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Keith Sanders, San Jos� State University, President
Kevin Wing, ABC-TV/"Good Morning America," VP San Francisco
Christian Anguiano, KUVS 19, VP Sacramento
Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno
Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii
Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno
Mike Garza, KXTV 10, VP Smaller Markets
Kym McNicholas, PandoDaily, Secretary
Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer
Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President
Alison Gibson, Media Cool
John Odell, CCSF, Emeritus
Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities)
Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Alternate) (Museum)
Brent Ayres, Comcast SportsNet
John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. (Museum)
Janice Edwards, Edwards Unlimited
Karen Todd Griffin, KRNV 4
Scott Humber, Hawaii News Now
Mistie Lackey, KOVR CBS 13
Valerie Landes, KRCB 22
Da Lin, KPIX CBS 5
Ronald Louie, KTVU Channel 2
Sidney Milburn, KITV 4
Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter
Jim Parker, KPIX CBS 5
Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area
Gary Schultz, KGO ABC 7
Matt Skryja, AAA
Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21
Kim Stephens, KMPH Fox 26
Karen Sutton, Stanford Video
Julie Watts, KPIX CBS 5
Ken Wayne, KTVU Channel 2
Justin Willis, KSEE 24
Pamela Young, KITV 4
Patty Zubov, Platonic TV
Craig Franklin, (Awards)
Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)
Sultan Mirza, KPIX CBS 5 (Marketing)
Steve Shlisky, KTVU Channel 2 (Education)
James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)
Darryl R. Compton, NATAS
Dear (Your Name)
Your April 2013 Off Camera Newsletter
Thank you for continuing to be a member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Your membership, and your involvement, in our Chapter is very important to us. Of course, we hope it's important to you, too.
As you know, one of your benefits as a member of this Chapter is to receive our award-winning publication, Off Camera. We hope you look forward to each monthly issue of the newsletter as much as we look forward to providing you with timely and valuable information. We also hope that our features are interesting and entertaining.
While we always strive to create a publication that is better than the last, we are always looking for interesting story ideas as well, and welcome your correspondence with us.
These next couple of months will be a very busy time for Off Camera, as we roll out the red carpet for our regional Emmy� Awards.
On May 1, the Chapter will announce the nominees for the 42nd Annual 2012-13 Northern California Area Emmy� Awards. Shortly after, the May issue of Off Camera will be published, and will include a listing of all nominees for each category.
Of course, on the evening of June 1, we will present our Emmy� Awards Gala, to be held this year at the Grand Hyatt, on Union Square in San Francisco. The June issue of Off Camera will offer full Emmy� coverage, with stories, photographs and a complete list of this year's Emmy� winners.
Whether you are in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Fresno, Hawaii or northern or central Califonia, we are proud to represent you in the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Thank you for being an important part of us.
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Spring Brings Changes
This Month To Off Camera
New Editor Begins, New Monthly Column Launches
Spring means new beginnings, change and new ideas at Off Camera, designed with the intention of creating a reading experience that, we hope, will be even more informative and interesting to you.
We are pleased to introduce a new editor,
who begins duties with this issue, as well as a new monthly column that launches this month.
Kevin Wing takes off with editor duties of Off Camera where his predecessor, Keith Sanders, leaves off. Sanders isn't going anywhere, of course. As president of our Chapter, that role keeps him fairly busy, as he is involved in every aspect of this Chapter's operation. Sanders served as editor for three years.
"Keith is leaving behind big shoes that will be tough to fill," Wing says. "He did a wonderful job these last three years, bringing new ideas and freshening up Off Camera and adding new and interesting content that was, and continues to be, a reflection of our ever-changing and continually-evolving business. He is the reason Off Camera has become so well-known and widely-received in recent years."
Wing, our Chapter's regional vice president representing San Francisco, had been serving as associate editor for the last year.
"Off Camera is in good hands with Kevin as editor," Sanders says. "He's a veteran Gold and Silver Circle profile writer, and is one of the main reasons Off Camera has become an award-winning newsletter."
"I am humbled and grateful to be able to serve in this role for our Academy," Wing says. "It's truly an honor, and I promise to do the very best job I can."
In addition to continuing to author the monthly Gold and Silver Circle profiles he has been writing for the newsletter since the summer of 2007, Wing begins penning a new monthly column with this issue of Off Camera. Soundbites features on-air and behind-the-scenes professionals working within our Chapter, spotlighted in a fun, lighthearted Q&A-style story. The inaugural column for Soundbites showcases Marla Tellez, anchor/reporter for KNTV/NBC Bay Area, in San Jose. From her penchant for running to her love of M&Ms (peanut, not plain, thank you very much), you can read all about her below.
If you know of someone you would like to see featured in Soundbites --
perhaps even yourself (don't be shy) -- please let us know. Whether you're in the Bay Area, Honolulu, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eureka or somewhere in between, write us. Or, if you have a story suggestion for Off Camera,
or a general question for our new editor, please drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also reach him on Facebook, and on Twitter, @KevinWingABC.
Don Sanchez Is Man Of The Hour
At Emmy� Awards Gala In S.F. June 1
Retired KGO-TV ABC7 Reporter To Receive
Chapter's Prestigious 2013 Governors Award
By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
Don Sanchez, who retired in December after a 40-year career at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco, is being honored with the prestigious 2013 Governors
Award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
| Don Sanchez|
Sanchez will receive the award at the Emmy� Awards Gala at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco June 1.
The station's arts and entertainment reporter for many years, Sanchez also worked as a reporter, news anchor and sports anchor during his four decades at ABC7.
The Governors Award will be among four special awards to be handed out at this year's Emmy� festivities. The Chapter will also be presenting a Board of Governors Citation and the Governors Service Medallion.
The distinguished Governors Award is the highest honor a Chapter can bestow. Sanchez is being recognized for his many professional achievements during a 50-year television career that began at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo in 1963.
Sanchez says he wanted to be a broadcaster "as soon as he could walk."
"My folks told me I used to stand outside using a spoon as a microphone," he says. "In my early days, I'd go over to my grandma's and listen to radio, fascinated by talk shows, variety, comedy, news. I was a junior in high school when I got my first radio show in my hometown of Santa Maria."
Sanchez remained at KSBY-TV for nine years before moving to KGO-TV in 1973. He remained at the ABC station for the rest of his career.
"That's right, I've only worked at two TV stations in 49 years in television, 40 years of it at ABC7," Sanchez says.
At KGO-TV, Sanchez has practically done it all as a reporter and anchor. Beginning his long tenure there as a news reporter, Sanchez was eventually tapped to be sports anchor for the station during its News Scene years through the 1970s. Later, he anchored the station's 5 p.m. newscast. He also anchored on weekends and on weekday mornings, prior to becoming the station's arts and entertainment reporter. At one point, in the late 1980s, he co-hosted Good Morning Bay Area, the successor to KGO-TV's long-running AM San Francisco.
During his long career, Sanchez received three Emmy� Awards, one for a harrowing whitewater adventure in the Sierra Nevada; the second was for a multi-part series on the Special Olympics. A third Emmy� was awarded to Sanchez to recognize his Good Morning Bay Area hosting talents.
In 2000, Sanchez was inducted into the Chapter's distinguished Silver Circle for his contributions to the Bay Area television industry during a 25-plus-year career.
Longtime ABC7 Reporter Wayne Freedman Tapped For 2013 Board of Governors Citation
Recipient of Record 51 Emmys� Gets Latest Honor at June Emmy Awards Gala
By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
Wayne Freedman, a longtime Bay Area television reporter who has spent the last 22 years at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco as a much-celebrated feature reporter and general assignment reporter, will be recognized June 1 by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2013 Emmy Awards
Gala at the Grand Hyatt on the city's Union Square.
Freedman will be honored with a Board of Governors Citation.
Through the years, Freedman has perhaps become best-known for his record 51 Emmy� Award wins.
Originally from Los Angeles, Freedman arrived in the Bay Area in 1981 when he was hired at KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco. Prior to joining KRON, Freedman worked in Louisville and Dallas.
In 1989, after eight years at KRON, Freedman left the Bay Area for a national assignment: producing and reporting feature stories for CBS News. In 1991, he returned to San Francisco to work for KGO-TV.
In addition to his Emmy� wins, Freedman also received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012, for writing.
He was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 2002, recognizing his significant contributions to the Chapter in a career spanning more than 25 years.
Freedman is the author of It Takes More Than Good Looks To Succeed At Television News Reporting. The book is now in its second edition, and is required reading for major college journalism programs in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Franklin, Shlisky, Wing To Be Honored
By Chapter At June Emmy� Awards Gala
With 2013 Governors Service Medallions
Trio Offers Time And Talent To Chapter, Bay Area Television Industry
When the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes excellence at its Emmy� Awards Gala at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco June 1, it will also recognize three Emmy� Award-winning Bay Area television veterans for their talent and contributions to the Chapter.
The Chapter will bestow Governors Service Medallions to Craig Franklin, retired producer/photographer at KPIX CBS5 and KRON4 in San Francisco; Steve Shlisky, longtime producer/writer/editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland; and Kevin Wing, former assignment editor/reporter/producer at KTVU, KGO-TV in San Francisco and KNTV/NBC Bay Area in San Jose, who is currently a Bay Area-based producer for ABC-TV's Good Morning America.
Franklin, the longtime producer/photographer who recently retired as senior producer for news special projects at KPIX, began at KRON in 1977 as a broadcast engineer and news photographer. In 1983, the station promoted him to special projects producer/photographer.
In 2004, Franklin left KRON for KPIX, where he became executive producer for 30 Minutes Bay Area, a pilot version of CBS's long-running 60 Minutes. The KPIX program ran until 2006.
During his long career, Franklin has won 19 Emmy� Awards for producing, camerawork, video editing and writing. He has also received three George Foster Peabody Awards and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
In 2008, Franklin was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle for his contributions to the television industry during a 25-plus-year career.
A longtime member of this Chapter's Board of Governors, Franklin is the dedicated chairperson of the awards committee, a commitment that not only encompasses this Chapter, but other NATAS chapters across the country. The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter is regularly called upon to assist in judging Emmy entries from other chapters.
Shlisky, who has worked in the Bay Area television industry for more than 32 years, has
worked as a producer/writer/editor at KTVU for more than 25 years. Prior to joining KTVU, he worked at KICU in San Jose, as well as at KNTV.
For the last two years, Shlisky has served as the education chairperson on the Board of Governors, which is instrumental in offering journalism and broadcast scholarships to college students. Shlisky annually oversees the judging and awarding of $16,000 in college scholarships in seven categories.
In addition, Shlisky also serves as a judge for high school news and video entries and participates in media literacy and the Chapter's speakers bureau. He also serves on the Emmy� Awards Gala committee, and contributes regularly to Off Camera.
Shlisky is also co-chairperson and instructor in the media communications department at Laney College in Oakland, and an instructor at San Francisco State University.
The recipient of 12 Emmy� Awards, which includes four national Emmy� nominations, Shlisky has also received six Radio Television News Directors Awards, the Associated Press's Mark Twain Award, 12 Telly Awards and seven Joey Awards, for video production. He has also received the Benjamin P. Draper Award for recognition of writing about the media industry, along with a best feature story honor from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Wing, who celebrates the start of his 27th year in Bay Area television news on June 1 -- the evening of the Emmy� Awards Gala -- has been Bay Area/Northern California producer for ABC-TV's Good Morning America since 2006. He is also hosting and producing a new travel series. Additionally, he is a communications lead for VTA BART Silicon Valley, which is building the long-awaited BART extension from Fremont to San Jose and the South Bay.
The recipient of two Emmy� Awards -- the first in 1996 for best breaking news at KTVU, and the second in 2000, also for KTVU, for best daytime newscast for Mornings On 2 -- Wing has worked as a news reporter, feature reporter, assignment editor, news producer, news writer, field producer, special projects producer, assignment manager, news anchor and executive producer. In addition to his 11-year association with KTVU, Wing has also worked at KGO-TV, KRON, and most recently, KNTV/NBC Bay Area. Early in his career, he briefly left the Bay Area to work as an assignment editor and news anchor in San Diego and Eureka, respectively, before returning to the Bay Area to join the original staff of Mornings On 2 at KTVU upon its debut in early 1991.
Very involved with Chapter activities and events, Wing joined the Board of Governors in 2010 as secretary. Last year, he became regional vice president for San Francisco on the board. Since 2007, he has written more than 60 Gold and Silver Circle inductee profiles for Off Camera, with more planned. After serving a year as associate editor of the monthly Chapter newsletter, Wing became its editor this month. In addition to his editing and writing duties for Off Camera, he launches Soundbites this month, a new monthly Q&A-style column, featuring mini-profiles of television professionals, on-camera and behind the scenes, within our Chapter.
Before becoming involved with the Chapter, Wing was chapter co-president and vice president of broadcast for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
In addition to his two Emmy� wins, Wing has also received accolades from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press Television Radio Association, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the Telly Awards, the Joey Awards and the Communicator Awards.
With Emmy� Gala, Producers Trying
Something New With Unique Silent Auction Items
Donations Needed To Benefit Chapter's 501c3 Scholarship Fund; Sponsors Lining Up
The 42nd Annual 2012-2013 Northern California Area Emmy� Awards is less than two months away, and sponsors are beginning to line up for the big June 1 bash in San Francisco.
But, more sponsors are still needed, and more donations as well.
This year, the Emmy� Gala Committee is trying something new in the form of a silent auction.
The silent auction will benefit the 501c3 scholarship fund of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Julie Watts, Emmy� Gala Committee chairperson, says the silent auction is going to be a fun addition to this year's Emmy Awards, which are being held at the Grand Hyatt on San Francisco's Union Square. All silent auction items are tax-deductible.
Committee member Patty Zubov, who is keeping track of the silent auction items being sent in to the Chapter, says donations include: a gift basket from famed chef Martin Yan, which will include an autographed copy of his latest cookbook, a kitchen knife and apron; tickets to San Francisco's Beach Blanket Babylon; a Ghirardelli Chocolate gift basket with chocolate favors; and a gift certificate from Le Colonial French/Vietnamese Restaurant in San Francisco.
More donations are needed to benefit the scholarship fund.
This year's Emmys� is being enhanced by a series of sponsorships, all of which will be offering unique perks to attendees.
The Emmy� Gala's marquee sponsor is Tagged, a Bay Area social media company. The company's sponsorship is enabling the Chapter to provide a first-of-its-kind interactive webcast for friends and family to watch the evening's presentation from home.
In addition to a live stream of the show itself, each onstage speech will be archived to enable recipients and their families and friends to re-post acceptance speeches via social media or personal websites.
Snappy TV is co-sponsoring the backstage webcast, in conjunction with Tagged.
This will be a simulcast, to which friends and family can view the backstage speeches and reactions. These video clips will also be archived and available for re-posting to social media sites and personal websites.
Watts Winery, of Lodi, is providing all of the wine for the Emmy� Gala. The winery will also be offering a wine tasting during the Emmy� Gala reception and during the first half of the show.
Nespresso, another Emmy� Gala sponsor, will provide espresso drinks in the reception area during the second half of the show and immediately following the event.
Like champagne? The event's champagne sponsor is Domaine Chandon. In addition to the traditional cash bars, the reception will include a "bubbly bar" this year that will remain open during the entire event, allowing recipients to celebrate their win with a glass of sparkling wine (for a small donation to the Chapter's 501c3 scholarship fund).
More details on the June 1 Emmy� Gala will be featured in the May issue of Off Camera.
2013 Gold and Silver Circle Nominations
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Lee Rosenthal Named Next News Director
At Bay Area's KTVU Channel 2
Becomes Only The Fourth ND In Last 35 Years At Oakland Fox Affiliate
By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
Lee Rosenthal has been tapped as the next news director of Oakland's KTVU Channel 2.
Tom Raponi, vice president and general manager of KTVU, made the announcement April 1.
Rosenthal is currently news director at Fox affiliate WXIN-TV in Indianapolis, a position he has held since 2009.
Previously, Rosenthal was an executive producer at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He also served as a producer at WFTS in Tampa, Florida, and a producer, anchor and reporter for stations in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Binghamton, New York.
When Rosenthal arrived at WXIN-TV four years ago, the station produced 28 hours of local news each week. Today, it produces 60 hours of local news weekly. Since Rosenthal's arrival, WXIN-TV has become a morning news ratings powerhouse in the Indianapolis market, being No. 1 with adults in the 25-54 age group.
The station's 10 p.m. newscast is also No. 1 with adult viewers 25-54. WXIN-TV's 4-7 p.m. news block -- only on the air a few years -- is rapidly growing and, as such, has become very successful.
Rosenthal replaces Ed Chapuis, who was KTVU's news director for 10 years. Chapuis left KTVU in January to pursue new career opportunities. Prior to his arrival at KTVU in 2003, Chapuis was a news director at KCRA in Sacramento. He was also a news director in Las Vegas.
Rosenthal is only the fourth news director for KTVU in an almost unheard-of span of 35 years. Besides Chapuis, he is preceded by Andrew Finlayson, who was at the helm from 1999 to 2003, and by the legendary Fred Zehnder, who was news director from 1978 until his retirement in 1999.
Rosenthal and his wife, Joanna, say they are looking forward to making the Bay Area their home. They are the proud parents of a newborn daughter, born in February.
Silver Circle Profile: Vic Lee
It could be said that the turbulent 1960s in the San Francisco Bay Area, a father's influence on his son and a prized internship at a famous American newspaper helped shape the destiny of Vic Lee.
"I had a rather undistinguished collegiate career at San Jose State, until I became student body president," says Lee, the longtime, distinguished Bay Area television reporter who is a cornerstone of the news team at San Francisco's KGO-TV ABC7. "It was really crazy during those days. Fun, but crazy. I was always a moderate, which is why I probably became student body president."
The year was 1968. Lee's father, Lee Chia, who was a foreign correspondent, often took his son with him during assignments.
"My Dad was always working," Lee says. "He had a lot of energy. He was always walking fast. He was always on the phone, or working in the bureau, and always hammering out something on the typewriter. That really had a big effect on me.
Though Lee says his college years at San Jose State University were "undistinguished", that all changed when he found his calling. He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a journalist.
Today, Lee has been at it in the Bay Area for more than four decades. From 1973 to 2005, his TV home was the Van Ness Avenue studios of KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco. He is now in his eighth year at KGO-TV, and it's been 14 years since he was inducted, in 1999, into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his professional contributions and achievements to the Bay Area television market and the Chapter.
Lee was born in Shanghai, China, in 1946. His father's job as a foreign correspondent for the Central News Agency of China moved the family to Japan three years later to cover the post-World War II occupation there. Eventually, Lee's father was assigned to cover the Korean War.
"When my Mom and I were rushed to the airport, we were one of the last to leave Shanghai," Lee says. "We moved to India, and then Japan. I grew up in Japan. I went to the American School there, which is where I learned to speak English."
In 1964, Lee graduated from the American School. He became a foreign student on a visa, and moved to the United States. He settled in the Bay Area, and attended San Jose State.
At the time, Lee's father was a very popular analyst for Japanese television.
"He was more than just a wire man, he was the Tokyo bureau chief of the wire service," Lee says. "He became dean of the foreign press corps there. He wrote numerous books. I learned a lot from him."
For a year beginning in 1966, Lee obtained a coveted internship with the esteemed New York Times.
"My Dad was friends with Abe Rosenthal, who would eventually become managing editor of the New York Times," Lee says. The connection helped Lee get his foot in the door.
He was a huge fan of The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at the New York Times, a book by author Gay Talese. The 1969 book was about the inner workings of the newspaper, where Talese worked for 12 years.
"Oh my God, I was in Heaven at the New York Times," Lee remembers. "I met all of those people who were written about in the book. At the time, they only picked 12 people for those internships, and I was one of them. I think that's when I wanted to pursue journalism as a career."
Lee knew he was lucky to have that internship.
"The guy who ran the internship program at the paper told me, 'With this on your resume, you're gonna get jobs'", Lee recalls.
After his experience in New York, Lee went to work for United Press International in 1969, first to the news bureau in Portland, Oregon, then to Los Angeles. He worked for UPI for a year and a half.
"LA was headquarters for the West Coast for UPI," Lee says. "I covered (President Richard M.) Nixon. He had the western White House in San Clemente. That's where I met the legendary Helen Thomas (the famous, longtime UPI reporter). I covered the Charles Manson trial (Manson and his "family" were accused and later found guilty for the murder of actress Sharon Tate in 1969).
But, Lee says his biggest break came when he wrote a story about a lion named Frazier.
Known as "Frazier the Sensual Lion", the big cat lived at Lion Country Safari in southern Orange County, in then-rural Laguna Hills. At the time, Lion Country Safari was among a chain of popular drive-through animal parks around the country.
"I was the overnight editor at UPI," Lee explains, "and I wrote this story about Frazier, a 90-year-old lion who had a way with the lionesses at the park."
Not that the imposing lion looked like a sex symbol; in fact, Frazier was far from it. He hobbled about on weak legs, his once-lustrous coat was scruffy and scraggly and his tongue sagged from a toothless mouth.
But, somehow, Frazier was quite the ladies' man with the park's lionesses. The park had been having trouble finding a suitable mate for its dozen lionesses. It had previously brought in five strong male lions, but each failed miserably. No match. Desperate, the park purchased Frazier from a bankrupt Mexican zoo. Once at home in the park, Frazier, who was about 90 years old in human years, began making a play for the lionesses.
By the next morning, Frazier had the situation in hand. In fact, he went on to sire 35 lion cubs. Not bad for an old, toothless lion.
"I sent my story to New York, and 2,000 newspapers carried it on their front pages," Lee says. "It was quite something. Definitely was my big break."
In 1970, Lee married his longtime girlfriend, Suzy, a flight attendant for TWA at the time.
Lee and his wife eventually returned to the Bay Area, after he had a conversation with Valerie Coleman, the longtime Bay Area news anchor and reporter. It was the early 1970s, and Coleman had just been hired by KRON for one its Sunday morning news program.
"Valerie urged me to send my resume to Roy Heatley, who was the news director at KRON at that time," he says. "He hired me, and I became a writer, then a writer-producer. They eventually needed someone on the assignment desk, so I ended up doing that, too."
That was 1973.
In the late 1970s, KRON's on-air staff went on strike for three months, and Lee became one of the station's temporary reporters. He eventually was promoted to managing editor around the time that the strike ended. He had also just secured a fellowship to go to Taiwan to study at the Mandarin Language Institute.
"I wanted to refresh my Chinese," he says. "I thought it was important."
With the blessing of then-news director Jean Harper and general manager Paul Wischmeyer, Lee took a sabbatical to accept the overseas fellowship with the idea that he could return to the station once he returned to the Bay Area.
But, when the fellowship ended, management had changed while he was gone. Mike Ferring, the new news director, didn't even know who Lee was.
But, Lee got back in, spending the next quarter of a century as one of KRON's most high-profile reporters.
Lee covered everything while at KRON, from San Francisco's Zodiac killings of the 1970s to the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, among so many countless, prominent stories.
In the early 1980s, a series of winter storms pounded the Bay Area.
In 1980, three powerful storms swept through the Bay Area, ravaging the North Bay area in particular.
"I was assigned to cover the storms' effects on Napa and the Napa River," Lee says. "Napa was the worst hit, and the river overflowed its banks. (Photographer) Rich Carlson and I shot everything. One night, we were preparing to do a live shot at 11 p.m., and we parked ourselves on this piece of flooded farmland. From there, we could see the rooftops of homes. It was a good place to do a live shot from. I was knee-deep in floodwaters, and Rich told me to step back a few feet."
What happened next changed Lee's life.
As Carlson asked, Lee stepped back a few feet and fell into the river. Little did both know that they were standing on the banks of the swollen river.
"I was struggling like crazy," Lee recalls. "Though the top of the river was very still, the undercurrent was pulling me away. It was dark. Suddenly, a pair of hands grabbed my coat and pulled me up to the banks in the dark. I was saved by three guys."
Soaked and out of breath, Lee went back to Carlson, and was okay to still do their scheduled live shot.
Afterwards, Lee told Carlson about the three men who pulled him out of the river. He remembers that the men were "totally dry... not a drop of rain on them."
Carlson told Lee they were all alone out there.
To this day, it is still a mystery to Lee as to what happened to the men who saved his life. He cannot explain it any differently than what he remembers.
Not only has Lee covered Bay Area stories, he became known for long-form stories that took him overseas.
"A once in a lifetime kind of assignment for a local reporter was when I went to the Sudan to cover refugee camp after refugee camp," Lee says. "That was an amazing journey, being in the middle of the Sahara Desert, watching all of these refugees pouring into these makeshift camps that grew by the thousands overnight. The hardships these people had to endure. What an assignment that was. We were the only foreign TV crew there. We were there a month."
In 2005, Lee decided it was time to leave his longtime home at KRON. The station had lost its NBC affiliation to KNTV, and Lee was wooed away by KGO-TV.
Throughout his career, Lee has been honored with numerous awards and accolades for his reporting. A five-time Emmy� Award recipient, Lee also received a Golden Eagle Award for best documentary (his Sudan reports were turned into a 30-minute documentary), and it was well-received at the New York Film Festival.
Lee has also been recognized for his work by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Associated Press Television Radio Association.
Lee has been married to his wife, Suzy, for 43 years. Residing in San Mateo, they have a daughter, Natalie, who is a federal prosecutor in San Francisco.
The Lees travel extensively and belong to a movie club, of which they enjoy going to the movies with several friends.
While his first love is his wife and family, Lee loves his work, too.
"I really enjoy this work," he says. "I enjoy the chase, getting the story on the air. Hopefully, once in awhile, I can make a difference, change someone's life. It's a profession where you can make a difference, when you do your job correctly. That's why I love what I do."
NATAS, Center For Investigative Reporting,
Bay Area TV Stations To Discuss Online/Mobile News
At Online News Forum April 13 At KGO-TV ABC7
By Cynthia E. Zeiden
National Program Chairperson
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is teaming up with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and several San Francisco Bay Area TV stations to discuss online/mobile news at the Online News Forum, being held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at KGO-TV ABC7.
The forum will also be webcast live, furnished by PandoDaily (http://pandodaily.com/), at 10:30 a.m. Pacific, 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
According to the Pew Research Center's 2012 News Media Consumption survey, 39 percent of respondents receive news online or from a mobile device "yesterday," (the day before they participated in the survey), up from 34 percent in 2010. When other online and digital news sources are included, the share of people who got news from one or more digital forms on an average day rises to 50 percent.
The first part of the event will feature presentations from our esteemed panel of experts, who will show examples of how different news organizations integrate their content into their online/mobile presence. The second part of the event is the forum itself, with an in-depth discussion of new technologies, like HTML5, potential ad revenues, online/mobile audiences and a question-and-answer session for live attendees and online viewers.
For the live event, admission is free for NATAS members/CIR guests, and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, please contact Darryl Compton, Executive Director, San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, NATAS, at (650) 341-7786 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to watch the webcast. It can be viewed at www.emmyonline.org/webcast.
Barbara Rodgers, Comcast (Event Moderator)
Barbara Rodgers is one of the hosts of Comcast Newsmakers, where she interviews
politicians, community leaders and representatives of Bay Area non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Comcast, Rodgers was one of the most recognizable news anchors on KPIX Channel 5 for nearly 30 years. She began working there in 1979, and quickly became a popular, award-winning anchor, reporter and show host. Before leaving KPIX in 2008, she was co-anchor of Eyewitness News at Noon and host of Bay Sunday, a weekly public affairs program. In 2009, Rodgers hosted her own radio show, Live from San Francisco, It's Barbara Rodgers, on KKGN in San Francisco. Rodgers has received numerous honors for her work and community service, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 from the Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association, and seven Emmy� Awards from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences; five Excellence in Journalism Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists; and awards for reporting from the Associated Press, United Press International, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jonathan Mitchell, Vice President of News, KNTV/NBC Bay Area
Jonathan Mitchell is the vice president of news for KNTV/NBC Bay Area, the NBC Universal-owned station serving the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market. Mitchell has nearly 20 years' broadcasting experience, having worked as news director in Spokane, Washington and Toledo, Ohio. He also served in management roles in Cincinnati, and Medford, Oregon. Since joining NBC Bay Area, Mitchell has made a serious investment in local news, building one of the largest investigative teams in the country. He is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and lives in San Jose with his wife and two children.
Janice S. Gin, Associate News Director, KTVU Channel 2
Janice S. Gin has been a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. For the past 13 years, she has been serving as associate news director at KTVU, however, this isn't her first stint there. In 1986, Gin joined KTVU as the weekend producer of The 10 o'clock News, then as senior producer of 2 at Noon. Gin started her career in 1980 at KTXL-TV Channel 40 in Sacramento.
Four years later, she moved to KGO-TV as a news producer. After her first stint at KTVU, she returned to KGO-TV as its executive producer. Her management career has also taken her to WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she was executive producer, to Atlanta, as executive producer of the 1996 Olympic Games for Gannett Broadcasting, and to KPNX in Phoenix, as managing editor and executive producer of special projects. Honored with Emmy�, Edward R. Murrow and George Foster Peabody Awards, Gin has also been recognized for her contribution to the broadcast journalism profession. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Radio and Television Digital News Association (formerly RTNDA), and is recent past president of NorCal RTNDA. Gin is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. In 2011, she was inducted into the Chapter's prestigious Silver Circle.
Brian Shields, Online News Manager, KRON4
Brian Shields is responsible for all KRON4 online efforts including production of online news, promotions, and sales content for KRON4.com, as well as supervision of the web operations department and leadership overseeing the development team for major rebuilding of the station's primary web sites. Previously, Shields has served as the morning executive producer at WESH-TV in Orlando, and morning executive producer at KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento. He was also the global news manager at Applied Materials Inc. in Santa Clara. He is a former Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Meghann Farnsworth, Senior Manager, Distribution and Online Engagement, Center for Investigative Reporting
Meghann Farnsworth manages distribution and online community building for the Center for Investigative Reporting. She works with editors, reporters and multimedia producers to
create comprehensive distribution strategies in print, radio, television and online media outlets, as well as blogs, online communities and social media. In addition, she works to develop and maintain media partnerships and collaboration. Previously, she was the associate editor of forums at PBS' NewsHour, where she covered the 2008 presidential election and inauguration. She also created interactive online forums that helped grow and engage the NewsHour's online audience. Most recently, Farnsworth was the senior digital media manager at Home Front Communications in Washington, D.C., where she worked in digital media management, interactive development and outreach for nonprofit and government clients. She earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007.
Jim Parker, Director of Operations, CBS Local Digital Media, KPIX
Jim Parker is director of digital operations for the CBS Broadcasting properties in San Francisco, which includes two television stations (KPIX & KBCW) as well as four radio stations (KCBS, among them). Prior to joining CBS seven years ago, Parker served in a management
role at Belo Interactive, the online division for A.H. Belo Corp's TV stations and newspapers. His career also includes stints as a news director and executive producer at television stations on both coasts and in the Midwest. Parker completed fellowships at Northwestern University (Digital Media Strategies), University of Southern California (Business of Online Journalism) and Loyola Law School (Journalism Law). He previously served on the faculty at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he taught multimedia communication. He was a past executive-in-residence at the University of Oregon's Journalism School, lecturing on the topic of online journalism. Parker also authored a treatise published in the Federal Communications Law Journal, examining the impact of media consolidation. He has served as an expert consultant to the American Board of Trial Advocates on the impact of modern media on jurors. Presently, Parker serves as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences.
Rachel Schwartz, Senior Online News Producer, KGO-TV ABC7
|Rachel Schwartz| Rachel Schwartz is an accomplished web producer with extensive experience in digital and social media platforms working for KGO-TV ABC7, the ABC owned-and-operated station in San Francisco. In her current position, she writes, produces and distributes content on social platforms. Prior to this position, Schwartz was a web producer at KGO-TV. She was also a staff writer at The Santa Clara, and also worked at the San Mateo Daily Journal.
Retirement Bash An Evening To Remember
For Longtime KTVU Reporter Rita Williams
Sendoff Party Doubles As Fundraiser For Friends Of Faith Organization
By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
It was an evening to remember for Rita Williams.
Nearly 400 friends and colleagues joined Williams' family at a retirement party in her honor, celebrating a television career that spanned more than 40 years, 35 of them at Oakland's KTVU Channel 2.
In true, modest Williams fashion, the March 23 gathering - held in the ballroom of the Oakland Civic Center Marriott - was also a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of Faith organization. More than $30,000 was raised that evening to promote breast cancer awareness through the organization, begun by Williams' friend and KTVU colleague, Faith Fancher, who died from the disease in late 2003.
"Faith never got the chance to retire," Williams says. "In a way, this was not only for me, but was for her as well."
Many past and present members of the Bay Area broadcasting community attended the party. In many ways, the sendoff for Williams was much like a KTVU reunion. Longtime 10 p.m. anchor Dennis Richmond, who worked for the station from 1968 to 2008, was on hand, as were many current and former station employees. Tom Raponi, KTVU's vice president and general manager, was also there.
The two-time Emmy� Award-winning Williams retired from the station Feb. 27. She joined KTVU as a freelance reporter in 1978, eventually becoming full-time two years later.
In addition to her Emmy� wins, Williams received numerous accolades through the years, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Associated Press' Chris Harris Reporter of the Year Award and other Associated Press honors. She is also a member of the Chapter's prestigious Silver Circle.
Here's something new! This month, Off Camera launches Soundbites, a new Q&A-style feature introducing you to the people of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Monthly, Off Camera editor Kevin Wing will feature a one-on-one interview with a broadcast professional working on-air or behind-the-scenes. If you would like us to consider someone for a future Soundbites column, please let us know by dropping us a note to the email address at the end of this month's spotlight.
In this very first Soundbites, we chat it up with two-time Emmy� Award-winning Marla Tellez, news anchor and reporter at KNTV/NBC Bay Area in San Jose. Joining the station in 2010, the San Francisco Bay Area native is a morning reporter and fill-in anchor for Today in the Bay, seen 4:30 to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. She also anchors NBC Bay Area News at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Prior to joining NBC Bay Area, Tellez was a morning anchor at KOB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a correspondent-producer for Eye on the Bay at KPIX 5 in San Francisco.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in San Francisco and raised in Sebastopol, California. I'm always surprised at how many people have never heard of this quaint town as I feel it's one of the gems of Sonoma County.
Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest?
My brother, Mario, is four and a half years older. We were raised by our single mom, so he was more like a father figure to me and did a great job raising me.
When did you first realize, and at what age, that you wanted to work in television news?
My realization came late in the game: I was a junior in college when my cousin suggested I try TV news.
Before NBC Bay Area, where did you work before?
Prior to NBC Bay Area, I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working for KOB as their morning/midday anchor. Before that, I was a correspondent/producer at CBS 5's Eye on the Bay (formerly Evening Magazine).
As a journalist, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Marla Tellez"?
A day in the life of MT is hectic, regimented and starts early. I wake at 2:15 a.m. to arrive at the station at 3:30 a.m. My reports for Today in the Bay usually start at 5 a.m. After the show ends at 7 a.m., my focus turns to preparing for our midday show which I anchor with Jon Kelley, Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. I'm typically out of the station by 12:30 p.m. The rest of my day is spent practicing the 3 Rs: resting, running and relaxing until bedtime, which is about 8:30 p.m. And the treadmill continues 5 days a week.
What are your favorite types of stories to report on? Your least favorite?
Hands down, my favorite stories involve "people" storytelling ... whether I'm profiling the man who washes all the coins at San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel or interviewing Senator Dianne Feinstein at her Presidio Terrace home about her long and successful political career. My least favorite stories involve death and having to interview family members about a recently lost loved one.
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Three words: MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the rush of the looming deadline and the adrenaline pump of going "live." It's the perfect combination for my type-A personality.
Do you have any mentors, and if so, who? Who do you look up to?
Malou Nubla is a mentor of mine. She has created an amazing career for herself with a longevity that's hard to find in the broadcast world. I also look up to greats like Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Robin Roberts and Anderson Cooper.
What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with?
Relax? What's that? My definition of relaxing is plopping onto my couch for a nice, long nap. If I'm not napping, I'm working out at the gym, going for a stress-relieving run, or trying out a new recipe. Cooking has the power to calm me.
What do you like most about working at NBC Bay Area?
The people and the vibrancy of the station.
Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
In five years, I see myself in New York working in network news. In 10 years, I see myself in New York working in network news, married and raising kids.
Who is your favorite television journalist? Is there anyone in the business you emulate?
My favorite television journalist is a toss-up between Brian Williams and Meredith Vieira. They're both so real, authentic, sincere and smart. They naturally have "it," that something that can't be taught, and they're calming to watch.
Who is your favorite author?
I rotate between fiction and autobiographies/biographies. Right now, for example, I'm finally getting around to Walter Isaacson's account of Steve Jobs. Fiction-wise, I enjoy the work of Harlan Coben. I love a good mystery and thriller.
New York Times, or USA Today?
Hard to beat the Big Apple... New York Times.
Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?!
I think I'm an even combo of both. I know how to work hard and play hard.
If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life?
I would go away to college in order to capture and live that classic college experience.
Any words of wisdom for the next generation of broadcast journalists?
Know that you're going to be rejected, probably more than once, but keep on keepin' on and believe in yourself.
A favorite salad for dinner, or a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger topped with guacamole? (Be honest!)
A favorite salad topped with a perfectly-cooked salmon filet, avocado and feta cheese!!!
As a runner, how many miles a day do you usually run? When did you take up running? How many races have you entered?
I've been running consistently for almost 20 years. On average I run three to six miles, three to four times a week, and estimate I've run about 20 races. But the older I get, the harder it is... I'm sore!!!
Favorite vacation destination?
So far, Maui.. aka... God's country.
During your career, has there been a story that you've "owned" that, up to now, has defined who you are as a journalist?
In a different sort of way, my sit-down interview with Maya Angelou was a turning point for me. The powerful author and poet has a mesmerizing presence and aura, and when she told me she was taken by my own presence and impressed with my interview, I felt a sense of validation that I keep near and dear to my heart to this day.
What's the most favorite thing about your job? Least favorite thing, if anything?
Live television... there's nothing like the unknown of going live and the challenges it brings. Every live shot is different and teaches me something new. Least favorite is going live from a fresh crime scene where a body bag is visible.
Favorite music? What's in your iPod or collection of CDs? Favorite TV show (besides Today in the Bay and NBC Bay Area News at 11 AM)? Favorite movie?
I love music period. My iPod has everything from Tim McGraw to Usher to Snoop Dogg to The Eagles... and can't forget The Commodores. My favorite movie is Rocky, though the newly-released Warrior gives it a good run for its money.
Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?
Wine tasting that starts on the northern end of the Silverado Trail.... It's all about the Rombauer!
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Although I'm super-active, I'm not all that daring, so going for a hot air balloon ride is the craziest thing I've ever done. There's something about standing in a wicker basket, a thousand feet above solid ground that's extremely unnerving. On second thought, traveling by myself in Europe for three weeks in my early 20s was also pretty crazy. I was robbed and ended up at a police station in Florence. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
Box of chocolates every week for a year, or flowers every week for a year?
Box of chocolates... OR a big bag of peanut M&Ms.
Favorite spot in the Bay Area?
Food-wise, I'd have to say Cin Cin in Los Gatos. Outdoors, the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Otherwise, my mom's country home in Santa Rosa. There's no place like home.
Stay tuned: Think you know KTVU Channel 2's Frank Somerville? Maybe you don't. In the May edition of Soundbites, find out more about the Oakland station's veteran anchorman, who has gone from Mornings On 2 to The Ten o'clock News, almost as fast as the cool hot rod he drives.
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Men's Health: Managing Man-opause
Aging gracefully isn't always easy. In fact, your male co-anchor or cameraman may be quietly suffering from the diminishing effects of changing hormones. As men age, they gradually lose androgen, or testosterone, the hormone that makes men 'men'. Hormone changes are a natural part of aging, but men and women experience these changes differently.
For women, when ovulation ends, their hormone production plummets over a relatively short period of time. Unlike this dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that women experience during menopause, sex hormone changes in men occur gradually over many years.
When It Begins The altering effects of androgen decline often go unnoticed at first until they eventually become a noticeable health problem and significant health risk. Androgen (testosterone) decline can begin as early as age thirty in men with androgen decreasing slowly and steadily by 1% per year. So by age 70, a man's testosterone level may be half of what it used to be.
Symptoms Signs of androgen decline include:
- Loss of energy
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of muscle mass
- Sexual dysfunction
Treatments Asking for help can be hard for men, but by being open and honest with their doctor, they can discuss current and effective treatments.
Risks for Disease Boston University studies link androgen deficiency to gaining belly fat which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes.
How to Cope Lifestyle changes, such as a new healthier eating plan, an exercise routine and a stress management program can not only help reverse these natural signs of aging, but can help lengthen a man's life.
Pew Research Center says local news "shrinking"
Local news is suffering from "shrinking pains," according to Pew Research Center's 2013 State of the News Media report. Traffic, weather and sports makes up an increasingly large percent of newscasts, a sign that "there is less in-depth journalism being produced," according to the report.
The Pew report adds that some of these problems seem to be manifesting themselves on the content side. When data from 2012 is compared with stations studied in 2005 and earlier, the amount of time devoted to edited story packages has decreased, and average story lengths have shortened -- signs that there is less in-depth journalism being produced.
Traffic, weather and sports -- the kind of information now available on demand in a variety of digital platforms -- seems to be making up an ever-larger component of the local news menu, according to the stations studied in 2005 and 2012. Coverage of politics and government, meanwhile, was down by more than 50 percent.
Part of the decrease in edited packages and story lengths may reflect the fact that with local stations continuing to add news programming, particularly in the morning, editorial resources are stretched thinner.
In 2011, the last year for which data exists, stations aired a record 5 hours and 30 minutes of local news on weekdays in 2011, or 12 minutes more per week than the previous year.
NBC Sports Group Leads With 58 Nominations
In 34th Annual Sports Emmy� Awards May 7 In New York
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 34th Annual Sports Emmy� Awards.
More than 170 nominees were announced in 34 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play Personality and Studio Analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center on May 7 in New York City.
"What a world we live in," Malachy Wienges, NATAS chairperson, says. "The Olympics, NASCAR, the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series, the Stanley Cup, The NBA, the US Open, the Masters. it just goes on and on! This is another outstanding year for the sports community and for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The entries received in this year's Sports Emmy Awards illustrate the high-water mark of quality each of us gets to enjoy every time we turn on our favorite program. With so much talent vying for the prestigious Emmy Award and with many of today's leading sports broadcasters, personalities, and television professionals in attendance, it promises to be an exciting evening."
The networks of NBC Sports Group (NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel nbcolympics.com, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, nbcsports.com, & Telemundo) lead the nomination totals with 58, ESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, grantland.com, ABC, ESPN3D, ESPNU & ESPNews), garnered 43, and Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NCAA.com & truTV) garnered 27.
On The Move...
Sara Kirkland joins KPIX 5 in San Francisco as a staff writer and producer. Kirkland has been working as a producer at WNEM in Saginaw, Michigan.
Ron Mizutani returns to KHON, the Fox affiliate in Honolulu, as a reporter. Mizutani left his job as an anchor and reporter for the station last year to accept a position in public relations. This will be the second time Mizutani is returning to KHON after leaving for a public relations career. He is resuming a 28-year tenure with the station.
Greg Bilte is tapped by Cox Media Group to be general manager for its Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI and MyNetworkTV station KMYT. Bilte comes from Cox Media Group's KTVU in Oakland, where he was the director of sales for KTVU, KICU and KTVU.com. He has also worked at KXLY in Spokane, Washington; TeleRep; and KTTV in Los Angeles.
"This is a great opportunity to be part of Cox Media Group's growth in the Tulsa broadcast market and to lead a team that is truly dedicated to its audience and customers," Bilte says. "Additionally, I'm looking forward to coming to the Tulsa area and becoming part of the thriving community."
Can You Help Us?
Call For Judges To Screen Emmy� Entries From Other NATAS Chapters
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences thanks individuals who have stepped forward to volunteer their time as a peer judge for regional Emmy� Awards from other NATAS chapters around the country.
Darryl Compton, executive director of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, says more judges are still needed to assist in screening a variety of categories from other chapters.
"We expect quality judging of our award entries from other chapters," Compton says. "We need to return the favor by judging their entries."
Please email Compton at firstname.lastname@example.org with your areas of expertise. He will assign you categories to judge at work or home, on your desktop or laptop. Judging is conducted online. If you have any questions, please call Compton at (650) 341-7786.
Thank you in advance for volunteering.
Entry Deadline For High School Television Awards April 21
Do you know of any high school students who are taking television broadcasting or journalism classes, or who are involved in clubs focusing on television and the media? Do you know any teachers or advisors?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is presenting a contest geared only for high school students involved in producing media.
If you know of anyone who may be interested, please share the contest and direct them to our Chapter website, www.emmysf.tv. Once there, click on "High School Awards" for details on how high school work can be entered in the contest.
Hurry! Entry deadline is April 21.
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