Charlie Boyle was in the United States Air Force when he witnessed a cargo plane lose its brakes while taxiing. He had a still camera and began clicking away as the cargo plane plowed into some parked aircraft. The base photographer developed the pictures and declared, “Charlie, you have a future.” Charlie’s future took him to Air Force Photography School. He then spent two years filming landing approaches to airports from a B-17 bomber. When he wasn’t taking pictures, the crew let him fly the plane. Charlie’s first job as a TV news film cameraman was at KDKA in Pittsburgh. He gained notoriety for climbing high atop a bridge with his camera on two occasions. The first time, he assisted in the rescue of a would-be suicide jumper. A second rescue attempt ten years later was unsuccessful. On both occasions, Charlie recorded dramatic video that was seen worldwide. In the 1960s, Charlie moved to Chicago to work for NBC News. He traveled the world filming everything from the Vietnam War to civil rights marches to presidential campaigns. At WMAQ-TV, Charlie won four Emmy® Awards for his cinematography. He teamed-up with producer Scott Craig (1997 Silver Circle honoree) for a documentary about Graceland Cemetery, The Giants and the Common Men. His other Emmy® Awards came for filming news features that appeared on Sorting It Out, directed by Bill Heitz (2003 Silver Circle honoree). Charlie is a devoted aviator who continues to fly missions with the Civil Air Patrol. He once landed a seaplane next to four capsized boaters who were drifting toward a dam. They hung onto the seaplane’s pontoons until they could be pulled to safety by police in another boat. Charlie has earned several aviation awards including the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA for 50 years of safe flying. He and his wife, Tracy, have a son, Chuck, and a daughter, Linda. Charlie Boyle says he accepts the Silver Circle Honor on behalf of his entire family, especially his son, Bob, who passed away three years ago.
Gloria Brown is Business Manager for WGN Television News and Producer of People to People. Her primary responsibilities are to assist the News Director in the day-to-day operation of the News Department, scheduling staff, preparing and overseeing budgets, and handling all business matters pertaining to news. Ms. Brown was a trailblazer who broke the color barrier in the 60s at WGN Television as the first African-American hired to work as a professional. She worked in many areas of the station learning television from the bottom up. Gloria produces the Emmy®-Award-winning show People To People, a weekly News/Public Affairs talkfest featuring everyone from the President of the United States to the Reverend Jesse Jackson to the First Lady of Basketball, Deloris Jordan. In addition to receiving an Emmy® Award, Gloria has won awards from the Associated Press, the local and national NABJ, and the Illinois Broadcasters Association for her work on People. Gloria has received numerous certificates and awards for her work with Chicago’s youth. She served as role model for “We Care,” a program sponsored by the Chicago Police Department and the Board of Education. She also supports many community and church-based organizations providing counseling and guidance for inner-city youth. Gloria has received the Women of Excellence Black Pearl Award, the Rainbow Push Coalition for Women of Excellence in Broadcasting Award, and a Gold Membership Award from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for her faithful contributions to her church family. She serves on the Board of Habilitative Systems, Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter. Gloria also belongs to RTNDA, the Illinois Business Education Association, Urban League, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Gloria is a product of the Chicago Public School system, graduating from DuSable High School. She earned her degree in Business from Chicago State University.
Donald M. Ephraim, an attorney and certified public accountant, is the president of the law firm, Ephraim & Associates, P.C. Mr. Ephraim graduated from DePaul University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and received a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1955. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois in 1955 and was admitted as a CPA in the State of Illinois in 1953. Mr. Ephraim has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the American Association of Attorney-CPA’s, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Society of CPA’s, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He has served as Vice-President, Treasurer, and a Governor of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of NATAS, as well as on a number of committees. He designed and implemented the current computerized accounting and reporting system used by the chapter. He also was the founder and driving force behind the chapter’s current scholarship program. Mr. Ephraim was awarded the NATAS Governors’ Award for 1993-94. He has served as Trustee on the national board of NATAS and was chair of the Constitutional Amendment Committee, which enacted the current constitution governing the National Academy. Mr. Ephraim is a director and officer of numerous corporations and charitable foundations. Mr. Ephraim has practiced law and accounting in Chicago for over fifty years, with his practice concentrating in the area of representation of individuals (talent and management) in the media and entertainment industry.
One of the first Hispanic women to break into television journalism, Theresa began her media career in 1971 at WMAQ as a production assistant and in 1972 joined WLS-TV in the same position. For 25 years Theresa has hosted and produced a number of television talk shows including The Feminine Franchise, Weekend Edition, Weekend, and Sunday in Chicago with Theresa Gutierrez. Concurrent with her duties at WLS, she was also a moderator of Ms. Understood and Hispano on WLS Radio. Since June 1986, Theresa has been a general assignment reporter at WLS and serves as host of Ñ Beat, a series of specials featuring Hispanics who are making positive strides in the community. The many awards Theresa has received include the 2005 Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Achievement Award; the Glamour Magazine Tesoro Award; Northeastern Illinois University President’s Meritorious Award; Robert Morris College Alumni Association Award; the Latino Coalition on the Media Triunfo Achievement Award; the Mexican Fine Arts Museum’s Sor Juana Lifetime Award; and Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year Award; as well as numerous awards for her work with children and women. In 1999, Gutierrez was recognized by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine as one of the 100 Women “Making A Difference.” In addition, Hispanic USA Magazine selected Gutierrez as one of six outstanding broadcasters in the country. Theresa also serves on the Boards of many non-profits including: the Chicago Sister Cities International Program; Access Living; On Our Own, Hear Our Cries (domestic violence); the Vernon Jarrett Educational Foundation; and Kids International Surgical Services (K.I.S.S.). In 1999, K.I.S.S. raised $48,000 to bring Baby Santiago from Mexico to have brain surgery, which was successful. Gutierrez received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Peter Karl, founding partner of Karl Productions, Inc., began his independent video production company in 1991. The company specializes in government and corporate communications, including law enforcement, community policing videos and documentaries. Peter also serves as host and chief correspondent for Crimewatch, a television news magazine which examines Chicago’s successful community policing efforts. From 1982 to 1991, Karl worked as an investigative reporter at WMAQ-TV. During his decade at NBC 5, his investigations garnered much attention and numerous awards. In the Karl years, Unit 5 reported investigations on Operation Greylord (judicial corruption), Radon in homes in the Chicago area, Beating Justice (police brutality), Forgotten Poisons (buried hazards), Campus Crime (underreporting of crimes at U.S. colleges), No Police Available, Throw Away Children (foster child abuse and neglect), Bolt Busters (defective bolts used in the aeronautics industry), Slumlords, Street Files, Melrose Park (corruption), and a jobs-for-sex investigation involving then-Cook County Board President George Dunne. Before joining Channel 5, Karl started Target 7, the first television investigative unit in Chicago, at WLS-TV. He was with WLS from 1977-1982. Karl’s investigations have earned countless awards, including: George Foster Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 2 Columbia-du Pont Awards, 11 Regional Emmy® Awards, 4 Ohio State Awards, 2 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards, National Headliner Award, Peter Lisagor Award, and a United Press International Best Reporter Award. Karl is a graduate of Wayne State University and earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois. Peter is the proud father of two lovely daughters, Amy and Melanie. He is the youngest brother of Barbara, Mary Ann and Michele. Peter is an avid sailor, the captain of Dr. Detroit, a recent Chicago-to-Mackinac Race winner. Peter also rides a large Harley - very carefully.
Roger Lee Miller was born in Davis, a small town in South Dakota. He majored in Radio-Speech at the University of South Dakota and directed his first TV program in 1953 at KVTV in Sioux City, Iowa. Miller moved to Minneapolis in 1955 as a Producer-Director at WCCO-TV and then joined WMAQ in 1964. Highlights of Roger’s directing career include: If the Mind is Free, a documentary with Leonard Nimoy; Chicago Camera (1974-76), every Sunday, the NBC remote truck traveled to a new location for this live 90 minute program; “Donahue on Today” (1979-1982), Roger directed Donahue’s segments that appeared four times a week on The Today Show; Playwrights Festival (1985-1989), this series presented dramatic and comedy teleplays that were written by local playwrights and featured Chicago actors; and The Chicago Emmy® Show (1971, 1989). From 1965 to 1995, Roger also directed newscasts and specials for NBC 5 and NBC Network News, including Floyd Kalber with reports from Vietnam, civil unrest at home, and the Richard Speck murders. On location, Miller directed coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s march through Cicero. Awards include three Chicago Emmy® Awards, a Best Story Award from United Press International in 1979 for “The Crash of Flight 191,” and an Ohio State Award for “Moment of Rage.” Roger retired from NBC in 1995. Roger and Adele Miller winter in Florida where Roger continues to work on volunteer video projects. Roger is also an active travel photographer and writer whose work has appeared in national magazines. Miller is a member of the Midwest Pioneer Broadcasters, the Directors Guild of America’s Coordinating Committee and co-founder of the Old Chimers Club – a group of retirees and former employees of NBC Chicago.