Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 6:00PM ET

2 Gold Circle Inductees; 5 Silver Circle Inductees

BOSTON, MA – October 18, 2023 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter is proud to announce the 2023 inductees selected for the prestigious Gold & Silver Circle Awards.

Established in 1993, the circle recognizes those in a television station, cable channel, or production house who have been reliable, valued, contributors and mentors. Gold Circle is an honor society within our chapter for those with 50+ years working in pursuit of our profession’s highest and most noble goals. Silver Circle is for members who have spent 25+ years in service and dedication.

“It is a privilege to induct each of these outstanding recipients into the  prestigious Gold and Silver Circle,” said Kathryn Shehade, President of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences / Boston New England Chapter. “Their extraordinary contributions and commitment to New England media, our community, and their craft has justly earned them the highest recognition of our chapter.”


The 2023 Gold Circle Inductees:

Don Carrigan, Reporter-News Center Maine

Ike Laughinghouse, News Editor-WCVB


The 2023 Silver Circle inductees:

David Burt, Station Manager-Boston City TV

Tom Griffith, News Anchor/Host-WMUR (Retired)

Ralph Griswold,  Videographer/Editor-WBZ

Gerry Wardwell, Assistant News Director-WCVB

Joanne Whitehead, Senior Director, TV Programming & Operations-CPTV

The 2023 recipients will be inducted during the Academy’s Gold & Silver Circle awards ceremony with their family and peers at 6:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 5, at Granite Links in Quincy, MA.

You can find more information about the Gold & Silver Circle here.

The Boston/New England Chapter has inducted nearly 180 industry professionals who have made significant contributions to television, the Academy, their community and to people training for careers in television.  Honoring broadcast excellence and community commitment, these New England television pioneers will join an array of broadcast leaders who have set industry standards.
About NATAS: Boston/New England
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, the fostering of creative leadership in the television industry, and the encouragement of excellence in artistic, educational, cultural and technical progress.


Media Contacts:

Jill Jones


Kathryn Shehade



The Gold & Silver Circle is a society of honor.  Nominees considered for induction to the Gold and Silver Circle should have significant contributions to television or a media-related industry, the community, to people working or training for careers in television or allied media and to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Silver Circle recognizes significant contributions made by these individuals to our industry for twenty-five years or longer.

The Gold Circle recognizes significant contributions made by these individuals to our industry for fifty years or longer.

While it is not possible to select everyone who is submitted, we do keep nomination forms and consider all new and previous nominees for 5 years from the year they were submitted.