June 2014

Special Emmy� Awards Gala Edition





The 43rd Annual 
San Francisco/Northern California Area 
Emmy Awards 
On-Stage Show and Red Carpet Interviews
7 p.m., Saturday, June 14

LINK WILL BE POSTED AT www.emmysf.tv

Sponsored By

2014 Emmy� Awards
San Francisco/Northern California Chapter
National Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences 


EMMY� 2014
Emmy Awards Gala In San Francisco
Promising To Be One Of The Best Ever




       Congratulations, 2014 Emmy� nominees, on behalf of the 43rd Annual Northern California Emmy� Awards Gala Committee!!  

       This year's Gala, sponsored by Steve Padis Jewelry featuring the Forevermark Diamond, promises to be one of the best ever.

       Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a fabulous Emmy� Pre-Show Reception at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.  

       The reception will feature a Domaine Chandon Bubbly Bar, Cash Bar, and Complimentary Wine tasting courtesy of Lambert Bridge Winery.

       The Emmy� Awards presentation begins at 7 p.m. During the show, guests will enjoy a four-course meal served with a 2006 Lambert Bridge Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and a Cooper Garrod Chardonnay.

       This year's Emmy� presenters represent some of the best in the business, from all facets of our industry, including news, new media, sports and management. 

       Presenters this year are Wayne Freedman and Leyla Gulen, KGO-TV ABC7; Brian Hackney and Mike Sugerman, KPIX 5; Vicky Nguyen and Matt Goldberg, KNTV NBC Bay Area; Anny Hong, KRON 4; George Takata, KSEE 24; Kellie DeMarco and Lori Waldon, KCRA 3; Flavio Lacayo, KDTV Univision 14; David Feldman, Comcast SportsNet; Kym McNicholas, Kymerview; Colleen Taylor, Tech Crunch; Rob Stewart, KVIE 6; and Thuy Vu, KQED 9.

       Sara Sidner, formerly of KTVU and now with CNN, will present for Rita Williams, the retired, veteran KTVU reporter who will receive this year's Governors' Award. 

       Vincent Huergas and Talia Marisa Samelian, this year's Mr. & Ms. Emmy, are rising stars in the industry, and recent NATAS Scholarship recipients.


       After accepting their award on stage, recipients will be escorted to the Emmy� Red Carpet, where they will receive their engraved statuette, pose for an official Emmy� photo, and stop for a live interview with this year's Red Carpet Co-Hosts, Kevin Wing of ABC News/Good Morning America and Kim Stephens of KMPH.


       The Red Carpet interviews are part of a first of its kind NATAS Emmy� LIVE Dual Webcast featuring simultaneous onstage and red carpet programs. Each of the interviews and on-stage acceptance speeches will also be sub-clipped and available for sharing on social media courtesy of the NATAS Webcast Sponsor, Anvato

       The 2014 Emmy� presenters and red carpet hosts will be dripping in Forevermark Diamonds, courtesy of Steve Padis Jewelry. Padis is among a select group of elite jewelers chosen by De Beers to sell its exclusive Forevermark Diamonds.  Each diamond comes with a promise, that it is beautiful, rare, and responsibly sourced. 


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EMMY� 2014
Are You An Emmy Nominee?
Everything You Need To Know About The Ideal Acceptance Speech

       Congratulations 2014 Emmy� nominees!

       Before you start planning your acceptance speeches, we would like to remind you of the procedural changes introduced last year.

       DESIGNATED SPOKESPERSON: No matter how many people are named on your entry, only one pre-designated spokesperson will be allowed to speak onstage on behalf of your entry, should it win.  All of the nominees on the entry are invited to join the spokesperson on stage and receive their EMMY� statuette.  If you haven't already, please immediately email the name of your entry's spokesperson to Darryl@emmysf.tv.

       NO SPOKESPERSON: If no spokesperson was pre-designated by May 30th, no on-stage speech will be given.  If the pre-designated spokesperson does not attend the gala, no on-stage speech will be given.  If there is no spokesperson in a category, the presenters will announce the winning entry and move on to the next category.  The award recipients in that category will proceed directly to the reception area to collect their Emmy� statuette.

        ONE SPEECH PER NOMINEE: Each spokesperson will be invited to give only one on-stage speech regardless of the number of awards they receive.  You may submit your name to speak on behalf of as many entries as you are nominated, but after you give your first on-stage speech (regardless of the category) the microphone will be cut when you walk onstage to accept your remaining awards.

       Regardless of the number of nominees on those entries, no speech will be made if the designated spokesperson has already given an onstage speech.  However, all of the nominees are invited to accept their statuettes onstage. If you haven't already, please email the pronunciations for each name on your entry to Darryl@emmysf.tv.

       30-SECOND SPEECHES: A strict 30-second time limit for on-stage speeches will be adhered to this year, but not to worry...  

      BACKSTAGE SPEECHES: Thanks to our live red carpet webcast, everyone will have the opportunity to thank Mom, Dad, Susie the Intern, Fido and anyone else they didn't get to thank on stage.  Everyone nominated on a winning entry (including the spokesperson) will be invited to give a speech on the red carpet backstage.  As in the on-stage speeches, these red carpet speeches will be webcast live and archived for re-posting on social media, texting, tweeting, embedding, emailing and sharing with anyone and everyone in your life. 


EMMY� 2014
Emmy� Winners: Picture Yourself In 
SpeakingPhoto Gallery Feature
       Accepting an Emmy� Award is a once in a lifetime experience, be it your 1st or your 51st.  From the exhilaration of winning to the nerves when giving your speech, the moment is memorable but often fleeting.  
      This year, SpeakingPhoto, the app that lets you turn pictures into stories, will be capturing that moment like never before.

      Each recipient will be photographed immediately after walking backstage, and asked to describe their experience (in 30 seconds or less).  The moments will be instantly uploaded to the first-ever awards show SpeakingPhoto Gallery - hosted on the NATAS homepage www.emmysf.tv

      Your special moments will be available for re-posting on social media, texting, emailing, tweeting, embedding and otherwise sharing. SpeakingPhoto can be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play.




Beyond Pix Studios' "Project Reboot" Event
Is Trade Show, Open House, Party All In One

By Sara Brink
Beyond Pix Studios

       It's that time again! June 26 is San Francisco's production event of the year - Project Reboot, organized by Beyond Pix Studios.  Only here will you find an open-house, pub-like crawl, trade show, and house party all rolled into one glorious afternoon/evening.  It's so huge, it comes in two parts: a Production Crawl, followed by SOMA-Palooza. 

      The Production Crawl is your chance to peek behind the curtains at some of San Francisco's top production companies.  As you wind your way down through the open houses, you can see the workspace and systems of some of the city's best post-production companies, the studios of professional audio recorders and mixers, the best-equipped professional soundstages, and the top-of-the-line equipment available for rent.  There's so much to see, we couldn't fit it all in the crawl, so you'll have to come down to Beyond Pix's @Bayshore studio (fortuitously enough, SOMA-Palooza is happening there), where everything from drone cameras to high-end lighting to post-production software will be on display.

     And then, there's the party ...

     You come for the production crawl.  You stay for the barbeque.  And the prizes!  While you groove to DJ Timoteo Gigante, sipping on Kendall-Jackson's wine or drinking LaCroix, you even have the chance to win stuff.  What kind of stuff, you ask?  Well, if you're creative, saucy, and clever enough, you could win a brand new Apple iPad mini by submitting the best Vine to our Vine Video Challenge.  Or if you drop a business card in our fishbowl, you could win two Giants tickets.  Or if you collected raffle tickets on the way down from the production crawl, you could win a Nespresso Pixie Machine, a Peet's Gift Basket, a one-day studio rental, or a bunch of other fun swag. 

    So, to recap, you have the opportunity to see the best in Bay Area production, to win prizes, dance, eat, drink, and party your socks off, and to network with production professionals.  But not only that, any donations collected onsite will be donated to Movie Making Throughout the Bay, a local non-profit that brings together filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers to practice their craft.  So you can do some good for the production community, too!  So let's pull it together and get ready to Reboot our industry! 

Beyond Pix Studios @Bayshore 


College Scholarship Deadline Looming;
Update On Past Recipients, Their Futures


By Steve Shlisky

Chapter Education Chairperson


     The submission deadline for the Chapter's scholarships submissions is approaching. This year, seven awards, totaling $16,000, are up for grabs by talented area college students.

     And, two of last year's recipients are looking at transitioning from college to broadcast careers.

      Since receiving the $2,000 Shelly Fay Videography Scholarship last year, Vincent Huergas has seen an immense improvement in his work. 

      "The work that I currently produce is on another level and numerous opportunities have opened as a result," Huergas says. 

      The award has opened doors for Huergas, giving him confidence to seek work on professional productions.

      "Academically, the prestige from this award has earned me the respect from other students and faculty within my program at San Francisco State," he adds. Huergas aspires to become an established director or director of photography in the production and film industry.

      Talia Samelian just received her undergraduate degree in May. Since winning the $3,000 Steve Davis Memorial Scholarship, she was chosen as the departmental honoree for San Francisco's State University's Broadcast and Communication Arts and was the undergraduate speaker at its department graduation ceremony. 

      This month, Samelian begins her cross-country journey to hand-deliver her resume reel to news directors in various markets. 

      "I am so incredibly passionate about becoming a news reporter and I look forward to the day I receive my first job offer," Samelian says. 

      Keep Samelian and Huergas in your sights if you're attending the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards Gala in San Francisco June 14. In their roles as "Ms. Emmy" and "Mr. Emmy" at the event, both will be onstage handing out Emmy statuettes to recipients.

      Some recipients are well on their way to establishing a name for themselves.

      In 2011, Rebecca Friedman received the "Miss Nancy" Besst Graduate Scholarship. Since then, she has graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Friedman's $2,000 award allowed her to focus on her master's thesis film Past Their Prime, a short documentary film about geriatric zoo animal care, as seen through the story of Colo, the oldest living gorilla in captivity, on the primate's 55th birthday. This film has won many national honors, including the 2013 NATAS Student Emmy Award. 

     Friedman's professional career appears to be taking off. Since graduating, she began working full-time at Pixar as a production assistant, and is now a contract production coordinator at Disney Interactive/LucasFilm in San Francisco.

     Just after receiving the $3,000 Steve Davis Scholarship, Mario Ayala was honored with an award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California for the best Student Project for his reports about the San Bruno pipeline fire. It is a project he shot and edited. 

     "Both the Steve Davis Scholarship and the Society of Professional Journalists are great stimulus to be better and set higher goals," Ayala says. "I hope one day I will be a professional TV producer and have the opportunity to help others and give back to the community."

     Paul Meyers will receive his master's degree from Stanford University this month. His feature thesis is about insects and the way people relate to them in the Western world. Meyers says he narrates the film and shares his own personal experiences.

     "While encountering various subjects who have different relationships with insects, including a bio-engineering student, an exterminator, and an entomophagy (insect-eating!) advocate," Meyers says.

     The $3,000 Jerry Jensen Graduate Scholarship went to underwrite the archival costs as well as the animation budget, both of which were essential to the project. 


Here is a list of this year's awards:


$2,000 awards:

The Peter J. Marino Jr. Award, recognizing production;

The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Award, recognizing videography;

The Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship;

The Kenneth Sloat Langly Award, recognizing writing;

The "Miss Nancy" Besst Award, recognizing a graduate production student.


$3,000 awards:

The Steve Davis Memorial Award, for an outstanding graduate student;

The Jerry Jensen Memorial Award, for the outstanding graduate student.


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

     All entrants must submit a sample of their work, their transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their professor or dean. All entries are screened by a panel of judges culled from the NATAS Education Committee. The Committee meets to decide the recipient in each category. The Committee can award or not award a scholarship for each category. More details and an application can be found here: http://emmysf.tv/scholarships.html


Corporation For Public Broadcasting VP 
Joins Management Team At KQED


     The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's vice president for station grants and system development has joined the management team at KQED in San Francisco.

      Kevin Martin joined KQED in May. At the same time, KQED bumped up Michael Isip, vice president, television to senior vice president and chief content officer. 

     The appointments were effective May 5. 

New Management Team At KQED
From left to right, Kevin Martin, John Boland and Michael Isip

     "KQED is in a period of dramatic change and growth as we transform the organization to meet the rapidly changing needs of the people of the Bay Area, both in terms of new media technology and increased regional coverage, says John Boland, KQED president. "I believe we've established the right structure with two senior executives leading the implementation of our 21st-century strategy, and I have great confidence that we've selected the right leaders in Kevin Martin and Michael Isip."

     "KQED is one of the few public media providers in the nation moving aggressively toward a digital future," Martin says. "I'm excited to join a team of world-class professionals to help the organization reach its goals and maintain its exemplary status as a public media leader."

     "I am excited to take on this new position to help re-imagine the way KQED produces, distributes and curates content to better meet the needs of our audience in today's fast-changing media climate," Isip says. "I look forward to building and leading a new public media model, where multi-platform units innovate across television, radio and digital."


NATAS S.F./NorCal Chapter Takes Home 
Three Honors At Peninsula Press Club Awards
Overall Excellence, Newsletter and Press Kit Kudos For Board Of Governors
         The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences took home three awards at the 2013-14 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards.
         Recipients of the annual journalism competition were presented with their honors at an awards dinner in Foster City May 31.
         For the third consecutive year, Off Camera garnered first-place honors in the Public Relations, Newsletter category. The publication has received first- and second-place honors from the organization since 2010. Recipients are Kevin Wing, Patty Zubov, Keith Sanders, Karen Owoc and Darryl Compton.
        Also receiving first-place honors in the Public Relations, Press Kit category are Julie Watts, Craig Franklin, Patty Zubov, Linda Giannecchini, Keith Sanders and Darryl Compton
        The Chapter earned a second-place award for Public Relations, Overall Excellence. Recipients are Keith SandersPatty Zubov, Kevin Wing, Sultan Mirza and Darryl Compton
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles   

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      He was always dressed in black, from head to toe. Sometimes, he wore a black cowboy hat. He might have been short in stature, but he was a big man in the Bay Area television news industry. His presence was always known at any story or news conference he covered. He had a gruff, told-it-like-it-was personality that commanded attention. And he did, in more ways than one.

     That was Willie Kee, a cameraman for KTVU Channel 2 for nearly a quarter of a century. He was known for his clothes, his Fu Manchu goatee, and his in-your-face demeanor. But, he was also known for being a caring, sensitive man who was an outstanding photographer. He was as much admired as he was feared, but in a good way. He commanded respect. Reporters and photographers from other stations got out of his way when he arrived at news conferences. It was part of his shtick to say something mean to his competitors, but it was just shtick. He never meant any harm. He was a good guy. The guy had serious personality.

      And, Kee would take things into his own hands, even if it meant breaking the law now and then. In the late 1980s, when I was an intern at KTVU, I went out one night on a story with Kee and reporter Rita Williams. We were in San Francisco. I can't remember the story, but what I do remember is Kee driving the three of us to an evening news conference in an old Cadillac of a news car that looked like something out of television's The Streets of San Francisco, the 1970s Karl Malden/Michael Douglas crime drama. We were going to be late. Kee decided to take a shortcut and drive the wrong way down a one-way street. When cars approached us traveling in the correct direction, Kee merely drove onto the sidewalk to keep us from getting hit head-on. It was quite an adventure for a 24-year-old intern sitting in the back seat. Not to worry. No pedestrians were anywhere in sight when we were driving momentarily on the sidewalk. As far as I can remember, at least. Oh, we made it to the news conference on time, too. 

      Kee, who died in October 2001 at the age of 64 after a brief hospitalization, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1995, a year after retiring from a career that earned him 12 Emmys for his work.

    Kee, who had lived in Fremont, had worked at KTVU from 1970 until his retirement in 1994. The award-winning photojournalist covered the biggest stories of his era, including the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the Oakland Hills firestorm in 1991, the UC Berkeley campus riots, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, nine national political conventions, and interviews with seven U.S presidents.

    Those 12 Emmys weren't just for Kee's camerawork. He was multi-talented: two were for producing and one for writing. The remaining nine were for his keen, sharp eye for photography. He was proudest of his Emmy for a feature about the traveling Vietnam Veterans wall exhibition, which he taped, wrote and narrated. Kee was, himself, a proud Marine.

    Kee was a native of Oakland's Chinatown and a graduate of Oakland Technical High School, where he first discovered his love of photography, capturing campus life for the school newspaper and yearbook. After honing his skills as a Marine Corps photographer and writer, he returned to civilian life as a longtime still photographer for the Norton Pearl Photo Agency in San Mateo, which provided news photos for Peninsula newspapers. As a photographer in the 1960's for the old Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos, Kee befriended many of the legends of show business, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Carol Channing and San Jose's Smothers Brothers. Kee later served as a technical consultant on a Smothers Brothers film and as an extra in the cast of several feature films shot in the Bay Area.


Willie Kee
In the 1970s, with KTVU colleagues. From left: photographers Craig Scheiner and Don McCuaig, and reporter Betty Ann Bruno

Kee never forgot his Chinatown roots. As a pioneer Asian American in media, he advocated fair, sensitive, accurate news coverage of Asian Pacific Americans. At KTVU, he shot and produced an investigative series, which later was turned into a half-hour documentary, on the realities that Chinese Americans faced as low-wage laborers in garment sweatshops and restaurants. The documentary challenged society's inaccurate stereotypes of Chinatown as a gilded and secret society; it helped put human faces to the harsh realities Chinese Americans faced day to day.

    In 1988, Kee and Rosy Chu, who retired as KTVU's community affairs director in 2013, urged the station to broadcast live coverage of the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade. Kee co-hosted the first two years of the parade telecast with then-KTVU anchor Elaine Corral. The parade has been a fixture on KTVU ever since

    Kee was also a member of Bay Area Broadcast Legends. The Asian American Journalists Association recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Oakland Public Schools honored him in 1984 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his work and commitment to students. He mentored dozens of aspiring photographers at Oakland High School's Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program. 

    And, throughout his career, Kee was an inspiration and role model to hundreds of fellow Asian American journalists.

    Willie Kee was one of a kind. 

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Tom Sinkovitz has been a prominent presence on television in the Bay Area for nearly 25 years. You know him as a good friend and an awesome colleague -- someone who defines excellence in broadcast journalism. Bay Area viewers have known him as a trusted, solid news anchor on the principal newscasts of two stations in the nation's sixth-largest market. His presence has certainly been felt in those two Bay Area newsrooms where he held court -- from 1990 to the mid-2000s at San Francisco's KRON 4, and for several years following at KNTV NBC Bay Area in San Jose. Through the years, if you were among those who worked with him, he made us better journalists: our reporting got better, our writing improved, our newscasts took a couple of steps closer to perfection. Now, find out more about him, where he grew up, that he has a twin brother who is also a news anchor, how he got his start in the business, and more. 

Where did you grow up?
I've always wrestled with that question. I got bigger in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 
area where I was born and raised, but I'm not sure I've ever grown up. My wife, PaulaHAS grown up, so I figure that's enough for one family. 

Do you have siblings? 
I have a twin brother, Jim, who is in the broadcasting business. I also have an older brother and sister, both living in central Pennsylvania. I'm fortunate. We have remained very close over the years. In fact, my sister, Barbara, doesn't like to fly. So, she's visiting with me right now, having rode Amtrak to San Francisco for three unpredictable days. 
When did you first realize that you wanted to be in television news? 
It was actually the other way around. I was sort of in the business before I realized what was happening around me. I joined the Marines just months out of Wesley College. That was in the spring of 1968. As I graduated from Boot Camp at Paris Island, South Carolina, the Marines assigned me a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of "Broadcast Specialist." WHAT? A series of fortunate events ended with me in the newsroom of the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), the newsroom featured in the Robin Williams' movie, Good Morning Vietnam. They were a very committed group of journalists who thankfully saw me as a blank canvas. They introduced me
With wife, Paula
to the
 skills and standards that guided my career. It was then that I realized I wanted to be in news -- but not necessarily television news. Dan Rather once asked the question, "if not for television, would you be a newsperson?" I could honestly say yes to that question. I wanted a credential more than anything. Still, by the time I returned to my hometown, it was clear to me that I could make a living in the television business and through persistence, opportunities came my way.  
Who has inspired you in your career?
Obviously, the people at AFVN. They were so very serious about facts and fairness. 
CBS News was as its pinnacle at the time as well and what a model that newsroom was for professionalism. I loved studying their consistency and their craftsmanship. As a young civilian journalist years later, I was fortunate to be in the company of some of those legendary CBS reporters. For all of the discussions we had about journalism, two stories that had little to do with with reporting stand out. One was a conversation with Richard C. Hottelet, CBS's United Nations correspondent. We were discussing the Ayatollah Khomeini. Hottelet, always the master of alliteration, looked at me and said, "Who knows what bees are buzzing in that poor bastard's bonnet?" On another occasion, during my Harrisburg station's coverage of Three Mile Island, I was talking with CBS correspondent Gary Shepard about the network. I asked him if he'd had to deal with the element of being star struck in New York. Gary told me that after ten years at CBS, he was using the middle urinal in the lavatory just outside the New York newsroom. Moments later, he realized that he was surrounded by Walter Cronkite and Harry
Principal anchor at KNTV  
Reasoner, who were in the midst of an editorial discussion while
 doing other business. Gary said he sprinted back to his desk to call his father and tell him what just happened. But I digress. I have had a series of mentors at just the right times over the years. There was the 
legendary Al Schottlekotte in Cincinnati, and another reporter there named Jon Estherwho showed me that there is a story in just about everything and everyone when a storyteller is involved. A couple reporters in Atlanta fit that mold, including Jon Shirek, who had the ability to encapsulate a story in a word or two. The night after Hurricane Hugo ripped through Charleston's Battery Park, the epicenter of southern Aristocracy, Jon proclaimed in a live report that Hugo had "insulted" Charleston. I must say, too, that the peer pressure at KRON could be downright scary at times, but they were standards that everyone in the building was expected to meet. It was an extraordinary place to work during its heyday and that legacy was an inspiration. 
Who inspired you as a person?
I know this is a popular response, but my parents would be my answer. My mother was a deeply religious woman who refused to see any bravery in her decision to leave her home in Charlotte, North Carolina at 17 years of age with her father literally in pursuit of her. She jumped on a train and got off -- alone -- in New York City to begin the career she wanted in the clothing industry. Ultimately, she became the general manager of several major retail stores and spent her life in that capacity. I can't imagine what life must
At KRON, early 2000s
have been like for a young, attractive woman before there were any equal pay
 statutes or sexual harassment laws. But she rejected any arguments I made about her being one of the pioneer feminists in our society. She will always be that in my mind. My father was simply a man who put his family above all else. He was a steel worker who had to follow whatever jobs there were and he put up with so much to provide for his family. I remember that he would finish a shift in Wilmington, Delaware, climb into his car and drive two and a half hours to see the last two innings of whatever baseball game my twin and I were playing in, then give us a hug and words of encouragement and drive back to Delaware for the next day's work. How do you measure that? 
What was it like working on the Three Mile Island story?
It was a story that took a long time to sort out on a personal level. We were working on a major story to be sure, one that might have ended with us having to abandon our hometown for the better part of a lifetime. I remember meeting with my mother and my sister and asking them to leave so that I could concentrate on the story should there be a massive evacuation order. (They wouldn't do it.) The difficulty in covering the story was that we all knew so little about what was going on inside the plant. An entire day after the near meltdown began, the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania held a news conference to say that state emergency preparedness officials were getting conflicting and erroneous information from Three Mile Island's owner, Metropolitan Edison. There was shock and near-panic throughout central Pennsylvania until a man named Harold Denton from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arrived to manage the flow of information. He read the room correctly and held news conferences several times every day to give us status reports. I still correct people who spit out the nuclear industry's position that Three Mile Island was proof of how safe nuclear power is. Anyone who was there knows how close we came to a disaster.
Tell me more about your twin brother. It's not every day that twins are news anchors. 
Jim works at WGAL TV in Lancaster, which has always been the power house station in central Pennsylvania. He got into the business because he looked at me and thought, "if he can do it, I certainly can." And he's been doing it for over forty years now. We worked together for some of those years in Harrisburg. In fact, for a few weeks before I moved to Cincinnati in the late 70's, we co-anchored together at WHP-TV. Jim is a meat-and-potatoes kind of reporter. Nothing flashy. He just knows what's under every rock in his community and he's got a strong relationship with the WGAL audience. 
Okay, we've covered some heady topics here, like Three Mile Island. Time for something a little light. Like we like to ask everyone, what's your favorite ice cream flavor?
I like ice cream way too much. I'm still a night owl from all the years of doing the late newscasts. Sometimes, my wife buys a half gallon of it and tries to hide it in the freezer. If I find it, I can put away the whole thing while I watch sports summaries until long after everyone else has gone to bed. Chocolate, please.


Stay tuned!
Join us in July when we give the Q&A to Diane Dwyer, the longtime anchor and reporter from KNTV NBC Bay Area who's also known for her previous work at KTVU Channel 2.

Spencer Christian Visits His Old Stomping Grounds
KGO-TV ABC7 Chief Meteorologist Fills In On "Good Morning America"

Spencer Christian
On the set of "Good Morning America", on June 5. Christian filled in for Ginger Zee that morning and also on the morning of June 6. He was the show's weatherman from 1986 to 1999.

Photo Courtesy: Spencer Christian

       For many years before becoming chief meteorologist at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco, Spencer Christian was America's favorite weatherman on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, sitting alongside the likes of David Hartman (the program's original host), Joan Lunden, Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, among many others. Beginning in 1986, Christian was the program's weather anchor until he became KGO-TV ABC7's chief meteorologist in 1999.
      On June 5 and 6, Christian was in New York, filling in for Good Morning America's Ginger Zee, as she prepared to tie the knot.
      Without a doubt, millions of GMA viewers remember Christian from his 13 years on the show. For two mornings this month, the country got to see the talent we see in Christian weeknights in the San Francisco Bay Area.
      Congratulations, Spencer!

Veteran Reporter Leaves KTVU, Rejoins KNTV
Robert Handa Returning To Station Where His Career Began

 By Kevin Wing
 Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
        Robert Handa is proof that, sometimes, you can go back home.
       The veteran Bay Area television news reporter, who has worked for KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland
Robert Handa
Rejoins KNTV June 23
for the last 16 years, is making a move -- heading south about 40 miles along  
Interstate 880.
       He is going to back to work for KNTV Bay Area in San Jose. 
       Actually, it is a reunion for Handa and KNTV. He began his career there in the late 1970s, when the station was an ABC affiliate. It became a NBC-owned station in 2002.
       Handa, a Bay Area native, was still a student at San Jose State University when he started working at KNTV in 1977. For the next 10 years, Handa became one of KNTV's most diligent reporters.
       In 1987, he left KNTV to join KQED Channel 9 in San Francisco, where he remained until 1990. That year, he was hired as a reporter by KPIX 5 in San Francisco, staying on at the CBS station for most of the 1990s.
       Handa made a change in 1998, switching stations once again and relocating from one side of San Francisco Bay to the other, to join KTVU.
       During the next 16 years, Handa became a prominent presence on the Fox 
affiliate's The Ten o'clock News
       Handa's first day at KNTV NBC Bay Area is June 23. 
Anchor Changes At Two Honolulu Stations
Shakes Up Morning Television On Islands

By Pamela Young
Chapter Governor

      Morning news in Honolulu will have a new look with several changes to the morning news anchor line-up at two stations.
      One news anchor is leaving the business.
      And, two colleagues at the same station have gotten married. 
Olena Heu 
Departing KHON June 27
      KHON morning news anchor Olena Heu is leaving the station -- and the
Rex Von Arnswaldt  
and Cam Tran 
KITV duo ties the knot
the business -- at the end of June to start her own communications company, specializing in
social media consulting. A former Miss Hawaii, Heu has sat on the morning set for the last five years.
      Unrelated to Heu's departure, KHON has hired Texas native Brent Remadna, formerly of KOTA in Rapid City, South Dakota. Remadna will be a video journalist.
      KITV meterologist Cam Tran will be taking a short break from the morning news to honeymoon with KITV videographer Rex Von Arnswaldt. The two recently married on Waikiki Beach and will be traveling to Houston for family gatherings. 
      Congratulations to Cam and Rex!



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

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno

Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii

Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Kim Stephens, KMPH FOX 26, Secretary

Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President


national trustees:

Linda Giannecchini, KQED

(National Awards Co-Chair)


Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media

(National Program Chair)


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



Zara Arboleda, KGPE CBS 47

Kent Beichley, KRON 4

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Pablo Icub, KUVS Univision 19

George Lang, The Big Picture

Da Lin, KPIX 5

Jen Mistrot, KPIX 5

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Ross Perich, Trainer Communications

Greg Rando, KTVU Channel 2

Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Stephanie Stone, KFSN ABC 30

Karen Sutton, Beyond Pix Studios

Justine Waldman, KRON 4

David Waxman, KRCB 22

Pamela Young, KITV 4

Alice Yu, KVIE 6


committee chairs:

John Catchings, Catchings & Associates (Museum)

Craig Franklin (Awards)

Kym McNicholas, Kymerview (Membership)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

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New Arrivals, New Opportunities Around The Chapter


      Mark Kelly, reporter at KPIX in San Francisco, adds Saturday morning news anchoring duties.  


      Jim Parker, former director of digital operations at KPIX in San Francisco, has joined WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., as its new executive producer of digital media. He started his new job in May.


      Shelby Latino joins KFSN in Fresno as weekday morning meteorologist. Previously, she was weekend meteorologist at WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi.


      Chelsea Bowers, producer at KHSL/KNVN in Chico, joins KOVR in Sacramento as a morning news producer.


      Matt Vaughan, reporter at KHSL/KNVN in Chico, joins KOLO in Reno as a morning news reporter.  


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Do You Remember?

Recognize this lovely lady from 1973? That year, she was Miss Emmy!
If you'd like to take a guess, drop us a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and we'll include your name in the July issue of Off Camera!

Last Month...
In the May issue of 
Off Camera
we asked you
to identify 
these two gentlemen and the TV station.
That's James Gabbert (left), host of the popular and long-running "Dance Party" on KOFY TV20 in San Francisco, joined by none other than America's Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark! For more than three decades, Clark hosted the venerable "American Bandstand" on ABC! For those who may not remember, Gabbert was not only the face of TV20 in the 1980s and 1990s, he was also the owner of the station!

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