NEWS PROFILE: Tara Faccenda
Faccenda, well-known in the regional TV community from her
work at the Planning and Assignment Desks at FOX 29 and CN8,
joined NATAS in January as our new Chapter Administrator.
The Boothwyn, PA resident began her news career in 1994 at
Fox 29 as a production assistant, holds a BA degree from Temple
University and studied Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi
State University. Her new role encompasses the administration
of all activities and member services for our association
of over 800 TV industry professionals, including overseeing
the prestigious Mid-Atlantic
Emmy Awards program.
Interviewed this month by NATAS News Editor Rebecca Ayars,
Tara shares some thoughts on her career experiences, the TV
biz, and her new job.
Her Start in the TV Industry:
“I grew up in a family of school teachers and technically-minded
professionals, but working in TV was the only thing I ever
wanted to do. I liked to write, was interested in world events
and had that nosiness that all news people share. I thought
I wanted to be a reporter, but an internship at Fox my senior
year changed all that -- I saw that the assignment desk was
where the action was, was the center of everything –
so that’s where I wanted to be.”
Her Toughest News Day:
“The Blizzard of ’96 (with 32” of snow)
was my baptism by fire -- the first major news event I worked.
I was the weekend assignment editor with a limited weekend
crew. There was more snow than what was forecasted. News Director
John Mussoni made it into the station, and together, we pulled
in crew, director and live trucks to do extended coverage
for a few days.”
How “The Desk” Prepared Her For NATAS:
“The multi-tasking I did in news is really serving me
well in this job. Also, my understanding of the region’s
programming, the business in general and how everyone interacts
is very helpful as I work with our membership and to oversee
the Emmy Award process.”
Favorite Non-News Programming:
“For adult drama, I love ‘24’ and the ‘O.C.’”
“After years of getting ‘are you related to John
Faccenda?’ (I’m not), I am happy to confirm I
am indeed related (by marriage) to Scott Faccenda, director
of operations for Comcast SportsNet.”
She Is Most Excited About:
“I am really looking forward to seeing everything come
together at the Emmy Awards Gala this fall. I like to see
people rewarded for their hard work.”
CHAPTER LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
a minute to check out our newly-designed website: www.natasmid-atlantic.org.
The user-friendly format allows members to deliver up-to-date
Chapter information – from Membership and Program News
to the Job Bank - right to their desktops. It also offers “one-stop
shopping” for all news about the upcoming Emmy Awards.
Individuals can download the Call for Entries, Entry Forms and
labels to submit work for the 2005 Emmy Awards. An Emmy Award
archives section, dating back to 1999, is another interesting
feature, and members can log on to get acquainted with Chapter
leadership, find the new address and contact information, and
much, much more.
Deadlines & Coming Events:
Emmy entry submissions
Emmy entry submissions
Entry Form? Visit www.natasmid-atlantic.org
to access and print forms.
Emmy Award Entries
Chapter Administrator Tara Faccenda provides answers to the Top
Five “frequently asked questions” regarding Emmy entries:
I have to be a member to submit an entry?
Entries fees are reduced for members, but non-members may submit
at the non-member rate.
one entry fee cover all entrants?
All entrants must pay entry fees to be eligible to receive a statue
for a winning entry. Up to five entrants are permitted in all
news and programming categories, except for newcast and individual
I enter my work in more than one category?
Any single piece of work may be entered in only one news or programming
category. However, Community Outreach and Special Categories #41
and #42 are exempt from the cross filing rule. You may include
work you have entered in news and programming categories in your
Individual Achievement entry (Categories #43-64).
judges my entry and determines the Emmy winner?
All Mid-Atlantic Emmy Entries are judged by panels of TV industry
peers working in other comparable markets around the country.
Judging certification forms require each judge to provide professional
background relevant to the category judged.
I don’t pay the entry fee now, can I buy a statue later
if we win?
Only those listed on the entry form are eligible to receive statues.
They cannot be purchased. Personalized Production certificates
are available for purchase ($25) to recognize other contributors
to the award winning entry.
THANK YOU TO OUR EMMY JUDGES
All Emmy tape
judging is accomplished by “trading tapes” with NATAS
Chapters across the country. Without Mid-Atlantic member participation,
we would be unable to have our tapes judged for the Emmy Awards.
A special thank you to all of our Emmy Judging Panel Leaders (listed
below) who were integral in the Emmy judging process for the Boston
and Chesapeake/DC Chapters. If you are interested in judging,
please contact Tara Faccenda at (610) 859-8886.
Aguila, Comcast SportsNet
John Barra, NJN
Wendy Bell, WTAE
Bill Bova, PCTN
Susan Buehler, Bellevue Communications
April Carty Sipp, Comcast SportsNet
Darin Devivo, CBS3
Mark Farkas, Shooters
Paul Gluck, WHYY
Troy Hein, WFMZ
Shelley Hoffman, CBS3/UPN57
Stacey Jeffers, FOX29
Sandy Kern, WITF
Doug Legore, WHTM
Eileen Matthews, Segue Productions
Rory McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies
Michelle Murmello, WBRE
Kirsten Page, WHP
April Polutan, WYBE
Dave Rupp, WGAL
Craig Schulz, CN8
Ken Selinger, CCI
Dana Smith, CN8
Andrew Stockey, WTAE
Larry Watzman, CN8
Holly Woodward, CN8
Topher Yorks, WPSX
|Sharon Baker, Teleduction
Kim Bell, Blue Ridge
Micheline Boudreau, WHYY
Dave Bowers, Banyan Productions
Amy Burkett, WLVT
Jim DePury, WPMT
Kevin Donahue, CN8
Elaine Fisher, FOX29
George Hazimanolis, WQED
Matt Hilk, WTAE
Courtney Holt, Comcast SportsNet
John Johnson, NBC10
Paul Kosuth, Fox Sports Net
Bill Markel, Comcast SportsNet
Fran McElroy, Producer
Sharon Mullally, Producer
Michael Murphy, FOX29
Dave Palmer, WB17
Carol Rosenbaum, Producer
Joe Schlener, FOX29
Andy Seigel, WTAJ
Jamie Simmons, NBC10
Rachel Sparrow, WB17
John Stone, CBS3
Richard Wilson, Outreacharts
Lauren Yee, Crewestone Technologies
THE DATE FOR A FUN NATAS NIGHT OUT
IT'S BOWLING FOR (CHARITY) DOLLARS
At Philadelphia's upscale new Bowling Lounge STRIKES
April 17 - 6-8 p.m.
4040 Locust Street in University City
Put together a team of five bowlers from your station or your
company and sign up to compete for a cash prize to be donated
to the charity of your choice. Or sign up as as individuals
and we'll put you on teams. Either way, you'll get bragging
rights and enjoy a strikingly different night out at a talked-about
HOW MUCH: $15
per person includes shoe rental. Cash Bar. Strikes offers a
full menu for casual dining, so come early or stay after for
dinner or snacks.
DETAILS AND RESERVATIONS: (215)233-0254
IN TO TV TRENDS”
IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
L to R:
Peter Shelly, NATAS President Eileen Matthews,
Kathleen Pavelko, Matt Uhl, Dan O’Donnell
L to R:
Joseph Lewin, Brian Lockman, John Riggle
The Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania was buzzing with communications industry professionals
at lunchtime on March 23, as our Chapter brought together
some of Central Pennsylvania’s most influential voices
to weigh in on TV Trends in the market and beyond. The lively
and freewheeling power lunch was organized in collaboration
with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations
Society of America.
as panelists were:
H. Joseph Lewin, Vice President & General Manager, WHTM
Dan O’Donnell, General Manager, WGAL-TV -TV
Brian Lockman, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Cable Network
Kathleen Pavelko, President & CEO, WITF, Inc.
John Riggle, Vice President & General Manager, WPMT-TV,
Matt Uhl, General Manager, WHP-TV
Moderator: Tony May, Sr., Vice President, Triad Strategies
Chairman, Pennsylvania State Public Television Network
were encouraged to submit questions during the course of the
event, a format that produced candid remarks and spontaneous
exchanges between the panelists. The panel answered questions
on topics including the return of family hour, interactivity,
multicasting, political assaults on the TV media and the future
of network news.
was a great opportunity to bring together NATAS members from
central PA stations and it’s something we’ll be
doing more of in the future,” said Chapter president
Eileen Matthews. “Panelists were also enthusiastic about
having the unprecedented chance to meet as a group with other
area GM’s. We especially thank them for their participation.”
an idea for a future event? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TO GET YOUR FIRST JOB IN TV? START HERE
Over 50 college
students from 12 colleges and universities across the region traveled
to Philadelphia on February 26 for NATAS’ popular annual career
forum, “How To Get Your First Job In TV.” Panelists
representing a wide cross section of the industry shared tips on
networking, demo tapes, resumes, interviews and internships. Break-out
sessions allowed students to talk in small groups with each of the
panelists, and those with demo tapes were able to have them screened
The Career Forum
offers truly unique chance for students to get a head start on job
hunting and gain access to top level professionals, all of whom
are genuinely interested in helping them get started in the business.
Presenters at the Student seminar included
(left to righ) Jim Donovan, Jim DePury, Paul Gluck, Cathy
Bowen, Arthur Fennell, Scott Faccenda and Courtney Brinkerhoff.
Not pictured: Moderator Dana Caterson.
tape critiques for students were John Barra (pictured, rear)
and Rob Melick.
marks our eighth year hosting this event, which is always a great
forum for students looking for an opportunity," said NATAS
Program Chair Dana Caterson, who served as moderator for the panel.
“And for our panelists, I believe it’s inspiring to
see such energy and passion among our future television leaders."
to our talented and entertaining panelists who generously shared
their time and advice to give this year’s group of future
TV professionals a real jump start on their careers.
Producer/Director, NJN Public Television
Cathy Bowen, Director
Courtney Brinkerhoff, Special Projects Producer, WTXF Fox 29
Jim DePury, News Director, WPMT Fox 43
Jim Donovan, Consumer Reporter, CBS3
Scott Faccenda, Director of Operations, Comcast SportsNet
Arthur Fennell, News Anchor, CN8, The Comcast Network
Paul Gluck, Vice President and Station Manager, WHYY, Inc.
Rob Melick, Director/Editor, WB17
Moderator: Dana Caterson, Freelance Producer
OF GOVERNORS RETREAT
NATAS Board of Governors met last January at Plymouth Whitemarsh
Valley Country Club for a day-long retreat devoted to planning
this year’s schedule of events and brainstorming about
how to better serve our membership.
(L to R) are: Front: Grace Stewart,
Paul Gluck, Eileen Matthews, George Cummings, Tara Faccenda,
and Jim DePury.
John Johnson, Laurel Spira, Janice Selinger, and Paul Kosuth;
Susan Buehler; George Hazimanolis, Kathleen Quaid-Weisz,
Dave Bowers, and Diane Carmen.
Susan Shapiro, Amy Burkett, Cathy Bowen, Shelley Hoffman,
THE 2004 EMMY AWARDS:
Wishing your parents, children, co-workers or friends
were on hand for your
acceptance speech at last year’s Emmy Gala? A
limited number of VHS copies of the
show are available on a first come, first served basis.
your appreciation for those who contributed to an Emmy-winning
You can order attractive production certificates, suitable
for framing on heavy cream stock,
as a special thank you to those who missed the spotlight.
Tara, at 610-859-8886, to order show tapes or production
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