Jeff Kiernan Named VP-GM Of KTNV Las Vegas

Scripps moves him from senior director of news at its WXYZ-WMYD Detroit to oversee its Nevada ABC affiliate.

The E.W. Scripps Co. has appointed Jeff Kiernan vice president and general manager of its ABC affiliate KTNV Las Vegas, effective Monday, July 25.

He has been senior director of news at Scripps’ Detroit duopoly of WXYZ (ABC) and WMYD (ind.) since January 2021.

“Jeff is a veteran journalist dedicated to serving the community with enterprise, objective journalism,” said Scripps Local Media President Brian Lawlor. “With his experience leading large newsrooms, Jeff knows how to connect with the community on the issues that matter and build brands that will benefit our advertisers. His career path across multiple Scripps stations is a great example of the culture of employee growth and development we are cultivating at Scripps. We’re proud to have him step into this new role.”

During his tenure at WXYZ and WMYD, Kiernan led the news department’s implementation of Scripps’ content strategy across all media platforms. Prior to his time in Detroit, he led the newsroom at WTMJ, Scripps’ NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. In this role, he guided WTMJ’s coverage of drunk driving — its signature local reporting issue — and steered the development and launch of the station’s local news on over-the-top platforms.

Kiernan received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Marquette named him Communicator of the Year in 2010 and honored him with its James T. Tiedge Award for ethics and responsibility in 1999. He was a visiting faculty member for new managers at the Poynter Institute in 2007.

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