In this virtual media panel – Navigating Tensions in War Coverage” – speakers will highlight key frameworks and checklists to guide reporters, editors and producers in covering the multi-layered contexts of the conflict in the Middle East region and at home, including demonstrations across the nation’s campuses. It will stream Live on YouTube and Facebook on May 30, Thursday at 11:30 am PDT.

Panelists including former veteran television war reporters, news and law enforcement leaders will also discuss another ongoing war at home: tensions in America’s newsrooms, in line with coverage in conflict zones.

This digital dialogue is anchored on DEI and Belonging as a crucial framework that steers newsrooms towards an inclusive culture of storytelling driven by accuracy, balance and respect for diverse perspectives. This includes the lens of journalists of color that provide nuance.

The NATAS [National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences] SF/NorCAL chapter’s DEI Committee presents this follow-up virtual forum focused on navigating tensions in war coverage, from an insightful digital dialogue on the dangers and psychological impacts of war reporting, held last November 2023.


NATAS SF NORCAL hosted a virtual live event with notable former war correspondents on Saturday November 18, 2023

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, 2022 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

Muslim and Middle Eastern Journalists

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

ARTICLE: April Diversity program focusing on Muslim and Middle Eastern issues




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


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.

Revealing interactions by industry and chapter insiders 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.



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Listen to the Podcast “Setting Presidents: Diversity”

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


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Diversity Chair
Odette Alcazaren-Keeley