The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


November 2004

San Francisco/Northern California Chapter

34th Annual Northern California Northern California Categories Emmy Categories Finalized
If you’ve already won one, you know there’s nothing like the feeling of walking up on stage in May to accept your Emmy award in front of Northern California’s television elite (plus Reno and Hawaii). If you haven’t won yet, this may be your year. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. The 2004 Emmy Award Areas have been finalized, and they offer more opportunities than ever to take home your first trophy. Particularly for those of you outside San Francisco and Sacramento who might have been reluctant in past years to enter the Best Newscast category. Both evening and dayside newscasts are now broken up into three categories based on market size: Small Market stations licensed to Chico/Redding, Eureka, Salinas/Monterey, and Santa Rosa including Non-English and cable broadcasts in these market areas. Medium Market stations licensed to Fresno, Hawaii, and Reno including Non-English and cable broadcasts in these market areas. Large Market stations licensed to Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose including Non-English and cable broadcasts in these market areas. So smaller market newscasts now compete only against similar-sized stations. The same goes for Fresno, Hawaii and Reno, which means there’s good reason for every station in the Northern California Region to enter their newscasts this year.
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The next NATAS membership road trip is to Fresno. All San Joaquin Valley members, as well as non-members are invited to the informational mixer. The theme is “Getting from here to there.” The plan is to discuss how broadcast professionals can transition from a smaller market to the top ten. Our featured panelist is KPIX anchor Ann Notarangelo who used to work in Fresno. Wayne Friedman will give taped advice on how best to earn an Emmy. Plus, NATAS San Jose VP & Emmy Producer Keith Sanders will talk about the next Emmy show and hand out $10 discounts for Emmy entries to attendees. Membership & entry forms will be provided as well as snacks. News Director Joel Davis will host the event at the KSFN studios in Fresno, Thursday November 18, from 78:30pm


Come spend the day at Steve Michelson Productions’ facility at Lobitos Creek Ranch (South of Half Moon Bay) and learn how to enpower yourself to create, publish and market your own DVDs using materials you’ve produced. Saturday, November 20th, 9:30 am-3 pm
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Northern California Categories 34th Annual Northern California Emmy Categories
Education/Instructional/Informational - Segment There’s also a change in the number of evening news(new). A single story whose chief purpose is to educate, casts you must submit. This year, there will be only one instruct or inform the audience. designated news day, sometime during November. Stations Education/Instructional/Informational - Program will be notified which day it was the following day. Stations (new). A special or a single program from a regularly will enter that day’s newscast, plus a wild card (any other scheduled series whose chief purpose is to educate, instruct day within the 2004 calendar year). The two newscasts must or inform the audience. be the same news program (i.e., 6pm or 11pm) from those Children/Youth - Segment. A single story with chilregularly scheduled broadcasts Monday thru Friday between dren/youth as the target audience. 5pm and 12 midnight. But stations may enter newscasts Children/Youth - Program. A special or a single from multiple time periods (i.e. 5p, 6p, and 11p – two tapes program from a regularly scheduled series with children/ each). youth as the target audience. For the Dayside Newscast award, each station must Entertainment - Segment. A single story of an enteronly enter one regularly scheduled newscast of its choice tainment or magazine format. from the 2004 calendar year (Monday-Friday between 12 Entertainment - Program. A special or a single midnight and 5pm). program from a regularly scheduled series of an entertainOther categories remain blind to market size, making ment or magazine format. nominations as impressive as ever, and statues just as Current/Public Affairs - Segment. A single story on a coveted. current affairs or interview discussion topic. Here’s the full listing: Current/Public Affairs - Program. A special or a Breaking News Story. A single story covering a sponta- single program from a regularly scheduled series of current neous, unplanned, unexpected event. affairs or interview discussion topics. Continuing Coverage. On-going coverage of a continuLive Event Program. Live coverage of an entertaining issue or event. ment or community event. Program may include multiGeneral News Reports. A single story, done in 24 cameras and pre-produced roll-ins that covers the full hours, reported under deadline. Not a feature story. spectrum of the event. Light Feature. A single feature or scheduled story of a Public Service Announcement. For a PSA on a single light nature on a single topic. topic produced on behalf of a non-profit organization. Light Feature – Series. A multi-part limited series Commercial Announcements. That effectively sell a (mini-doc) of a light nature. product or service. Serious Feature. A single feature or scheduled story of Promotion News. Daily news topical, series, proof of a serious nature on a single topic. performance and special reports. Serious Feature – Series. A multi-part limited series Promotion Program/Sports. Sports, entertainment, (mini-doc) of a serious nature. public affairs programs and specials. Specialized Reports. A composite of up to three Promotion Image. News, programming, station image, regularly scheduled, on-going segments involving specialspots and campaigns. ized reporting expertise. Individual Achievement Areas (Crafts) Documentary. An in-depth program based upon one On Camera Talent subject or theme. The program must be at least 20 minutes News-Anchors. Individual or anchor team of a in length. newscast or news special. Investigative Report. A report or series of reports News-Reporters. Field reports for a newscast or investigating a single topic or issue. news special (Individual or team effort). Sports Segment. A single sports topic from a newscast News-Weathercasters. Weather reports for a or sports program. newscast or news special. Sports Program. A special or single program from a News-Sports. Sports anchor, announcer, host regularly scheduled series, dealing solely with sports. (Individual or team effort.) Not for a live sporting event Sports Live Broadcast. A live single sporting event or from the field. a composite from a single game. Sports Live Event - (new). Sports, play-by-play, Cultural Affairs Segment. A single story of an artistic/ color, commentary, side line (Individual or team effort). historical/cultural/religious nature. Program. Host(s), moderator(s), performer(s) of Cultural Affairs Program. A special or a single non-newscast program. program from a regularly scheduled series of an artistic/ News Writing. Script written for a newscast or news historical/cultural/religious nature. continued on page 3 special. Off Camera, November 2004, page 2
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Entry Deadline Frida January 14, riday Emmy Entr y Deadline - Friday, Januar y 14, 2005
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Program- Writing. Script written for non-newscasts programs. Camera News - (new rules) Stories shot for newscasts and news specials. Same Day. Stories shot and aired the same day (24 hours). Unlimited. Stories shot over an extended period. Camera Program. Photographers shooting for nonnews programs and sports. Editing News- (new rules) Stories edited for newscasts and news specials. Same Day. Stories edited and aired the same day (24 hours). Unlimited. Stories edited over an extended period. Editing Program. Stories edited for non-newscast programs and sports. Audio/Sound. Stories or programs where audio is the key element in the presentation. Direction. Direction of live or taped news, programs or events. Graphic Design. This category includes animation. Set Design and/or Lighting. Edit entry to show best set and/or lighting elements, with a maximum length of ten (10) minutes. Musical Composition. Original music composed for a television special or series. Technical Achievement. Programs or stories involving technical achievements in television, media content and/or applications. NATAS uses Non-Competitive Judging, which means entries are judged against a standard of excellence and do not compete against each other. There may be one award, more than one award or no award given in each category.

Who Receives the Award? Only individual entrants listed on the entry form are eligible to receive an Emmy statue. Others who contribute to the winning program are eligible to purchase Emmy Production Certificates. Individual Achievements (Crafts): In “HAWAII”the Individual Achievement Awards those NBC who actually perform a specific discipline receive the Emmy statuette. Supervising or directing the work of others does not qualify for Individual Achievement Awards, except for achievements in directing categories. JOIN THE ACADEMY TODAY AND SAVE $$$ *By joining the Academy you save $20 on your first entry ABC and $130 on additional entries if you work in the San Francisco, San Jose, or Sacramento market areas. Those in the other market areas save even more. See membership form for dues fees by market area. If you were not a member in good standing during 2004, you must join as a new/ returning member. Entry Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2005 Put Saturday evening, May 14, 2005 on your calendar for Emmy Night at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and Exploratorium in San Francisco. Advanced reservations to this Black Tie Event are required. Avoid the holiday rush and start pulling together your best work now, so you’re not scrambling on January 14th to beat the 5:00 p.m. entry deadline. Complete Call for Entries, entry forms and labels can be downloaded at: www.emmysf.tv


When O’Brien left KTVU three years ago, he Kevin O’Brien is no longer President of the made an immediate splash at Meredith by Meredith Broadcasting Group. Meredith replacing virtually every news director in the Chairman and CEO William T. Kerr made the group within his first year, through a combinasurprise and sudden announcement October tion of terminations and resignations. 30th. President and Chief Operating Officer Kerr said he is confident that the Meredith Stephen M. Lacy will oversee the broadcasting Broadcasting Group will continue to deliver operations on an interim basis. strong financial results without O’Brien. “We The big question is why. Meredith will only have a very experienced team of broadcasting say the Board of Directors terminated O’Brien’s professionals in place across the group,” Kerr employment for “violations of Meredith’s Equal said. “In addition, Steve Lacy is an outstanding Employment Opportunity policies.” Meredith leader and a quick study. I am extremely declined to further elaborate on the dismissal, confident about his ability to guide us through this interim other than to say it did not involve financial matters. period.” O’Brien was much-revered during his long tenure as Meredith has begun an external executive search for a General Manager of KTVU in Oakland. But you can bet new Broadcasting Group President. not everybody is mourning his departure from Meredith. Off Camera, November 2004, page 3


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By Keith Sanders

Most TV stations that carry local news have a news presence on the web. It makes sense to re-cycle content in a secondary medium to attract advertising dollars. But beginning in late August, KXTV News 10 in Sacramento began treating on-line news as an equal to broadcast news. The web has become part of this ABC affiliate’s core news operation. Web coverage is part of all daily planning, including morning editorial meetings. “Web only” content is also developed that includes additional news stories, streaming video and reporter logs. “Live trucks are used to transmit video for the web as well as broadcasts” said Internet News Producer Elizabeth Bishop. She now has a router on her desk to record news content from multiple sources. “We get hits from all over the country as we cover local news stories that have gone national like the Peterson trial” she says. “We’ve had stories go on-line in as little as eight minutes after receiving a call from a reporter or other news source” said KXTV Webmaster Bob Montgomery. The average time for a story to hit the web is half an hour he admits, but that’s still faster than the lag time for a story to make it onto a regularly scheduled newscast. Since the web is now part of the core news operation, breaking stories regularly appear on the web in advance of the news broadcast. The KXTV News 10 website (www.news10.net) has experienced an increase in traffic recently and the staff has doubled to 4 people. “We can no longer carry the entire department on a Moped,” Elizabeth joked. Broadcast reporters and producers regularly augment the staff to write for the web. On-line news viewing may not compete directly with broadcast TV, yet. For example, “primetime” on the web takes place during office hours, rather than in the evening. But to those who’ve viewed news content on-line, look back at the election. Did you get more updates from TV or the web? There’s no denying, the web numbers are growing.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. as people arrive, meet and enjoy a continental breakfast. At 10 a.m., the workshop will begin and participants will learn how to plan what types of extra feature content is most appropriate for various DVD projects. The next hour will feature presentations from several producers who have created impressive DVDs, screenings will be set up in each of 6 workstations. After lunch, the participants will get demonstrations of how to create elements of a great DVD. Then they will have an opportunity to share their own projects with the group and get feedback on which content assets make sense to include on their DVD. Finally, several web publishing and marketing strategies will be covered to make sure that your DVD project gets the best exposure to media and consumers. Registration fee is $25 which includes food and drink, limited to 30 persons. Reservations are required. RSVP to dvd@emmysf.tv or call (650) 341-7786.

The World Series and television bloopers. Those were two of the topics discussed at a membership mixer held last month in Sacramento. About a dozen broadcast industry employees showed up at Joey B’s restaurant on Oct. 21 to swap stories, while on nearby televisions, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros, 5-2, to advance to the 2004 World Series. Retired newsman Dick Cable was among the people who attended the event organized by Sacramento NATAS board members George Franco and Dan Adams. Baseball was a popular topic among the group. So was the presidential election and the anti-Kerry program aired by the Sinclair television group. The final half-hour of the two-hour mixer was dedicated to tv news outtakes. A tape of KOVR and KXTV bloopers was shown to the delight of those in attendance.

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Oakland’s D3 Media Group, the award-winning production house behind acclaimed PBS programs Inside China and Land of the Dragon, recently wrapped a 17-day shoot for its new travel reality show Riding Rails in China. The program follows the adventures of two young Americans on their first journey through mainland China, with stops in Beijing, Zhengzhou, Changsha and Guangzhou. An additional week of taping was devoted to the host segments for Inside China’s new season of programs. Executive Producer Duffy Wang says the five-camera shoot came off without a hitch for the entire 1,500 mile trek which included visits to The Great Wall, the Shaolin Temple (the origin of martial arts), the Yellow River and The Forbidden City. Obtaining permits for the latter was a bit of a coup because filming there had been off limits due to problems on the set of The Hero more than two years ago. The country of 1.3 billion has seen tremendous growth and prosperity in the last 10 years. That only enhanced production for the American crew. “This was not your typical run-and-gun, 20-hour workday. We were treated like emperors and empresses by everyone we came into contact with,” said producer Alison Gibson. “Every lunch and dinner was a 15-course banquet at a gorgeous restaurant, hosted by one of Duffy’s Chinese contacts – he is very well connected there.” Wang taught at Beijing Broadcasting Institute before garnering a post at CCTV, China’s largest broadcasting entity. Taped against breathtakingly beautiful scenery and historyencrusted monuments, the program also shows a country on the fast track toward a global economy. With the Summer Olympics coming to Beijing in four years, the skyline is filled with cranes working 24/7. Images of the old mix readily with the new: a 6-year-old pedestrian mall in the heart of the city now features brand stores like Nike and Nine West, and department stores carry luxury labels like Burberry and Balenciaga. But the rustic and charming neighborhood hutongs are still very much in evidence: a leisurely pedicab ride through tree-lined alleys offers scenes of daily life unchanged for hundreds of years. Riding Rails in China is expected to air on PBS next year. Wang’s travel special Tibet Diary will be broadcast nationwide on PBS starting this winter. The latest installment of the magazine series Inside China, featuring daily lives of the Han Chinese and China’s many ethnic minorities, their customs, fine art and history, will begin airing in January.

GINNELLE ELLIOTT to special projects producer, CBS 5 (KPIX San Francisco) Eyewitness News, from casual producer, same station. MIA ZUCKERKANDEL to producer 6:30 pm, CBS 5 “THE NATIONAL” (KPIX) Eyewitness News from associate producer 11 pm. news from the National CHAD MALLAM, writer/producer, CBS 5 (KPIX) Televison Academy is Creative Services from CBS 46 (WGCL Atlanta). now available to members ALLEN MARTIN, nightside reporter, CBS 5 KPIX, on-line. It will no longer after spending six years anchor/assistant news director at be printed and mailed. KION/KCBA in Monterey/Salinas. CODY STARK will join KOVR in Sacramento as News of the “Daytime weekday morning weathercaster. Cody most recently worked at Nighttime” Emmy at WXIN in Indianapolis and also co-hosts the Indiana Awards, Trustees meetsyndicated game show “Hoosier Lottery ing, NATAS and ATAS TERI AITKINS gets married, changes her name to meeting, Sports, Management Hall of Fame and TERI THEURIET and moves from KRON Contact 4 to Regional Chapter news are available for your reading producer 7 On Your Side at KGO ABC 7. pleasure. You can click on the NATAS NATIONAL BRAD HICKS is named weeknight 6:00 PM & 9:00 link on our website or the direct link: PM co-anchor at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Brad was most recently an anchor/reporter at KNTV in San Jose. http://www.emmyonline.org/newsletters/summer2004/index.html Off Camera, November 2004, page 5



When you live and work in paradise, how do you move up in a television career without moving on? Simple, you wait for a promotion, or you just move across the street. Take a look at this month’s changes: Lyle Galdeira Reporter Lyle Galdeira and weathercaster Joann Shin have been named as anchors for the KHNL News 8 sunrise show. Galdeira fills the slot vacated by Stephanie Lum, who will move to sister station KFVE, which is Walter Makaula starting a 9pm news program. Walter Makaula, reporter at KGMB, also moves to K-5, sister station to KHNL (NBC), to coanchor the new K-5 9pm newscast with Lum. Morning meterologist and reporter Paul Drewes will join Diane Ako on the anchor desk for Stephanie Lum KHNL’s weekend newscasts. KGMB 6pm producer Patrice Goya resigns to pursue law studies. Replacing her is weekend producer Scott Humber. Exiting KHON are weekend anchor Ramsay Wharton and Diane Ako reporter Emily Chang, relocating to San Diego.

Joann Shin

Paul Drewes

It was a glimpse into the future of how people will watch programs in the near future. Akimbo opened the doors of its San Mateo offices last month for a NATAS-sponsored event on the latest technology for video on demand systems. Three dozen people attended the Oct. 29 event. They networked and were treated to a demonstration of Akimbo’s Internet-based system by executive vice president Steve Shannon. For $229, subscribers receive a set-top box they plug into their broadband Internet connection as well as a television monitor. Subscribers also pay a $10 monthly fee for Akimbo to send them programs from 65 providers, which include the Cartoon Network, CNN, Turner Classic Movies and independent producers. The box downloads the newest programs, storing up to 200 hours. Subscribers can immediately watch any of the recent programs or they can retrieve a selection from Photos by Robert Mohr © 2004 647-MOHR Akimbo’s video library and wait 15 minutes for that program to download. Some programs are provided free. Others cost anywhere from 50 cents to $4 to watch. Sort of like having a hotel room television in your home, except with more variety and more selections. “We’re trying to make it so anybody can deliver video to anybody,” said Shannon. Akimbo began signing up subscribers in mid-October. Several hundred joined in the first two weeks. Right now, the service is available only in North America. Shannon said much of Akimbo’s content is not available on broadcast television. Within 10 years, he predicted, a majority of people will watch programs provided over the Internet as opposed to broadcast television. Eventually, advertising will be included and it will be selected and inserted based on the demographics of each particular set-top box. Stand aside. The future is rushing toward us and it’s coming on Internet broadband connections.

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San Francisco - Nov. 8th
Drama “KINSEY” Liam Neeson stars as Kinsey, who in 1948 irrevocably changed American culture and created a media sensation with his book “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” Asking thousands of people about the most intimate aspects of their lives, Kinsey lifted the weight of doubt and shame from a society in which sex was hidden, and knowledge was dangerous. His work sparked one of the most intense cultural debates of the past century - a debate that rages on today. MPAA Rating: R for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions. Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, John Lithgow, Oliver Platt Directed by: Bill Condon Produced by: Gail Mutrux, Francis Ford Coppola Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Refreshments & Networking 7 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. Seating limited to first 146 to arrive.

One of the most successful franchises in the history of local television news turns 25 this year. KTVU Consumer Editor Tom Vacar is conducting the “Great American Toy Test” for the 25th consecutive year. Each year, Vacar uses focus groups of children all around the country to test toys before the all-important Christmas holiday season. In addition to being the largest media toy test in the United States, it’s also the longest running consumer test of its kind. This year, Vacar and producer Sharon Navratil placed a set of 100-plus toys in more than 150 schools and daycare centers across the country. Children and their teachers in each city determine the results. The toys are graded on a variety of important consumer considerations including quality, durability, learning value, safety and fun. The children play with the toys for a period of three or four weeks to provide adequate time to evaluate them. Vacar takes an average from the score sheets submitted to arrive at a final score in each toy category. Since 1980, the “Great American Toy Test” has rated feedback from more than 95,000 children on some 90,000 toys. The results of the 2004 toy test will air on KTVU Fox 2 in the San Francisco market during a half-hour television special on Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. KTVU will also feature a series of reports on Vacar’s top toys of the year during “Mornings on 2” the week of November 22. But “Toy Test’s” greatest accomplishment is the national exposure it receives. The 2004 results will air in more than 70 local television markets, including stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta. The “Great American Toy Test” was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for public service.

Sacramento - Nov. 20th
Meet vice president George Franco in the lobby of the Regal Theatres at Natomas Marketplace, 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento (Off I-80) at 11:30 a.m. Pick the hottest movie playing. The CINEMA CLUB is a FREE first run monthly screening for NATAS, DGA and AWRT members who may bring a guest.

ABC7 News Anchor Pete Wilson will interview acclaimed actor, director and writer Charles Grodin, Monday November 15th, at the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco. ABC7 is partnering with Magic Theatre to produce this event as a benefit for ABC7’s initiative “End Hunger Now.” Mr. Grodin is in San Francisco for the world premiere of his JOB BANK at new play, The Right Kind of People playing at the Magic November 13-December 12, 2004. Off Camera, November 2004, page 7



Photo by Robert Mohr ©
Silver Circle inductees: Lloyd LaCuesta, Greg Lyon, Jennifer Smith, Doug Murphy, George Osterkamp and Gold Circle inductee Vic Sterling. Pamela Young accepts on videotape then jumps into the Pacific Ocean to celebrate.

Not only was it a day of celebration, but it was also a day down memory lane as a group of about 110 gathered at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco to formally induct six new members into NATAS’ Silver Circle and one new member into the Gold Circle. Hearty handshakes and broad smiles permeated the cocktail reception area as people greeted long ago friends with comments like, “I haven’t seen you since… and remember when we used to…” Amid hugs and laughs, everyone was there to honor Doug Murphy (KPIX),

Jennifer Smith (KXTV), George Osterkamp (CBS Network), Greg Lyon (KRON), Lloyd LaCuesta (KTVU) and Pamela Young (via videotape, KITV) as the Silver Circle Class of 2004. Vic Sterling was greeted with a standing ovation as he was inducted into the second class of Gold Circle recipients. Master of Ceremony Tom Vacar (KTVU) presided over the festivities with silver and gold (precious metals) anecdotes and humorous quips that kept the afternoon light and cheerful. Congratulations to all seven of our newest members.

OFFICERS: David Mills, KPIX, President Lynn R Friedman, KGO, VP, SF Keith Sanders, Perfect Pitch TV, VP, SJ George Franco, KOVR, VP, Sacramento SAN FRANCSISCO CALIF ALIFORNIA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Erik Rosales, KGPE, VP, Fresno 4317 Camden Avenue Terri Russell, KOLO, VP, Reno John Murray, San Mateo, CA 94403 Pamela Young, KITV, VP, Hawaii JM Communications (650) 341-7786 Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Secretary Sharon Navratil, KTVU F: (650) 372-0279 Frances Palacios, Palacios Prod., Treasurer John Odell, CCSF www.emmysf.tv Nancy Osborne, KFSN NATIONAL TRUSTEES: Pam Schoen, KTXL Alison Gibson, Media Cool (Education) Heather Searles, ITVS Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities) Josh Springer, KCSM (Publicity) GOVERNORS: Javier Valencia, KRON (Awards) Dan Adams, KXTV Stuart Yamane, Yamane Creative Svc. Bob Anderson, KBWB Richard Zanardi, Notre Dame Univ. Dan Ashley, KGO Brian Avery, KTLN COMMITTEE CHAIRS: (not listed above) John Burgess, KFTY/KVIQ Darryl Cohen, Cohen & Cooper (Legal) John Catchings, Catchings & Assoc. Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Museum) (Museum) Deanne Moenster, KTVU (Publicity) Janice Edwards, KNTV James Spalding, Spalding & Co., (Finance) Ginnelle Elliott, KPIX (Membership) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Albert Garcia, KUVS Darryl R. Compton, NATAS Bob Goldberger, KGO Stewart Heller, York Productions Valeria Hernandez, KDTV Adam Housley, Fox News Justin Kanno, KOLO Ronald Louie, KTVU Off Camera Bob Goldberger, Editor Darryl Compton, Publisher Robert Mohr, Photographer

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