KCCI Names Allison Smith News Director

The former KCCI producer returns to lead the journalism efforts at Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines.

Hearst-owned CBS affiliate KCCI Des Moines, Iowa (DMA 75) today appointed Allison Smith the fourth news director in the station’s history.  She joins KCCI in December after four years as assistant news director at sister Hearst Television station WLWT in Cincinnati. She replaces Dave Busiek who retires later this year after 39 years at KCCI, 29 as news director.

Smith has strong ties to both Central Iowa and KCCI. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Drake University, she began her career at KCCI as a producer while earning an MBA at Iowa State University. From there she became a leader in newsrooms at WPXI in Pittsburgh and WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to her most recent role at WLWT.

She has earned numerous awards, including two local Emmy Awards for Best Newscast in the Ohio Valley Region.

KCCI President-GM Brian Sather said: “Allison’s passion, innovation and integrity, combined with her understanding of Iowa and the KCCI newsroom, make her the ideal fit to take over this important leadership role.”

“There is no bigger honor for me than to return to KCCI as news director,” said Smith. “This team of journalists sets the standard for storytelling within the industry. I am excited to lead this newsroom, with its strong commitment to the community, into the future.”

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