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2011 Gold & Silver Circle Honorees

Gold & Silver Circle Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize the 2011 Gold & Silver Circle Honorees. Honorees will receive their awards at the 2011 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Gala on September 24th at the Historic State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

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.

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 Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.

GOLD CIRCLE (50+ years)

Gold Circle Honoree Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson/WDIO-TV Duluth, MN

Dennis Anderson started his broadcasting career in radio while still in high school in 1961.  In 1967 he took his first television news job.  Anderson just retired this past spring from WDIO-TV where he served the viewers of Minnesota’s north shore and iron range for more than two decades.



SILVER CIRCLE (25+ years)

Silver Circle Honoree Dave Jensch

Dave Jensch/KBJR-TV Duluth, MN

Dave Jensch is one of those leaders who started at the bottom and worked his way up to Station Manager.  Dave started as a general assignment reporter, investigative reporter, producer, anchor, news director on up to Station Manager.  Jensch has been instrumental is his stations numerous regional Emmy Awards and Edward R. Murrow Award for Station of Excellence.


Silver Circle Honoree Ron Schara

Ron Schara/Ron Shara Productions Minneapolis, MN

Ron Schara, is a writer and television personality who’s been sharing outdoor stories with readers and viewers for four decades.  He brings to life the joys of living the outdoors through nature watching, fishing, hunting, camping and the like.  Ron’s soft-spoken delivery and friendly on-camera presence have made him a popular icon as an outdoor communicator with a passion for the outdoor lifestyle.


Silver Circle Honoree Ron Steele

Ron Steele/KWWL-TV Waterloo, IA

For more than three decades, in Iowa and around the world, Ron has reported history in the making. He was in Saudi Arabia, when the Persian Gulf War broke out and he was at the White House when the American hostages came home from Iran. Ron is also one of the rare anchors who still likes to shoot, write and edit his own stories and jumps at the chance to shoot sports highlights.

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