GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE
Class of 2023
The Gold & Silver Circle Class of 2023: (Clockwise) DOMI DOMALAOG, JIM STIMSON, RON ACKER’S SON JONATHAN, JULIETTE GOODRICH, PAULA MARCHESCHI, RICK QUAN, RICHARD HARMELINK, & VICKI LIVIAKIS.
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GOLD CIRCLE CLASS OF 2023
RONALD L. ACKER
Retired Video Editor, KTVU FOX 2, Oakland
For 52 years, Ron Acker edited news and specials for KTVU with passion and a flare. He retired from working full-time but still can’t give it up. He now edits once a week from home and his mission to produce exceptional work continues. That includes daily news, special reports and investigative projects.
Acker’s work has earned him numerous awards. An Emmy®, Peabody, and the American Legion’s Fourth Estate Award for Excellence in Journalism.
The Peabody came in 2009 for the Bart Shootings. The Fourth Estate Award in 2017 for an investigative report entitled “Mental Hospital Hell.” The piece used
hidden cameras to reveal deplorable conditions at the John George Psychiatric Hospital. Patients were recorded sleeping and eating on the floor, moaning and crying out for help.
Acker is known as a calming, experienced force with editing precision, able to effectively and cleanly weave together powerful pieces that enhance storytelling. He’s considered a legend at KTVU – and in the television industry.
Retired Assistant News Director, KCRA 3, Sacramento
(Silver Circle Class of 2008, Governors’ Citation 2021)
Jim Stimson‘s lifelong dedication to television began at UC Davis when he landed a spot at the campus radio station KDVS. That led to freelance work for NBC, ABC and the Associated Press. Then an internship evolved into a full-time job in the KCRA Newsroom. All of that while he was still in college.
Jim first focused on KCRA’s radio side, but soon transitioned to TV, rising from writer to producer, then senior producer, executive producer and, eventually, Assistant News Director. Altogether Jim would spend more than 47 years with KCRA.
Across five decades, Jim helped guide coverage of one major story after another – the Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1997 New Year’s flood, the Scott Peterson verdict, the Paradise wildfire, and so much more. He oversaw investigations, special projects, and thousands of newscasts.
Jim’s work also extended beyond Sacramento. He produced gubernatorial and U.S. Senate debates that were broadcast statewide and a town hall broadcast with President Clinton that included live audiences in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Jim Stimson is the recipient of nine Emmy® Awards in six different categories, including News Excellence. He was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle in 2008 and honored with the NATAS Governors Citation in 2001. Now retired, Jim remains active in the television community, through his support of scholarship and mentor programs as well as judging Emmy® Award entries.
SILVER CIRCLE CLASS OF 2023
MICHAEL ‘DOMI’ DOMALAOG
Photographer, KCRA 3, Sacramento
Michael Domalaog – also known as “Domi” – is a long-time photographer at KCRA Channel 3. He’s traveled the world covering several Olympics with Reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick. He’s humble and experienced, the kind of photographer every reporter wants.
He started in television as chief photographer at KSBW TV in 1980 where he stayed five years. Then, he was hired by Channel 3, and he’s been at the station nearly 40 years. He’s witnessed many of the technological changes impacting the world of television. And he prevails. Domi is an Emmy® award recipient, covering daily news and sports.
Domi says that he’s always focused on the task at hand but enjoys the sights
along the way. He believes in stopping to smell the roses and taking in everything this world has to offer. Domi does a great job at negotiating with difficult people in the field who want to know where his camera is pointing. His motto is, “Try to stay cool when you can and think on your feet.”
Anchor, CBS Bay Area KPIX, San Francisco
A familiar face in Bay Area homes, Juliette Goodrich joined KPIX in 1997, anchoring and reporting during her years at the station. Now, a weekday anchor, Goodrich remains a surprise, having authored several children’s books. Proceeds benefit local reading and writing programs. Covering news, Goodrich received several Emmy® awards as well as recognition from Nor Cal RTNDA for her work. When not working as a journalist, Goodrich raises her three children, and volunteers for community organizations including the Northern California Special Olympics and the American Red Cross. She’s also competed in several triathlons for the See Jane Run Breast Cancer Fund. Before moving home to the Bay Area, Goodrich reported in Sacramento at CBS 13.
Photographer, ABC30 KFSN, Fresno (Governor’s Service Medallion in 2014)
Breaking news in the Central Valley and KFSN Photographer Richard Harmelink is there. Like the good ones, he’s a photographer who braves the unknown to get the shot while always watching out for those around him.
Harmelink is an adventure-seeking, distinguished photographer who shoots, and edits his own stories. He studied at Cal State University, Fresno and is a multi-Emmy® award recipient. He has worked diligently on behalf of his market to represent Fresno with NATAS, serving as Vice President of Fresno.
For years, he’s worked as a Governor while also serving as Chair of the Governor and Officer Nominating Committees and member of the Awards Committee. For his dedication, Harmelink was presented with the Governor’s Service Medallion in 2014.
Anchor, KRON 4, San Francisco
Breaking news, feature reporting, and Vicki Liviakis all go hand-in-hand. A trained Journalist from the University of California at Berkeley where she also studied politics, Liviakis is always on the move. She’s traveled the globe, hosting on-location from Hollywood to Hong Kong. The recipient of Emmys®, RNTDA awards among many others, she currently anchors the evening news at KRON4 and shoots, writes, and produces news profiles as well as the Dine & Dish local food scene feature.
A survivor of the massive East Bay Firestorm in 1991, Vicki has hosted fire safety programs and recently traveled to Maui and interviewed people affected by the devastating wildfire. Those of us who go back a while are aware of San Francisco’s popular radio station KFRC. Liviakis was an anchor and news director in radio before heading into TV. After KFRC, Liviakis went on to host and report for a variety of local and national television programs including The West, produced at Sacramento station KCRA. She was a national correspondent and news magazine host for Fox, CBS and NBC. She anchored the Travel Update program syndicated on more than 100 TV stations in the U.S. and several other countries.
Creative Director, ABC7 KGO, San Francisco
No stranger to hard work, Paula Marcheschi tackles the tough projects as Creative Director at ABC 7. She rolls up her sleeves, editing and polishing both news stories, long format programs and branding for the station. She started as an intern in 1991, became a production assistant, writer, producer, and editor while also working in promotions. A Bay Area native, she grew up watching the station she’s now working for but certainly never thought she’d end up spending 30 years at KGO. But that was her destiny and Marcheschi says she’s never been bored. Television doesn’t allow for that. It’s in a constant state of evolution and Marcheschi says as the business changes, so does she. Paula is completing her second term as Governor and has been appointed as a Vice-Chair to the Awards Committee of the Board of Governors of our chapter.
Anchor, KITV 4, Honolulu, Hawaii
While the Bay Area is beautiful and Rick Quan enjoyed his many years spent both at KPIX-TV and KGO 7, few places are truly as beautiful as the Hawaiian Islands. That’s one of the reasons he chose to return to KITV in 2021 where he had previously worked for 7 years as a sports anchor and reporter before moving to San Francisco. Quan said that Honolulu has changed since his last job there last but that the spirit of Aloha is strong. He now anchors the 5, 6 & 10PM Island News for KITV. Quan has been honored with numerous awards including two regional Emmy® awards and recognition from RTNDA and Associated Press. Perhaps best known for his work as anchor and sportscaster, he’s also an award-winning documentary producer who has profiled a number of Asian American pioneers including the late Ed Lee, the first Asian American Mayor of San Francisco. Quan continues to be active in the Asian American community, helping non-profits including the Chinese Historical Society of America.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Sports Director, CBS Bay Area KPIX, San Francisco (Silver Circle Class of 2020)
Vern Glenn joined KPIX in June of 2012 as a weekend sports anchor/weekday sports reporter and MMJ. Now Sports Director, Glenn is a five-time Emmy® Award recipient who before KPIX had worked at KRON 4 News since 1990. While at KRON, he was tagged with the nickname “Mr. Involvement” for literally throwing himself into the middle of his feature stories. Memorable moments include bungee jumping, sky diving, bull riding, boxing, pro football and a dirt bike crash. “Mr. Involvement” has created a niche in the television market. Glenn brings that same type of energy to KPIX. Among his memorable personal assignments was reporting from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Vern is completing his first term as a Governor of the Academy.
2023 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
TATUM ‘THEO’ GARVEY, California College of the Arts; Sheldon ‘Shelly’ Fay Memorial Undergraduate Videography Scholarship $3,000
ALISA GOROKHOVA, University of California, Berkeley; Jerry Jensen Memorial Graduate Journalism Scholarship $3,000
CELESTE JONES, California State University. Fresno; Peter J Marion Memorial Undergraduate Production Scholarship $3,000
FLORENCE MIDDLETON, University of California, Berkeley; Nancy ‘Miss Nancy’ Besst Memorial Graduate Production Scholarship $3,000
TARIQ STONE, California College of the Arts; Louise JorJorian Memorial Overall Excellence Scholarship $5,000
JEAN ZAMORA, University of California, Berkeley; Jerry Jensen Memorial Graduate Journalism Scholarship $3,000
THE GOLD & SILVER CIRCLE
NOMINATION FORMS: Silver Circle Gold Circle
Application deadline: April 15, 2024
The Silver Circle is not an award — it is a society of honor. To be eligible for membership, individuals must have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 25 years or more (with at least half of those years in the chapter region), made a significant contribution to their local television markets and distinguished themselves within the industry and the community. Silver Circle inductees are elected by current members of the Silver Circle.
The Gold Circle honors individuals who have been actively engaged in television broadcasting for 50 years or more (with at least half of those years in the chapter region) and who have fulfilled the same criteria as Silver Circle nominees. Gold Circle inductees are elected by the NATAS Chapter Board of Governors.
NOMINATION PROCESS: The Gold & Silver Circle Committee selects nominations from the applications received. The cut-off for induction is determined by the Silver Circle Committee. Voting for the Silver Circle is done by the Silver Circle membership. Voting for Gold Circle membership is done by the Board of Governors.