2017 Emmy® Gold & Silver Circle Honorees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognizes individuals inducted into the 2017 Gold & Silver Circle Honor Society.  Honorees will receive their plaques at the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on October 7th at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

Click here to see a list of Gold & Silver Circle Honorees from 2000-Present.

These individuals have made a significant contribution to the television industry well above and beyond that required by their job.  We honor their dedication and service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community and to people training for a career in the field.

Gold & Silver Circle Honors

The Gold & Silver Circle is not an award; it’s a society of honor. It is recognition of eligible individuals who have made a significant contribution to television well above and beyond that required by their job.  That contribution can be in service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community, or to people training for a career in the field. Nominees answer to the highest standards of integrity and honor in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Nominations are accepted from the performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or in peripheral areas directly related to television such as commercial production, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS.   The Gold & Silver Award Committee reviews all nominees past and present to make a recommendation to the NATAS-Upper Midwest Board of Governors.  This year, our Board of Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.


Dean Borg
Iowa Public Television

DEAN BORG – IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION: Broadcast journalist Dean Borg graduated from Iowa State University as the “Outstanding Broadcast Journalist” in 1959, and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Iowa. He began his career at the WMT Stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, eventually directing a staff of 34 news, weather, sports and farm journalists.

Dean appeared on the inaugural “Iowa Press” broadcast in 1971 and until January 2017, hosted the statewide Iowa Public Television program that sets the standard for public affairs broadcasting in Iowa. READ MORE…



Dave Dahl

DAVE DAHL – KSTP-TV: This summer marks Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl’s 40th anniversary at the station. Dave officially started working at KSTP on July 29, 1977. He started at Channel 5 two months after graduating from Florida State University.

After nearly two years behind the scenes, Dave’s big break came in 1979 when he was given the chance to appear on-air. “They came to me and said ‘Dave, do you have a suit?’ I said, ‘no I don’t have a suit,'” Dave recalled. “They said, ‘well, wear whatever you have.’ I had a short-sleeved, yellow leisure suit. And, you know what, the farmers loved it.” The rest is Twin Cities meteorological history. READ MORE…

Diana Pierce

DIANA PIERCE – KARE-TV: Diana Pierce moved to the Twin Cities in 1983 and joined Paul Magers (when KARE was WTCN) at the anchor desk. During Diana’s time at KARE, she covered stories near and far.

Diana’s focus on the community shined throughout her years at the station. She was integral to the ’11 Who Care’ program, which highlighted volunteers in the community who were setting high standards and making a difference. The program and stories about the recipients ran from 1985 until 2015. READ MORE…

Noel Sederstrom

NOEL SEDERSTROM – KTTC-TV: Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008.  He joined the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter Board of Governors in 2013 and has been very active helping with Emmy workshops and committees.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo.  Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota to lead the news staff of Quincy Media’s KTTC (NBC) and sister station KXLT (FOX). READ MORE…

Ken Stone
Ken Stone Media Services (Tpt/University of Minnesota)

KEN STONE – TPT/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA:  Ken Stone’s media career has spanned 35 years. His first 20 years were spent in radio and television newsrooms where he served as a reporter, news anchor, news producer, talk show host, documentary producer and news executive producer. He worked in commercial radio and television for six years in Maryland and Washington DC and then spent 14 years in public television and radio in both Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

For 7 years, he was an anchor and reporter for Twin City PBS’s NewsNight Minnesota, a show once cited by Oprah Winfrey as “local news done right.” He can be currently seen as producer and moderator for a number of public policy specials for Twin Cities PBS. READ MORE…

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