2021 Chapter Voting

2021 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter
BOARD OF GOVERNORS ELECTIONS


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Elections for the 2021 NATAS-LGL Board of Governors 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 thirteen qualified candidates (* signifies incumbent candidates):
  • • Jasmine Crighton, BGSU
  • • Adam Snow, Erie News Now
  • • Caleb Saylor, WFFT
  • • Myke Perrey, WFYI
  • • Heather Schramm, WTOL
  • • Erik Schrader, WOIO & WUAB
  • • Megan Simpson *, WTHR
  • • Peggy Gallek *, WJW
  • • Jonathan Shelley *, WPTA-TV, Fort Wayne's NBC
  • • Carl Monday *, WJW
  • • Mitch Davis *, WKBN
  • • Matt Eck *, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • • Vickey Binkley *, FOX59 & CBS4
Please vote for the EIGHT (8) candidates you feel best represent the chapter. (You can vote for fewer than eight but, no more than eight.)

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

Once you've made a selection for each candidate, click the Cast Ballot button at the bottom of the form.

All candidates are being elected to a two-year term ending August 1st, 2023.

Only current active Professional and Lifetime members of the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter are eligible to vote.


DEADLINE FOR VOTING: APRIL 30, 2021 at 8:00PM

Candidates:  (13)
Two-year term ending August 1st, 2023

Nominees for Governor
(* signifies incumbent candidates)
Matt Eck *
(two-year term)
Senior Director Video Production & Exec. Producer, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland
Matt Eck is currently the Senior Director Video Production & Executive Producer for the Cavaliers organization and oversees production of creative for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters and Rocket Mortgage Field House, which includes main video board content, fascia boards, marketing, and other story-telling creative for the organizations. Matt has also been a member of the Air National Guard’s, 180th Fighter Wing since 1999 and has served as the base’s Chief Public Affairs Officer since 2014.
Caleb Saylor
(two-year term)
Weekend Meteorologist & MMJ, WFFT FOX 55, Ft. Wayne
Caleb Saylor is currently the Weekend Meteorologist and MMJ at WFFT FOX 55 in his hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a child, he grew up watching local news, so it's no surprise he would find his way into the business. Prior to his current role, Caleb was a high school math teacher in the Fort Wayne area, then in an undeserved school in England. The changing landscape of education is what drove him to search for a new career path, so he chose something he found both fascinating and still helpful to people, meteorology.

Caleb enrolled in, and graduated from, the master's program at Ball State University specializing in meteorology. He landed his first job at his current station before graduating in 2017, serving the people of NE Indiana and NW Ohio. In 2020, Caleb earned the coveted American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist title after passing rigorous tests of weather knowledge and on-air presentation. Caleb has worked with local storm spotters, educating them on how to safely report storms to proper parties and has made several appearances at schools and local events on behalf of his station.
Peggy Gallek *
(two-year term)
Reporter, Fox8, Cleveland
Peggy Gallek has worked at WJW, Fox8 as part of the I-Team since 2012. She previously worked as a reporter at WKBN, WYTV in Youngstown. Before starting a career in television I worked at the Vindicator newspaper for 15 years.

"During my career I received several Emmy nominations, AP awards, Edward R. Murrow regional awards, Ohio SPJ awards, and Cleveland Press Clubs awards."
Heather Schramm
(two-year term)
Assignment Editor, WTOL-11, Toledo
Heather Schramm is the assignment editor for WTOL-11 in Toledo, OH. Heather attended the Toledo School for the Arts and the University of Toledo, and began her career in 2011 as a broadcast engineer. Her goal when she started was to learn as much as she could and she’s proud to have become someone the station relies on. Never wanting to stay stagnate, she became a master control operator, fill-in director, director, then lead evening director. In 2020 she decided to pursue her love of local journalism and moved to the news department to become the assignment editor. The year 2020 and its challenges brought a lot of adventure, but Heather is proud to be able to serve her hometown by telling the important stories of Toledoans. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her sheepdog Otis and listen to classic rock.
Vickie Binkley *
(two-year term)
Nightside Executive Producer, FOX59 & CBS4, Indianapolis
Vickie Binkley is the Nightside Executive Producer for FOX59 and CBS4 in Indianapolis. She joined WXIN/WTTV in December 2015 as the Executive Producer for CBS4 This Morning, which won an Emmy in 2016 for its coverage of tornado damage. Vickie started her career at KOMU-TV, while attending the University of Missouri. After graduation, she moved to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a producer for WTVG. From there, it was a long, cold journey up north to KSTP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vickie was promoted to Executive Producer in 2012. Vickie grew up in the Indianapolis area, and is a proud Midwesterner. She lives just north of Indy now, with her husband, son, and dog. In her spare time, she likes watching the Colts, Pacers, and the news.
Jonathan Shelley *
(two-year term)
News Director, WPTA-TV, Fort Wayne
Jonathan Shelley is the News Director at Quincy Media’s WPTA TV in Fort Wayne, where he supervises the news operations for ABC21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC. His arrival in August 2016 coincided with the expansion of staff, facilities and news broadcasts on the two channels. As news director, Jonathan has crafted distinct identities and content for the two channels. Areas of focus have included the development of an investigative unit and of original long-form news programming.

Since 2017, ABC21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC have been presented each of the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters awards in the categories of Outstanding News Operation and Best Newscast; multiple Society of Professional Journalists “Best in Indiana” newscast awards; two National Edward R. Murrow Awards; and Emmy Awards in categories ranging from Investigative Series to Newscast to Overall Excellence.

Prior to his time in northeast Indiana, Jonathan spent nine years as News Director at WDSU TV in New Orleans, with previous management roles in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas. Past honors include a Peabody Award (for Hearst-Argyle Television’s “Commitment 2008” project), Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Suncoast Region Emmy Award for News Excellence. Jonathan is a 1991 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Stacie, and two boys, Aaron and Zachary.
Jasmine Crighton
(two-year term)
Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Media & Communication - BGSU, Cleveland
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 Mid-America chapter. 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.
Megan Simpson *
(two-year term)
Producer, WTHR, Indianapolis
Megan Simpson is a special projects producer at WTHR in Indianapolis. Megan produces the popular Chuck’a Big Adventure franchise, a travel series featuring Sunrise meteorologist Chuck Lofton. The “adventure team” travels to different states profiling unique destinations and the people who make them so great.

Prior to this role, she stepped away from news for a time to serve as the PR director for the Indiana State Museum, and also spent more than five years as the executive producer for the FOX59 Morning News. Megan has been a part of the NATAS board for several years, most recently serving as the regional Vice President. She was part of the team that designed and produced the 2018 Emmys Gala in Indianapolis.
Myke Perrey
(two-year term)
Membership, Promotions & Production, WFYI, Indianapolis
Myke Perrey has been a part of the Indianapolis TV scene since 1980, having served at WTHR, WMCC (now WNDY), WTTV, WXIN and is wrapping up 16 years with WFYI, where he has worked in Membership, Promotions and Production.

Myke has worked as a Master Control Operator, News Producer/Editor, and On-air Promotions Director. He has produced game shows, kids shows, phone-in talk shows, panel shows and is currently the producer of WFYI’s Indiana Week In Review.

Myke won an Emmy in 2019 for his Promotions work on the documentary Eva A-7063 for WFYI.
Erik Schrader
(two-year term)
Vice President & General Manager, WOIO & WUAB, Cleveland
Erik Schrader is the Vice President and General Manager of WOIO & WUAB in Cleveland. He’s been at the station over four years and has been a GM in Wichita and Birmingham prior to this. Erik began his career working in news production before becoming a news reporter and then Sports Director before roles as News Director in five different markets. He’s currently a board member of OAB as well. In his free time he enjoys music, sports and typing up brief autobiographies.
Mitch Davis *
(two-year term)
News Director, WKBN 27, WYFX & 33 WYTV, Youngstown
Mitch Davis is the News Director for WKBN-TV 27; and its sister stations WYFX Fox Youngstown and 33 WYTV.

During his 8 years leading the newsroom, WKBN, WYFX and WYTV have expanded live, local newscasts to 11 hours per weekday and 4 ½ hours each weekend day. Currently, the stations produce the market’s only local newscasts at 7AM, 8AM, 5PM, 7PM and 10PM.

The newsroom is also proud to provide content to the most-clicked digital portal in the local market, WKBN.com and its mobile news and mobile weather apps.

Mitch’s news philosophy: Our work must serve our viewers and the communities in which we all live. We must demonstrate an understanding of the challenges, the heartaches, the injustices - and the successes - that members of our audience face every day.

Mitch and WKBN are two-time winners of the prestigious regional Emmy® award for Newscast Excellence and three-time winners of the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Prior to Youngstown, Mitch worked more than 20 years in the Carolinas. He was Executive Producer of the nation’s highest-rated local morning newscast at the ABC affiliate in Charlotte, NC. Mitch worked as a news manager, producer, photographer, reporter and anchor for other stations. He’s also served as a creative services and marketing producer.

Away from the newsroom, Mitch is the proud human of an English Pointer and enjoys tracing Ohio’s history, especially finding remnants of the canal era.

Mitch is privileged to have served as a governor for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the past two years.

Adam Snow
(two-year term)
Assistant News Director & Assignment Director, Erie News Now, Erie
Adam Snow is the Assistant News Director and Assignment Director for Erie News Now. Market size 152. He started at WICU in October of 1994 running studio cameras and throwing tapes. Spent the first two and a half years being parttime over the weekends and partial weekdays. Moved up to rolling commercial breaks and running audio for our news casts. Then became a fulltime news photographer and microwave live truck operator. Spent seven years as the chief photographer before he was asked to be the assignment editor for Erie News Now. Just over a year ago he was promoted to the Assistant News Director.

In his 27 years plus in this market. He has done stories all over the country. Spent three days in Somerset the day Flight 93 went down on September 11th. Headed to ground zero a month after the building came down. Covered his fair share of sporting events, NASCAR Daytona, INDI Indianapolis, football in Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Covered our famous Pizza Bomber Case. He has won three PAB awards for stories. Nominated twice for EMMY's.

"I would like to join the board to help promote smaller markets that bust their butts around the clock to put out the best news product possible. Here at Erie News Now (WICU, WSEE, CW) we have a great mix of experience and fresh faces to the news world. My pride and satisfaction derive from helping the young talent grow and blossom into full fledge producers, photographers, reporters and anchors into their careers. We do the groundwork for the future top 50 markets."
Carl Monday *
(two-year term)
Investigative Reporter, WJW, Cleveland
As the “Dean” of Cleveland investigative reporters, Carl Monday has set the standard for investigative journalism in Cleveland. In a career that has spanned six decades, Monday has been a trailblazer in the field, from the voice on all-news radio…to heading up investigative units at three Cleveland television stations.

A long-time member of the NATAS-Lower Great Lakes Board of Directors, Monday currently serves as the Cleveland Vice-President of the NATAS Board and is co-chair of the Board’s Marketing Committee.

During his career, Monday has captured more than 150 national, regional and local awards. His thirteen EMMYS for Investigative Reporting are tops in local EMMY history. His 50 total EMMYS include statues for Breaking News, News Writing and Crime Reporting.

Monday was also the first television reporter inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.

With his ever present trench coat and aggressive reporting style, Monday’s reports have appeared on CBS and CNN and other national outlets. He was a regular in-studio guest on “Geraldo” and the CBS Prime Time magazine show “Shame on You!”

Monday was one of the first reporters to expose the deadly problem of “Sudden Acceleration” in vehicles. His stories caught the attention of CBS “60 Minutes,” who flew a producer to Cleveland to consult with Monday for a follow-up story that aired on the iconic news program.

Monday’s investigation into corruption in the Cleveland fire Department’s inspection unit led to to the firing of the City’s Fire Marshall, and garnered Monday the “National Headliner Award” for Investigative Reporting.

It was Monday who exposed the dumping of dangerous chemical waste at Hopkins Airport. 26 reports later, the Justice Department stepped in, City Council held hearings, and the Airport Commissioner was later fired and convicted on Federal charges.

Monday uncovered the accidental overdose deaths of three patients and linked them all to one doctor. The reports prompted a probe by the County Prosecutor, resulting in the first conviction in history of an Ohio Physician on charges of manslaughter.

Monday’s undercover expose of vendors selling old meat…some over a year old…at the City run East Side Market, led to the City shutting down the market, and passage of a new food dating law in Cleveland.

After Monday exposed misuse of funds at area hunger centers, five center directors were indicted. One was sentenced to five years in prison. Monday discovered, instead of feeding the poor, money was used to buy new cars, remodel homes, and pay for college tuition of family members. Monday’s reports on food waste led to creation of “Food Rescue,” now a part of the Cleveland Food Bank. The program has since provided millions of meals to the needy in six counties since its inception over thirty years ago.

Monday’s undercover investigation’s also captured city inspectors and ECheck inspectors accepting bribes…on camera. Several inspectors went to a prison as a result.

At Kent State, in wake of the May 4th tragedy, Monday served as a correspondent for dozens of radio and TV stations across the country, while working for the University News Service.

For Six years, Monday served as News Director & Investigative Reporter at All-News W-E-R-E Radio.

In 1979, Monday was hired by WJW-TV, where he spent the next 22 years as the “I-Team Reporter.” News Director Virgil hired Monday without ever viewing an audition tape, after listening to his reports “on the way to work each morning.”

In 2001, Monday moved to WKYC-TV. He spent six years at the station as “Cleveland’s Investigative Reporter.” While at Channel 3, Monday won many “Best of Gannett” awards.

In 2007, Monday switched to WOIO-TV, where his investigations aired for the next dozen years. He was also a member of the WOIO-TV Editorial Board, penning over 75 of the station’s editorials.

Today, Monday’s legendary career continues as a “Contributing Reporter” to the Fox8 I-Team at WJW-TV.

Monday is active with several non-profit organizations, including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Downtown Historic Warehouse District, as well as NATAS.

 

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