On November 30 at The Lambs Club in New York City, 11 individuals were inducted at the New York Chapter Gold and Silver Circle Ceremony from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. WGRZ-TV’s Chief Photographer Andy DeSantis was honored with the Silver Circle Award, recognizing his commitment and contributions to the television industry for a quarter century or more.
DeSantis started his career as an intern at WGRZ-TV and joined the staff as a photographer. In 1990, he was named Chief Photographer, a position he has held ever since that time. His list of accolades is extensive including 12 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 8 Emmy Awards, and other awards and nominations from the NABJ and RTDNA.
In a press release from the Academy, the Gold and Silver Circles are societies of honor and strive to celebrate the accomplishments of their inductees, whether it be through creativity, community impact, or their career.
“This year’s illustrious honorees have distinguished themselves in their positions, amongst their peers, and in our community,” said Denise Rover, President of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter. “Each has made a significant contribution to our industry, whether it be in entertainment, news, or sports. We salute these 11 exceptional people who have made an impact in New York media.”
Former WGRZ-TV producer and current WPIX-TV News Director Amy Waldman presented the award to DeSantis. “I met Andy when I was a young producer in Buffalo in 2001,” Waldman said. “He immediately took me under his wing and mentored me, like he does to almost anyone who walks through the doors at WGRZ,” she added.
Also inducted at the ceremony into the Silver Circle were Bruce Brauer from CBS Television Studios, Esteban Creste from WXTV-TV, Pat Dolan of News 12 Networks, Mark Fetner from WABC-TV, John Filippelli of YES Network, actress Susan Lucci, WCBS’s Dana Tyler, and Mary Alice Williams from NJTV News. Marvin Scott from WPIX-TV and Maury Povich were inducted into the Gold Circle for their over 50 years of contributions to television.