Face Time with the Pros

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of NATAS together with Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association, White House News Photographers Association, and National Press Photographers Association sponsor Face Time with the Pros.

Face Time with the pros was held at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm.


8:30 – 9:00
Knight Hall Lobby
9:00 – 9:45
Eaton Theater:
1208 Knight Hall

  • Rafael Lorente, Associate Dean, Merrill College of Journalism

Getting that First Job

  • Mike Goldrick, News Director, WRC
  • Brett Hall, MMJ, WSTM, Syracuse, NY
  • Aisha Mbowe, MMJ, WCTI, New Bern, N.C.
  • Mitchell Miller, News Director, WTOP
  • Fernando Pizzaro, Washington Correspondent, Univision
  • Joe Yasharoff, (former) Managing Editor, Comcast Sports & Exec. Sports Producer, Fox5
  • Moderator: Les Heintz, President, NATAS National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter
  • Panelists announced soon!
9:30 – 11:55 Rotating Sessions 1 & 2
Students will be broken up into 4 groups and will rotate throughout the day to each of the sessions.
1207 Knight Hall Better Story-telling

  • Josh Davidsburg, Merrill College of Journalism
2103 Knight Hall Calling the Shots

  • Bob Bennett, WAVY
  • Mike Jaffe, WJLA
  • Mike Kettelberger, WBOC
  • Robyne McCullough, WBAL
UMTV Studio: Tawes Hall Performance Tips

  • Tom Roussey, WJLA
2105 Knight Hall: Parking Lot Working the Live Shot

  • Greg Guise, WUSA
  • Jeff Kramer, Kramer Communications
  • Pete O’Neal, WMAR
  • Mark Segraves, NBC4
  • Don Watrud, WTTG
12:00 – 12:45
Roberts Room:
3202 Knight Hall
12:50 – 2:55 Session Rotations 3 & 4
3:00 – 4:15
Eaton Theater:
1208 Knight Hall
Passing the Mic: A conversation with broadcast veterans and members of NATAS-NCCB Gold & Silver Circles.

  • Jack Cloherty, Producer, ABC News
  • Pat Collins, Reporter, WRC/News4
  • Samara Martin-Ewing, Executive Producer, WUSA9
  • Sue Palka, Meteorologist, Fox5
  • Jim Vance, Anchor, WRC/News4
  • Moderator: Joe Yasharoff, Adjunct Instructor, Merrill College of Journalism
Knight Hall:
1109 & 2109
Tawes Rooms: 0222A & 0222B
Resume & Reel Critiques

Throughout the day students can sit down with one of our professionals one-on-one. Students can share their resumes and resume reels (audio and/or video) with the pros who provide feedback and recommendations.

Students must sign-up at the registration desk.

All students who attended Face Time with the Pros were invited to stick around for the Gold & Silver Circle Ceremony. For the first time NATAS-NCCB held this event on the same day as Face Time with the Pros to celebrate legends in the broadcast industry with a nod to a new generation of young adults eager to begin their careers in television. The College Student Production Awards were also given during the Ceremony.

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