Station Information

WABC-TV Annual EEO Report for 2013

Annual EEO Report
February 1, 2013

This Annual EEO Report is filed on behalf of WABC-TV, New York, New York, in compliance with the FCC's EEO reporting requirements. WABC-TV, which is licensed to American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., serves a potential viewership of 20 million people living in the greater New York City region, New Jersey, and Connecticut. This report includes information from February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013, and it will be placed in the station's public file, and on the station's website as of February 1, 2013.

WABC-TV is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy that advances opportunities for all qualified individuals. It is our policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunities through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion, and other practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal employment opportunity.

To make this policy effective, and to ensure conformance with the requirements of the FCC, we have adopted an Equal Opportunity Program as described herein.

Job Vacancy Information
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, WABC-TV is committed to disseminating information about job vacancies as widely as possible.

Full-time job vacancies are posted internally within the Company, in trade publications and websites with a broad-based readership that includes women and minorities, and in local community newspapers. (See Attachment A  Job Sources). The Station also sends notices of full-time job vacancies to organizations on its mailing list. By broadcasting 30 second on-air announcements in rotating day parts, the station invites organizations that provide job information or referrals to contact us and place their names on our mailing list to receive notification of job vacancies. WABC-TV also posts this on several pages of its website,

Attachment B contains the contact information of organizations that have requested to be placed on our mailing list for job openings as a result of the above announcements, ads, and outreach. This list is periodically updated. The last update occurred in May, 2012.

In addition, ABC Media Networks Human Resources department has contracted with The Direct Employers Association to distribute notice of all full-time positions to Direct Employers' network of hundreds of organizations that cater to students, alumni, veterans, minorities, disabled individuals, and individuals seeking employment information.

Record Keeping
In compliance with EEO record keeping requirements, the Station creates a file for each full-time position to be filled. Each of these files contains a summary sheet with the job title, the date recruitment started, the total number of applicants, what recruitment sources were used for each opening, the date the job was filled, and the source that referred the hired individual. Station procedure requires approval by the President and General Manager and the applicable Department Head prior to extending a job offer. EEO requirements and management responsibility toward EEO are discussed regularly at management meetings.

From February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013, the Station filled 12 full-time jobs. Every job vacancy was publicized in the following manner. Jobs were posted on the Disney careers/Disney jobs website and the following periodicals: Amsterdam News, the World Journal, the Korean News, and El Diario. Job vacancies were also sent to all of the organizations in Attachment B. The openings were also advertised on the station's web site  7online. The job vacancy may also been posted in additional sources that vary according to the job. Please see Attachment C for more recruitment details by position and candidate.

Supplemental Recruitment Activities
In addition to the specific job recruitment efforts mentioned above, the Station also engages in a variety of long-term initiatives designed to increase awareness of and develop qualifications for careers in broadcasting. During the reporting period, those included the following:

1. Job Fairs
WABC-TV Intern Nights - The events were held in New York on April 12, 2012 and November 14, 2012. In attendance were managers from all the departments at the television station. Students in their Junior or Senior Year of College, studying communications, journalism or other major related to broadcasting and reside or go to school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut are invited to interview with these managers and be selected for an internship at the television station.

Yeshiva University Career Fair - On March 30, 2012, Yeshiva University held its career fair on its campus in New York City. Saundra Thomas, VP of Community Affairs, represented WABC-TV.

Long Island University Job / Internship Fair  On April 3, 2012, Long Island University held its annual Best of Brooklyn Collegiate Job / Internship Fair on its campus in Brooklyn, NY.

Manhattan College Career Fair  On April 19, 2012, Manhattan College held its annual Spring career fair on its campus in Riverdale, NY. Rebecca Ressy, Manager of Human Resources, represented WABC-TV with Maddie Marchena, Spring Intern for the Community Affairs department.

Veteran's Career Expo - On May 23, 2012, in conjunction with its Heroes Work Here campaign, the Walt Disney Company held a veteran's career expo at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Veterans were selected to participate in workshops and were given the opportunity to meet with managers and recruiters for present job opportunities and to build relationships for future opportunities with the Company. Saundra Thomas, VP of Community Affairs, Scott Simensky, VP of Sales, and Kurt Hanson, VP of Engineering, represented WABC-TV.

Services for the Under Served  Veteran's Job Fair  Services for the Underserved is devoted to providing housing and supportive services to underserved individuals throughout New York City. SUS also provides services to returning veterans. The Veteran's Job Fair was held in Brooklyn Borough Hall, on May 23, 2012. Saundra Thomas, VP of Community Affairs, represented WABC-TV.

National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair  NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provide quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. NABJ holds an annual convention and career fair each summer with sessions and workshops for professional development. This year's event was held in New Orleans, LA from June 20 through June 24, 2012. Saundra Thomas, VP of Community Affairs, represented WABC-TV.

Unity: Journalists of Color Convention  UNITY: Journalists of Color is an alliance of journalists of color acting as a force for positive change to advance their presence, growth and leadership in the fast-changing global news industry. The alliance includes the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalist Association. This year's event was held in Las Vegas, NV from August 1 to August 4, 2012. Saundra Thomas, VP of Community Affairs, represented WABC-TV.

2. Internship Programs - WABC-TV sponsors an internship program aimed at third and fourth year college students who attend school in the tri-state area. The purpose of this program is to enrich and supplement the education of local college students in the field of television. Although the program is open to all, we place special emphasis on seeking out and identifying female and minority students who are majoring in broadcasting. During the reporting period, the Station had a total of 205 interns. For a list of participating schools see Attachment D.

Students selected by the various department managers as a result of the intern recruitment nights described above gain first-hand experience at a television station and also receive college credit. These internships also help students develop relationships with industry professionals who may be of assistance to them in their future careers. They often assist in finding employment in similar markets.

3. Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Scholarship Program  WABC-TV is one of many communication companies that participate in this program which was developed to enhance the presence of minorities in the media by giving minority youth work experience during high school and college that will qualify them for jobs in the media. At the end of their third year of high school, students identified and chosen by the program on the basis of academics, recommendations, interviews and commitment to the program, enter the employment of WABC-TV. The student will have summer employment and possibly employment while school is in session, in addition to help with college expenses for the remainder of the student's high school and college years. WABC-TV is responsible for exposing the student to a broad range of education, training and experience needed to qualify the student and help them advance to management and executive level positions in the future. In the reporting period, WABC-TV employed a student from Bowdoin College.

4. New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Achievers Program - WABC-TV participated as an internship site. A local college student spent 8 weeks in the program working as an intern at the television station under the guidance and supervision of the VP of Community Affairs.

5. John F. Kennedy High School Senior Experience Program  WABC-TV sponsored a student in the program who spent 3 weeks in the Sales and Marketing Department under the guidance and supervision of our Local Sales Manager and one of our Account Executives.

6. Mentoring Programs - This is a one-on-one mentoring program dedicated to reducing school drop out rates among inner city girls and helping them to attain their goal of attending college. The program runs October through June and the mentors spend 6-8 hours a month with their mentee, and contact their mentees via phone or email at least once a week. In the reporting period, the following WABC-TV employees were involved in the Disney VoluntEars Mentoring Program: Nika Beamon, Newswriter and Luz Medina, News Business Manager. Candy Martinez, Associate Director /Stage Manager, participated in the program and was the Coordinator for the ABC/Disney/ESPN Mentoring Program.

7. Get Reel With Your Dreams: The Inside Track  This is a program created by Sade Baderinwa, WABC-TV News Anchor. She partners with Disney, Lincoln Center Institute, New York Women in Film and Television, and the New York City Department of Education for this project which was originally created to expose New York Inner City high school students to top professionals in film and television. In 2012, for the first time, the program was open to students from the entire tri-state area. Qualifying students are invited to attend the initial event, to get "inside track" advice from these professionals who share their personal and professional stories, offer advice and exposure to new possibilities. They are encouraged to submit a self-produced Public Service Announcement and compete in the Reel Awards  over $30,000 in college scholarships. To complete their entry, they must also perform community service. This year's initial event (panel and workshops) took place on March 24, 2012 at Harry S. Truman High School, Bronx, NY. Besides, Ms Baderinwa, WABC-TV "insiders" included WABC-TV's General Manager Dave Davis, Jeff Pegues and Sandy Kenyon  reporters, Todd Pierce, Robert Cantwell and Hector Muniz  photographer / editors, and Bill McFarland, the Assistant News Director. On July 11, 2012, the Awards were presented to the top three winners by Sade Baderinwa. The first place winner was from Harry S. Truman High School in Bronx, NY. The second place winner was from Jonathan Levin High School also in Bronx, NY. The third place winner was from Passaic County Technical High School in New Jersey. Special consideration for Cinematography was given to a student from the High School of Art and Design in New York, NY. Since the beginning of this program, more than $120,000 in college scholarships have been awarded.

WABC-TV participates in job shadows, career days and events, speaking engagements in the Community and host tours of the Station throughout the year. Some examples include:

EventParticipants Date
NY Women in Communications - Panel Exploring Bridging the Generation Gap Using Social Media Stacey Sager, Reporter was the moderator 2/13/12
St Joseph's High School Women's Career Panel for Women's History Month Saundra Thomas, VP Community Affairs3/21/12
Princeton University - Panel on Jobs in the Arts & Media Sandy Kenyon, Entertainment Reporter 3/26/12
Fox Lane Middle School Career Day Bedford, NY Joe Torres, Reporter 3/28/12
Alexander High School Career Day Elmsford, NY Saundra Thomas, VP Community Affairs 3/30/12
Hofstra University Advertising Club Scott Simensky, VP Sales 4/18/12
St. Raymond's High School for Boys 2012 Career Day Dan Donovan, VP National Sales 4/19/12

Job Shadows
Junior Achievement Job Shadow Sandy Kenyon, Reporter, Bill McFarland, Asst News Director; Carolann Monroe, Web Director; Bobby Bryant, Account Executive 3/8 and 3/9/12
Young Women's Leadership Network TYWLS Works S. Thomas, T. Bagley, C. Santopietro, C. Monroe, K. Dillon, C. Martinez, Y. Chong 5/17/2012

Station Tours
TORCH Program 2/24/12

Grenville Boys and Girls Club 2/24/12

Academy of Social Action 3/2/12

Junior Achievement 3/9/12

Franklin Road Academy 3/13/12

Rutgers University 3/14/12

LaGuardia Community College 3/20/12, 10/5/12

Queens College 3/22/12

Saint Paul Interparochial School 3/29/12

Marymount School 4/9/12, 6/13/12

Fresh Air Fund 4/30/12, 12/4, 12/10/12

Ardsley Cub Scout Den #8 5/4/12

Yeshiva University 5/9/12

Girl Scout Tour 6/13/12

Children's Aid Society 6/29/12, 7/27/12

Southbooth Summer Camp 7/23, 25, 30/12

Vanderbilt YMCA 7/26/12

Children's Ark Academy 8/7/12

Bedford YMCA 8/9/12

Mercy First School 8/10/12

Buckley School 10/15/12

Ohio State University 11/9/12

Regis High School 11/12/12

Cub Scouts 11/12/12

Kingsboro Tour 11/16/12

Bed-Stuy YMCA 12/27/12

The Station will maintain a positive and continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure Equal Opportunity and non-discrimination in every aspect of station employment policy and practice. In addition, the Station will regularly assess and improve its recruitment and promotion methods and sources by analyzing their effectiveness and making changes as appropriate.

In the past year, the Station has expanded its participation in job fairs and career-related events.

EEO 2013 Attachment A: Job Sources
EEO 2013 Attachment B: Organiziations Which Receive Postings
EEO 2013 Attachment C: Position Summary
EEO 2013 Attachment D: Schools Participating in Internship Program