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.

Tegna-owned CBS affiliate KTHV Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 62), on Tuesday appointed Shayla Teater news director and named Martha Myrick assistant news director.


Teater, a North Little Rock native and graduate of the University of Missouri, started at the station in 2007 as a news producer. Through a series of roles and a short stint in Greensboro, N.C., she served as senior executive producer and assistant news director for the last seven years.

In those roles, and among a host of responsibilities, Teater, an Emmy Award recipient, helped launch multiple newscasts, coached dozens of journalists, and led teams covering major events pivotal to Arkansas’s history. She has also led teams that garnered Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and many Associated Press awards.

Teater is the station’s first female news director.

Myrick, another Emmy-winner, started as an intern at KTHV before being hired as a news producer. Later, she produced for WESH Orlando, Fla., covering a number of breaking news events including the Pulse Nightclub shooting and Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.


In 2018, Myrick returned to KTHV, being named the executive producer of special content; in this role, she launched the station’s lifestyle show The Vine. She has since received a Tegna Award for Innovation, as well as recently being named Innovator of the Year at KTHV. Her work on a unique mayoral debate among Little Rock candidates in 2018 led her to a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Innovation.

Myrick is a native to Hot Springs and graduated from Henderson State University.

Both Teater and Myrick have served in these roles on an interim basis for a number of weeks, but they’ll officially assume the duties this week.

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