Thursday, November 29, 2018 SPOTTER SHEET
Gold & Silver Circle membership is a celebration of personal achievement and contribution.
Members of the Gold & Silver Circle are media professionals who began their careers in broadcasting at least 25 or 50 years ago either in a performing, creative, technical, administrative or journalistic role, or in a peripheral area directly related to television, such as production and education. Inductees have made significant contributions to both their industry and their communities throughout their careers.
The 2018 Gold Circle
Induction of Honorees:
ABC News Anchor
WNBC News Anchor
Diane Sawyer is an ABC News anchor, tackling some of the biggest issues of our time in new ways with original reporting, primetime specials, long form interviews and in-depth investigations.
Her primetime documentaries have won critical acclaim for shedding light on difficult and previously under-reported topics, including her in-depth reporting on the U.S. foster care system and realities of poverty in America. Sawyer investigations have also chronicled hard working women paralyzed by sexual harassment, the new reality of Americans struggling to stay in the middle class, ISIS targeting young Americans online, and the state of prisons and jails and treatment of prisoners over two decades.
Throughout the course of Sawyer’s career, she has had exclusive, wide-ranging and headline-making interviews with Malala Yousafzai, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton, the late Senator John McCain, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Amanda Knox, Jaycee Dugard and Caitlyn Jenner.
Sawyer has anchored live coverage on the ground on the biggest news stories in recent history including the Boston Marathon bombing, the historic transition to Pope Francis, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan, the Afghanistan war, the deadly earthquake in Haiti, the 2005 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the Soviet coup from Moscow, the Gulf War from Egypt, Hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania.
Sawyer’s reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including duPonts, Emmy® awards, Peabodys, the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award, and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Sawyer joined ABC News in February 1989 as co-anchor of Primetime. In addition to that role, she was named co-anchor of Good Morning America in January 1999 and held the post until taking over the World News anchor chair in December 2009.
Prior to joining ABC News, Sawyer spent nine years at CBS News, making history as the first female correspondent of 60 Minutes. She began her career in broadcasting in 1967 in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was a reporter for WLKY-TV until 1970.
A native of Glasgow, Kentucky, and raised in Louisville, Sawyer received a BA from Wellesley College and completed a semester of law school before embarking on a career in broadcasting.
Emmy® award-winning news veteran Chuck Scarborough has been reporting for the National Broadcasting Company since 1974.
Over the years, he has led breaking news coverage locally and abroad. Scarborough has filed reports from Europe; Russia; the Middle East; the Philippines; Mexico and South America. Scarborough, a U.S. Air Force veteran, began his television career as an anchor and operations manager at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was anchor/reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; WAGA-TV in Atlanta and WNAC-TV in Boston.
Scarborough has earned 36 local Emmy awards and was honored by the New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with their 2014 “Governor’s Award” as recognition of his long and distinguished career in journalism. Scarborough’s work has also earned awards from the Associated Press, New York Press Club; the Aviation and Space Writers; the Washington Review of Journalism’s Best in the Business; the Working Press Association; and the New York State Broadcasters Association. As a part of NBC 4’s continuing coverage of Hurricane Sandy, Scarborough earned a National Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award.
He has authored three novels, Stryker (1978), The Myrmidon Project (1980), and Aftershock (1991) and has written articles for publication in New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, and American Home Magazine. A proficient aviator, Scarborough holds a commercial pilot’s license.
Scarborough lends his time and talent to support a number of non-profit organizations that aid and support animal welfare, the environment, arts and education. He is also the voice for the New York Cares Coat Drive PSA – the Shivering Liberty Statue.
Scarborough, a Phi Kappa Phi, holds a Bachelor of Science degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Mercy College. He is married and has two children.
The 2018 Silver Circle
Induction of Honorees:
Sports Director and Anchor – Retired, WABC-TV
Senior Vice President, News, CBS Television Stations; News Director – WCBS-TV & WLNY-TV
Dr. Max Gomez
Senior Medical Correspondent – WCBS-TV
Director, Producer & Writer – Television & Stage
Curt Gowdy, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Production & Executive Producer – SNY
Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting
News Anchor – Retired, WNBC
News Anchor – WIVB-TV Channel 4, CBS Buffalo
Scott joined Eyewitness News in 1986 and soon became the station’s Sports Director and Anchor… and is known to be “Out of This World”! In fact, Scott’s reporting exploits over 30 years took him around the world-from Tokyo, Japan for Major League Baseball’s historic season opener with both the Yankees and the Mets, to England to cover The Championships at Wimbledon, and back across the United States to bring Channel 7 viewers the best coverage of their local sports teams before retiring in 2011.
While at Channel 7, Scott initiated some of the funniest and most anticipated sports features with his weekly segments, “Out of This World,” “Highlight Zone,” and “Armchair Quarterback.” The Emmy® award-winning sportscaster not only nabbed exclusive interviews throughout the years, but also covered sporting events first hand.
Scott signed on and played with a professional football team. He stood with bat in hand at home plate to face the likes of Doc Gooden and Goose Gossage, and played basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters. If that wasn’t enough, he’s been a Drag Racer, Sky Diver, Bronco Buster, and yes, even a Bull Riding Fool that earned him a week’s stay in the hospital!
Off the air, Scott served as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Alcoholism Council of New York. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the National Sportscasters Association, and the Board of Trustees of the Starlight Foundation, where he is a Hall of Fame inductee.
New York’s 1998 Big Brother of the Year also loves to play golf and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity by hosting his own golf tournaments over the years.
David Friend was named Senior Vice President, News, for the CBS Television Stations group in June 2010.
In addition to his station group responsibilities, he continues to serve as News Director at WCBS-TV, the company’s New York flagship, which is a position he has held since June 2006. He added oversight of the news department at WLNY-TV when CBS acquired the station in 2012 and created a duopoly in the New York City market.
In 2010, Friend was selected by Broadcasting & Cable as the publication’s “News Director of the Year” in recognition of his efforts to drive ratings growth, share best practices across the CBS Television Stations group and facilitate partnerships with CBS Radio stations.
Prior to joining WCBS-TV in 2006, Friend served as the senior vice president in charge of business news programming at CNBC, where he oversaw 14 hours of live programming on a daily basis. He was also responsible for spearheading CNBC’s development of original long-form programming, including the Peabody Award-winning documentary The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most Powerful Company. Prior to that, Friend served as executive producer of “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s signature morning program.
Before working at CNBC, Friend was with Warner Bros. as executive producer and co-creator of the nationally syndicated series, Extra. He was responsible for overseeing the transformation of the program from a nightly entertainment magazine to a news and information program.
Prior to that, Friend was the assistant news director at WABC-TV in New York City. He rose from producer to executive producer before being promoted to assistant news director during his seven years with the station.
Friend’s career in television news began in 1978 as a news writer at WPIX-TV in New York City. He was promoted to producer and won an Emmy® award for “Best Local Newscast” before being named senior producer.
In 1983, Friend was the first to produce live special coverage of the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show, a tradition that continues today.
Friend has also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Yeshiva University and the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York. He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia College.
Dr. Max Gomez
One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. Dr. Max has reported for Dateline, The Today Show, and 48 Hours. He is currently the senior medical correspondent for WCBS, the flagship CBS network station in New York.
Over more than three decades, he’s earned nine Emmy® awards, three NY State Broadcaster’s Association awards and UPI’s “Best Documentary” award.
In addition to NYC’s ‘Excellence in Time of Crisis’ for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Max has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The National Marfan Foundation. He was also named the American Health Foundation’s “Man of the Year.”
Dr. Gomez has served on the national board of directors for the American Heart Association, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Partnership for After School Education and the After School All Stars. He has chaired the national communications committees for the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A noted moderator, speaker and media trainer, Dr. Max also mentors undergraduate journalism and medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism.
Dr. Max is the co-author of “Cells Are the New Cure – The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health” as well as “Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing,” and “The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer.”
Dr. Max is an honors graduate of Princeton University, received his PhD in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.
Christopher Goutman has spent most of his career in New York as a director, producer and writer. He has directed numerous daytime dramas and executive produced for 12 years.
He created and produced two web series, In Turn and L.A. Diaries, which he also directed, as well as promotional campaigns for network television, commercial movie theater trailers, and an award-winning Presidential campaign ad.
For his work in television, he has shot on locations all over the world. He also wrote, produced and directed three short films, The Square Root of Three, Visions of Joanna, and I.E.D., which received extensive exposure on the independent film circuit.
In the theatre, he has directed in New York, Philadelphia and Florida, including productions at EST, NYC Fringe, the Harold Clurman Theatre and the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. His plays have been performed at L.A. Stage and Film Company, the Barrow Group, EST and The New Circle Theatre Company.
In his previous life as an actor, he appeared extensively in television and film and in the theatre at Circle Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout Theatre, where he received a Theatre World Award for The Promise.
His other awards include five Emmy® awards for his work as a producer and director and the DGA Award.
Mr. Goutman holds a B.A. from Haverford College with Honors in English and an M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Curt Gowdy, Jr.
Curt Gowdy, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at SNY. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all production and on-air talent at the network, including New York Mets live broadcasts and New York Jets programming. Gowdy also oversees the network’s original entertainment and news programming, including SNY’s critically acclaimed shows SportsNite, Daily News Live and Loud Mouths, as well as its various award-winning documentaries. Over the course of his career, Gowdy has been recognized for his work by garnering 34 Emmy® awards.
Prior to joining SNY in May of 2005, Mr. Gowdy worked for ABC Sports for 27 years where he served as the coordinating producer and producer for Major League Baseball’s World Series, The League Championship Series and All-Star Games, Summer and Winter Olympic Games, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Horse Racing’s Triple Crown, College Football and the Little League World Series.
As coordinating producer for Major League Baseball, Gowdy produced three World Series, including the critically acclaimed 1989 San Francisco earthquake series. He also produced – for over a decade – ABC’s Wide World of Sports, the longest running sports anthology show in television history. In addition, Gowdy garnered eight Eclipse Awards for “outstanding live coverage” of thoroughbred racing for ABC’s Triple Crown coverage.
Gowdy graduated from Colby College with a BA in American Studies and lettered in varsity hockey. He was also the recipient of Colby’s “Distinguished Alumnus” award, as well as the “Carl Nelson” award for professional achievement in the world of athletics. A native Bostonian, Gowdy is an expert salt and freshwater fly fisherman, and is an accomplished guitarist and composer. He resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife Karen and they have three daughters; Taylor, Katherine and Grace.
David Hyman is Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services for PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s flagship station. He joined the station in 2013. In this role, Hyman is responsible for all marketing, brand development, creative direction, production, media strategy and execution. He leads a team of a dozen producers, designers, social media strategists and is the principal architect of the PIX11 New York’s Very Own brand.
In 2018, Hyman directed the design of the PIX11 Social Media Center, an interactive studio for anchors, reporters and producers to create original, digital content. This dedicated space is the first of its kind in New York television, and allows the PIX11 News team to be competitive online through a 360-degree approach to storytelling.
PIX’s recent citywide bus advertising campaign ‘Your Fight is Our Fight’ is a reflection of many of PIX11 News’ most high-impact stories and is an extension of its New York’s Very Own brand. Hyman’s art direction is unconventional – a dramatic shift from traditional marketing – and highlights issues that have resonated passionately with PIX’s core audience.
Prior to joining PIX11, Hyman served as Vice President, Creative Director for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams from 2009-2012. He was executive producer for all major marketing campaigns and developed the brand signature ‘Where the World Unfolds Nightly’ for the #1 Network Evening News broadcast during that period.
For sixteen years, Hyman was the creative leader at WNBC 4 New York and for ten years Vice President Creative Services & Programming where he directed the marketing, branding and programming for NBC’s flagship station. During his tenure, Hyman led the multi-million dollar studio scenic transition and the redesign of legendary Studio 6B. He was executive producer for the Olympics from Athens campaign – shot entirely on location in Greece – aired on all NBC-owned Stations. (Emmy® award and Promax International Gold Medallion winner) Hyman also served as executive producer on the Sydney Olympics’ marketing campaign starring Ray Charles singing America and airing on all NBC-owned Stations.
Hyman was executive producer and liaison for all local programming with oversight for all syndicated programming from major studios. He also served as executive producer for the Emmy® award-winning series Jane’s New York with host Jane Hanson. In addition, he was charged with developing key station relationships and marketing campaigns for all WNBC cultural partners including Lincoln Center, MOMA, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Tribeca Film Festival. While at WNBC, Hyman was also directly responsible for forging the relationship with LXTV, ultimately purchased by NBC, and was a collaborating partner in the development of their two long running signature shows, Open House New York and First Look New York.
Over the course of nearly thirty years in broadcasting, Hyman has won many prestigious awards including fifteen Promax International Gold Medallion awards, sixteen New York Emmy awards, seven New York State Broadcaster awards, the GLAAD Media award and NATPE’s National Iris award for best public service campaign in America. Hyman and his wife, Eugenie, a writer, have two grown sons and live in Connecticut.
Sue Simmons grew up in Greenwich Village and Harlem, New York. Her father was John Simmons, a successful jazz bass player who worked with Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and others.
Sue began her career as a reporter at WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT. After several years, she moved on to WBAL-TV in Baltimore, MD. In 1974, her next move was to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., where she anchored until 1980.
Sue then got hired in New York City to anchor Live at 5 with Jack Cafferty; doing interviews with celebrities and paving the way for entertainment shows of the present. Her partnership with Cafferty lasted almost twelve years.
She was also paired with Chuck Scarborough to anchor the 11pm newscast. Chuck and Sue (as they were known in New York) were together for 32 years, the longest running anchor team in New York television history! Sue worked at WNBC-TV for 32 years until June of 2012.
Simmons’s final broadcast was on June 15, 2012. During that program, show biz entertainers, sports figures and longtime co-workers appeared with fun farewells. She’s fondly remembered for her on-air impression of a groundhog. It became a tradition!
After her run at WNBC, Simmons made cameo appearances on various TV shows – Law & Order, 30 Rock, and Elementary. She even appeared in a few movies: The First Wives Club, Set It Off, and Exiled: A Law & Order movie.
Jacquie Walker has been news anchor at WIVB-TV Channel 4, CBS Buffalo, for 35 years, the longest serving anchor at one television station in Buffalo broadcasting history. She anchors News 4 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm. For her outstanding career, Jacquie has been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. The Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards previously selected her as ‘Television Personality of the Year.’ Buffalo Business First named Jacquie among the most influential people in Western New York.
Jacquie’s work has been recognized with dozens of journalism awards, eighteen New York Emmy® nominations, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Communications. She is proud to be on the News 4 team that earned two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009.
Jacquie truly believes in serving others through community volunteerism. She has just been honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award for 30+ years of support for those living with MS. Because of her dedication to the fight against cancer, she was honored with the prestigious Service to Mankind Award by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For the past 10 years, the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women has presented a $5,000 scholarship in Jacquie’s honor to a local college student. She also has received major awards for her service from the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Rotary Club, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and other organizations.
A breast cancer survivor, she has shared her own story with viewers as well as other stories of survivors, screenings, and clinical trials.
Jacquie began her 40-year career in television news, reporting and anchoring at (the former) WBHW-TV in Springfield, Illinois. In 1980, she became the first female co-anchor for WROC-TV in Rochester, NY. She joined WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY, in 1983.
Jacquie’s husband, Mike Beato, is a technology consultant. They are proud parents of two sons: an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm, Wiley Rein; and an administrator with the Stern School of Business, New York University (married to Taryn Ocko Beato).
GOLD CIRCLE INDUCTEE
Marvin Scott Presenter
Janice Huff Presenter
Ellen Scarborough Wife
Natalie Pasquarella Reporter
Stefan Holt Reporter
David Ushery Reporter
Bruce Beck Reporter
John Durso VP, Community and Communications
SILVER CIRCLE INDUCTEES Scott Clark
Dave Davies Presenter
Todd Ehrlich Presenter
Wendy Friend Family
Matthew Friend Family
Alexia Friend Family
Nicole Tindiglia Assistant News Director
Dr. Max Gomez
Meredith Viera Presenter
Colleen Zenk Presenter
Nicholas Goutman Son
SILVER CIRCLE INDUCTEES Cont/d.
Curt Gowdy, Jr.
Ron Darling Presenter
Karen Gowdy Wife
Taylor Gowdy-Carlson Daughter
Katie Gowdy-Pridham Daughter
Grace Gowdy Daughter
Luke Carlson Son-in-Law
Erik Pridham Son-in-Law
Mrs. Curt Gowdy Mother
Cheryl Gowdy Sister
Jane Hanson Presenter
Genie Schomer (Mr. Hyman’s wife)
Marvin Scott Reporter
Chuck Scarborough Presenter
Sue-Ann Greenfield Manager
Lisa Polster Presenter
Mike Beato Husband
Matt Beato Son
Michael Beato, Jr. Son
Taryn Ocko Beato Daughter-in-Law
2018 Gold & Silver Circle
The Gold Circle Members
The Silver Circle Members
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
New York Chapter Board of Governors
Denise Rover, President
Jim Turner, 1st Vice President
Amy Waldman, 2nd Vice President
Robert Isaacson, Treasurer
Janine Rose, Secretary
New York Chapter Staff
Sean Schenk, Director of Awards & Communications
Ailette Artiles, Acting Membership & Marketing Manager