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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter recognizes 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.
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.
The Gold Circle Honor
recognizes people with
50+ years in the industry
The Silver Circle Honor
recognizes people with
25+ years in the industry
Chuck Sibley started his career in broadcasting running a studio camera for then-KROC-TV in Rochester, Minnesota in 1972. It was the same year he graduated from Lourdes High School, also in Rochester. In 1977, he started as a news photographer; a job he’s held for the last 45 years.
Chuck has covered it all. His passion, and some of his best memories, are tied to sports.
He’s covered the Super Bowl, U.S. Open, Final Four, and the World Series twice. There hasn’t been a significant high school sports tournament or championship that Chuck hasn’t been on the sidelines. Among his top moments behind the lens, and the one story he shows every new employee, is on the Viola Gopher Count. In the early 2000s, Chuck and reporter Jason Wenisch profiled an 85-year-old man who had trapped more than 15,000 gophers for the annual count. He was known as the “King of Gophers”.
Over nearly five decades, Chuck has worked with countless journalists just starting out in their careers. Many keep in touch with him regularly and attribute some of their skill as journalists to him. Chuck has won numerous awards for his work from the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and has been nominated for a REGIONAL EMMY from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
In a career spanning over 35 years, Carla Beaurline has enjoyed a life spent both in front and behind the camera as an award winning journalist, producer, and on air host.
A lifelong native of Minnesota, she is the current Founder and Owner of Around Town TV & Around Town Media. Around Town TV started its 20th year on air January 2022 and is Minneapolis/St. Paul’s longest airing TV Community Showcase. In addition, Around Town TV is now streamed live worldwide on multiple platforms.
Carla has been a Board of Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Chapter for 7 years and serves on its Foundation.
Carla was the Emcee/Host in 2016 & 2017 and a 2015 Celebrity Dancer in Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities. Carla was a 2014 Twin Cities Finest Honoree awarded through Cystic Fibrosis to successful business professionals who philanthropically give back to the community. She is a 6 time (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009) Midwest Business Ethics Award Nominee.
In addition to Carla’s on air resume’ which includes a 13 year stint with Shop NBC, Guest Host for QVC, a host for Talk of The Twin Cities, and providing her talents as an on-air spokesperson for many Twin Cities based businesses— Carla also has over 27 years of experience in media, home shopping, and livestream sales. Minnesota’s Lifestyle and Business Expert for Segments on Twin Cities Live; Carla has been a dynamo in the industry, and is well respected among her peers -- winning two Twin Cities Media Network Diamond Awards for Television Personality of the Year in both 2007 and 2008 as well as the TV Sales Person of the Year in 2008! She also won a National award in 2008 for 25 Women who Rule in Sales and Marketing.
Carla graduated from Augsburg College in 1991.She began her career with CTV North Suburbs (Now called NineNorth) where she still volunteers her time to anchor and in 2013 was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Carla has been a regular Guest Speaker in the Entrepreneurship Class at Augsburg University. In addition to her many professional responsibilities; Carla finds time to volunteer with a number of local and national charities, and is a Mentor to youth as well as colleagues in Broadcast Journalism. In 1993 Carla founded Leaders and Achievers of America Youth Scholarship, Mentorship, Outreach, Achievement, and Recognition Program which has provided tuition scholarships throughout the country. The Beaurline Family Foundation also has provided educational scholarships to youth since 2005.
Steve Eckert has been prompting change and holding the powerful accountable – locally and nationally – for nearly four decades.
He arrived in Minnesota in 1985 when he succeeded Don Shelby on the WCCO Television I-Team. Steve’s reports – including failures in child protection, airline safety, and medical care – were recognized with national Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Edward R. Murrow and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Awards.
From there, Steve began a distinguished career with NBC News as an investigative producer. While still based in Minnesota, he traveled the nation and the world for the next 20 years. His groundbreaking investigations appeared on Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, TODAY and NBC’s cable channels. In 2006, he used hidden cameras inside China to document how dangerous counterfeit prescription medicines were being illegally shipped to pharmacies in America, threatening patient safety. His one-hour primetime investigation was honored with national Emmy, Murrow, and IRE Awards.
Steve returned to his local TV roots eight years ago to help relaunch KARE 11’s investigative unit, quickly elevating the team’s work and earning more national awards for excellence. They include: a Polk Award – the only Polk for a television report (network or local) in 2017 – a national Murrow, two more IRE’s, and three more duPont-Columbia Silver Batons.
Here are a few recent examples of the impactful journalism by the “KARE 11 Investigates” team Steve leads:
Invisible Wounds – Revealing how local Veterans were improperly denied Traumatic Brain Injury claims by unqualified doctors. After KARE 11’s revelations, the Department of Veterans Affairs offered new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.
Double Billing the Badge – Exposing a multi-year scheme to defraud taxpayers by overcharging hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement agencies on squad cars, prompting a state audit, a criminal conviction, and refunds of more than a million dollars.
Cruel & Unusual – Documenting negligent medical care, falsified records, and skipped well-being checks leading to needless deaths behind bars. The multi-part investigation prompted sweeping statewide jail reforms.
The GAP: Failure to Treat, Failure to Protect – Revealing how repeated failures by Minnesota’s criminal and mental health systems allowed mentally ill individuals found incompetent to stand trial to be released without adequate treatment and supervision. They committed new violent crimes – including rapes and murders. This year, state lawmakers credited KARE 11’s reporting for prompting passage of major reform legislation.
Not only is Steve’s work exceptional, so too is his passion for encouraging the next generation of reporters and producers. His guidance on best practices, story construction, writing and interviewing has helped journalists at KARE and around the country through his many speaking engagements at journalism conferences.
In the last year alone, Steve’s work leading “KARE 11 Investigates” has been recognized with what would often be a broadcast journalist’s lifetime list of national honors – including Peabody, duPont-Columbia, IRE, Murrow, Scripps Howard, and National Headliner awards.
Jim Johnson's former boss says it best, "he's one of the best." He described him as an "innovator," a "teacher," someone you "wanted to work with," and you knew it was going to be a solid show broadcast with Jim punching the buttons on the board. He's as "reliable" and "dependable" as you get. Jim Johnson started his career at WDAZ on October 26, 1987. 35 years later he's still there.
He was hired as the weekend Broadcast Director. After a year behind the board on weekends Jim moved to weekdays where he would settle in for the next three decades directing thousands of broadcasts.
Jim's dedication to local news and keeping the community informed was evident during the historic flood of 1997. Even though his own home was flooding he remained at the station to direct shows. WDAZ stayed on air 24/7 for several days. Jim also directed shows for some of the region's biggest stories; including the kidnapping, rape and murder of UND student Dru Sjodin. Jim was also calling the shots in the control room when the station won a Regional Emmy for its coverage of the search for 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia who wandered from his home and drowned in the Red River. Jim's talent is not only directing newscasts. He was part of the production team when WDAZ was the media partner for the University of North Dakota Athletics.
What sets Jim apart from the rest, he wasn't a boss like his title reads. Rather Jim was a teacher who treated everyone at the station like family. With usually a young crew breaking into television for the first time, Jim treated them with the same respect as someone who had been in the industry for years. That rapport helped keep the control room calm during those stressful moments. He made a stressful job fun.
Since the final broadcast at WDAZ in 2018, Jim has remained a valuable member of the team. Jim has become a photographer/editor for the news team and sales department.
Brad grew up on a farm near Early, Iowa, and is one of the many native Siouxlanders who work at “Siouxland’s News Channel”.
Brad has won several awards at KTIV, including “Best Sportscast” in 2004, 2012 and 2013 from the Iowa Broadcast News Association and 1st place for “Sports Reporting” in 2007 from the IBNA for his series on the Crestland Cadets football team. He won best sports “Play by Play” from the IBNA in 2004, 2009 and 2010.
In 2018 Brad was honored by the Siouxland Officials Association for his dedication to high school and youth athletics. He has also received several nominations from the Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter.
Brad graduated from Crestland High School in Early, Iowa, in 1984. While attending Iowa State University, he got his first initiation into the broadcasting field, working as a news and sports reporter at KASI radio.
Brad’s wife Sally is an Art Teacher in Sioux City, and they are the parents of a Joseph, Mary and Reggie. In his spare time, Brad likes to play baseball and basketball.
In March 2021, Brad was driving to work and extreme head pain had him stop at a clinic. He was then rushed to the hospital. His doctors discovered a rare brain tumor that had grown in less than 6 weeks.
Brad underwent surgery right way and is currently on a journey to get well and recover. He has a long road ahead of him but longs to be back on the sports anchor desk and cover the Siouxland teams that he knows so very well.
Brad has set a high standard covering Siouxland athletes. He has gone great distances and traveled many miles to capture the action while maintaining the dedication and commitment Siouxland viewers have seen from him over the last 30 years.
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