• Board of Governors Election

    The 2023 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 eight qualified candidates ( signifies incumbent candidates):

    • Jasmine S. Crighton , BGSU
    • Lindsey Watson, WKBN 27 First News
    • JoAnn Larsen, Kent State University/TV2
    • Alan Glazen, Glazen Studios
    • Dr. Phil Hoffman, Ball State PBS & IPR
    • Tom Powell, WPTA
    • Jo Throckmorton, Jo Throckmorton Filmworks
    • Tiffany Tarpley, WTOL

    Please vote for the SIX (6) 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 22, 2023.

    Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Media & Communication
    Bowling Green State University

    Jasmine Crighton is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University. She advises BG24, the broadcast journalism division of Falcon Media, and teaches media production and journalism courses. Crighton’s background includes a 2009 Emmy win for Outstanding Technical Director in the Pacific Southwest chapter of NATAS and experience as a member of the Board of Governors in the Central Great Lakes and Mid-America chapters. She also worked as a news producer in Steubenville before moving into teaching journalism and media production full-time. Crighton is a two-time winner of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s Outstanding Advisor Award for College Television and has recently been recognized as a Distinguished Broadcast Adviser by the College Media Association. She was also named a “Noteworthy Journalism Educator” in 2019 by Crain’s NewsPro magazine.

    Evening Anchor/ Reporter
    WKBN 27 First News

    As a journalist and multimedia content creator, Lindsey Watson has dedicated herself to telling stories that matter. Over the course of her career, she has covered a wide range of important topics, from local politics to social justice issues. Through her reporting, Lindsey has highlighted the struggles and triumphs of individuals and communities, giving voice to those who often go unheard. She is also deeply involved in her community, volunteering with organizations that work to improve the lives of those in need. Through her work and her actions, Lindsey is a shining example of the power of storytelling and the importance of being an engaged and caring member of society.

    Kent State University/TV2

    JoAnn Larsen began her broadcasting career as a radio and production engineer for WWWE/WWWM (now WTAM/WMJI) in 1977, and transitioned to television a few years later as an engineer at WUAB.

    In her 42 years at WUAB she many hats. She began working overnight and running master control, but soon made the transition to production, first as an editor, then as Producer/Director. She stayed through the merger with WOIO (becoming one of the first duopolies in the country), continuing to write, produce and edit, and eventually managing Public Affair for the stations as well. Throughout much of that time she also freelanced with various Cleveland sports teams for local, national, and in-house feeds.

    After retiring from WOIO.WUAB in 2020, JoAnn was co-founder of SLA Video Productions, producing digital content for the over-55 demographic. Then in 20201 she also joined the staff of Kent State University. She’s currently the TV2 Studio Coordinator overseeing the student-driven TV2 News & Entertainment show broadcasts. She loves the enthusiasm & professionalism of these future media stars.

    Alan Glazen is a 50 year veteran of the advertising and television production industries. The co-founder of the Cleveland International Film Festival and multiple award-winning writer, producer and director of commercials and documentaries, Glazen was inducted in to the AAA Advertising Hall of Fame. He founded Glazen Creative Studios, a production company with offices in Cleveland, Toronto and NYC.

    He has been an EMMY judge for many years, and is a lecturer/professor of entrepreneurship and commercial arts in Cleveland, New York City, Paris, Barcelona and in Iceland. He is on the board of IESE School of Business, Europe’s top graduate business school. His documentary programs, entitled “The Ethnic American Experience,” was produced for PBS as a prime time series, and was nominated for a NYC Emmy.

    Now retired, Glazen created "Cleveland Chain Reaction", which offers urban entrepreneurs training, funding and promotional opportunities. That program followed CNBC’s “Cleveland Hustles,” where Glazen served as an on-air “shark” and funded The Cleveland Bagel Company. He and his wife donated property which will soon become the Rev. Albert Wagner Museum in Cleveland, celebrating Cleveland’s most collected outsider artist. Glazen has a B.A. in American literature and an MBA, focused on supply chain.

    Assistant Dean of Media & General Manager
    Ball State PBS & IPRF

    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 Director
    WPTA, Ft. Wayne, IN

    Tom Powell is a well-respected newsroom leader with more than 20 years of experience in television news. His work as a journalist has been recognized with two regional Emmy awards and a regional Murrow award. He is currently the News Director at WPTA. Before anchoring and reporting for ABC21, Tom anchored Fort Wayne's NBC News at 5, 6, and 11 with broadcast veteran Linda Jackson.

    Tom took his first reporting job in Sioux Falls after graduating from the University of Illinois. He then spent eight years as a general assignment reporter at WREG in Memphis and five years as an anchor at WSJV in South Bend.

    Jo Throckmorton Filmworks - Bloomington, IN

    I am an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who works in feature films, short films, broadcast, and commercial production. I was nominated at the 67th Annual DGA (Director’s Guild of America) Awards for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement. My work has been recognized with multiple Silver Telly Awards, an Addy Gold Award from the American Advertising Federation for a National TV Campaign, and a CINE Golden Eagle. I have produced a number of PBS programs - one of which was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalist for “Best Social Justice Reporting.”

    I began my career in film as the Promotions Manager (doing product placement on screen) for the John Sayle’s feature, “City of Hope,” before moving to NYC to work on more films. I moved to Cincinnati to work for Warner Cable TV and during that time produced, edited and distributed the feature film, “Suspicions,” which had showings in major cities such as San Francisco, New York City, Cincinnati, and Chicago before being released on DVD.

    I have continued to produce and direct projects with an emphasis on commercial projects and documentaries. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington since 2011 and will begin teaching at Indiana University-Indianapolis in the fall of 2023. I have been involved in the creation and implementation of the new Film Tax Credit with the state of Indiana. My work takes me across the country, allowing me to work with a wide range of industry professionals.

    Morning Anchor, WTOL - Toledo, OH

    Tiffany Tarpley is an award winning journalist who has been in television news for 20 years. She has worked at several stations throughout her career, including WKYC-TV in Cleveland, WUPW-TV in Toledo, WDJT-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and WLIO-TV in Lima. Currently, Tiffany is a morning anchor at WTOL-TV, the same station where she started her career working as a video editor for the noon newscast. Tiffany is a multi-skilled journalist, which means she can shoot, write and edit her own stories.

    She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Advisory Board of the Media Arts Program at Lorain County Community College and NAMI Greater Toledo’s African American Leadership Initiative. She’s also volunteered in various ways with several organizations throughout her career.

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