Equal Employment Opportunity Report

KFSN-TV FRESNO ANNUAL EEO PUBLIC FILE REPORT
AUG 1, 2021


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I. GENERAL POLICY
This report covers the period from July 22, 2020 through July 21, 2021.

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 52 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 in addition to posting a similar message on jobs page of the station's website (www.abc30.com).
  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, 2020 to July 21, 2021:

Anchor/Reporter (Posted 06/30/20, Filled - Brittany Jacob Taylor 09/21/20)
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: industry referral - 3; station website - 1; company online job listing - 1. The candidate hired was an industry referral

Manager, News and Content (Posted 07/30/20, Filled - Sara Sandrik Goins 11/08/20)
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.
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.

Journalist, Race and Culture (Posted 07/16/20, Filled -Linda Ha 01/11/21)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJcareers.org, NABJcareers.org, AAJA.org, Allwomeninmedia.org, JournalismJobs.com.
Five people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: employee referral - 2; LinkedIn.com - 1; industry referral - 1; company online job listing - 1. The referral source of the candidate hired was LinkedIn.com.

Multi-Skilled Journalists (Posted 01/12/21, Filled - Jessica Harrington 02/15/21, Elisa Navarro 03/08/21)
In addition to this job vacancy being publicized as described above, this position was advertised in the following publications: TVJobs.com, Fresno Bee, NAHJcareers.org, NABJcareers.org, AAJA.org, Allwomeninmedia.org, JournalismJobs.com.
Seven people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed was as follows: employee referral - 3; industry referral - 1; company online job listing - 2; LinkedIn - 1. The two candidates hired were employee referrals.

Anchor/Reporter (Filled - Shayla Girardin 03/13/21)
This position was filled through an internal promotion.

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
03/03/21 KFSN-TV participated in the Spring Fresno State Career and Internship fair. This was a virtual event attended by Fresno State students and alumni. Anchor and intern coordinator Graciela Moreno, Sales Manager Greg Baker and Program Manager Charlene Ciavaglia participated in discussions with attendees.

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 seven former KFSN-TV interns working at the Station, including three on-air talent, one editor, one engineer, the News Director and the General Manager.

Recruitment outreach for interns is accomplished by working with the Disney Talent Acquisition team, and 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.

KFSN-TV's Journalism Scholarship, provides three scholarships each year to underserved students majoring in Mass Communications/Journalism at California State University, Fresno. Three students were awarded scholarships during the reporting period.

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
The Station posts its job listings to the websites of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, and Alliance for Women in Media.

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 (OTV) and Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED) Mentoring Programs. The goal of the Programs 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, KFSN News Director, Jason Wallace, KFSN Director of Technology, Aurora Diaz, KFSN Special Projects and Public Affairs Executive Producer, and KFSN General Manager Michael Carr participated as mentors in the ABC OTV Program during the reporting period. April Ghan-Peck, KFSN News Producer, participated as a mentee in the DMED Program during the reporting period. Michael Carr, KFSN General Manager, participated as a mentor in the DMED Program during the reporting period. Jason Wallace, KFSN Director of Technology, participated as both a mentee and mentor in the DMED Program during the reporting period.

H. Other Activities
KFSN has a goal of inspiring and motivating those responsible for educating future broadcast professional and local leaders.
The 2020 Fresno County Educator of the Year Awards show was hosted by KFSN News Anchor Warren Armstrong on 11/22/20. The top teachers and administrators from districts in the area were recognized for their efforts in helping their students succeed. Awards presented were for Administrator of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year.

KFSN reporter Gilbert Magallon was recognized by the California Teachers Association for a recent story about Fresno teachers organizing a virtual concert to benefit the community. Gilbert was presented with the CTA's John Swett Certificate of Merit for a Contribution by an Individual for a News Story.

KFSN brought back a community staple, Honored Scholars! For decades, ABC30 has honored the top two students at Valley high schools by highlighting them in a series of on-air promotional ads. Because of COVID-19, the station couldn't honor last year's students. However, in June 2021, KFSN had participation from over 60 schools.

02/24/21 KFSN held its ABC30 Youth Advisory Council meeting. Special guest was KFSN Race and Culture reporter Linda Ha who talked about how she got into the business and her work in multi-cultural storytelling.

10/14/20 KFSN held its ABC30 Youth Advisory Council meeting. Special guest was KFSN anchor/reporter Brittany Jacob who talked about overcoming colorism and switching careers to pursue her passion for storytelling.

07/15/20 KFSN held its ABC30 Youth Advisory Council meeting. Special guest was KFSN News Director Martin Ortiz who talked about his rise from intern to leading the station's multi-platform news department.

Attachment A
Attachment B