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 has a paid part-time administrator, Rebekah Cowing. Its officers, board of governors, and committee chairs are industry professionals from our region who volunteer their time. Active-level members are eligible to run for office.

There are several different committees that are always in need of talented and energetic people. The committees are:


Responsible for judging scholarship applicants and awarding annual $4,000 college scholarships to seniors or grad students. Work with Coordinator of TV Academy’s National Student Television program (NSTV) to get the program into the schools. Fundraise for both aspects of the 501.3-C NATAS Foundation.


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


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


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


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


Responsible for publicity for TV ACADEMY Chicago/Midwest events. Help with press releases, newsletter articles, and public relations activities. Responsible for updating and authoring of Chapter website content. Additionally, graphic or other creative use of the Internet site to disseminate information to members, including online newsletters, archives of Emmy recipients and nominees, etc.


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


Responsible for designing workshops that will be of interest to our current members while also attracting new members. The goal of these workshops is to educate and introduce new technology to those in attendance in order to assure they stay on the cutting edge of the television industry.  Also, the committee should organize 3-4 yearly special events to encourage membership and foster active participation in our chapter. There are no restrictions re: time of day or type of activity. The more creative and applicable to the television community, the better.

Interested in volunteering for a committee?  Please email rcowing@emmyonline.tv.