On September 13, the Board of Regents of Washington State University in Pullman announced the dedication of a Media Arts building in honor of WSU alumnus, SAG-AFTRA member, and KOMO-TV news anchor Kathi Goertzen, who passed away last year.Read More
On August 12, 2013, the ballot tabulation of the Seattle Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.
Abby Dylan* - National Board Member - Two-Year TermRead More
KING 5 News in Seattle has been nominated for a National News and Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting Category.
KING-TV Reporter and SAG-AFTRA member, Chris Ingalls, is being recognized for his series, “Their Crime, Your Dime.” The series exposed wrongdoing in the state welfare system and resulted in the creation of a new government fraud unit to fight welfare crimes in Washington. “Their Crime, Your Dime” has won a number of other awards, including the Peabody award.
SAG-AFTRA-represented stations were recently honored for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism, winning multiple regional categories of the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Edward R. Murrow awards. KOMO-TV and KING-TV won twelve out of thirteen Region 1 categories for Large-Market Television, including awards in television news reporting, writing, ongoing coverage, and technical categories. KOMO also received the Overall Excellence commendation for its region.Read More
The below message is being posted on behalf of the Washington State Labor Council.
Once again, the Washington State Labor Council is hosting MayWorks, an annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history first organized in 2012 by Washington’s labor movement — with plans for even more events in May 2013.
Dear Seattle SAG-AFTRA Local Member:
As part of the new SAG-AFTRA governance structure and in order to ensure representation of different types of work done by our diverse membership, your Local leadership has decided to reserve certain Local Officer positions to members in certain work categories.
SAG-AFTRA salutes Bryan Johnson, who is retiring from KOMO TV as senior correspondent. Johnson is a SAG-AFTRA member and before that an AFTRA member for many years.
He graduated from the University of Washington and began his career in 1955 as a radio engineer for KAPA in Raymond, Wash. He joined KOMO News on October 10, 1959. From 1962 to 1981, Johnson served as news director for KOMO Radio, rejoining KOMO News in 1976.
It is with great sadness that SAG-AFTRA Seattle announces the passing of our union sister, broadcaster Kathi Goertzen.
Kathi was a significant presence in Seattle and the Northwest, representing journalism at its finest. Kathi’s membership in SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor AFTRA dates back to 1981. We will all miss her, and our thoughts and support go out to her family and her KOMO TV family. The newsroom will be a little less bright now that this lovely light has gone out.