National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces 2016 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees

Tina Tyus-Shaw (Center) shown with father Willie Tyus and mother Dorothy Underwood
Tina Tyus-Shaw (Center) shown with father Willie Tyus and mother Dorothy Underwood

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Southeast announced its 2016 inductees into the Gold and Silver Circle, the elite society of honor recognizing lifetime achievement in the television industry. In all, thirteen distinguished professionals from across the southeast were inducted at the 27th Annual Gold and Silver Circle Gala held Friday, September 9 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. Karyn Greer of WGCL CBS46 was the master of ceremonies.

Two Gold Circle honorees with at least 50 years of television experience and outstanding contributions to their communities will be inducted. Eleven Silver Circle honorees with at least 25 years in television and major contributions to their communities will be inducted.

“The Gold and Silver Circle is a lifetime honor recognizing professionals who have persevered and succeeded in performing, creative, technical or administrative roles in the television industry that is renowned for change,” said Ioanna Dafermou, President of the Board of Governors of NATAS Southeast. “We invite family, friends, colleagues and the community to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals.”

Congratulations to Tina Tyus-Shaw who was inducted into the Silver Circle. Tina is a native of Griffin, Ga.

She came to Savannah and WSAV-TV in 1992. She is a 1986 graduate of Tennessee State University with a major in Speech Communication and Theatre. She has worked in the journalism field in Outer Banks of North Carolina, Columbus and Macon, Georgia.

When asked what this award means, Tina replied, “I celebrate this award not only for myself but for my family and the Savannah community. I am grateful to do everything I can in this community to inspire and raise awareness about many issues, including breast cancer.” Tina is married Ret. Army Sgt. James Shaw and they share four children. The 2016 inductees are: GOLD CIRCLE Samuel E. Smith, WALB in Albany, Georgia (Retired) Darryl Cohen, Esq. of Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen in Atlanta

Deborah Denechaud, WSBTV

in Atlanta
Jim Gandy, WLTX in Columbia, SC
Darcel Grimes, WLOS in
Asheville, NC
Janet Hall, WBRC in Birmingham, AL
Leonard Mason, most recently of WXIA, WATL,
CW in Atlanta
Rafael Ortiz-Guzman, Rolling Media LLC and formerly of Turner
Mark Pettit, WGCL CBS46
in Atlanta and Creaxion®
Mark Pimentel, WGCL
CBS46 in Atlanta
Lisa Rayam, most recently
of WAGA in Atlanta
Kevin Rowson, formerly of
WXIA in Atlanta
Tina Tyus-Shaw, WSAV in

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