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WZZM 13's News Reporter Peter Ross is honored with induction into the NATAS Silver Circle

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Grand Rapids, MI - WZZM 13's News Reporter Peter Ross is inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle.

            The NATAS (National Academy of Television and Sciences) Silver Circle is open to individuals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry, or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations.

            Only current residents of the Michigan region who have distinguished themselves with service and achievements for more than 25 years are eligible.

            Peter Ross has been a broadcast journalist since 1976, a career that began at his college radio station in Amherst, Mass.  Peter was news director and a disc jockey at WMUA-FM at the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1978.   Peter moved up the Connecticut River for his first paid job, as a news reporter and anchor for WCFR radio in Springfield, Vermont.   Peter also hosted a daily, live talk show there, which remains one of his career's most challenging tasks.

            Peter had planned on a radio career, but was encouraged to apply for a position at a new, nearby TV station, WNNE-TV in Hanover, N.H.  Peter joined the station in 1981 and became news director, along with anchoring newscasts and reporting, shooting and editing news stories.  Peter won several awards from NH and VT broadcast organizations, and covered three NH presidential primaries, igniting his love of political reporting.

            Seeking new challenges, Peter joined WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1986.  Since then, Peter has also anchored newscasts at the ABC affiliate, and won EMMY awards for Breaking News and News Writing.  Besides government and politics, Peter has specialized in coverage of business and the economy.  In recent years, Peter has also refreshed his skills in news photography and editing, and posts stories daily on and on social media web sites.  For 20 year, Peter also hosted a weekly news in review program at WGVU-TV, the PBS affiliate for west Michigan.

            The only thing Peter loves more than working with skilled photographers to tell memorable visual stories is spending time with friends and his family -  wife Wendy and children Chris and Kim.

"Peter can do it all," said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President & General Manager. "Besides being a wonderful storyteller, he has embraced the transformation of our industry and reinvented himself.  Congratulations on a well deserved recognition."

The 24th Silver Circle Luncheon is on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI.

WZZM 13's Chief Meteorologist, George Lessens and News Anchor, Lee Van Ameyde are also Silver Circle inductees.


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