk.

Co-Anchors Co-Expecting
DeMarco and Lambert, on the KCRA set earlier this year

     On air, Lambert and DeMarco are smooth and have good chemistry. Personally, having babies at the same time went a long way toward enhancing that chemistry and their friendship. 

     "I really like it," DeMarco says. "Professionally, we work well together and our friendship has really gotten stronger. We understand what the other is going through as new moms. We know the juggling act well and that it's never easy. But we love our work and our children, so it's fun. We are there to support one another and you couldn't ask for anything more."

     Add to that, an outpouring of positive viewer input. 

     "We really had so much love and support from viewers while we were working pregnant," Lambert says. "It was so kind that they shared our joy. In fact, we heard from some viewers that they had nicknamed the 6:30 evening newscast "the mommy news", to see how much our bellies had grown."

     In addition to her nine-month-old, Lambert is also mom to her four-year-old daughter, Alise. "Pretty much every second of every day is accounted for," Lambert says. "When people ask me what I do for a hobby, I don't know how to answer that question. What makes me very happy is sleeping and showering."

     As for DeMarco, it's a juggling act as well. "I feel like I have a hundred different balls in the air at all times," she says. "I feel my first job is being with my baby, then from 3 p.m. to midnight, television news is my second job. If breaking news happens, one job crosses over into the other and I have to come in to the station early. At the end of the day, I am committed to my job and committed to taking care of my baby."

Baby News Update from the KCRA Newsroom
Lori Waldon, KCRA news director (center), joins Lambert and DeMarco with their babies in the newsroom during a break in last month's holiday promo taping.

Lambert and DeMarco credit the support of their husbands and news director Lori Waldon for making it all possible. "So wonderful, so supported by my boss Lori Waldon," Lambert says. "She has been really, truly wonderful." Waldon took over as news director at KCRA/KQCA in August of 2012, replacing Anzio Williams. Waldon worked in news management at KPIX in San Francisco and KOVR CBS 13 in Sacramento before coming to KCRA. 

     Waldon also represents the changing journalistic landscape of TV newsrooms. According to a 2013 RTNDA report, women in the top 25 TV markets hold 30 percent of news director jobs. Sacramento ranks as the 20th market in size.

     "I feel like I work at the best station ever," DeMarco says. "Management understands the value of family and that I have to cover the bases with my baby. That means being able to go home at night for dinner. Then, it's back to work. Edie and I take our jobs very seriously and we are involved with each newscast."

     Without even having the time to realize it, the team is breaking down old stereotypes embedded in the innate history of television. The once male-dominated industry is becoming truly representative of viewers served.

     Lambert and DeMarco share evening newscast duties on KCRA and KQCA -- a Sacramento duopoly. Both have returned to work after maternity leave and now deliver the news as beaming mothers. 

     "On maternity leave, my bosses checked in to make sure I was okay and to see if I needed anything," DeMarco says. "It's an amazing feeling, especially as a new mom, to have somebody there who has your back."                                                                                                                                               "A couple of things have made this very workable for me," Lambert says. "First, having a supportive boss and second being able to go home on dinner breaks. After the early news, I drive home as fast as I can, read two stories with my four-year-old, talk about her day and tuck her in, and then I nurse my baby and I put her down. And while I am doing that, my sweet husband warms up something for dinner. I take some kind of food with me as I head back to the station and eat at my desk. We work unusual hours and being able to put my girls to bed is so important, especially when they're so little."

     Back at work, both anchors pitch in and tackle writing duties for the late newscasts. "It's critical to be able to spend time at home during the workday," Lambert says. "But, when I get back to work each night, I dive in, write copy, and copy edit for the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Making it work requires you to pull your weight on both ends."  

     Lambert is married to Lloyd Levine, a former California Assemblyman who now owns Filament Strategies, a political consulting firm. 

     "Another thing, Kellie and I are both married to very supportive men," Lambert says. "They own their own businesses and have flexibility. That's really important given that our schedules can change dramatically with any breaking news event. Both of our husbands are hands-on dads."

     DeMarco is growing her family with husband, Evan DeMarco. There is no question that he is committed to being a dad. He is chief executive officer of Lifestyle Nutrition Labs and is a Sacramento entrepreneur who markets a new product called Mommy Water. It's a prenatal vitamin formula in a powder form designed to be added to water. "It's so much easier than taking pills!" DeMarco says. "While he's getting his business off the ground, he is so supportive of my career. During the holiday photo shoot, he brought-in our baby, dressed and ready to go. He's always helping out." 

    Anchoring the news is often perceived as a glamorous job. However, covering the news on a daily basis is far from that. It's hard, demanding work. "I have to laugh at that perception. If people only knew how it really is," Lambert says.

    Being a new mom working in TV news in this day and age is rewarding for Lambert and DeMarco. But it's far from easy. 

    "Some days, it's very difficult to say good-bye to my daughter when I head out the door to work," DeMarco says. "I really miss her. However, I am really proud of the work I do and I think one day, my little girl will be proud of me, too."

    "I would not trade it for anything," Lambert explains. "I feel so very blessed. I have the family and job I always dreamed of."

        Joyce Mitchell represents Sacramento on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A former KCRA and KXTV executive producer, she is president of 4 U Productions. 

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         By all appearances, it's difficult to believe that Joyce Mitchell began working in Sacramento television 40 years ago this year.

         That was 1975, the year Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme - a member of the infamous "Manson Family" of Charles Manson fame - attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford during a visit to Sacramento that September. And, Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. was serving his first term (and his first incarnation) as governor of California.


Joyce Mitchell, in her home office in Carmichael

    Among other things, that's what Sacramento television stations were covering on their newscasts back then. And Mitchell wanted to be a part of it all.

         And so, it's even more difficult to believe that before the Sacramento native became a news intern in 1975 at KCRA, Mitchell was already working as a political reporter for the state Capitol press corps.

          But, you'll have to believe it, because it's true. Her youthful looks scoff at any evidence that Sacramento's hometown gal has been in television news - or in journalism, for that matter - for four decades. And counting.

          Even though Mitchell no longer works daily in a television newsroom as a news producer, special projects producer or executive producer, she is hardly far removed from the business. She knows her stuff. And, she is more well-connected than her modesty would ever let you believe.

          The four-time Emmy Award-winning Mitchell, who, in 2010, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, remains very much involved in the business. In 2013, she was elected to serve as a Governor representing Sacramento on the Board of Governors of this Chapter. For the last 14 years - since 2001 - Mitchell has been serving as president of her own production company, 4U Productions. And, while she may own her business, she is very much involved with every project her production company takes on, from writing to producing to conducting interviews.

         And, from 1975 to 2000, Mitchell's name was synonymous in Sacramento with KCRA, and later, KOVR.

         She has been there.

Those Were The Days
Mitchell, in an early photo taken at her desk at KCRA

         Born in Sacramento to Louis and Helen Mitchell, she grew up on the east side of town, attending Sacramento High School before graduating from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government journalism. In high school, she wrote for the campus newspaper and knew that getting a hall pass meant more than just being excused from class to interview someone. It meant having unique access to administrators and people in positions of power. That was intriguing to the teen-aged Mitchell.

        Mitchell loved writing poetry, but she knew early that being a poet wasn't going to support her.

        "I always wanted to write poetry, but I knew I'd never make a living at it, so I found journalism," she says.

        By the mid-1970s, with her college education behind her belt, Mitchell decided that simply wasn't enough, returning to Sacramento State to study for her Master's degree in communication studies.

        It was during this time that she was a writer and a political reporter for Capitol News Service. She eventually became bureau chief.

        "This was during the heyday of (San Francisco mayor) George Moscone, and (then-state Assembly speaker) Willie Brown, and Jerry Brown," Mitchell says. One thing led to another, and in 1975, she found herself at KCRA as a news intern.

        "I started as an intern, then became assistant to the elections producer at the station. It was an election year (1976)," Mitchell says. "I put grad school on hold to go to work for KCRA."


Production company shoot
Mitchell, with photographer and director of photography, Ken Day

     After her elections assignment, Mitchell eventually went to work in the station's traffic and promotions department.

        "I learned how a TV station ran," she says. "When you work on the daily log, you really understand how things work from a business standpoint."

        Talk about effective networking. As an intern, Mitchell was getting connected. On her last day as a news intern, she spoke with then-KCRA general manager, Don Saracino. She told him it was her last day as an intern, and Saracino asked Mitchell what she wanted to do in her career.

        "I told him that I wanted to work in the KCRA newsroom," she explains. "So, Don called the newsroom and told a manager to hire me, and I was hired as a writer."

        Mitchell became a writer for the station's 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She then began producing the news on Saturdays.

        KCRA made history in the late 1970s when its news bosses promoted Mitchell to be a producer. Back in the day, TV news was a male-dominated industry in most markets around the country, and Sacramento was no different. Only one female had ever produced a television newscast in Sacramento up to that point. And, let's not forget that California's capitol city has been served by television since the early 1950s.

      Some 25 years later, Mitchell came along, becoming only the second woman in Sacramento television history to be a producer.       

     "After a year of producing on Saturday nights, I was given the 11 p.m. show. That was a big investment in me," Mitchell says of KCRA.

      Mitchell says KCRA's 11 p.m. newscast was, perhaps, "the highest-rated 11 p.m. newscast in the country", so the pressure was on her to keep the Sacramento Valley tuned in to KCRA.

      "I was always under pressure to keep doing better," she adds.

      Women had been making inroads in TV news by then, but mostly on camera as reporters and anchors.

      "But, I wanted to be a boss. Usually men are the bosses, and women are in front of the camera," Mitchell says. "I wanted to be a boss. I like to say that I wanted to be Stan Atkinson's boss."

       Wow, that's big time.

Par For The Course
Mitchell's producing skills allows her to be versatile on location shoots

       You remember Atkinson (Silver Circle, 1986). The longtime primary anchor at KCRA who made the station's "Where the News Comes First" a household phrase during his tenure there from the 1970s to the 1990s. Later finishing his illustrious career at cross-town rival KOVR in the 1990s (he also worked in the Bay Area, at KTVU, in the early 1970s), Atkinson is considered by many to be the dean of Sacramento television news.

      "I knew it was a male-dominated workforce, but I was determined to break in," Mitchell says. "I was determined to change the landscaping and change the culture. I wanted to make change. Being an anchor or a reporter wasn't appealing to me. That's why I felt that being a writer would allow me one day to be a producer."

      Within two years, she was producing the news at KCRA.

      And from then, and right through the 1980s, Mitchell was KCRA's prolific and ever-capable producer.

      But, you'll recall she put her grad school studies on hold to work at Sacramento's NBC station. While working full-time, Mitchell eventually returned to finish her grad work. Nine years after joining KCRA, she received her Master's degree in communication studies. The year was 1984.

      Always independent-minded, Mitchell took advantage of her good fortune at KCRA to buy a small house for herself. "I was always progressively thinking, and I always wanted to be a homeowner," she says. "I worked and I went to school. I was someone with goals, and I wanted to accomplish them. Not just for me, but as an example of an independent woman."


A fourth Emmy win for Mitchell

    Throughout the 1980s, Mitchell did it all at KCRA.

     "No job was beneath me," she says. "It was always about teamwork. KCRA is where I was taught that TV is a team sport. I need to be there to work with others, and I needed others to work with me. I did what I needed to do to get the product on the air.".

      But, as some producers in the business may attest, Mitchell admits that producing newscasts for a long time took its toll. It can take away a newsperson's "freshness", she says.

      In 1988, after 13 years at the station, Mitchell decided it was time for a change, and she left KCRA. To this day, the station holds a very special place in her heart.

     "KCRA was home. My friends today are many of the people I worked with at KCRA," Mitchell says.

     Once she left the station, Mitchell vowed never to be a fulltime news producer again.

      In the late 1980s, she had a baby, becoming a single mother to son, Jameson.

      She also began teaching television writing at Sacramento State.

      But, a year later, KOVR hired her to be a special projects producer. It was a very busy time, Mitchell says, between being a mother and working at KOVR.

      Mitchell remained at the CBS station for 10 years until 2000, when she decided it was time to leave TV news fulltime.

      For her, it was just time.

      But, not one to rest on laurels, Mitchell bounced back the following year, forming her own production company, 4U Productions, "TV rebels with a cause", as she puts it. Now in its 14th year, her company specializes in social cause television.

      Among her clients, Mitchell counts the state of California, the California Air Resources Board, and KVIE, the PBS station in Sacramento. Her clientele also includes non-profit organizations, such as Pathway to Prevention, whose focus is on drug addiction among children.

      "Everything I do today is cause-related," she says. "Even with the Air Resources Board. It's about asthma, and the quality of our air. I feel that it is important to do this kind of television. Television is a powerful tool, and I feel it's a responsible thing to give back to the community."

      There is no doubt that Mitchell loves what she does.

      "I love it, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it," she explains. "I have to love it to do it, but it's a lot of work. I have to write grants. I have to find the money to produce the programs that I produce. It's a lot of work. Sometimes, I will work on a project day and night. I rarely take lunch. But, I feel like I'm making a difference in the world.  And so, it's worth it to me."

      Last year, KQED in San Francisco called Mitchell to ask her to produce a live gubernatorial election debate between incumbent Jerry Brown and his challenger, Neil Kashkari. She assembled an entire crew of producers, camerapeople and engineers to pull off the live telecast. It was not an easy feat, but the former KCRA executive producer succeeded.

      The live telecast originated from KVIE in Sacramento, KQED's sister PBS station. 

Mitchell, joined by actress Mariel Hemingway, who served as host of A Choice to Heal -- Mental Health in California

      Last May, a television project near and dear to Mitchell's heart aired on four CBS stations in California. A Choice to Heal - Mental Health in California, was produced by Mitchell and hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway. Hemingway is a mental health advocate. Her famous grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, and her actress-sister, Margaux Hemingway, are among seven relatives who committed suicide. The documentary, which aired on CBS stations in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno and Los Angeles on May 31, focused on the prevention and early intervention of mental illness, an approach that is at the forefront of changing and improving the nation's mental health care system.

      The documentary aired during Mental Health Awareness Month.

      Mitchell knows that everyone has a story to tell.

      "Once you start meeting people, and if you see them sick, or dying, there's no turning back," she says. I'm just very involved with the cause. I care too much."

      It is an understatement to say that Mitchell is well-accomplished in her four decades in television. For someone who was encouraged by her grandfather to enter a Sacramento beauty pageant in her teens, it hasn't been a lackluster, ordinary career for Miss Perfect Type (newspaper jargon; it's the pageant title she won).

      Mitchell, who has an identical twin sister, Janice Mitchell, enjoys life in Carmichael with her husband, Dr. Eric Reininga, a psychologist, and their son, Jameson.

      When not working on a television project, Mitchell finds solace in painting and her love of art. She paints in oils, and is self-taught. She sells her paintings, and the proceeds are directed to her non-profit charitable organization, the Capitol City Aids Fund, which she co-created in 1997.

      To relax, she also enjoys cycling, long-distance cycling, working on her non-profit charity and playing Scrabble.

      That is Mitchell's world.

      When it comes to her life's work - telling stories for television - she says this.

      "Everyone has a story to tell. We just have to figure out the right way to tell it. The world is a really fascinating place."


       Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area-based producer for ABC News' Good Morning America. He also serves as editor of Off Camera and as vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2013 Silver Circle inductee. Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC

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Working on the Dark Side
Fresno Anchor/Reporter Leaves Biz After 20 Years

By Stephanie Stone
Chapter Governor, Fresno

     Reporters in newsrooms across the country generally have the same reaction to PR people. They work on the "dark side". They get holidays and weekends off. They never answer their phones. 

     Be it jealousy, or be it frustration, we've all dealt with that one communications "expert" who is anything but.


Zara Arboleda
From TV News to Hospital PR

      Zara Arboleda used to be one of us. After 20 years in the business, it's fair to say she's done it all. Assignment desk, one-man-band reporting, general assignment reporting, investigating, anchoring. She's worked all shifts and all hours. But then one day, Valley Children's Hospital called. It was her post-television dream job and she felt she had to jump at the opportunity. 

     She's now the hospital's public relations manager and feels she still can't get away from news, or television.

     First, as far as television is concerned, Arboleda remains a Governor, serving Fresno, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

     Then, there's news. 

     There have been a number of big stories: a controversial fight between the hospital and the Central Valley's largest group of physicians. Arboleda was right in the middle, on television again; this time speaking on behalf of the hospital.

     She says it's a slower pace, the deadlines are longer, but -- and we'll all gasp at this -- she can take vacation in February, May, or November. 

     The nerve.

     There are some similarities. She calls Valley Children's Hospital her "beat". She works to track

All's Well in Hospital PR
Zara Arboleda, at Valley Children's Hospital, with hospital mascot, Geo

down the stories that would be of interest to media, she coordinates interviews, and handles interviews herself.

     When asked what she misses the most, Arboleda says it's the people. And the ability to make split-second decisions. It takes a long time to get approval in the corporate world. I asked if she'll ever come back to our side of the world. Her straight answer? "Nope.  I was ready to move on from TV news. I love my job. I love that I feel like what I do has "meaning" again. When I pull up to the hospital, I feel happy. I needed that recharge. I have no intention of going back."

    When Arboleda watched election night coverage two months ago, she briefly missed her old job. But she quickly forgot about it in the excitement, joy and amazement of going to bed on time. And realizing that she'd have Thanksgiving AND Black Friday off. And Christmas, and New Year's, and Easter and Fourth of July.



    Stephanie Stone, a Governor representing Fresno on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is an anchor and reporter at KSEE in Fresno. 


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Eric Thomas moved to the Bay Area for a position as a reporter and anchor at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco. Originally from St. Louis, Thomas always thought he'd stay in San Francisco three or four years at most, and return to his hometown roots in the Midwest. He has now been with the station for more than 21 years, and he says he wouldn't have it any other way. You've either gotten to know him as a colleague, or as a friend, or, as a viewer. Maybe you've played tennis with him once in awhile and learned the hard way, like I have, of how wicked of a backhand he's got on his racket. The truth of the matter is this: the longtime co-anchor, with Kristen Sze, of the station's ABC7 Morning News is one of the most friendliest, smartest guys in the business. And, he's got a big heart. How do we know? Read on for more on this genuinely good guy.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the St. Louis area.  The city of St. Louis sits right on the Mississippi River, which is the border between Missouri and Illinois. So, I was born in St. Louis - because my mom preferred the hospitals there - but I actually grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois.  To pick a Bay Area city that reminds me of East St. Louis, I'd have to say East Palo Alto.  They're both poor towns bordered by wealthier communities. They both have high crime rates, but most people who live there are decent, hard-working people just trying to get ahead.

Do you have any siblings?

I have an older brother and sister.  My brother is 67, my sister is 64.  I'm the baby at 54.  It was almost like being an only child.  My brother joined the Navy and went off to see the world when I was four.  My sister was married and off raising her own family when I was twelve.  After that it was just me and mom.


When did you realize that you wanted to work in television news?

I sort of backed into TV news. In high school, I wanted to be a pilot.  So, my first major in college was aeronautical engineering.  But, I hated math and physics. And it's a little tough to be an engineer without them.  So, I bounced around looking for some direction, and in the meantime got a job at the college radio station.  It seemed like a good fit, so I changed majors to Mass Communication.

KGO-TV ABC7's Eric Thomas

Where was your first job in TV, and what was it like there?

After spending five years in radio news, it was time to look for a new challenge.  We were also about to start a family, and as much as I loved radio, my little family needed more income.  The CBS station was looking for people willing to work overnight doing 30-second cut-ins each hour to go along with its new branding as "Your 24-Hour News Station."  I took a job doing cut-ins from midnight to 6 a.m. It actually paid more than eight to 10 hours per day in radio. It was a top 20 market station, so the technology was up to date, and writing 30 seconds of copy per hour was pretty easy.  But, working overnight meant being alone in the newsroom with only the maintenance guys to keep you company. I didn't consider my shift to be over at 6 a.m. I always volunteered to go out and pick up soundbites.  And I hounded the management until they let me turn a package.  Six months later, they offered me a full-time contract.

Who has inspired you in your career?

I grew up watching some real TV news royalty. When I was young, Walter Cronkite was still broadcasting and I thought he was the epitome of the classy newsman -- cool, controlled, well-read and fearless. I felt the same way about the rest of "Murrow's Boys", like Eric Sevareid and Richard C. HotteletLocally in St. Louis, we had outstanding newspeople like Don Marsh, Betsy Bruce and my mentor, Julius Hunter. Jules was one of the first African-American news anchors in St. Louis, and he spent chunks of his busy schedule showing me the pitfalls and obstacles and advising me on preparation. Even my contemporaries, like former CBS correspondent Russ Mitchell,were really helpful.

Who has inspired you as a person?

I've been inspired by people who had to struggle to achieve their goals. For example, everybody knows Jackie Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball. Most people don't know that as a young Army officer during World War II, he was court-martialed for refusing to give up his seat on a bus to a white enlisted man. He was acquitted. Lt. Gen. Frank Peterson was the Marine Corps' first black pilot, but couldn't eat at restaurants in the South with his fellow pilots. I love it when people overcome being told that "you're too short, too weak, too inexperienced etc."

You've worked at KGO-TV ABC7 for a very long time. Did you ever think that you'd be with the station as long as you have?

I had no idea that I would be in the Bay Area for 21-plus years.  Initially I thought two, maybe four years at the most, and then we would head back to St. Louis. But, the Bay has been so welcoming, the people so welcoming and my job at KGO-TV so much fun that leaving didn't seem to be an option.

Do you like ice cream? What's your favorite flavor?

I don't eat much ice cream. But, when I do my tastes are pretty simple.  A tie between vanilla and chocolate.

How do you spend your weekends? 

Work during the week is kind of hectic, so weekends are for chillin'.  I'll sit down with a book -- probably non fiction, maybe a biography. For family time, we may take in a movie or go for a drive.  Sometimes we'll combine the two and go to one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters located not far from our home.

What charitable organizations are nearest to your heart?

I think the Wounded Warrior Project does a great job.  The Red Cross has helped millions over the decades.  There's a local organization that's near to my heart.  It's called "Support for Families of Children with Disabilities." As the father of an autistic child, I can tell you that outside help with education, guidance and other matters is incredibly important.

Perfect dinner?

Any Michael Mina restaurant that serves his to-die-for Lobster Pot Pie with the incredible table service and a crisp white wine.

Any guilty pleasures? Oh, wait, I think I know the answer to this already.

Okay, I'll admit it -- I'm a Trekker. I've been following Star Trek since the sixties, and I'm prepared to argue who's the better Captain - James T. Kirk, or Jean-Luc Picard.

Tell me about your tennis game today. You and I have been hitting the tennis courts together now for years. You've always had a wicked backhand. And then, one day, I think I returned an ace backhand shot straight down to the baseline, making you run for it like a sprinter. You haven't spoken to me since. I think it's time we get a rally going again, don't you, bud?  :)

I haven't played tennis in a year or two, and my game wasn't very strong back then. Maybe you will shame me into starting up again.

At KGO-TV ABC7, you've been a successful anchor and reporter. You've worked mornings, evenings and weekends. Does it take time to adjust to the different schedules?

It takes time to make the transition between day shift and night shift. Just because you have to establish a new bedtime and bedtime ritual when you go to sleep. But, I don't think you ever get used to overnnights or early mornings. You have to be wide awake during hours when you would normally be getting your deepest sleep. So getting enough sleep is paramount.

Do you have any professional Bay Area mentors?

I mentioned Julius Hunter and Russ Mitchell, but I would also consider Belva Davis to be a mentor.


How many Emmys have you won through the years?

None. Entered for a couple of years, then lost interest. I applaud people who enter every year.  It's just not for me.

Who is your favorite television journalist?

Locally, that would be Vic Lee.  He's got more sources and turns so many interesting stories. He's just the bomb. On network news, I love watching Cecilia Vega.  She's a great reporter, smart as a whip, and made the transition from newspaper reporter to network reporter and anchor faster than anyone I can think of.

Some say there is a big difference between the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and, let's just say, USA Today. What's your favorite read?

Gotta try to read them all, and absorb their different perspectives and different geographical emphasis. But, if I were stranded on a deserted island and only one paper was delivered by low flying drone aircraft, it would probably be the Times.


What's your favorite show on television these days?

I don't watch much TV anymore.  But, I will occasionally watch a Law and Order or Star Trek rerun.  I'm usually in bed when the prime-time shows come on.

How about movies? See any good ones lately that you'd recommend?

I'd have to say no. But, I really want to see Fury.

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

Off camera, I'm a big goof. I have a pretty juvenile sense of humor, and sometimes that comes across on the air. But, when the story is serious, I'm all business on the set.




In the February 2015 edition of Soundbites:


        In the February edition of Soundbites, we spotlight KNTV NBC Bay Area's Will Adams! As a newscast director, he is one of the main behind-the-scenes reasons why we see NBC Bay Area News on the air each weeknight. Find out more about this Bay Area native, including his penchant for running (you won't believe how many marathons he has raced in) in next month's Off Camera!


       Kevin Wing is a San Francisco Bay Area-based producer for ABC News' Good Morning America. He also serves as editor of Off Camera and as vice president, representing San Francisco, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2013 Silver Circle inductee. Tweet Kevin @KevinWingABC

The Health Reporter

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How to Bounce Back from a Binge

       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 10 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: 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, 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 fridge 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. For example, are you happy, sad, lonely, bored, and/or stressed? 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, to 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.


       Karen's 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 motivation.


       Karen Owoc, a former Governor of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She is the host/producer of "The Health Reporter Minute" and "The Health Reporter" television show.


The Yoga Corner


Om for the Holidays

        I hope you're reading this article surrounded by loved ones and full-on holiday cheer! Though in our business, it's equally likely you're working this holiday season. No matter where you are or who you're with, the holidays can be a time of great joy and great stress. They are perhaps the perfect opportunity to practice yoga without a mat, strap, blocks or bolsters. 
       I think most of us enter into this time of year with the best of intentions. We have a vision of what we'd like the season to feel like. That vision can extend beyond where we are, who we're with and what we're doing, to the way we'd like the people around us to behave. While we can't always control the situations we're in or the actions and words of those around us, we do always have a choice and that choice is how we choose to respond.
      Yoga teaches us the difference between reacting and responding to a stimulus. The easiest example to understand this small difference is perhaps the image of stubbing your toe. Stubbing your toe is the stimulus. The reaction might be to scream 'ow' or curse the wall. It's practically involuntary and that's what makes it a reaction rather than a response. Sometimes when we're triggered, especially by those closest to us, it's easy to react without much thought as well. It's more challenging (but not impossible) to insert a small space between the stimulus and your response. It's in that space that you can make a conscious choice about how to best respond. A reaction can be quite unconscious. A response involves conscious choice and thoughtfulness. It involves considering options and outcomes. 
     The amount of space could be a breath, several breaths, many minutes or even a month. The exact time frame is less important than the space itself. There's no magic answer here. Simply by choosing to thoughtfully contemplate your response and the potential outcome of that response, you've already raised the consciousness of the interaction. 
     But what about ____? (insert your favorite holiday trigger here)
     Sometimes the yoga of a relationship or interaction involves making a choice to elevate that relationship to a higher level of consciousness. So if the person or situation you find yourself in is not meeting you where you are (that person or situation is all reaction, little response), you might ask yourself, what can I do or say in this moment to raise the level of consciousness of this interaction? You might also decide to say nothing or walk away. Both can be valid choices as well. Again, the yoga is the space you create. It is that moment of reflection that ultimately leads to a conscious response instead of an unconscious reaction. The way you choose to respond remains your choice. You may find you still don't make the best choice, but at least you will have thought about it and that is a lot. Over time, you could even find there's less drama in your life and you're making better decisions. 
    Should you feel you've reached your boiling point (or any time you need a little respite this holiday season) try the following meditation. I like to do this one on my back in savasana (corpse pose) but in a pinch you could practice this anywhere (even with your eyes open).
    As always, take a moment to read the steps, give it a try and then come back to the article for a yoga debriefing.  

1) Lie flat on your back (either on a yoga mat or hard surface) 
2) Take up as much space with your arms and legs as you can (palms facing up, toes falling to the sides)
3) Gently draw your shoulder blades together so that your heart lightly presses towards the ceiling
4) Gently tuck your chin bringing it parallel to your torso so that there's no crunching in the neck and your neck is long and in line with the rest of your spine
5) Close your eyes
6) Start by noticing your breath without changing it 
7) Notice if there's any tightness in your body around the inhalation or exhalation
8) Begin your ujjayi breathing (inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your nose)
9) Follow your breath as it travels in and out of your body, seeing if you can inhale into every cell of your body and exhale from every cell of your body
10) Notice any thoughts that come into your mind 
11) See your thoughts in your mind's eye
12) One at a time, draw a cloud in your mind's eye around a thought or image
13) Imagine that cloud floating farther and farther away
14) Come back to your ujjayi breathing 
15) Any time a worry, thought or person comes into your mind, draw a cloud around that worry, thought or person and watch as it floats away 
16) Let go of any judgement if the same worry, thought or person continues to come back into your mind
17) Instead notice your thoughts without attachment 
18) Continue to come back to your breathing

      How did that feel yogis/yoginis? I felt my mind clear just typing these steps! It's amazing how much space we can create in our minds, our bodies and our lives by simply choosing to move consciously through the world. I wish you a beautiful holiday season and spectacular new year!

    Melanie Woodrow is an investigative reporter at KTVU Channel 2 and a certified yoga instructor and health coach. She is also on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Have a question or suggestion for a future column? Tweet Melanie @MelanieWoodrow

KTVU Newsman Gets to Toss His Alarm Clock
Longtime "Mornings On 2" Producer Moving to 7 p.m. News

By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco

         Bill Weeks won't be driving into work at KTVU Channel 2 in the wee hours of the morning anymore.
        That is, unless he wants to drive in on his own time during the early morning hours to say hello to the morning crew. 
        And, he can finally throw away his alarm clock.
        Weeks, an Emmy Award-winning news producer and writer for the station, has been with the station's venerable Mornings On 2 newscast for almost as long as the broadcast has been on the air. In fact, Weeks has the distinction, to date, of being the station's longest-tenured morning producer.
        He's not leaving the station, but will be working in the evenings from now on. Weeks will become the new producer of the station's KTVU Channel 2 News at 7 on KICU 36, the station's duopoly.
        While KTVU produces the 7 p.m. KICU broadcast from its Jack London Square studios, there is an irony in the veteran Weeks' promotion. Some say Weeks has come full circle. 
        In the mid- to late-1980s, Weeks was a news producer at KICU, when it was an independent station in San Jose -- at a time when it had its own news department and, of course, at a time when KICU and KTVU were not affiliated with one another.
        Although he will still see his morning colleagues in the newsroom, Weeks' last day with the staff and crew of Mornings On 2 and KTVU Channel 2 Morning News was Jan. 2, a day that has significance for KTVU. Mornings On 2 celebrated its 24th year on the air that day. The show debuted on Jan. 2, 1991, as the first two-hour morning newscast west of the Mississippi River to challenge the network morning shows on ABC, CBS and NBC. 
       Weeks joined the broadcast in late 1991. With the exception of a brief time when he left KTVU to become an executive producer at KNTV in San Jose (before NBC purchased that station in 2002), Weeks has been with KTVU's morning broadcast lineup from almost the beginning. 
       Kevin Wing is a vice president, representing San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also editor of Off Camera and a San Francisco producer for ABC News. 
On The Move


       Brian Heap joins KCRA in Sacramento as a weekend anchor and reporter. He was a morning anchor at KWCH in Wichita, Kansas.      

       Jack Highberger, multimedia journalist at KGPE-KSEE in Fresno, joins KMSP in Minneapolis as a reporter. 
       Amanda Gomez joins KION in Monterey as a primary anchor. She was a weekend anchor at KERO in Bakersfield.

       Heidi Waggoner, morning meteorologist at NBC affiliate KSEE in Fresno, has left the station to join KNWA, the NBC affiliate in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She began her new position Dec. 15.

       Gabriel Roxas, reporter at KXTV in Sacramento, joins KTVT in Dallas as a reporter. 

       Got a new gig or a promotion? On The Move and Off Camera would like 
to spread the word!  Please drop us a line at 
and let us know!  

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NATAS Promotes Winn to Senior VP, 
News and Documentary Emmys


        The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has promoted David Winn to Senior Vice President News and Documentary Emmy� Awards.  Winn has been serving as the Director of News & Documentary Awards since 2004.

       "We are pleased to acknowledge the high-level of leadership and vision that David Winn has brought to the organization," says Bob Mauro, NATAS President. "His knowledge, skill and management of the News & Documentary Emmy Awards has raised the bar of one of our most important competitions and fostered its growth and prominence throughout the television news industry."

       Winn has risen from Manager to Director and now Senior Vice President, of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a premier national broadcast journalism competition that recognizes excellence in television news and documentary filmmaking. Winn directs all aspects of the competition-from the writing of the rules through the processing and judging of over 1,600 entries each year, to the staging of an annual award ceremony attended by the national broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking community. 


Do You Remember?

Blast From The Past! 
Who Are These 
KRON Live at 5 Anchors? 


In the December issue of Off Camera,
we asked you to name these three... 
If you are a Peanuts fan,
 you know that they are producer 
Lee Mendelson 
(Silver Circle 1988), 
creator and artist 
Charles Schulz 
(Silver Circle 1997) 
and animator
Bill Melendez.

In Next Month's Off Camera

       With a new year upon us, we thought we would do our very best at Off Camera to bring you more features about our always interesting and colorful Chapter. All of us have stories to tell. And our Chapter, with its illustrious history, has quite a story to tell, too. 
       Be sure to join us for the February issue of your award-winning Off Camera when we introduce two new recurring features to our lineup of features. 
A Day in the Life
KTVU's Frank Somerville
       A Day in the Life will spotlight members of our Chapter, chronicling an actual day in the life of someone, from what that person does before they go to work, to what they do at work. It could be anyone, actually: a producer, or maybe, a reporter. Perhaps an anchor. How about a photographer? Or a news manager? The possibilities are endless. We all do something different in our business, and we feel it is these stories -- your stories -- that are worth telling, and sharing.
      In February, find out more about KTVU Channel 2's Frank Somerville. He has been with the Oakland Fox station for 23 years. He co-anchored Mornings On 2 for 16 years before switching gears (and sleep habits) in 2008, when he became co-anchor of The Ten o'clock News. One of the Bay Area's most popular and well-known television journalists, the always-humble Somerville will be the first to admit that his life isn't interesting enough to profile in A Day in the Life. On the contrary, he is one of the most interesting and down-to-earth guys in this business, and we think you will agree that there are many reasons why so many people watch him on the news every evening, and why thousands more follow him daily on Facebook and Twitter. 
      As we mentioned, our Chapter has an illustrious history. Television with us goes way back, and we're not kidding. After all, Philo T. Farnsworth invented and patented the
Back in the Day
A look back with former KRON anchor, Bob Jimenez
first operational, all-electronic television image in the 1920s from his San Francisco laboratory, the beginnings of that work which contributed to modern television as we have known it since the dawn of the last half of the 20th century. 
      And so it is that we at Off Camera are also launching Back in the Day, showcasing people and events important to the history of our Chapter. In February, we will get things started by profiling Bob Jimenez, who anchored the news at San Francisco's KRON from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, when the station's broadcasts were called NewsCenter 4 and Live At 5. Find out more about Jimenez, what he's doing today, and what life was like for him back in the day. 
      Also in February, we will tell you more about the 2015 Emmy Awards Gala, to be held at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco
Retiring from KCRA
46 years for Tom DuHain
on June 6! 
      Know anyone these days who has worked at the same television station for more than 45 years? 
      We can't think of many in this day and age, but we do know of KCRA's Tom DuHain
      He's getting ready to retire from KCRA. And, after decades of telling the stories of others in Sacramento and throughout northern California, we will share his story next month! He's been with the station since 1969. Beginning as a weatherman, a position he held for 10 years, he's been a reporter and anchor since.
     We'll be at his big retirement bash in Sacramento this month to talk with him and show you the big celebration!
     These stories and much more in the February edition of Off Camera!

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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