PUBLIC FILE REPORT
AUGUST 1, 2013
Our station has a longstanding commitment to a policy of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, marital status, religion, age, national origin or citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
This commitment to fair employment practices applies to every aspect of the employment process to ensure that equal consideration is extended to all employees and applicants in recruitment, selection procedures, employee development, performance evaluation, promotions, transfers, benefits and other aspects of employment.
It is our policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion and other practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal employment opportunity.
Employees and others believing they have not been treated in accordance with KGO-TV's EEO Policy are encouraged to contact Alexandra Lesley, Human Resources Manager or their immediate supervisor. In an effort to make the EEO policy even more effective and to ensure compliance with the requirements of the FCC, KGO-TV has committed to performing at least four of the long-term EEO recruitment activities set forth in the new FCC's EEO rules.
1. College Student Program (formerly "Internship Program")
KGO-TV is continuing to offer internships to college and university students. The students are paid the San Francisco minimum wage during the 6-9 month internship. The average intern works approximately 20 hours (or less) per week for school credit. The students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of departments.
The HR Manager emails, faxes or mails an Internship Application Announcement to post in the Career Centers at the following colleges:
University of San Francisco
Cal State University San Francisco
Cal State University East Bay
Cal State University San Jose
St. Mary's College
Notre Dame de Namur University
Santa Clara University
As of July 1, 2013, KGO-TV has hosted 17 interns working in News, Sports, "Seven On Your Side" (KGO's Consumer Unit), Public Affairs and Programming.
In addition to our primary, ongoing internship program, KGO-TV has a Diversity initiative by hosting and sponsoring an engineering intern from NAB.
2. Job Fairs and Diversity Conventions
Ongoing: KGO-TV partners with the California Job Journal where job seekers can go to for various career and employment resources. The Journal helps job seekers advance their careers through informative articles on job searching, career planning, work-related topics and extensive job announcements. HireEvents, a division of California Job Journal produces numerous job fairs throughout California. In addition to the general job fairs, HireEvents hold fairs that focus on specific demographics – minorities, women, youth and the disabled.
August 1-3, 2012: Tracey Watkowski, VP of News attended UNITY Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNITY hosts Asian American, Hispanic and Native American journalists.
3. Educational Outreach Programs
Ongoing: Mimi Kwan, Vice President, Public Affairs provides tours for students visiting from various academic institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students are able to watch a live 5pm newscast, tour the newsroom and finish with a question and answer session with other newsroom staff.
Ongoing: Alexandra Lesley, Human Resources Manager, is an on-call volunteer for various recruiting activities at the University of San Francisco: Mock interviews and resume reviews (all day events). She also assists the station's interns with resume writing and interviewing skills.
June 19, 2013: Mimi Kwan and Laura Kutch, Manager, Community Affairs orchestrated ABC7 Top Scholars program (now going into 7nd year) recognizing the Bay Area's top high school academic achievers. The program awarded $1,000 to seven local graduating high school seniors heading for college. The profiles of the student winners are featured in ABC7 newscasts as well as in a special half-hour program. To qualify, these outstanding students exhibited exemplary skills in presentation, writing, and leadership. The overall purpose of this program serves as an outreach vehicle to promote and reward academic excellence in the educational community.
Ongoing since 2007: KGO-TV sponsors The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship that is administered and awarded annually by The Radio and Television News Foundation (RTDA). Mr. Wilson was a news anchor at KGO-TV. The endowment provides an annual $2000 journalism scholarship in perpetuity in Pete Wilson's name. Applicants for this endowed scholarship award must be from the San Francisco Bay area pursuing a degree in journalism.
4. Community Outreach
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists (NLGJA) Fall Honors Sponsorship – Since 2004, KGO-TV has attended numerous events and provided monetary support to the NLGJA's Northern California annual awards event.
KGO-TV's job vacancies are posted in numerous community-based organizations in the Bay Area. See Attachment C.
KGO-TV's anchors and reporters participate in community outreach by MC'ing, presenting or speaking at various community fundraisers around the San Francisco Bay Area.
KGO-TV anchors and reporters serve as Master of Ceremonies for various charitable causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below are their contributions:
August 11, 2012: Michael Finney -- MC/Host "Soul on the Green" Diablo Country Club Golf Course for Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County.
August 25, 2012: Carolyn Tyler & Dan Ashley -- Host Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge, Lake Merritt, Oakland.
September 28, 2012: Eric Thomas -- MC "Wine & Design", Galleria, SF Design Center. Support for Families of Children with Disabilities.
October 4, 2012: Cheryl Jennings -- MC "STAND for Families Free of Violence", Concord Hilton.
October 12, 2012: Cheryl Jennings - MC Ronald McDonald House of SF, Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco.
October 20, 2012: Mike Nicco -- MC Wind & Equine Fundraiser for SonRise Equestrian Foundation, Roundhill Contry Club, Alamo. SonRise is a nonprofit organization that tries to make a positive difference for youth living with social, emotional or physical challenges including terminal illness.
November 10, 2012: Cheryl Jennings -- MC Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. "Simply the Best" at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco.
October 11, 2012: Cheryl Jennings presented at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's Celebrity Pool Toss, a fundraiser for the organization whose mission is to provide affordable housing for San Francisco's poorest residents.
December 1, 2012: Cheryl Jennings -- MC Blind Babies Foundation "Women of Vision Tea".
January 26,2013: Michael Finney -- Keynote speaker at Avenidas Conference in downtown Palo Alto. Avenidas is a nonprofit organization helping seniors live independently.
February 14,2013: Carolyn Johnston -- MC "March for Babies" (March of Dimes) Kick-Off at Baltimore Hotel & Suites Santa Clara. March 1,2013: Carolyn Johnson - Reader at "Dr. Seuss Read Across America" at Bayshore Elementary Daly City.
March 1, 2013 : Kristen Sze - MC March of Dimes – March for Babies Kick-off at Omni Hotel in San Francisco.
March 5, 2013: Kristen Sze Speaker at Aragon High School Career Day at Aragon High School.
March 9, 2013: Carolyn Johnson - MC Camp Okizu "Art Inspiring Hope" Gala at SF Design Center in San Francisco. It's a fundraiser for children with cancer.
March 16, 2013: Cheryl Jennings, Mike Nicco, Don Sanchez - MC Ronald McDonald House at Stanford at Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
March 22,2013: Cheryl Jennings and David Louie -- MC San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame at the San Mateo County History Museum Redwood City.
April 19, 2013: Cheryl Jennings - MC "CARE" educating girls in developing world at Eventbrite SF.
April 20, 2013: Carolyn Tyler - Judge Community Housing Partnership "A Night with the Stars" at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
April 21, 2013: Cheryl Jennings - MC "Meals on Wheels of SF" Star Chefs & Vintners Gala at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to home bound seniors.
April 26,2013: Cheryl Jennings -- MC SF Child Abuse Prevention Center Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
April 27, 2013: Amy Hollyfield - MC "March for Babies" (March of Dimes ) walk t the Alameda County Fairground in Pleasanton.
April 27, 2013: Leyla Gulen - MC "March for Babies" (March of Dimes) walk Fort Mason in San Francisco.
April 27, 2013: Carolyn Johnson -- MC El Camino Hospital Cancer Center Gala, Menlo Circus Club.
May 4, 2013: Carolyn Johnson -- MC San Mateo Library Foundation at San Mateo Public Library.
May 4, 2013: Dan Ashley-- MC Bay Area Leadership Foundation. Awards at Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville. Bay Area Leadership Foundation provides a path to college and career success of local underserved kids who may otherwise fall through the cracks.
May 7-8, 2013: Lilian Kim Committee Chair of The Edgewood Fair at Golden Gate Club, SF. Edgewood helps children and families overcome life's most difficult challenges – abuse, neglect, mental illness, family crises, etc.
May 11, 2013: Dan Noyes -- MC LITA (Love is the Answer) Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Auction at Autodesk, San Rafael. LITA is an organization that provides volunteer companionship to the elderly.
May 11, 2013: Kristen Sze - MC "Help a Mother Out" Benefit, Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. Help a Mother Out organization provides diapers, raises awareness and advocates for long-term change in the social safety net.
May 15, 2013: Carolyn Tyler - MC SF Conservation Corps 30th Anniversary at 201 Franklin St. in San Francisco.
May 16, 2013: Carolyn Johnson -- MC Melanoma Research Foundation.
May 17, 2013: Cheryl Jennings -- MC Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation at the San Francisco Hilton. This corporation provides affordable housing for low income residents in San Francisco Tenderloin district and central city neighborhood.
May 19, 2013: David Louie -- MC Pacific Asian American Bay Area Coalition at the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.
May 30, 2013: David Louie -- Moderator Digital Citizenship Symposium Tech & Education Panel at Microsoft Campus, Mountain View.
June 6,2013: Alan Wang -- MC Chinese for Affirmative Action, Empress of China in San Francisco.
June 17, 2013: Lyanne Melendez -- Moderator Latinas in Business: Inspirational Strategies for Success, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.
June 18, 2013: Dan Ashley -- MC AIDS Walk Kick-off Party at Bubble Lounge, San Francisco.
July 21, 2013: Dan Ashley – MC AIDS Walk at Sharon Meadow in Golden Park, San Francisco.
5. Listing of Upper Level Openings:
KGO-TV forwards information on all job openings to numerous job banks and media trade organizations that include substantial participation of women and minorities.
Since the effective date of the new FCC/EEO regulations, we have posted all openings with following media trade organizations as well as several other organizations as noted in Attachment C.
Asian American Journalists Association
American Women in Radio and Television
Bay Area Black Media Coalition
California Chicano News Media Association
Latinos in Communication
National Association of Black Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Native American Journalist Association
Women in Communications Job Bank
B. POSITIONS FILLED
A listing of all full-time positions filled and number of candidates interviewed from August 1, 2012 until July 1, 2013 attached as Attachments A and B.
EFFORTS TO IMPROVE MAILING LIST: Every job vacancy at KGO-TV is posted on the Company's website (www.abc7news.com) as well as on the ABC Corporate Job Posting list (and since May 1, 2006 at Disneycareers.com), which is forwarded to all organizations provided on (Attachment C). The station's list is updated throughout the year through individual outreach to the organizations involved. In October 2011, a new electronic resume tracking system (KENEXA) was implemented. The new system is hosted on the Disneycareers.com website inviting candidates to apply, upload a resume and complete EEOC information. We post the following message on our Company's job posting website: ABC7 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We would like to widely publicize our job opportunities. Any organization that regularly distributes employment information to job seekers or that refers candidates to employers may ask to be put on our mailing list to receive information about job vacancies. For further information, please contact Human Resources at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, phone: 415-954-7745 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to our website at www.abc7news.com.
In addition, promotional spots featuring News Anchors Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas were aired throughout the year as follows:
30 second promo:
Aired 33 times (various hours) on our regular channel and 2,842 times on our D2 channel.
ABC7 is an equal opportunity employer and we would like to publicize our job opportunities.
That's why we encourage any organization that distributes employment information or refers candidates to employers to be put on our job vacancy mailing list.
For more information contact the KGO-TV Human Resources Department at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, California 94111.
Or log on to our website at abc7news.com.
All of ABC7 Public Service Announcements are on our website: www.abc7news.com on the "COMMUNITY" tab.
15 second promo:
Aired 21 times (various hours) on our regular channel and 1,531 times on our D2 channel.
ABC 7 is an equal opportunity employer who encourages employment organizations to be put on our job vacancy mailing list. For more information, contact our Human Resources Department at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, 94111.
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