Patrick McCreery will have oversight of all the Meredith Local Media Group station operations and general managers and will continue to be based in Phoenix.
Meredith Corp. today promoted Patrick McCreery to executive vice president of operations for its Local Media Group, effective immediately.
In his new role, McCreery will oversee all station operations, and general managers will report directly to him. McCreery will continue to report to Meredith Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz.
In his prior role as VP of news and marketing, McCreery directed content and strategy for Meredith’s news and creative services departments. Under McCreery’s leadership, Meredith’s portfolio of 17 television stations achieved the No. 1 or No. 2 audience positions in morning or late news in most markets, the company said. He increased news hours 15% across the group, grew ratings in all dayparts, and improved the group’s digital reach, which now includes more than one million unique app users and more than five million Facebook fans.
“Patrick has done a great job strengthening our local news and entertainment content and expanding our digital reach,” said Karpowicz. “He is committed to finding new and creative ways to get our local content and our advertisers’ messages to audiences when and where they want them. He is a strong leader and I’m confident he will guide our stations to even greater success.”
McCreery has worked for Meredith since 2003, starting as a special projects executive producer at KPHO Phoenix. He then spent more than 10 years at KPTV-KPDX, Meredith’s Portland, Ore., duopoly. He started as assistant news director, eventually working his way up to VP-GM, a position he held for six years.
He will remain based at Meredith’s duopoly in Phoenix.
McCreery earned a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Ohio State University.