Each month, these revealing interactions by industry and chapter insiders are designed to help NATAS members to:
* better understand what individual cultural identities bring to our business,
* discover common ground for continuing discussions, and
* energize brainstorming for more powerful storytelling that connects our audiences, and workplace colleagues.

TV journalists from the LGBTQIA+ community share candidly
about the personal pressures of coming out to family and colleagues,
plus facing unique and uncomfortable workplace expectations as
“The Invisible Diversity” trying to advance in their broadcast careers.

Hank Plante,
Retired Newspaper / TV Reporter & Anchor, in Palm Springs
Tony Russomanno, Retired Newspaper, Radio, TV Reporter, in Santa Cruz
Drew TumaMeteorologist, ABC 7 News, San Francisco
Will Thomas, Former TV Reporter/Anchor, in Washington D.C.  
Len Kiese, Morning News Anchor, KPIX 5, San Francisco
Sergio Quintana, TV News Reporter, NBC Bay Area in San Francisco
Taylor Bisacky, TV multimedia journalist, KRON 4, San Francisco
Bob Rucker, African American Host/Former. CNN San Francisco Correspondent and NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter, Diversity Committee Chair

Episode Promo
Premieres June 18 at 1pm


In May, for Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, industry members from these cultures, both on-air and in TV management, candidly open up about career experiences to recent hate crimes against Asians nationwide.

Kiet Do, TV News Reporter / Producer, KPIX 5 TV San Francisco
Janice Gin, News Director, KITV Hawaii
George Kiriyama, KTVU 2 Managing Editor / Former. TV Reporter, Bay Area
Dion Lim, TV News Anchor/Reporter, ABC 7 San Francisco
Pamela Young, TV Producer/Reporter, KHON 2 Hawaii, VP NATAS SF/NorCal.
Brian Yuen, Veteran CBS 5 Bay Area TV Photographer
Bob Rucker, Diversity Chair, NATAS SF Board of Governors/Former. CNN Correspondent


Nazy Javid,
Persian American/TV News Anchor/Asst. News Director, Redding, CA and
Vice-President of Small Markets, NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter
Ahmad Zia Ferozpur,
Afghan Journalist & News Anchor for Volant Media (From Berlin, Germany)Halima Kazem-Stoyanovic,
Afghan-American International Journalist/Professor, Human Rights & Social Justice Advocate
Keanu Haghighi,
Persian American Journalist/Associate Editorial Graphics Producer, ESPN
Omar Perez,
Latino American/Digital Producer/Reporter, KRON 4, San Francisco
Gasia Mikaelian
Armenian American TV Anchor/Reporter, “Mornings on 2”, KTVU, SF Bay Area
Bob Rucker,
African American Host/Fmr. CNN San Francisco Correspondent and NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter, Diversity Committee Chair
Link to YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/_Wh81BAN2qM
Link to Facebook Live: EMMY SF TV, NATAS NorCal


DIVERSITY: Let’s Really Talk About It

Maria Cid Medina, KPIX Reporter, San Jose
Jessica Aguirre, Evening TV Anchor, NBC Bay Area, SF
Stephanie Adrouny, VP of News, NBC Bay Area, SF
Cheryl Hurd, TV Reporter, NBC Bay Area, SF
Christin Ayers, Lead Reporter, KING 5, Seattle / Fmr. Reporter, KPIX 5. SF
Sara Ivey, Retired 40-Year TV Journalist, Producer, Director, Writer
Pamela Young, Host, Special Projects Producer, “Mixed Plate,” Honolulu, HI
HOST: Bob Rucker, Fmr. CNN Correspondent, SF/ NorCal Board of Governors
Steve Shlisky, Past President, NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter, Activities/Programs Chair
Randy Forsman, President, NATAS SF/NorCal Chapter

“Black History Month”
“Stop Asian Hate”

Priya David Clemens – Host/Anchor/Journalist, KQED San Francisco
Devin Fehely – Anchor/Reporter/Drone Operator, KPIX 5 San Francisco
McKenna Maduli – Creator & TV Host, ‘Talk Story’ for Hawaii News Now
Raul Lima  – Technical Director, Univision 21, Fresno
Janice Gin – News Director, KITV (ABC) Honolulu, Hawaii
Kevin Wing – Vice President, NATAS San Francisco Chapter
Dan Ashley
 – Evening Anchor, ABC7  San Francisco
Luz Peña – TV News Reporter, ABC7 San Francisco
Bob Rucker – Former. CNN Correspondent/ NATAS SF Diversity Chair
Steve Shlisky – Diversity Special Event Producer/Past President, NATAS SF

The NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Chapter strives for inclusivity as we serve media outlets and storytellers creating content for diverse audiences throughout our region.

Through the Diversity arm of our Membership Committee, we aim to develop programs, activities, and benefits that ensure all of our members feel engaged, supported, and valued by our organization.



Click to take Diversity Survey

Listen to the Podcast “Setting Presidents: Diversity”

Click to view 10/3/20 Zoom Roundtable (1:26)

“Diversity Subcommittee to be Led by Retired SJSU Professor Bob Rucker”
“Membership Drive Includes Diversity Media Push”

Go to the Diversity Style Guide

Media Organizations Honoring Diversity

Click on logo to take you to organizations website












Diversity Chair
Link to Bob’s Bio