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CRAIG STEVENS

 

CRAIG STEVENS

WSVN Miami News Anchor

NATAS Silver Circle recipient and Emmy Award winner Craig Stevens co-anchors 7NEWS at 5, 6, 10, and 11pm weeknights with Belkys Nerey. He has been in television news for more than 25-years, the bulk of that time spent in South Florida.

At 7NEWS, Stevens has reported a wide range of stories: several hurricanes beginning with “Andrew,” the Oklahoma City bombing, elections from the local level to national races, including the disputed 2000 Presidential Election from Austin, Texas. He spent weeks following the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace and the manhunt for Andrew Cunanan, Pope John Paul II’s visits to Cuba and the United States, the death of JFK, Jr., the Elian Gonzalez saga, and Fidel Castro’s visit to the United Nations. In 2015 he reported from Cuba the flag-raising at the U-S Embassy in Havana and the visit of Pope Francis.

Craig has also anchored 7NEWS coverage of such major events as Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return to Haiti, the crash of “Valujet” flight 592, the deadly shootdown of two “Brothers to the Rescue” planes, the September 11th attacks, the launch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Castro’s transfer of power to his brother, President Obama’s 2016 state visit to Havana. Recently he anchored several consecutive hours of coverage of Castro’s death and in 2018 the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Stevens began his career in 1987 in the mailroom at NBC NEWS in Washington. By election night 1988, while still a sophomore in college, he was working full-time in the NBC newsroom as an assignment desk assistant. Eventually, he worked on such programs as “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today,” and “Meet the Press” as a production assistant.

Beginning in 1990, he spent two years as a reporter and substitute anchor at WBBH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, before joining WSVN in 1992. Stevens left us for a brief stint in 1997, to anchor weekend news at our Boston sister-station, NBC affiliate WHDH, though during that time, much of his work there, was featured here. He returned to WSVN in 1999, anchored weekends and the 5:30 and 6:30 newscasts, before assuming his current duties in May 2001.

Craig is active in a number of charities and organizations. He spent several years as vice-president of the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences where he also chaired a committee that mentored young TV professionals throughout the southeastern United States.

Stevens spends a good deal of time working with future broadcast journalists. In 2009, he joined the adjunct faculty at Barry University where he teaches a news writing course in the Department of Communication. In addition, he began teaching at the University of Miami’s School of Communication in 2014.

He has received several honors for his work. Craig won three Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in 2017 — part of the team recognized for coverage of Fidel Castro’s death and a deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. He was also recognized for “spot news” coverage of a potentially dangerous chase on a South Florida highway. In 2016 he was awarded an Emmy for his role in the team coverage of a tornado in Broward County. The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2014 awarded Craig the prestigious “Silver Circle” award, for his years of devoted service to the television industry in the Sunshine State. In 2009, he was among those named by the University of Miami as a “Communicator of the Year.” In September 2005, “Florida Monthly” magazine named Craig “Best Local TV News Anchor”. The Broward/Palm Beach “New Times” awarded Stevens with the same distinction in 2003. The city of Miami Beach awarded him a key to the city in 2006, recognizing his charitable efforts.

In 2016, Stevens launched WSVN’s effort to improve relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. He hosted the “Hope and Healing” town hall meeting featuring members of Congress, state and local leaders, and members of the law enforcement community. The “Hope and Healing” segment now appears regularly on 7News broadcasts.

He is a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, and, in 1990, graduated The American University in Washington, D.C. with a major in Communication/Print Journalism and a minor in History.

Craig lives in Miami.

 

Phyllis Slocum

Phyllis Slocum

Principal Lecturer, Media Arts
Station Manager, NTTV
Faculty Advisor, Converged Broadcast Media and Media Arts
Internship Coordinator, Media Arts

Phyllis Slocum joined the University of North Texas in the fall of 2002 after a long career in the broadcast industry.   At UNT she teaches a number of upper level courses including Television News Producing; International Communications; Interviewing and Performance, Media in the 21st Century, and British Media based at the University of London.  She is the Internship Coordinator for the Department of Media Arts; Faculty Adviser for Converged Broadcast Media, and station manager for NTTV (North Texas Television) the 24/7 Student Media Television cable operation.  The student-operated station airs news, sports, and entertainment programming developed and produced by students.

Professionally, she worked in both radio and television, but the focus for the majority of her career has been television news, television management, and the broadcasting industry. During her years with 7 different television stations, Phyllis served as an anchor, reporter, producer, executive producer, and news director.  In those capacities she was recognized by her colleagues for outstanding work.

Moving into broadcast consulting Phyllis worked for nearly 16 years with one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed broadcast consulting firms, Audience Research & Development, focusing on news, marketing, management, and audience and talent development.  In addition to her work in industry and academia, she is also a professional voice-over talent working with companies to develop their on-air sound.

Phyllis holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and an M.A. in Radio Television and Film/Industry Studies from The University of North Texas.  She is active in various professional organizations serving on panels, making presentations, and has published and co-authored several papers.

Nancy Cox

Nancy Cox is a four-time Emmy Award winning news anchor and reporter.  She has also received a regional Edward R. Murrow and multiple Kentucky Associated Press awards.

Nancy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western Kentucky University.  After serving a year as Miss Kentucky and competing in the Miss America pageant, she feels blessed to have been able to spend her entire career in the home state she loves.  Nancy is in her twenty-sixth year at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, anchoring the station’s four evening newscasts.  In that time, she has covered more than 20 elections, a presidential inauguration,  a one-on-one sit down interview with Hillary Clinton in the final weeks of her 2008 campaign for President, and eighteen Kentucky Derbies.

The American Heart Association, Salvation Army and numerous local causes have been the focus of her outreach during her nearly 3 decades in Lexington TV. Nancy has previously served on the boards of Campbellsville University, Kentucky’s Outstanding Young Women Program, and the Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS.

MaryEllen Eagelston

MaryEllen Eagelston is a Television Director with over 20 years of experience. She currently works at the NBC Owned & Operated station, NBC 7 in San Diego. MaryEllen previously worked at the public television station KPBS, KUSI-TV, an independent station and freelance sports including the San Diego Padres, San Diego State Aztecs, San Diego Sockers, and San Diego Chargers. She is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and multiple Emmy Award nominee. MaryEllen is a member of the Pacific Southwest Chapter. She has served as Awards Chair, Silver Circle Chair, President, Vice President and Trustee. MaryEllen is a member of the Junior League of San Diego and a lawyer, licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.

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Barbara Alfonso

Barbara Alfonso
Director, TeleXitos

Barbara Alfonso is the 1st Vice President and Trustee of the Suncoast Chapter.  She is the Director of TeleXitos, the Spanish-language multicast network owned by the Telemundo Station Group. In this role, Alfonso is responsible for the overall management of the digital network’s programming, broadcast, sales and digital operations.

Alfonso’s career in the broadcast industry spans over 25 years. Before being named Director of TeleXitos, she worked as the Manager for Programming, Public Relations and Community Marketing for NBC 6 South Florida / WTVJ from 2009 to 2014. Before this, Alfonso served as Programming Manager for WTVJ from 2003 to 2009 and Program Administrator from 1998 to 2003.

Alfonso holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Barry University. She is a member of the Board of Governor’s for Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Max Wyler

Max Wyler

Co-Founder and President , Accord Productions
Producer,  The Beach Channel TV

Accord Productions is in its 28 years in business has developed into the most complete production facility in South Florida. Accord has the facilities and expertise to produce TV shows, corporate training shows, TV advertisements both short format and long format. William “Max” Wyler leads his team on projects for all the major TV networks with recent shows on HGTV – “House Giveaway Key Largo”, Velocity Channel – “South Beach Classics”, HULU – scripted drama “South Beach”. Latest projects are for History Channel – “It’s How You get There” and “Volo, House of Cars”

Max currently oversees a team of producers who can write content in both English and Spanish. The whole creative and budgeting process starts at the scripting stage, many hours are spent doing research and re-writes to make sure that the script’s content is accurate, creative and in the case of advertising, persuasive. Max oversees producers who write for all types of production needs. Accord specializes in training content with many training videos produced for the fast food industry, leisure industry and services industry. With recently completed projects for NCL, Subway Restaurants, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, General Electric and Mount Siani hospital/Miami Beach.

Max’s Accord team has five in-house shooting crews and the full range of production equipment needed to accomplish all types of production needs. This equipment includes field cameras, studio cameras, jib arms, lighting, teleprompters, audio kits, scan converters, monitors, make-up kits, backgrounds, portable green screens and all the ancillary equipment that modern television production requires.

Max has assembled a top notch team of editors and has 12 different edit stations, in AVID, Final Cut and Premiere to provide exact editing, sound recording, new media or graphics that a particular production needs. The art staff that Max has created for special effects and design is some of the best creative minds in the country. With a total staff of 27 people and many freelancers Max and Accord have their hands on several shows, commercials, training videos, and features at any given time.

Max lead a team to acquire The Beach Channel from OnBoard Media in 2008 the channel is a privately owned and produced South Florida TV channel that is featured on AT&T U-verse TV Channel 19 and Atlantic Broadband Cable Networks – Channel 5. The Beach Channel is viewed in 450,000 households and in 13,000 hotel rooms throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Since acquiring the Beach Channel, Max and his team have expanded the audience from a little over 100,000 households and 8000 hotel rooms to 450,000 households and 13,000 hotel rooms. Max’s team has upgraded the programing and ad revenue has increased 20 fold. The channel is now one of the most popular local TV channels in the South Florida market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accolades       

2017 “Jack of All Tastes” airs September 9 on Destination America

Executive producer and creative development

 

2017 “It’s How You Get There” airs August on History Channel

 

2017 “Volo, House of Cars” airs September on History Channel

Executive producer and creative development

 

2016 Small Business of The Year – Miami Beach for the Beach Channel presented by the Miami Beach Chamber of commerce

 

2016 Season IV “South Beach Classics” on Velocity

Executive Producer

 

2015 Season III “South Beach Classics” on Velocity

Executive Producer one of top rated shows on Discovery Networks Velocity     Channel

 

2014 Emmy Award “It’s So Miami”

Lead team that produced full series of neighborhood videos for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau that received 6 Emmy award nominations and one Emmy Award.

 

2014 Season II “South Beach Classics” on Velocity

Executive producer and showrunner

 

2013 “Parent of the Year” South Florida Autism Charter School

 

2012 Communicator Award

 

2011 W3 Award (1):  TV Commercial – Silver

 

2001 to present Telly Awards (9): Documentary, non-profit, commercial

 

1988 Angel award for video documentary for Easter Seals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philanthropic Activities:

 

Board member: South Florida Autism Charter School 2011 to present

 

Have worked with a 8 person board to build and develop a Charter school that is designed for children and young adults who are on the severe side of the Autism Spectrum, our goal is to take kids and young adults with Autism who everyone else has given up on. Currently have 189 students K thru 22 which makes it one of the largest schools of its kind in the country. We just broke ground on our new 11 million dollar campus to expand our capacity to 300 children and young adults and this campus will have a day center that will have activities, therapy rooms, gym and vocational training.

 

Board of Governors: Nat’l Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2013 to present

 

Was nominated as a board member in 2013 and work alongside top professionals in the Television business to mentor college age kids for the Television business including granting scholarships. Also oversee judging of awards for Television Professionals. Very proud to be a member with such great Television professionals

 

Board member: Villages of South Florida Autism 2015 to present

 

Was nominated as lead board member to help develop a residential community that will allow adults with Autism to live on their own in a situation that enriches their life and keeps them active and engaged with activities and employment.

 

 

Board member: The Victory School for Autism 1998 to 2001

 

Was on the first board that started this very successful private school for children with Autism. School is still very successful to this day. This school has trained hundreds of teachers and assistants for the Autism community and teachers and assistants trained at this school can be found in Autism schools all over the state.

 

Board member: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities 2003 to 2011

 

Was instrumental in producing several fundraising videos that helped with Autism awareness and raise funds for the many services that the CARD center had to offer to parents and kids affected by Autism.

 

 

Supporter: Safe Haven for Newborns 2006 to present

 

Was a supporter from the beginning when I met the founder, he had an idea to eliminate infant abandonment which involved creating a program that allows troubled mothers to drop their new born infants (less than 7 days old) off at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. To date the program has saved over 250 babies and has expanded to several other states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Berenzweig

Seth Berenzweig is a founding and managing partner of business law firm Berenzweig Leonard.  Seth has developed a legal practice that is centered on covering traditional business law matters, while expanding that professional reach to represent sports, music and entertainment clients.   He has extensive corporate and business litigation experience, and regularly handles transactions, compliance and white collar matters, as well as employment cases for businesses, executives and entrepreneurs.  He also represents on-air contributors, former professional athletes and musicians.  He has been quoted in the Washington and national media as an authoritative source, recognized in honorary lists of ‘Legal Elite’ and ‘SuperLawyer’ in the Washington, D.C. region, and was previously selected as one of the Washington area’s ‘Top Lawyers’ by Washingtonian Magazine.  Seth has achieved the highest ‘AV’ rating in Martindale Hubbell directory for legal ability and ethics.

 

Seth regularly appears in the national and international media to discuss business, litigation, sports, politics and white collar matters, and is a frequent guest on national television networks discussing breaking news and legal cases impacting businesses.  He has commented on breaking news regarding historic settlements reached with the U.S. Justice Department, the Walmart class action case, high profile jury verdicts and cases involving professional athletes and celebrities.  Seth has also represented athletes and artists in the entertainment field and is a certified NFL contract agent, as well as a member of The Recording Academy. He also lectures nationally on various legal issues impacting companies, executives, HR specialists and professional athletes.