The Governors’ Award is the highest Award a local chapter can bestow.
For recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations or companies which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular Area Awards.
Historically, Board of Governors Awards are for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability. For this award an Emmy® Statuette is given. There is the possibility of one award, more than one award, or no award.
This award can be given to an individual, a company or an organization for outstanding achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to be beyond the realm of the awards presented in the categories of achievement.
Members of the Board of Governors nominate, for consideration by the Board, the individuals, companies and/or organizations which they consider merit this highest award of the Chapter. Nominations must be submitted in writing in time to be considered at a Governors’ Meeting at least one month prior to the presentation of the awards. A five-sixths favorable vote of the returned ballots is required to present award.
2019 – San Francisco State University, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department Chair Dr. Sami Reist, holding statue.
2018 – VICTOR LEE, (Silver Circle 1999), Reporter KGO ABC 7, former KRON 4
(Background) NATAS President STEVE SHLISKY, Awards Chair WAYNE FREEDMAN
2017 – JOYCE MITCHELL, (Silver Circle 2010) Executive Producer, 4U Productions
2016 – STAN ATKINSON, (Silver Circle 1986) Former Anchor/Reporter Host
2014 – RITA WILLIAMS, (Silver Circle 2001) Reporter, KTVU Channel 2
2013 – DON SANCHEZ, (Silver Circle 2000) anchor/reporter, KGO ABC 7
(background) NATAS President, KEITH SANDERS; presenter CHERYL JENNINGS, KGO ABC 7
2012 – FRED LaCOSSE, (Gold Circle 2016, Silver Circle 1988) anchor/host/reporter/producer, LaCosse Productions
with wife, TERRY LOWRY, receiving the Governors’ Service Medallion.
2011 – LINDA GIANNECCHINI, (Silver Circle 1996) Director/AD/Administration, KQED 9,
Franklin Mieuli Associates
2010 – WENDY TOKUDA, (Silver Circle 2001) Anchor/Reporter, KPIX 5, KRON 4
2009 – CHERYL JENNINGS, (Silver Circle 2003) Anchor/Reporter, KGO ABC 7
2004 – BARBARA RODGERS, (Silver Circle 2002) anchor/reporter, KPIX 5
2003 – RIGO CHACON, (Silver Circle 1997) Reporter/South Bay Bureau Chief, KGO ABC 7
2001 – LUIS ECHOGOYEN, (Gold Circle 2008. Silver Circle 1994)
anchor/reporter, KDTV Univision 14
2000 – TERRY LOWRY, (Silver Circle 1996) anchor/host, KGO 7, KRON 4, KTVU 2, KICU 36, La Cosse Productions;
FRED ZEHNDER, (Silver Circle 1981) news director, KTVU Channel 2
1999 – DAVE McELHATTON, (Silver Circle 1988) anchor, KPIX 5
(presenter) WENDY TOKUDA, KPIX 5
1998 – Founding NATAS Member NANCY BESST, (Silver Circle 1988)
Romper Room’s “Miss Nancy”
1996 – BELVA DAVIS, (Silver Circle 1989) anchor/reporter, KQED 9, KRON 4,
KPIX 5; BILL MOORE, (Silver Circle 1989) photographer, KTVU Channel 2
1992- SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK, (Silver Circle 1996) host, actress, diplomat
1991 – RUSS COUGLAN. (Silver Circle 1986) general manager, anchor, columnist, KGO ABC 7
1990 – Producer LEE MENDELSON, (Silver Circle 1988) creator/cartoonist CHARLES SCHULTZ, (Silver Circle 1997) Peanuts TV specials
1989 – Dr. RAY DOLBY, Dolby Sound, Ampex video tape recorder
(second from left RAY DOBLY, fourth CHARLES GINSBURG)
1988 – TERRENCE O’FLAHERTY, (Silver Circle 1986) television columnist
San Francisco Chronicle;
RICHARD R. RECTOR, (Silver Circle 1986) Power/Rector Productions
1981 – JACK ARMSTRONG, (Silver Circle 1986) TV Guide, NATAS administrator
1979 – DON HARRIS, NBC News correspondent; ROBERT BROWN, NBC News cameraman (both were killed at Jim Jones People’s Temple, Jonestown)
1978 – PHILO T. FARNSWORTH, Father of Television
(award presented Philo’s son, PHILO T. FARNSWORTH III)
1977 – THE BROADCAST INDUSTRY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
(no photo available)
1975 – DR. BENJAMIN DRAPER, San Francisco State University, former producer Science in Action, KRON 4: LOUIS S. SIMON, former vice president/general manger, KPIX 5
1974 – CHARLES HALL, Pioneer 10 project manger, accepts award for the
AMES RESEARCH CENTER, Jupiter remote telecast
1973 – JONATHAN RICE, (Silver Circle 1986) director of programming, KQED 9
(center KQED Auction with general manger JAMES DAY)
1972- HAROLD P. SEE, president Chronicle Broadcasting Company, KRON 4
(live weekly program Science in Action, third from left producer BEN DRAPER;
KRON master control and transmitter atop San Bruno Mountain.