Equal Employment Opportunity Report

KFSN-TV FRESNO ANNUAL EEO PUBLIC FILE REPORT
AUGUST 1, 2020

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I. GENERAL POLICY
This report covers the period from July 22, 2019 through July 21, 2020.

KFSN-TV (the "Station") has a longstanding commitment to a policy of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.

In the Station's commitment to fair employment practices, we strive 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 the Station's policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion and other practices.

In compliance with the EEO record keeping requirements, the Station creates a file for each position to be filled. The file generally includes, but is not limited to, the following items: copies of advertisements, emails, and distributions to the Station's mailing lists used to notify sources of openings, and a summary of interviewees who applied for vacancies as well as their referral sources.

In addition, the Station documents and retains information about its long-term recruitment initiatives. These files generally include, but are not limited to: the nature and date of each activity, the scope of the Station's participation, and the names and titles of the Station personnel involved.

II. RESPONSIBILITY
Michael Carr, KFSN-TV's President & General Manager, is responsible for supervising EEO compliance.



III. POSITIONS FILLED AND RECRUITMENT METHODS
KFSN-TV has publicized job vacancies in the following ways (except for positions filled through internal promotion) and as indicated below:
  1. Sending or emailing the KFSN job listing to the 59 organizations and schools detailed in Attachment A. We periodically broadcast on-air announcements publicizing the fact that qualified organizations may request to be added to our mailing list.
  2. Posting open positions on the station's website (www.abc30.com/jobs).
  3. Posting open positions via DirectEmployers Association Job Syndication Alliances detailed in Attachment B.
  4. Posting open positions in the Company online job listing (www.disneycareers.com).

Following are the positions filled during the period of July 22, 2019 to July 21, 2020:

Sports Director/Anchor (Filled - Stephen Hicks 08/05/19)
This position was filled through an internal promotion.

Reporter (2) (Posted 3/14/19, Filled - Shayla Girardin 08/19/19, Sara Sandrik Goins 09/03/19)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Ten people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: company online job listing - 7; station website - 3. The referral source of one candidate hired was the company online job listing. The referral source of the other candidate hired was the station website.

Sports Anchor/Reporter (Posted 07/27/19, Filled - Brianna Mellon 09/26/19)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Seven people were interviewed. Referral source of the candidates interviewed was as follows: company online job listing - 7. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.

Weather Anchor - Morning (Filled - Reuben Contreras 10/07/19)
This position was filled through an internal promotion.

IT System Specialist (Posted 07/15/19, Filled - Daniel Lindsey 10/21/19)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: employee referral - 2; indeed.com - 1; glassdoor.com - 1. The referral source of the candidate hired was glassdoor.com.

Promotion Producer (Posted 06/20/19, Filled - Reuben Guerra 11/14/19)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Two people were interviewed. Referral source of the candidates interviewed was as follows: employee referral - 2. The candidate hired was an employee referral.

Digital Producer (Posted 11/15/19, Filled - Matthew Cardenas 12/23/19)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, JournalismJobs.com, NAHJ.org.
Four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: internal station candidate - 1; company online job listing - 3. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.

Anchor/Reporter (Posted 10/17/19, Filled - Landon Burke 01/13/20)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: company online job listing - 2; internal station candidate - 2. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.

Weather Anchor - Morning (Posted 11/15/19, Filled - Madeline Starkey 02/16/20)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org, JournalismJobs.com.
Three people were interviewed. Referral source of the candidates interviewed was as follows: company online job listing - 3. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.

Newscast Director (Posted 02/07/20, Filled - Manuel Martinez Miguel 03/16/20)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Five people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: internal station candidate - 2; company online job listing - 1; station website - 1; employee referral - 1. The candidate hired was an internal station candidate.

President and General Manager (Posted 03/02/20, Filled - Michael Carr 05/24/20)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, NAHJ.org.
Three people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: internal station candidate - 1; company online job listing - 2. The candidate hired was an internal station candidate.

Weather Anchor/Reporter (Posted 10/03/19, Filled - Alyssa Flores 06/01/20)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJ.org.
Four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: company online job listing - 3; internal station candidate - 1. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.

News Director (Posted 05/20/20, Filled - Martin Ortiz 07/05/20)
Due to an internal administrative error, this position was not publicized to the organizations in Attachment A, and it was not posted on the station's website. The position was listed on the DirectEmployers Association Job Syndication Alliances detailed in Attachment B, and it was posted on the company online job listing www.disneycareers.com.
Eight people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: company online job listing - 3; internal station candidate - 2; industry referral - 2; LinkedIn.com - 1. The referral source of the candidate hired was the company online job listing.



IV. LONG TERM RECRUITMENT INITIATIVES
KFSN-TV is committed to performing ongoing non-vacancy specific recruitment efforts that bring attention to the variety of job and career opportunities at the station. Outreach efforts are designed to provide easy access for candidates to apply for job opportunities, as well as provide information and training to develop a diverse pool of prospective candidates for the future.

A. Participation in Job Fairs
KFSN-TV participated in the National Association of Black Journalists 2019 Convention 8/7-8/11/2019 at the JW Marriott in Miami Florida. The Station's News Director, Michael Carr, participated by distributing information about career and internship opportunities, soliciting resumes, interviewing job seekers, critiquing demo reels and providing career guidance.

Fresno State Broadcasting Class - 10/09/2019 at Fresno State University - Fresno, CA. Executive Producer of Digital Media Ricky Courtney visited Fresno State's Department of Media, Communications and Journalism, where he talked to students about the news business across all of our platforms.

Fresno State Fall 2019 Career and Internship Fair 10/09/2019 at the Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA. Digital Executive Producer Ricky Courtney, Programming Manager Charlene Ciavaglia, and Rose Greene from the Business Department attended the California State University, Fresno Fall 2019 Career and Internship Fair. They met with students and alumni discussing various career opportunities, including the internship program offered at ABC30.

Fresno State's Spring Career and Internship Fair 3/4/2020 at the Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA. ABC30 was represented at the Fresno State Career and Internship Fair at the Save Mart Center, with more than 200 employers. The fair highlighted internships, along with full-time and part-time jobs. Director of Technology Jason Wallace, Programming Manager Charlene Ciavaglia, and Local Sales Coordinator Chris Pendergast spent the afternoon speaking to students and alumnae.

B. Internship Program
KFSN-TV's internship program offers paid internships for college students interested in careers in television broadcasting. The internship program is designed to provide students with an onsite educational experience that complements their academic studies. During the reporting period, KFSN-TV hired four interns.

KFSN-TV's internship program has launched the careers of dozens of students with aspirations to work in broadcasting. Currently there are four former KFSN-TV interns working at the Station, including two on-air talent, the News Director and the General Manager.

Recruitment outreach for interns is primarily accomplished by informing the Journalism Department at local colleges and universities about openings

C. Scholarship Programs
KFSN-TV's scholarship program, the ABC30 Building a Better Community Scholarship, provides at least five scholarships each year to under privileged and/or "at-risk" students to attend a State Center Community College District campus. Six recipients were awarded scholarships during the reporting period: Jenny Reyes, Lexi Norris, Wendy Haw, Alexis Leon, Rayne D'Andre Bell & Michelle Holmes.

D. Listing each upper-level opening in a job bank or newsletter of a media trade group with a broad-based membership that includes women and minorities
Except for the position of News Director, the Station sent notification of its job listings to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

E. Provision of training to management level personnel as to methods of ensuring equal employment opportunity and preventing discrimination
KFSN-TV management employees are required to complete the Walt Disney Company's "Preventing Harassment" and "Standards of Business Conduct" training courses every two years. These courses cover discrimination prevention and the importance of offering equal employment opportunities to all employees.

F. Training programs designed to enable station personnel to acquire skills that could qualify them for a higher level position
KFSN-TV employees have access to a wide range of professional, leadership, and management training through the Walt Disney Company's D-Learn training program.

G. Mentoring Programs
KFSN personnel participate in the ABC Owned Television Stations Mentoring Program. The goal of the OTV Mentoring Program is to connect a diverse group of employees across the OTV team and provide mentees with the opportunity to learn from and gain exposure to people in different areas of the business while elevating their voices to leaders. Martin Ortiz, a KFSN Director, and Edmer Archila, a KFSN Studio Technician, participated as mentees during the reporting period. Michael Carr, KSFN's President and General Manager, participated as a mentor during the reporting period.

H. Other Activities
KFSN-TV has a goal of motivating and inspiring the next generation of broadcast professionals. To support that goal, KFSN-TV hosts high school and college students at the television station to expose them to the variety of career options available in broadcasting. Student groups are provided with a behind the scenes tour of operations.

7/11/2019 Programming Manager Charlene Ciavaglia conducted a tour of the station for a Boy Scout Troop.

10/25/2019 Monache High School's Video Production class was given a tour of the ABC30 Studio and Newsroom. They met with Tim Sarquis, who showed the students a Localish story and gave insight into the state of the industry, the need for innovation in storytelling, camera techniques, and technology.

11/7/2019 KFSN Program Manager Charlene Ciavaglia gave a tour to clients from ACCESS, an adults with disabilities program that promotes growth and life enrichment for people with disabilities. They toured the Newsroom, studio and various other departments during their time at KFSN.

11/13/2019 KFSN held its Youth Advisory Council meeting. Guest speaker was KFSN Director Kevin Pendergrass, who gave attendees a special behind-the-scenes look at the world of directing newscasts. They watched producers and directors from the control room and caught additional action in the studio.

2/12/2020 KFSN held its Youth Advisory Council meeting. With new members joining, KFSN staff gave a behind the scenes tour of the ignite room and watched a portion of the newscasts during their visit to the station.

2/27/2020 News Director Mike Carr conducted a tour of the station for ten teachers from Visalia Unified School District's Media Arts and Business Teacher Team. The teachers took the information they gathered and began to use it in their curriculum. As an example, the job titles and duties at ABC will be used as staff jobs for Project-Based Learning opportunities for students.

Attachment A
Attachment B
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