Gold & Silver Circle News Recipients

2012 Emmy® Silver Circle Honorees

Gold & Silver Circle Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize the 2012 Silver Circle Recipients.  Honorees will receive their awards at the 2012 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on September 29th 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 Boar of Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.


Silver Circle Honoree John Hoffland

John Hoffland/WEAU-TV  Eau Claire, WI

Click here to watch John Hoffland’s Silver Circle Induction at 2012 Emmy® Gala.

Covering news was John Hoffland’s pride and passion. He’s considered an icon in Wisconsin broadcasting.  John was the news director at WEAU-TV, Eau Claire, for a quarter of a century, but his career in broadcasting stretches over five decades.

John was an executive producer at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, and news reporter and anchor at WIZM-AM and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa and WAXX/WAYY radio in Eau Claire.

Silver Circle Honoree David Busiek

David Busiek/KCCI-TV  Des Moines, IA.

Click here to watch Dave Busiek’s Silver Circle Induction at 2012 Emmy® Gala.

Dave Busiek has worked 33 years in KCCI’s newsroom, the past 22 years as News Director of the dominant news station in Iowa. Prior to entering management, Dave was a reporter and co-anchored the 10pm news. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

After graduation in 1976, he moved to Des Moines for his first job – spending three years as a reporter and anchor at WHO Radio.  Dave has also served as a Regional Vice President for the NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter.


Silver Circle Honoree Ken Speake

Ken Speake/KARE-TV   Minneapolis, MN

Click here to watch Ken Speake’s Silver Circle Induction at 2012 Emmy® Gala.

Ken Speake is the consummate storyteller.  He has the ability to turn a phrase and capture the essence of a character like few others can.  Ken got his start in the TV News business in 1969.

In 1979, he began telling stories for KARE – where he shared his passion and his childlike curiosity with the Twin Cities market for 27 years.  He retired in 2007.  All his co-workers will forever remember Ken as a man with an incredibly big heart which got poured into each and every one of his stories.