Emmy Statue



Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy®  Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

In alphabetical order, the 19 chapters of NATAS are:  Boston/New England, Chicago/Midwest, Heartland, Lone Star, Lower Great Lakes, Michigan, Mid-America, Mid-Atlantic, Nashville/Midsouth, Natlonal Capital/Chesapeake Bay, New York, Northwest, Ohio Valley, Pacific Southwest, Rocky Mountain Southwest, San Francisco/Northern California, Southeast, Suncoast, and Upper Midwest.


The Nashville/Midsouth Region, founded in 1984, encompasses the States of North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee, and the television market of Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to granting the Midsouth Regional Emmy® Awards, the chapter awards scholarships, honors quarter-century industry veterans with the Silver Circle, conducts Regional Student Television Awards of Excellence for high schools, has a free, nationwide Job Bank, provides member discounts, and participates in judging Emmy entries at the regional and national levels.


The Nashville/Midsouth Region encompasses the States of North Carolina (except Asheville)
and Tennessee, and the television market of Huntsville, Alabama.
Markets include:


  • Decatur
  • Florence
  • Huntsville

North Carolina

  • Charlotte
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Greenville
  • High Point
  • New Bern
  • Raleigh
  • Washington
  • Wilmington
  • Winston-Salem


  • Chattanooga
  • Jackson
  • Knoxville
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Tri-Cities


Please click here for photos and bios -https://emmynashville.org/files/2018/08/Board-Bios-Photos-2018-19.pdf

National Trustee – Whit Adamson, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters

National Trustee/President – Clifton Hunt, NewsChannel 5 Network

National Trustee – Ellen Jones Pryor, Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Alternate National Trustee and National Treasurer – Phillip L. Bell, BellMedia

Vice President – Nicholas Dugger, TNDV Television

Vice President – Lisa Harless, Regions

Regional Vice President – Amy Burkett, WTVI

Regional Vice President – James A. Ford, Jr., WRAL

Regional Vice President – Sharon Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Assn.

Executive Committee – Gene Policinski, The Freedom Forum

Treasurer – Jennifer Lane, Vaden Group

Secretary – Heather Middleton, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Legal Counsel – Suzanne Kessler,  Bone McAllester Norton

Executive Director – Geneva M. Brignolo, NATAS Nashville

Advanced Media Chairman – Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University

Education Chairman – Janet Ivey, Janet’s Planet

Emmy® Awards Chairman – Beth Tucker Womack

Program Chairman – Rich Stone, Stone Productions

Student Awards Chairman – Nicholas Dugger, TNDV Television


Jennifer Duck, CNN and Belmont University

Jessica Frost, BMI

Aaron Gant, Warner Chappell Production Music

Janet Ivey, Janet’s Planet

Samantha Smith Jean, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Michelle Palmer, WSMV

Tracey Rogers. WKRN

Lelan Statom, NewsChannel 5 Network

Pat Slattery, Vanderbilt University News Service

Pete Weber, Voice of the Nashville Predators

Adam Yeomans, The Associated Press