2013 Chicago Silver Circle Honorees

The TV Academy inducted seven legendary journalists into the Chicago Silver Circle on May 17, 2013. The Silver Circle was established to recognize and honor outstanding individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and who have either made significant contributions to Chicago broadcasting or who have spent the formative years of their career in Chicago. Winners of the High School Student TV Awards were also recognized, and $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to Danny Farber, Brian Georgeson, Thomas Lekai and Ashley Knipp.

Click here to view photos from the ceremony. Photos courtesy Slawek Chrzaszcz.

Special thanks to our friends at CLTV, who will broadcast the ceremony on May 25 at 6 p.m. and May 26 at 2 p.m.

Greg Caputo

WGN News Director Greg Caputo accepts his Silver Circle award.

Caputo is currently News Director at WGN-TV, but the local news veteran has lead news operations at WBBM-TV, WFLD-TV, as well as stations in Cleveland and Boston.  He’s a respected newsroom leader and mentor to many Chicago reporters and anchors, and has overseen the expansion of Channel 9’s Morning, Midday and Evening newscasts. Caputo served as President of the Boston/New England Chapter of the Television Academy while working in Boston.

Jamie Ceaser


WTTW Channel 11’s Jamie Ceaser accepts her 2013 Silver Circle award.

For more than three decades, Ceaser has produced hundreds of television shows and almost every program at WTTW.  Between stints at WTTW, she produced content for television and emerging media channels for her own company: Ceaser Salad Productions.  Her work has garnered 9 Emmy® Awards, 2 PBS Awards, and awards from NAPTE and the Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club.

Janet Davies


ABC 7’s Janet Davies accepts her Silver Circle award.

Davies has earned more than 50 Emmy® nominations and 13 Emmy® Awards for producing, hosting, reporting, and writing since joining WLS-TV in 1984. ABC7 viewers are familiar with her work as host and executive producer of 190 North, and as a feature/entertainment reporter and host on newscasts and special events. Davies is the Chicago Ambassador for C.A.R.E. and has given countless hours of her time to many Chicago charities.

Mike Flannery


2013 Silver Circle Award honoree Mike Flannery of FOX 32.

Flannery started covering Chicago politics as a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times more than 40 years ago. In 1980, he switched over to TV, working as a political and investigative reporter at WBBM-TV. In 2010, he became WFLD-TV’s Political Editor. Flannery’s numerous awards include several Emmys®, Peter Lisagor Awards, Gold Bell Awards and Associated Press Awards for in-depth stories on the treatment of patients in mental health facilities, unlicensed insurance companies, Illinois politics, Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago labor issues.

Mike Parker


Mike Parker accepts his 2013 Silver Circle award.

The Rock Island, IL native worked in radio and television newsrooms for more than four decades in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. More than 30 of those years were spent at WBBM-TV, where he has been a weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter. Parker has garnered numerous Emmy® and Illinois UPI Awards over his career. His reports about the 2006 CTA derailment helped CBS 2 win a National News Emmy® Award for spot news coverage.

Jim Rose


ABC7 Chicago sports anchor Jim Rose accepts his Silver Circle award.

Rose’s sports broadcasting career began in 1973 at the U.S. Army’s AFN-TV in Berlin, West Germany. He worked in Providence, R.I., and Syracuse, NY before arriving at WLS-TV in 1982 where he currently anchors weekday sports reports for the  4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Rose has long shared his commitment to community service and mentoring student journalists. He serves on the Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

Pioneer Award – Norm Barry


Host Elizabeth Brackett and Norm Barry’s widow, Marj, who accepted the award on his behalf.

From the years of experimental television in 1930 to the legendary NBC Chicago announcing staff where he mentored young announcers including Dave Garroway and Hugh Downs, Barry was an iconic broadcaster from “The Chicago School”.  He was a regular on Walt’s Workshop and was part of WNBQ-TV’s 5 Star Final evening newscast with Clifton Utley, Clint Youle, and Dorsey Connors. Throughout his award-winning career, Barry interviewed countless newsmakers including presidents, governors, mayors, entertainers, Olympians, and sports legends.