• Board of Governors Election

    The 2022 Central Great Lakes Board of Governors election is now open. Each year the chapter asks members to select the professionals who will not only organize the EMMY® Awards Gala, but also represent our chapter.

    This year we have seven qualified candidates ( signifies incumbent candidates):

    • Jonathan Adkins , WKYC
    • Joe Cromer , WTOL
    • Dr. Phil Hoffman, Ball State
    • Alyssa Ivanson, WANE
    • Maureen Jennings Caruso, WRTV
    • Sia Nyorkr, WOIO & WUAB
    • Steve Warren, Bally Sports Ohio

    Please vote for the FIVE (5) candidates you feel would best represent the chapter.

    Vote YES to accept the candidate, NO to not accept the candidate, or Abstain if you choose to not cast a vote for a particular candidate.

    Once you've made a selection for each candidate, tick the recaptcha checkbox, then click the Cast Ballot button at the bottom of the form. The deadline to vote is May 19, 2022.

    News Content Director, WKYC - Cleveland, OH

    Jonathan Adkins is the News Content Director at WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio, leading the day-to-day newsroom editorial coverage and operations.

    Adkins was named News Content Director at WKYC-TV, TEGNA’s NBC affiliate, in August 2018. He has worked at the station since December of 2007 serving in roles as the station’s Assistant News Director, Managing Editor and Executive Producer of several shows and special projects. During his time at the station his work has been recognized with several regional Emmy and Murrow awards, as well as other honors. Adkins has also coordinated coverage for several national political conventions including coverage for the TEGNA and NBC broadcasts teams during the Cleveland Republican National Convention in 2016. Prior to joining TEGNA, Adkins served as a senior producer for Cleveland’s WJW Fox affiliate. He began his career as a producer for NBC’s WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York. Adkins is a graduate of Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA.

    News Photographer, WTOL - Toledo, OH

    I have been working as a Photojournalist for over 20 years covering all kinds of major breaking news. 3-Emmy wins, Edward R Murrow win, Touchstone award winner as well as AP winner.

    Assistant Dean of Media & General Manager, Ball State - Muncie, IN

    Dr. Phil Hoffman currently is Assistant Dean of Media and General Manager at Ball State Public Media (BSPM). BSPM includes Ball State PBS and Indiana Public Radio, a radio network serving NPR news in East Central Indiana and the Indianapolis suburbs.

    A veteran public media leader, Phil has served in Ohio, Missouri, and Florida as a leader of public media stations. His media career began in Akron, Ohio at WKDD and WAKR. He also worked as a reporter and producer at WAKC TV in Akron and led 91.3 The Summit in Akron for nearly a decade.

    Phil previously served on the Board of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter in the early 2000’s and earned the Board of Governors Award in 2014 for his service to the chapter. A three-time Emmy winning documentary maker, he believes in the mission of NATAS and serving media professionals. He loves to assist in judging for other chapters so he can grab great ideas.

    Phil is a native of Akron, OH, with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of Akron.

    News Talent, WANE - Ft. Wayne, IN

    Alyssa Ivanson is the evening anchor for Fort Wayne’s number one news station.

    Alyssa joined WANE 15 in January 2006 as a reporter/producer. Since then, her various roles included eight years as weekend evening anchor, two years as the 15 Finds Out lead investigative reporter and three years as morning anchor. She returned from maternity leave in June 2021 as evening anchor.

    Alyssa loves getting to tell our community’s stories. Her work has been nominated for regional Emmy awards 15 times and she’s been awarded numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Indiana Associated Press. The AP named Alyssa ‘Best Reporter’ three times.

    Alyssa graduated cum laude from Ball State University’s Honors College in 2006 with a Telecommunications – News Option degree and double minor in Journalism and Public Relations.

    Alyssa’s volunteered with many organizations in Fort Wayne including Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2013, Alyssa was named the “National Big Sister of the Year.” She also enjoys competitive ballroom dancing and traveling the world.

    Alyssa and her husband welcomed their first child in March 2021. They already loved living, working and playing in Fort Wayne and it’s even better with a little one!

    Senior News Director, WRTV - Indianapolis, IN

    Maureen joined WRTV as News Director in November 2021. Before joining WRTV, Maureen spent 8 years at the Indianapolis FOX and CBS affiliated duopoly WXIN/WTTV. In 2016, Maureen was promoted to assistant news director. She helped add several newscasts on FOX59 and was part of the team that launched CBS4.

    A native Hoosier, Maureen graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and Ball State University. She started her television career as a producer in South Bend at WSJV, followed by two stops in Chicago at CLTV and WGN, before returning home to Indianapolis.

    News Talent, WOIO-WUAB - Cleveland, OH

    Sia Nyorkor joined Cleveland 19 in 2015, after working at CBS affiliates in Florida and Kansas. Sia anchors the weekend AM newscasts and reports weekdays for the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. news. She’s an Emmy award-winning journalist who got her start working behind the scenes at New Jersey Public Television & Radio. Although she loved working on documentaries and long-form pieces she aspired to step in front of the camera to tell the stories. A skilled multimedia journalist, Sia prides herself on shooting, reporting, writing and editing the majority of her reports for multiple platforms. Her reports have been featured on national shows such as TV One's Fatal Attraction, Oxygen's Snapped and the Investigation Discovery channel. In 2017, Sia received a Genesis Award in the Outstanding TV News Series category for her series of reports on the death of K9 Jethro.

    Sia holds a Bachelor of Arts Journalism from Indiana University's Ernie Pyle School of Journalism and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in the City of New York. Her master's thesis was an award-winning documentary film about a Harlem muralist that broadcast on public television stations across the nation. Sia and her reports have been featured on national shows such as TV One's Fatal Attraction, Oxygen's Snapped and the Investigation Discovery channel.

    Active with the National Association of Black Journalists, Sia has served at the local and national level and is a mentor to young, aspiring journalists. She is also a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sia is thrilled to be next door to home where she can visit her parents and cheer on her HOOSIERS!

    Production Operations, Bally Sports Ohio - Cleveland, OH

    Steve Warren is the Director of Operations for Bally Sports Ohio / Bally Sports Great Lakes, based in Cleveland, a position he has held since 2014, shortly after Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio in 2012. In this position, he oversees the studio facilities in Cleveland and Cincinnati, the facilities and crews for Guardians & Reds (MLB) baseball, Cavs (NHL) basketball, Blue Jackets (NHL) hockey and Crew (MLS) soccer. Prior to that, he was the Coordinating Producer for STO. He was hired and served as the Producer for Cleveland Indians broadcasts when SportsTime Ohio was formed in 2006.

    Steve worked for 13 seasons as the Manger of Broadcast Operations for the Cleveland Indians and was responsible for all video and audio production for the team; coordinated production with local and national rights holders; supervised Game Day Entertainment including video board, scoreboards and sound system. He also spent 23 years (overlapping his time with the Indians) as a freelance Producer, Director and Technical Director - primarily in live sports. He has had the opportunity to work Olympics, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL including covering championships in each. NCAA Football and Basketball, Golf, Boxing… everything from Rugby to Horse Jumping for clients including all the major broadcast and cable sports networks.

    Elected as a Governor for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter in 2003 & 2004, Steve was elected back to the Board in 2017. He was elected Alternate Trustee in 2018 and Trustee in 2019. He is the proud recipient of multiple Regional and National Emmy Awards. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in North Canton, Ohio. An active Freemason, he has served as Master of William H. Hoover Lodge in North Canton and as Commander in Chief of the Valley of Canton, AASR. He is past president of the Rotary E-ClubNEO. Hobbies include flying (instrument-rated private pilot), boating, motorcycling and shooting sporting clays.

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