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2018 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter

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Elections for the 2018 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.

Below you will find a list of ten qualified candidates. The candidates are broken into two sections: one for the incumbents and the other for non-incumbents.

Please, vote for the SEVEN (7) candidates you feel best represent the chapter. (You can vote for less than seven but, no more than seven.)

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 June 15th, 2020.

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


New & Incumbent Candidates:  (8)

Two-year term ending June 15, 2020

Current Governors Seeking Re-Election
to a Second Term
Alyssa Ivanson
(two-year term)
Anchor/Reporter, WANE TV, Fort Wayne
Alyssa Ivanson is WANE-TV's '15 Finds Out' investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. She joined the news team in January 2006 and has worn many hats at the station, including serving as weekend evening anchor for eight years before taking over 15 Finds Out last fall.

Alyssa has been recognized for her work both nationally and on the state level. Most recently, she was nominated for two regional Emmys. Her awards from the Indiana Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Indiana Broadcasters Association include Best Reporter, Best Documentary, Best Continuing Coverage, Best Enterprise Story, Best Breaking News Story, Best News Series and Best General News Story.

Some of her most memorable stories include an inside look at the life of a firefighter by going through training and spending an entire shift in the station and being the only local television reporter to interview Colt Lundy, a Kosciusko County teenager convicted of killing his step-father, in prison. Alyssa also interviewed Barack and Michelle Obama during a campaign stop in Fort Wayne.

Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University's Honors College with a degree in Telecommunications. She is active in the community by volunteering over the years for the area Girl Scout's Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. In 2014, she was named the National Big Brothers Big Sisters’ "Sister of the Year." Alyssa also enjoys baking creative cakes, running 5K races and hosting game nights with friends.
Rick Jackson
(two-year term)
Anchor, WVIZ ideastream, Cleveland
Rick Jackson is the current host of Ideas and NewsDepth on WVIZ/PBS, Cleveland - (along with hosting five radio programs per week on 90.3 WCPN).

He is a 37 year veteran of broadcast journalism, having been a reporter or anchor at seven television stations (two Top Ten markets) and serving four years as an anchor at CBS News, based in New York City. Jackson previously hosted a syndicated news magazine program which was viewed on PBS stations nationally, and has made additional broadcast contributions to NASA Television, CSPAN, and the NBC Stations Group. Among his many recognitions are more than a dozen Regional Emmy nominations (including wins) – Communicators and Associated Press Awards, and induction into Ohio’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2001). During 25 of his 37 working years, he has been on air in the NATAS Great Lakes region.
Dan Spehler
(two-year term)
Anchor/Reporter, WXIN TV, Indianapolis
Dan Spehler serves as 5,6,7 & 10 p.m. news anchor for WXIN-TV in Indianapolis, while also reporting on state & government issues across Indiana. Dan also hosts IN Focus, a political news/issues program which airs every Sunday morning on both the FOX and CBS affiliates in Indy.

A native of Cleveland and graduate of Bowling Green State University, Dan has enjoyed working close to home through the years, covering news in Indiana & Ohio throughout his 15-year career in television, working at stations in Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati. Dan also served as a morning anchor at WRTV in Indianapolis. In 2012, Spehler & the WXIN weekend crew won an Emmy for their coverage of a massive explosion, and Dan was also honored with an Emmy for his “Hoosier Heroes” series which launched in 2013, highlighting the achievements and struggles of our brave men and women in uniform. Spehler was again awarded an Emmy for his 2014 report on school bus safety. Dan’s work in Indy has also been honored by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Indiana Associated Press.
James Stunek
(two-year term)
Director of Technology & Operations, WOIO TV, Cleveland
Jim Stunek started his broadcasting career in radio while still in high school, at WIXY in 1969. After producing and writing at several radio stations in town he made the transition to television in 1982, joining WUAB’s production department as an audio engineer. By 1985 he began to direct and produce local and regional commercials as well as station programming, becoming Production Manager of UAB Productions in 1990. He helped oversee the merger and move downtown of WUAB and WOIO in 1994. He continued to direct until 2001, when he also began managing the stations’ Engineering and Operations. He’s currently Director of Technology & Operations at WOIO/WUAB, managing the Operations, Engineering, and Information Services departments.
Stephen Warren
(two-year term)
Director of Operations, Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio, Cleveland
Steve Warren has been working in Cleveland sports television since 1981. Beginning with Midwest Teleproductions at the Richfield Coliseum through his current job with Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio, Steve has had an opportunity to (as he loves to brag) “get paid to watch sports on TV” for over 35 years. During his freelance career, Steve worked Indians and Cavs broadcasts while also having the chance to travel the US and the World as a tape operator and Technical Director working with all the major broadcast and cable networks. Everything from equestrian to rugby but primarily NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA sports kept him busy and often on the road. In 1984, he was promoted to Operations Manager for Midwest Teleproductions. His early aspirations were towards directing live sports, so he “started over” as an entry-level director doing High School and College sports for local outlets, eventually working his way into SportsChannel and ESPN jobs. In 1994, Steve was hired by the Cleveland Indians to help start their Broadcast Operations department where he was responsible for all video and audio production for the team; coordinated production with local and national rights holders; supervised Game Day entertainment including the video boards, scoreboards and sound system. When the Indians ownership started SportsTime Ohio in 2006, Steve was invited to come on board to help get the new network up and running. He served as Producer of the Indians telecasts on STO and WKYC for 2 years before being promoted to Coordinating Producer. Shortly after Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio in 2012, Steve was named Director of Operations for Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio, where he oversees day-to-day operations of both networks. He was excited to assist with getting both networks co-located into one downtown facility and in getting the new studios / production facilities up and running this winter. He resides in Stark County with his wife, Cheryl. He has won multiple regional and national awards for his work. Steve received his first Emmy in 1988. He served as a NATAS Governor in 2003/2004. An active Freemason, he is also a member of the Rotary Club of Akron. His hobbies include flying, boating, playing golf poorly and shooting sporting clays.
Non-Incumbent Nominees for Governor
Chris Cantergiani
(two-year term)
Supervising Investigative Producer, WKYC, Cleveland
Chris grew up as an Air Force brat, and spent time in Alaska, Omaha and Ramstein, Germany. After two years at the University of Maryland, Munich Campus, Chris finished his degree at Emerson College in Boston. After an internship at KNBC in Los Angeles, Chris worked at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, WSB in Atlanta and WHDH in Boston.

When he's not pursuing stories, Chris is usually running around Cleveland training for a marathon, thinking about food, traveling with his wife Kristin and spending time with his two children: Leo and Ryla.
McKenzie Kuehnlein
(two-year term)
Reporter, 13abc, Toledo
McKenzie Kuehnlein joined 13 ABC Action News as a general assignment reporter and weekend assignment editor in May of 2013.

McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Communication from the University of Toledo. During her four years at UT, McKenzie worked as producer and anchor for the Emmy Award winning newscast, UT:10 News, and as a reporter for ESPNU Campus Connection. McKenzie interned at 13 ABC, before being hired as a broadcast technician. She also interned as a reporter in Washington D.C.

McKenzie grew up in Monroe, Michigan and enjoys to run, cook, read and spend time on her family farm.
Joe Vella
(two-year term)
Owner, Bayonet Media, Indianapolis
Owner Bayonet Media and freelance Director of Photography for Makers Mark, Toyota, GE and others.