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Our official title is The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NCCB) of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

It’s a mouthful! To make things easier we call ourselves The Capital Emmys.

We are a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC television and media community. Our foundation is The Emmy® Award. The Emmy® is the TV industry’s gold-standard for the recognition of television excellence.

2019 Capital Emmy Awards

Capital Emmys (NATAS-NCCB) is dedicated to advancement in the art and science of television. The Academy’s goals are to foster creative leadership in the television industry, and to encourage artistic, educational and cultural excellence and technical progress.


The Emmy® Awards are part of our overall mission: To be a positive force in the television profession across all media.  Explore this site to get the full picture and discover where you fit in.

Honoring those who have a lifetime of achievement in television.

Provide needed assistance to those who represent our future.


The Capital Emmy Chapter is one of 19 regional chapters that make up The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. NATAS is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of representatives from each chapter.


Your Capital Emmy membership automatically makes you a member of The National Academy. The only way to become a member of The National Academy is by joining a regional NATAS Chapter.


The Capital Emmy Chapter is responsible for awarding the Emmy® to those professionals whose work in the television industry exhibits excellence worthy of the Emmy® in the region.


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is headquartered in New York, NY.


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Joining our Academy says something about you and your place in the television & media industry. Your Capital Emmy membership is a “two for the price of one” deal. When you join you become a member of The National Academy (NATAS) as well as The Capital Emmys Chapter (NCCB).

Membership in the National Academy of the Television Arts & Sciences is beneficial for those who are interested in building connections within the broadcast and professional video community in the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region and nationwide. Aside from the benefits like reduced submission fees for Emmy
® Award entries, membership will provide access to useful network of like-minded professionals within the industry.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter membership year runs from October 1 – September 30.  


This year, after speaking with our members throughout the Chapter, the Board of Governors has adopted a new tiered system of membership dues in order to better reflect the markets in our regions.


Membership is based on the media market where you serve.  Dues are as follows:

Washington D.C. - $85

Baltimore, Hampton Roads, and Richmond - $60

All other markets - $50


If you would prefer an invoice instead of paying online, please contact us.

Membership is open to professionals, those in associated fields and students. You must have been involved in television for at least one year in order to be approved by the Membership Committee.

Cable and satellite
Independent television production
Academic communications departments
Performing arts and creative crafts

New Media


2019 Capital Emmy Awards


  • Reduced Rates for Emmy® Awards — Members receive reduced rates for entry submissions and discounted ticket prices for Capital Emmy® events.

  • Priority Tickets to Film Screenings, NATAS Events — Be the first to know about NATAS events and get priority tickets for film screenings and entertainment events. Plus, get access to member-exclusive events.

  • Board of Governors — Members have the opportunity to be considered to serve as a member of the Chapter’s Board of Governors and, if selected, nominate candidates for the Board of Governors Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to television news and public affairs.

  • Discounted Tuition — Drexel University Online’s Television Management Master’s Degree Program and other undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered at discounted rates for NATAS Members and their immediate family members. Click here to learn more.

  • Complementary subscription to TheWrap — An entertainment and media news magazine.



Our Chapter is governed by a Board of Governors elected by the membership. The Board is a group of media professionals representing a diverse cross-section of our profession.

If you are interested joining the Board of Governors please contact us and

we will be happy to provide more information!


President, Adam Longo – WUSA9
1st VP, Andre Hepkins – WBAL
2nd VP, Aimee Cho – WRC
Secretary, Rachel DePompa – WWBT
Treasurer, Jason Gittlen – WRC
National Trustee, Will Anderson – Blue Ridge
National Trustee , Jessica Snyder – WETA
National Trustee , Andre Hepkins – WBAL
National Trustee, Adam Longo – WUSA9
National Trustee, Amanda Zimmer – Monumenal Sports
Alternate Trustee, Jason Gittlen – WRC
Counsel, Seth Berenzweig – Berenzweig Leonard, LLP
Director of Finance, Kate Kelly – WETA


Layne Blank – WBFF
Nick Boykin  – Greater Washington Board of Trade 

Aimee Cho – WRC
Barbara Ciara – WTKR

Pari Cruz – WTKR
Sonia Dasgupta – WJLA
Alanna Delfino – University of Maryland
Paul Gessler – WJZ-TV 
Teneille Gibson  – WRC
Jeff Gygax – WTTG
Whitney Harris Christopher – American University
Jean Jadhon – WDBJ7
Anna Liss-Roy – Washington Post
Marissa Mitchell – WTTG
Greg Moore – WSLS
Troy Mosley – MPT
Pete O'Neal – WMAR

Virginia Pancoe – VPMedia

Alberto Pimienta – WZDC/Telemundo44 
Megan Rivers – WBAL
Leon Scott – WUSA9
Jasmine Turner – WWBT
Nicole Webb – WJZ-TV 

Donna Weston


Roanoke, VA, Will Anderson – Blue Ridge
Southwestern, VA, Julie Newman – Blue Ridge PBS
Salisbury, MD, Madeleine Overturf – WRDE
Washington, DC, Kyle Rogers – Gray Television's Local News Live


The Capital Emmy® Partnership is for media and communications companies based in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia who understand the importance of being part of the premier organization representing excellence in television arts.

NATAS-NCCB is offering a unique opportunity for media companies to create an employee benefit of membership in NATAS at a significantly reduced rate. The industry significance and importance of the Emmy
® Award, as well as the professional and educational development opportunities provided by NATAS-NCCB, bring consequential professional value to membership in NATAS-NCCB.


Contact us for more information!

Thanks to our current Capital Emmy
® Partners!

Capital Emmys

If you’re a student preparing for a career in the media, what better statement can you make on your resume than to say you’re a member of The Academy that represents excellence in television arts and sciences?

A Capital Emmy (NATAS-NCCB) student membership is available at a reduced rate. For just $15 you can become a member of the premiere professional association for those working in television and media. Get a jump on your networking and join today!

If you would like to receive email notifications about the Student Production Awards request to be added to our email list.

Captial Emmys

According to legend, the film statue, Oscar, got its name because it looked like somebody’s uncle. Tony, the theater’s highest award, is an abbreviation of Antoinette Perry. Now it’s time for Emmy®, and for historians, here’s how Emmy® got her name.

Emmy® history goes back to the first ceremony.

The TV Academy’s constitution empowers it to “recognize outstanding achievement in the television industry be conferring annual awards of merit as an incentive for achievement within the industry.” In 1948, Charles Brown, then president of the young organization, named a committee to select award winners for the year. He also asked for suggestions on a symbol and what it should be called. Some thought “Iconoscope” (for large orthicon tube) would be an impressive title, but it was pointed that it would be shortened for “Ike,” a name reserved for Dwight Eisenhower.

Another television favorite was “Tilly” (for television). But in the end, Emmy®, a derivative for Immy (a nickname for the image orthicon tube) was chosen. The name was suggested by pioneer television engineer, Harry Lubcke (president of the Academy in 1949-50).

Once the name had been selected, the next chore was the symbol. One hundred-and eighteen sketches were submitted to the committee and when candidates were cut to only two, designer Louis McManus presented an entry and the committee knew it had found its Emmy®.

On January 25, 1949, the first annual TV Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club with Walter O’Keefe as host. Of the six awards presented that evening, one went to McManus as a special tribute.


As McManus was called to the head table, he was told, “Louis here she is…our baby. She’ll be here long after we’re gone.” McManus was then presented with a gold, lifetime membership card – and an Emmy®.

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