Palomar College Professor Gregg Baker was inducted into the illustrious Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) earlier this month.
According to nataspsw.org, this award is given to individuals who have worked in the television industry for at least 25 years and have made a major contribution to Pacific Southwest Television. The NATAS established the Silver Circle in 1983, and currently has 250 members.
“It was an honor to be among such a distinguished group of people,”
Baker said in reference to the other six Silver Circle inductees.
Palomar College’s Chair of Media Studies, Pat Hahn, referred to the television industry by saying “It’s about loyalty and lifetime friendships.”
Hahn went on to add most people see television as a large entity when in reality, it is actually a small world. This is especially true for Baker who has been in the industry for 33 years and has been friends with Hahn for 30.
After Baker graduated from the University of Arizona-Tuscon, he began his career as a production assistant for a news and entertainment television series called PM Magazine. He worked his way up the ranks and eventually accepted a San Diego- based position as the producer of a medical segment called “Staying Healthy,” where he stayed for 16 years.
Hahn met his current colleague, Baker, when Baker did a write-up about Hahn’s daughter and her diabetes case. One year later Hahn decided to ask Baker to co-produce a show on Lifetime called “Living with Diabetes.” They became friends and the show became a success and aired on CNBC.
Baker went on to do freelance work in Southern California for companies such as NBC and produced other segments including “To Your Health” before deciding to make a change. Hahn had been teaching classes at Palomar College and suggested Baker give teaching a try.
After one year, Baker was hooked and decided to get his master’s degree to teach full time. It has been 13 years, and Baker expressed his love for teaching as if it was his first year all over again.
Now he oversees Palomar’s broadcast department, which has won several Emmys, and oversees the student-produced show “North County News”.
Both Baker and Hahn described the television industry in the same manner — a place where people are able to develop lifelong friendships and work with colleagues in a number of facets.
Baker concluded his acceptance speech at the Lomas Santa Fe County Club recently by making a joke. He said, “I’m looking forward to the next adventure with Pat, just as long as its not multi-level marketing.”