Alefiyah Master is the Executive Producer for BAM Studios, where she manages a group of highly experienced audio and assistant audio engineers. She works with high-profile talent daily as well as clients such as Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Wolf's Chicago Franchise, along with a significant number of large Chicago agencies and independent creatives, making relationship management an integral part of her position. As EP, she manages all incoming projects, starting with the budget and guaranteeing effective file delivery to the client. Alefiyah speaks four languages and her passion is world travel. Her greatest love is her puppy, Bailey. Alefiyah is a former member of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter’s Board of Governors and has held many roles within the TV Academy, including Executive Officer.
Pam is a NATAS Board Member and past Silver Circle inductee. She is a retired WGN-TV Special Projects Producer and multiple Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner.
Mazie just graduated from Marquette University with a double major in journalism and digital media. She was an intern at Plum Media in Milwaukee and is now full time.
Beth is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul. She is also a news writer and producer at CBS 2 News (WBBM-TV) since 2004. She actively helps students find scholarships and internships.
Fredlyn is an intern at WMAQ-TV and a former intern at WFLD-TV. He is a student at North Central College.
Tyra is a Senior Segment Producer at WGN-TV Morning News. She is a multiple Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner.
Andrew is a Northwestern University Senior and a 2022 NATAS Scholarship recipient. He worked at NBC in New York last summer. In January 2023, he just started a paid internship at the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC.
Victoria is an Assignment Desk Assistant and Field Producer at WLS-TV ABC7 Chicago. She was hired after being an WLS-TV intern.
This panel discussion is for high school students who are interested in pursuing their passions in media. Attend this virtual event and learn more about the types of college and university programs there are for journalism, broadcast news, film, documentary, and television.
Discovering what media major is right for you can be a difficult decision when there are so many facets to what makes up our digital world. Learning from industry professionals, we will be discussing the diverse paths that the panelists have taken and what higher education programs have to offer to help you find the right fit! Faculty from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern, and the Second City Film School will be panelists.
Brian Andrews is a storyteller and visual technologist. Currently he serves as the chair of Post-Production at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Marie was a Vice President of Development at Adaptive Studios and a Director of Production & Development at MarVista Entertainment and is now a professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Arionne Nettles is a lecturer/director of audio journalism at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
Carolina Posse Emiliani is an award-winning producer and educator. She worked as Programming Director and Interim Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She is an Assoc. Professor at Columbia College.
Lyn advises, mentors, prepares and supports Second City Film School students and DePaul Screenwriting MFAs. Lyn has over 16 years of experience in professional development and has worked in the improv community for several decades.
Ayesha is a filmmaker, instructor, and poet. She has written and directed many short films. This includes: The Girl in the Blue Bra (2016) and Not On My Shoulders (2017). She is currently an instructor at Loyola University Chicago.
NATAS Junior Board Executive Committee Chair
The Chi, South Side, Work in Progress, Fargo
Chicago Fire, Chi-Raq, Jupiter Ascending, Sense 8, Barbershop
Chicago Fire, Prison Break, Chi-Raq, Stranger Than Fiction
Chicago Fire, An Acceptable Loss
Watch Video of Career Day - Hear from outstanding Chicago TV professionals, leaders in their field, about the background needed for a television/new media job.
Moderator: Brandon Pope, Host, WCIU & President, NABJ; Attendees included:
* Adrienne Balow, News Producer, WGN
* Jessie Garcia, News Director, WDJT Milwaukee
* Cortney Hall & Matt Rodrigues, Hosts, Chicago Today
* Mike Hall, Sports Anchor, Big Ten Network
* Sean Lewis, Anchor/Reporter, WGN
* Nneka Nwosu, Assistant News Director, WLS
* Alicia Roman, Meteorologist, WMAQ
Held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
How unconscious biases impact story coverage on-air & newsroom environments. Co-sponsored with the National Association of Black Journalists – Chicago Chapter.
Moderator – Marshall Harris, Sports Anchor, WBBM-TV
Panelists – Polnesha Barnes, Special Projects Producer, WLS-TV Chicago; Taylor Musgrove, Programming, WLS-TV Chicago; Josh Short, Anchor, KDVR-TV, Denver; Taurean Small, Reporter, Spectrum, Washington D.C.
Held on Saturday, Dec 11, 2021
Hear from top Chicago TV directors how to be the best in this competitive position, how the craft has evolved in recent years, how technology and COVID changed the industry, and what the future might look like.