WSLS Names Ashburn News Director

Margaret Kreger Ashburn has been assistant news director for the last two years at the Graham Media NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Va.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JULIE WOLFE

TVN Executive Session | For Tegna, A Proactive Take On Hiring, Onboarding During The Pademic

Julie Wolfe, news director at Tegna’s WHAS Louisville, Ky., has tackled hiring and training new personnel during COVID by leaning on pre-pandemic habits. Those include constantly networking even before newsroom positions open, lots of one-on-one communication with new personnel and building a newsroom culture with a ready embrace of digital tools.

Jeimmie Nevalga Named KOMU News Director

She takes over Feb. 1 at the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., owned by the University of Missouri.

WDSU Names Melissa Dart News Director

She joins the Hearst NBC affiliate in New Orleans from WPTV West Palm Beach, Fla., where she has been the assistant news director since 2018.

WBFF Adds Mike Fahey As News Director

The veteran journalist joins Sinclair’s Baltimore Fox affiliate from WHDH Boston.

KHOU Sets 3-Person News Leadership Team

Liz Roldan becomes news director, Stuart Boslow is innovation director while Randy Klein is tapped for digital director at Tegna’s CBS Houston affiliate.

Elizabeth Flores Named WCAU-WWSI News VP

The current WABC New York assistant news director will be responsible for leading the on-air and online news operations for the NBC and Telemundo owned stations in Philadelphia.

WBRC Anchor Talks About Getting COVID-19

Parquet-Taylor Named KCBS-KCAL News Director

CBS Television Stations moves Andrea Parquet-Taylor from Dallas to oversee journalism for its Los Angeles broadcast and digital properties.

Jessi Miller Bradley Named WBZ News Director

The 23-year news veteran moves from CBSN Boston to oversee news operations at the O&O.

KXXV Ups Sylvia Villarreal To News Director

She’s been with the Scripps ABC affiliate in Waco, Texas, since 2015 as an executive producer, then assistant news director.

Gavin Maliska To Lead WEEK News

The veteran journalist will oversee journalism at Quincy Media’s NBC-ABC affiliate in Peoria, Ill., beginning in December.

DMA 16: MIAMI

WTVJ Names Dawn Clapperton VP Of News

The Miami NBC O&O promotes her from assistant news director.

DMA 47: HARRISBURG, PA

WPMT Adds Naomi Morales As News Director

The former WCAU Philadelphia executive producer will lead newsgathering at Tegna’s Fox affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa.

DMAS 56 & 107

Standard Media Names Two News Directors

David Jones will lead journalists at WLNE Providence, R.I., while Jennifer Hardy takes over at KLKN Lincoln, Neb.

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

Pam Chen Promoted To KABC News Director

According to the Los Angeles ABC O&O, Chen is the first Asian American to lead a news department at a network owned television station in the city.

DMA 75: COLUMBIA, SC

Sharranda Neal Named WLTX News Director

Tegna promotes the content manager of its CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C., to oversee the department.

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Nexstar Names Casey Clark WJZY News Director

The Nexstar Fox affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., has a new owner, new general manager and now a new news director, all since March. I caught up with Casey Clark in the WJZY Charlotte newsroom on Thursday, his second day on the job.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News Dir. Opening In Growing Midwest Market

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a news director in Lincoln, Neb., a market known for its parks, bike trail network and low cost of living.

DMA 89: SAVANNAH, GA

Will Dillard Named News Director Of WJCL

The Hearst ABC affiliate in Savannah, Ga., promotes its assistant news director to succeed Sinan Sadar who moved into a corporate slot.

DMA 38: GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG-ASHEVILLE-ANDERSON, SC

Akili Franklin Named WYFF News Director

Hearst moves her from its WDSU New Orleans to succeed Bruce Barkley at its NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

KGNS News Director Among 6 Employees Diagnosed With COVID-19

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News Director Opening, Must Lead With Passion

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a news director who has vision and passion, with strong oversight and consistent communication with newsroom staff.

DMA 173: CLARKSBURG, WV

Michael Baldwin Named WDTV News Director

The anchor-reporter is leaving Gray Television’s Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati to take over news leadership at Gray’s CBS affil in Clarksburg, W.Va.

DMA 8: HOUSTON

KHOU Executive News Director Leaving

Executive News Director Sally Ramirez will leave Tegna’s CBS affil KHOU Houston at the end of the summer, according to an internal memo from President and General Manager Robert Springer.

DMA 181: WATERTOWN, NY

Jeffrey Nelson Upped To WWNY News Director

The assistant news director of Gray’s ABC affiliate in Watertown, N.Y., is taking over from the retiring Scott Atkinson.

DMA 46: ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Jess O’Neill Returns To KOAT As News Director

Hearst promotes him from assistant news director at its WESH Orlando, Fla., to oversee operations at its Albuquerque, N.M., ABC affiliate.

DMA 38

Jeff Holub Named GM Of WHNS Greenville, S.C.

Meredith promotes him from station manager at its Atlanta duopoly. At the same time WHNS News Director Kelly Boan is move up to station manager.

KTEN News Director Mark Farrell Dies

Mark Farrell, news director of Lockwood Broadcasting’s NBC-ABC-CW affiliate KTEN Sherman-Ada, Okla. (DMA 158), died April 24 following a heart attack. He was 55.

DMA 138: ROCKFORD, IL

Audrey Moon Upped To WREX News Director

Quincy Media’s NBC-CW affiliate in Rockford, Ill., chooses its assistant news director to succeed Josh Morgan after he’s promoted to station manager.

DMA 124: MONTEREY-SALINAS, CA

Jillian O’Brien Named KSBW News Director

The veteran Hearst Television journalist is tapped to lead news operations at the group’s NBC affiliate in Monterey-Salinas, Calif.

DMA 70: SPOKANE, WA

KREM Names Jessie Kane Executive News Dir.

The veteran news leader returns to Spokane, Wash., after stints in Sacramento, Seattle and Charlotte, N.C.

DMA 10: ATLANTA

Meredith Taps Matt King As Atlanta News Director

He joins from WCNC Charlotte, N.C., to lead newsgathering at WGCL and WPCH.

DMA 40: AUSTIN, TX

KVUE Adds Christina Ginn As KVUE News Director

She comes to Austin, Texas, from NBC News in New York to succeed Tim Ryan, who moved to KUSA Denver last year.

Leadership Changes At Morgan Murphy Media

The family-owned station group appoints a new GM, VP of news, news director and talent/team development director.

What I Wish I’d Known As A New News Director

DMA 16: MIAMI

WSFL Names Nicole Wolfe News Director

Scripps is bringing her from WFTS Tampa to build a news operation at the Miami CW affiliate from scratch.

DMA 3: CHICAGO

WGN-TV Names Dominick Stasi News Director

The Nexstar independent in Chicago promotes its executive producer to take over the news department following Jennifer Lyons’ move to lead WGN America’s new national primetime News Nation.

DMA 62: LITTLE ROCK, AR

KTHV Names New Top News Executives

The Little Rock, Ark., Tegna CBS affiliate promotes Shayla Teater to news director and Martha Myrick to assistant news director.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News Dir. Opening In Popular Mountain Town

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a news director in a market renowned for its food, wine, natural beauty and college atmosphere.