She moves from Tegna’s WHAS Louisville, Ky., to oversee operations at the company’s Seattle NBC affiliate beginning Aug. 2.
This spring, three Denver TV stations installed news directors from out of state, all of them women. All have proven ratings success elsewhere. Two face the task of restoring morale at beaten, battered newsrooms. None believes that gender plays a role in journalistic decision making.
Recently named KUSA Denver News Director Christy Moreno, who succeeds Patti Dennis after a winning 18-year run, will assume her new duties Jan. 12. “It’s a very big jump” from Knoxville to Denver, she acknowledged. At WBIR she oversaw a newsroom of 65 people; at KUSA she’ll run a newsroom of just over 100. In Knoxville, they’ve been busy covering a school bus accident this week. In Denver, breaking news regularly rises to national attention. But throughout the interviewing process, Moreno said, there were “so many similarities” between the Knoxville and Denver news outlets.
Gannett is moving the ND of its WBIR Knoxville, Tenn., to replace Patti Dennis at the Denver NBC affiliate. Dennis had been recently bumped up to Gannett news VP after holding the ND job at KUSA for 18 years.
When Gannett’s NBC affliate in Knoxville must make a tough ethical call or simply decide what’s appropriate, it uses Facebook to see what its viewers think. “Instead of us all pretending we know what the viewers are thinking, we should ask them,” says News Director Christy Moreno.