Who we are

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter is chartered by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), which is based in New York City.

The chapter’s Officers, Board of Governors, and committee chairs are industry professionals from our region who volunteer their time. There are several different committees that are always in need of talented and energetic people.

ABOUT US

Our Chapter was founded in 1958 after an expansion call by then National President, Ed Sullivan. We are one of the largest and most senior local chapters in the country, with a proud history of innovation and excellence in the field of broadcast television and beyond. The chapter produces the Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards. The Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in regional broadcasting.

The Committees Are:

Education

Responsible for judging high school entries and scholarship applicants. Work with Coordinator of TV Academy’s Student Coordinator to promote our programs to regional schools. Fundraise for the 501(c)3 NATAS Chicago Foundation.

Emmy® Judging

Responsible for revising Emmy® rules and categories; setting up panels to judge other Chapters’ Emmy® entries; processing; and certifying local entries.

Emmy® Production

Responsible for planning, overseeing and producing the Emmy® Awards event under the guidance of the Board of Governors.

FILM CLUB

Responsible for organizing free screenings or virtual of new films for TV Academy members.

MEMBERSHIP

Responsible for member services, recruitment, and development of member discounts and benefits.

MEDIA

Responsible for publicity for TV Academy Chicago/Midwest events. Responsible for updating and authoring of Chapter website content and chapter social media.

Silver Circle Ceremony

Responsible for producing the Silver Circle Awards which honors individuals who have 25 or more years in Chicago and Wisconsin television (or spent their formative years here) and have made significant contributions to broadcasting.

WORKSHOPS/SPECIAL EVENTS

Responsible for designing workshops that will be of interest to our current members while also attracting new members.

Interested in volunteering
for a committee?

Please email
rcowing@emmyonline.tv

NEW BOARD PRESIDENT LETTER

May 2021

Dear NATAS Chicago/Midwest Members:

I would like to extend my greetings to you as a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chicago/Midwest chapter, as our board opens our Call for Entries for the 63rd annual Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards.

As we open our Call for Entries for the 2020-2021 season, we’re also launching a long-anticipated new design of our website in early May 2021. It’s the first time in many years that we’ve redesigned our site. This new redesign is attractive and easy to navigate. You’ll find that submitting your Emmy® Entry will be much easier and intuitive when you access Emmy® Express through the site. Many thanks to our friends with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the web development firm, Frontera Interactive, for helping with this much-needed re-design of our site.

These past two years have been extremely challenging. The global pandemic has forced many of us to re-think how to handle video production, as many of us have been forced to work “at-home” or from a safe distance in the field or in the studio.

The pandemic has definitely affected NATAS as well. For the first time in our chapter’s history, we produced a virtual Emmy® Awards event last November. We’ll have news about this year’s Emmy® Production in the upcoming months.

Our annual Silver Circle Honors Program, which recognizes outstanding careers from individuals who have devoted 25 years or more in television, will also be a virtual event this September, after being postponed last May. This year, we will recognize our prestigious 2020 honorees — Jackie Bange, Richard Bernal, Mark Giangreco, Alan Krashesky, Marda Le Beau, and Jennifer Lyons. At that time, we will also induct four television greats who left us far too soon: Marlin Perkins, Lynn Hauldren, and Jack and Elaine Mulqueen.

Despite the challenges from the unprecedented international health crisis, our organization is striving to provide as many benefits as possible in an ever-changing industry, where our members are not only broadcast professionals, but also work for independent production companies, online multimedia firms and other non-traditional media organizations.

We've continued to provide a series of professional workshops for our members this season, on subjects ranging from co-sponsored events about new technologies, working with organizations like Google and the Society of Professional Journalists; our popular “Career Day” series; lectures and panel discussions featuring industry professionals; and our popular Film Club Series.

We're also pleased to announce the launch this May of our inaugural Junior Board — the first of its kind among the 19 NATAS chapters nationwide. The Junior Board will consist of 30 students and young professionals, all under the age of 26, who either attend school or work in one of the chapter’s eight television markets: Chicago, Peoria-Bloomington, and Rockford in Illinois, South Bend-Elkhart in Indiana, and Green Bay-Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau-Rhinelander in Wisconsin.

They will join the NATAS Chicago/Midwest Board of Governors in the chapter’s mission to advance and promote broadcasting and excellence in visual media in the region. The Junior Board, however, is explicitly tasked with engaging younger members of our broadcast industry.

In fact, NATAS is the only professional association representing television and multimedia professionals from all disciplines of the industry, serving as the common meeting ground for those individuals dedicated to advancing the arts and science of visual media. Our primary mission, of course, is to foster and reward excellence in visual media through the Emmy® Awards and the Silver Circle Honors Program.

Our other main mission is to identify and foster future talent, through our NATAS Scholars program. Our chapter created a non-profit foundation over 25 years ago to award scholarships to college seniors, graduate students, and graduating high school students studying journalism, broadcast TV, production, and communications on an annual basis. The Chicago/Midwest Chapter scholarship program has distributed more than $530,000 to dozens of students for scholarships since the mid-1990s. Recipients include NBC's Peter Alexander, WGN-TV's Michael Lowe, and ABC-7's Chicago's Jessica D’Onofrio and Jesse Kirsch.

We want to reach out to make our events and services more accessible to our professional and student colleagues in the chapter's markets outside Chicago — from Milwaukee to Green Bay to South Bend. That will be easier now, due to our increased use of video-conferencing platforms that are now ubiquitous due to the pandemic. But this is also a long-term goal that we will strive to execute, even after this health crisis is over.

We also want to continue to reach out to our “non-traditional” communicators — visual media practitioners who aren't affiliated with television stations. These independent media members are becoming an important part of our chapter and will continue to increase as the media landscape continues to diversify.

Most importantly, NATAS Chicago/Midwest will be an active participant in diversity and inclusion efforts involving media organizations in our chapter. This is an important initiative not just for NATAS Chicago/Midwest, but for all 19 NATAS chapters throughout the country. These efforts will be varied, ranging from co-sponsoring networking events for students and young professionals of color to working with our national office on studies and strategies with regards to diversity and inclusion issues in our chapter.

In short, these are exciting and challenging times. And I look forward to working for you during these unique times as President of one of the oldest and most successful NATAS chapters in the country.

Onward!

Sincerely,

John Owens
President
NATAS Chicago/Midwest Chapter
jowens@emmyonline.tv

NEW BOARD PRESIDENT LETTER

May 2021

Dear NATAS Chicago/Midwest Members:

I would like to extend my greetings to you as a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chicago/Midwest chapter, as our board opens our Call for Entries for the 63rd annual Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards.

As we open our Call for Entries for the 2020-2021 season, we’re also launching a long-anticipated new design of our website in early May 2021. It’s the first time in many years that we’ve redesigned our site. This new redesign is attractive and easy to navigate. You’ll find that submitting your Emmy® Entry will be much easier and intuitive when you access Emmy® Express through the site. Many thanks to our friends with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the web development firm, Frontera Interactive, for helping with this much-needed re-design of our site.

These past two years have been extremely challenging. The global pandemic has forced many of us to re-think how to handle video production, as many of us have been forced to work “at-home” or from a safe distance in the field or in the studio.

The pandemic has definitely affected NATAS as well. For the first time in our chapter’s history, we produced a virtual Emmy® Awards event last November. We’ll have news about this year’s Emmy® Production in the upcoming months.

Our annual Silver Circle Honors Program, which recognizes outstanding careers from individuals who have devoted 25 years or more in television, will also be a virtual event this September, after being postponed last May. This year, we will recognize our prestigious 2020 honorees — Jackie Bange, Richard Bernal, Mark Giangreco, Alan Krashesky, Marda Le Beau, and Jennifer Lyons. At that time, we will also induct four television greats who left us far too soon: Marlin Perkins, Lynn Hauldren, and Jack and Elaine Mulqueen.

Despite the challenges from the unprecedented international health crisis, our organization is striving to provide as many benefits as possible in an ever-changing industry, where our members are not only broadcast professionals, but also work for independent production companies, online multimedia firms and other non-traditional media organizations.

We've continued to provide a series of professional workshops for our members this season, on subjects ranging from co-sponsored events about new technologies, working with organizations like Google and the Society of Professional Journalists; our popular “Career Day” series; lectures and panel discussions featuring industry professionals; and our popular Film Club Series.

We're also pleased to announce the launch this May of our inaugural Junior Board — the first of its kind among the 19 NATAS chapters nationwide. The Junior Board will consist of 30 students and young professionals, all under the age of 26, who either attend school or work in one of the chapter’s eight television markets: Chicago, Peoria-Bloomington, and Rockford in Illinois, South Bend-Elkhart in Indiana, and Green Bay-Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau-Rhinelander in Wisconsin.

They will join the NATAS Chicago/Midwest Board of Governors in the chapter’s mission to advance and promote broadcasting and excellence in visual media in the region. The Junior Board, however, is explicitly tasked with engaging younger members of our broadcast industry.

In fact, NATAS is the only professional association representing television and multimedia professionals from all disciplines of the industry, serving as the common meeting ground for those individuals dedicated to advancing the arts and science of visual media. Our primary mission, of course, is to foster and reward excellence in visual media through the Emmy® Awards and the Silver Circle Honors Program.

Our other main mission is to identify and foster future talent, through our NATAS Scholars program. Our chapter created a non-profit foundation over 25 years ago to award scholarships to college seniors, graduate students, and graduating high school students studying journalism, broadcast TV, production, and communications on an annual basis. The Chicago/Midwest Chapter scholarship program has distributed more than $530,000 to dozens of students for scholarships since the mid-1990s. Recipients include NBC's Peter Alexander, WGN-TV's Michael Lowe, and ABC-7's Chicago's Jessica D’Onofrio and Jesse Kirsch.

We want to reach out to make our events and services more accessible to our professional and student colleagues in the chapter's markets outside Chicago — from Milwaukee to Green Bay to South Bend. That will be easier now, due to our increased use of video-conferencing platforms that are now ubiquitous due to the pandemic. But this is also a long-term goal that we will strive to execute, even after this health crisis is over.

We also want to continue to reach out to our “non-traditional” communicators — visual media practitioners who aren't affiliated with television stations. These independent media members are becoming an important part of our chapter and will continue to increase as the media landscape continues to diversify.

Most importantly, NATAS Chicago/Midwest will be an active participant in diversity and inclusion efforts involving media organizations in our chapter. This is an important initiative not just for NATAS Chicago/Midwest, but for all 19 NATAS chapters throughout the country. These efforts will be varied, ranging from co-sponsoring networking events for students and young professionals of color to working with our national office on studies and strategies with regards to diversity and inclusion issues in our chapter.

In short, these are exciting and challenging times. And I look forward to working for you during these unique times as President of one of the oldest and most successful NATAS chapters in the country.

Onward!

Sincerely,

John Owens
President
NATAS Chicago/Midwest Chapter
jowens@emmyonline.tv

50th CHICAGO/MIDWEST EMMY® AWARDS

Executive Committee

John <br>Owens<br><h5>President</h5>
John
Owens
President
John <br>Schippman<br><h5>1st Vice President</h5>
John
Schippman
1st Vice President
Pam <br>Grimes<br><h5>2nd Vice President</h5>
Pam
Grimes
2nd Vice President
Lee <br>Hood<br><h5>Secretary</h5>
Lee
Hood
Secretary
David <br>Ephraim<br><h5>Treasurer</h5>
David
Ephraim
Treasurer
Justin <br>Kulovsek<br><h5>National Trustee</h5>
Justin
Kulovsek
National Trustee
Steve <br>Novak<br><h5>National Trustee</h5>
Steve
Novak
National Trustee
Shelley <br>Spencer<br><h5>National Trustee</h5>
Shelley
Spencer
National Trustee
Roz <br>Varon<br><h5>Alternate Trustee</h5>
Roz
Varon
Alternate Trustee

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Pablo <br>Alfaro
Pablo
Alfaro
Jamie <br>Caesar
Jamie
Caesar
Nick <br>Blumberg
Nick
Blumberg
Diana <br>Borri
Diana
Borri
Gloria <br>Brown
Gloria
Brown
Chris <br>Cangilla
Chris
Cangilla
Nicolas <br>DeGrazia
Nicolas
DeGrazia
Jim <br>Disch
Jim
Disch
SunMee <br>Choi
SunMee
Choi
David <br>Ephraim
David
Ephraim
Melissa <br>Forman
Melissa
Forman
Guy <br>DiBenedetto
Guy
DiBenedetto
Jesse <br>Garcia
Jesse
Garcia
Ellee <br>Pai Hong
Ellee
Pai Hong
Lee <br>Hood
Lee
Hood
Yoland <br>Joe
Yoland
Joe
Edie <br>Kasten
Edie
Kasten
Ryan <br>Koscielniak
Ryan
Koscielniak
Justin <br>Kulovsek
Justin
Kulovsek
Erika <br>Maldonado
Erika
Maldonado
John <br>Owens
John
Owens
Matt <br>Piacente
Matt
Piacente
Kristin <br>Pichaske
Kristin
Pichaske
John <br>Schippman
John
Schippman
Ron <br>Schofield
Ron
Schofield
Shelley <br>Spencer
Shelley
Spencer
Cheryl <br>Stutzke
Cheryl
Stutzke

Emeritus Board Members

Carole <br>Cartwright
Carole
Cartwright
Lenore <br>Dupuis
Lenore
Dupuis
Don <br>Ephraim
Don
Ephraim
Thea <br>Flaum
Thea
Flaum
Joyce <br>Gallagher
Joyce
Gallagher
Steve <br>Novak
Steve
Novak
Luke <br>Palermo
Luke
Palermo
Ron <br>Weiner
Ron
Weiner
Fred <br>Weintraub
Fred
Weintraub
Jack <br>Wilson
Jack
Wilson

Junior BOARD MEMBERS

Samantha Albert
Amani Ashford
Rachel Asir
Ariana Baldassano
Alan-Mychal Boyd
Sam Brief
Alexandria Brown
Becky Budds
Alexis Carpello
Steffie Drucker
Tamie Fowlkes
Aimee Galaszewski
Melyssa Guzman
Ellie Hall
Sara Janz
Julia Kruger
Arden Kurhayez
Anthony Landahl
Larry Larson
Lauren Melton
Ronan Morrissey
Aliyah Muhammad
Maya Puterbaugh
Joey Safchik
Tiyen Simmons
Jay Stahl
Juliette Strangio
Carmen Vincent
Lauren Yaccino

OUR STATIONS

GREEN BAY-APPLETON

WACY (MyNetworkTV)
WBAY (ABC 2)
WFRV (CBS 5)
WGBA (NBC 26)
WCWF (CW 14)
WLUK (FOX 11)

MADISON

WISC-TV (CBS 3)
Wisconsin Public TV
WKOW (ABC 27)
WMSN (FOX 47)
WMTV (NBC 15)

MILWAUKEE

WCGV
WDJT (CBS 58)
WISN (ABC 12)
WITI (FOX 6)
WMLW
WMVS (PBS Milwaukee)
WTMJ (TMJ 4 NBC)
WVCY

WAUSAU-RHINELANDER

WFXS (FOX 55)
WAOW (ABC 9)
WJFW (NBC 12)
WSAW (CBS 7)

Chicago

TLN
WBBM (CBS 2)
WCPX (ION)
WCIU
WFLD (FOX 32)
WGBO (Univision)
WGN
WJYS
WLS (ABC 7)
WMAQ (NBC 5)
WSNS (Telemundo)
WTTW

Peoria-Bloomington

WAOE  (MyNetworkTV)
WEEK/WHOI (NBC/ABC/CW+)
WMBD/WYZZ (CBS/Fox)
WTVP (Public Media for Central Illinois)

Rockford

WIFR (CBS 23)
WQRF (FOX 39)
WREX (NBC 13)
WTVO (ABC 17)

South Bend-Elkhart

WBND (ABC 57)
WNDU (NBC 15)
WNIT (Michiana PBS)
WSBT (CBS 22)
WYIN (Lakeshore Public Television)

The mission of NATAS Chicago Foundation is to provide scholarships to deserving high school and college students who are studying or intend to study journalism, broadcast television, television production and communications. The foundation is the charitable arm of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) - Chicago/Midwest Chapter, Inc. and is a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter’s scholarship program has distributed more than $530,000 in scholarships to students since the mid-1990s. We are one of the strongest NATAS chapters in the nation in regard to scholarship funds distributed.

Past Chicago/Midwest scholarship recipients include NBC’s Peter Alexander, WGN’s Michael Lowe, ABC7 Chicago’s Jessica D’Onoforio and Jesse Kirsch, WNDU’s Joshua Short, WDJT’s Drew Burgoyne, and NBC6 Miami’s Laura Rodriguez.

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NATAS Chicago/Midwest Chapter
c/o Columbia College, Communication Dept
33 East Ida B. Wells Dr., Ste. 535
Chicago, IL 60605

Checks should be made out to:

NATAS Chicago Foundation

Upon receipt, an acknowledgment letter of the donation will be mailed to the donor.

The Foundation accepts donations from individuals and/or corporations on an ongoing basis.