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KXAS Dallas Names Mark Ginther VP Of News

The former executive news director of KING Seattle is tapped by NBC to succeed Susan Tully as news chief.

NBC-owned KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth (DMA 5) today appointed Mark Ginther vice president of news. Ginther, who starts his new position Sept. 14, will be responsible for all aspects of NBC 5 editorial content on television and other media platforms including NBCDFW.com.

Ginther will report to Tom Ehlmann, KXAS president-GM and succeeds Susan Tully, who was recently tapped to lead NBC’s WVIT Hartford, Conn.

“Mark is a seasoned news professional who knows how to relate important news and information in a way that is meaningful to local audiences,” said Ehlmann.  “He’s a leader with previous North Texas news gathering experience, and we’re looking forward to him continuing NBC 5’s success in connecting with viewers through best-in-class journalism.  We are very excited that Mark is joining the NBC 5 news team.”

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Ginther has nearly 28 years of media industry experience. Prior to joining KXAS and since 2008, he was the executive news director of KING Seattle, and at NWCN Cable, Seattle’s 24-hour regional cable news network.

He is familiar with North Texas having served as assistant news director at WFAA Dallas from 2006 to 2008. Ginther also worked as the news director for WHO Des Moines, Iowa. He began his broadcasting career at radio and television stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Ginther’s news organizations have received numerous awards. This year KING received the national Murrow award for Overall Excellence from the Radio Television Digital News Association and a Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Under his leadership, KING has won two George Foster Peabody Awards, a Columbia DuPont award, a national Emmy award for the station’s investigative work and received national recognition for photojournalism and digital storytelling.

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Ginther holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.


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