Judging Panels are here! Below is the list from the Southeast Chapter, as well as the Student Production Awards for Boston/New England. The deadline for judging is April 18th. Methods for requesting panels include:

Questions?  Contact Bob Hammer administrator@nataslgl.org or 440-526-3669 voice or text.

These panels have all been filled.
NOTE: There are multiple categories in each panel. College panel judging is at natasstudentawards.org. Professional Judges will need to create a new Student judging account.
1,2,24 Newscast; News Report -Serious News; Talent – News or Sports
3,4,5 News Report – Light News; Multimedia Journalist (MMJ); Video Essay
6,7,8 Non-Fiction – Short Form; Non-Fiction – Long Form; Public Affairs/Community Service
9,10,11 Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs; Magazine Program; Music Video
12,13 Fiction – Short Form; Fiction – Long Form
14,15,16 Sports Story or Segment; Sports Program; Live Sporting Event/Game
17,19,20,22,23 Public Service Announcement (PSA); Animation/Graphics/Special Effects; Audio/Sound; Editor; Photographer

Questions?  Contact Bob Hammer at EmmyAwards@nataslgl.org or 440-503-2121.


Student Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Central Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and to college juniors or seniors attending schools within the Central Great Lakes Chapter region. Recipients will be honored during the 52nd Annual NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Regional Emmy® Awards, which will be live-streamed Saturday, June 12, 2021. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

To apply for one of our Student Scholarships, use the link below.


The Emmy® is an international award that recognizes excellence in the industry. This is the highest award given in television. The Call for Entries for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter’s Emmy® awards, is available in PDF format. All regional entry submissions and video uploads are online at EmmyExpress.com.



Legendary Meteorologist Dick Goddard Dies at 89

Dick Goddard, the beloved long-time weatherman with Fox-8 Cleveland, has died at age 89. He was a winner of both the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Silver Circle Award (1992), and Gold Circle Award (2011).

Above, enjoy the retrospective tribute video from his 1992 Silver Circle induction ceremony. To view an article honoring his life, as well as his tireless commitment to both the community and causes he cherished, click here.



2020 Emmy® Winners

On June 20, 2020 broadcasting industry professionals throughout the region gathered around their computers, televisions and mobile devices to witness the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter’s 51st Annual Emmy® Awards. To do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19, this was the first year the awards were presented exclusively via digital media. Streamed on both National’s website and social media channels, as well as those of NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter, the virtual gala was additionally made available via Boxcast on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. To add a personal touch, we also hosted a Zoom party so we could all feel a little closer. Thanks to all the nominees for their excellent entries. To view the list of winners from this year’s awards, click here.

For those interested in celebrating their Emmy® nominations with a commemorative plaque, or purchasing a duplicate commemorative Emmy® statuette, you may do so in our shopping cart by clicking here.



2020 College Student Production Award Winners

Despite the pandemic, NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter still had an impressive selection of entries for our College Student Production Awards. To view the list of winners from this year’s awards, click here.



Watch the 51st Annual Emmy® Awards


Check Out the 51st Annual Emmy® Program

The Program for the 51st Annual NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Awards is now available. As is noted in the program, nomination certificates have been mailed, and all should be received prior to the awards broadcast. Emmy® Statuettes will be shipped directly to winning stations and production companies, with an estimated ship date of July 1st, 2020.


Celebrate with Us on Zoom

The NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter invites you to join us during the Emmy® Awards Broadcast for a virtual celebration on Zoom.

Time: Jun 20, 2020 from 6:30PM – 11PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Click here or click the ticket below to celebrate with us on Zoom

Meeting ID: 969 5374 1010

Join by SIP

Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (EMEA) (Australia) (Hong Kong SAR) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan)


How to Watch the 2020 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Awards

This year, there are more ways than ever to watch the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Awards stream online or on your smart TV.

The Awards announcement will be streamed at 7pm on June 20th on the following pages:

Additionally, you can watch the Lower Great Lakes Emmy® Awards via the Boxcast app on your smart TV using Roku, Amazon Firestick TV or Apple TV (requires version 4.0). Just check out the instructions below.



2020 Emmy® Award & Student Nominations

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2020 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Awards.  Thanks to all who submitted nominations, as well as those who volunteered time from their busy schedules to judge them.  Click here to view the list of nominees.



Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Board and I have made the difficult decision to cancel the 51st Annual Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy® Awards Gala, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020. There are just too many unknowns at this time, not the least of which is whether we would actually be permitted to stage a live Gala involving more than five hundred attendees. With deadlines to make significant financial commitments upon us, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward as we have in the past with so much uncertainty.

The impact of COVID-19 has also adversely affected the release of the nominations. Originally scheduled for April 23rd, due to judging delays, the release of our nominations is more likely April 30th.  Please check the website NATASLGL.ORG and watch for email alerts as things are constantly changing.

While this is disappointing, we will still celebrate Excellence in the work selected for Emmy® Award recognition in our region. The board and I are working with the NATIONAL office to stream our Emmy Awards announcements without a gala, using the new NATAS National streaming service. Watch for details in the coming weeks.

Finally, on behalf of the entire Board of Governors, I extend our sincere gratitude and respect to our dedicated television and media professionals who keep our region informed during this uncertain time.

If you have any specific questions please direct them to:


Be Safe,

John Stealey, President
Megan Simpson, Vice President
Carl Monday, Vice President
Jim Stunek, Secretary
Dan Spehler, Treasurer
Steve Warren, Trustee
Alyssa Ivanson
Amy Cummings
Chris Cantergiani
Joe Koskovics
Jonathan Shelley
Jonathan Walsh
Matt Eck
Mitch Davis
Peggy Gallek
Rick Jackson
Susanne Schwibs
Vickie Binkley
Tabatha Starcher
Bob Hammer, Executive Director

St. Ed’s “Labyrinth” Wins National Student Production Award

Congratulations to Saint Edward High School for winning the Student Production Award Public Affairs/Community Service category with their entry “Labyrinth.”




2019 Emmy® Winners

On June 15, 2019 over 500 broadcasting industry professionals gathered at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, OH to witness the 50th Annual Emmy® Awards gala presented by NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter. Many more were able to watch the awards ceremony via our Live Streams available via BoxCast on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as on our website and Facebook Live. Special thanks to Bumble Media LLC, without whose assistance, the live broadcasts would not have been possible. Thanks as well to all the nominees for their excellent entries. To view the list of winners from this year’s awards, click here.

For those interested in celebrating their Emmy® nominations with a commemorative plaque, or purchasing a duplicate commemorative Emmy® statuette, you may do so in our shopping cart by clicking here.



Job Openings

WJW, ideastream®, WEWS and WKYC have new job openings, which will now be listed exclusively on Job Bank. To view details about these jobs, and for information on how to apply, click here.