Baylor Long Named News Director At WVTM

Hearst moves him from WTAE Pittsburgh where he was assistant news director to oversee operations at its NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., replacing the retiring Sue Stephens.

Hearst-owned has promoted Baylor Long, assistant news director at its WTAE Pittsburgh, to news director at its NBC affiliate WVTM Birmingham, Ala. He succeeds Sue Stephens, who is retiring this month.

“Baylor brings a wealth of ideas and insights from his experience in other Hearst Television markets to help our winning team of journalists,” said Susana Schuler, president and general manager of WVTM. “He will be a valuable addition as WVTM continues to serve our communities with relevant, impactful, insightful news and weather coverage across all platforms.”

Long has been assistant news director at WTAE since 2017. During his time in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 team has been honored with multiple awards including the regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow for Overall Excellence as well as an Emmy for News Excellence from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He has overseen the station’s local newsmagazine Chronicle and led significant coverage, including the first town hall broadcast following the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Before his time at WTAE, Long was executive producer at sister station WXII Winston- Salem, N.C. He’s also worked for Hearst’s WBAL Baltimore and WLWT Cincinnati. Long began his broadcasting career in Altoona, Pa.

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