Mike Dello Stritto Named KCBS-KCAL News Director
Veteran local news executive Mike Dello Stritto has been named vice president and news director at CBS News and Stations’ local businesses in Los Angeles, including KCBS (CBS2), KCAL (independent), the CBS News Los Angeles streaming channel and CBSLA.com.
Dello Stritto is assuming his new role after having served as the news director at CBS News and Stations’ Sacramento duopoly KOVR-KMAX, CBS News Sacramento and CBSSacramento.com, since 2018.
Dello Stritto has spent nearly 13 years of his local news career with CBS Stations, beginning in 2006 when he worked for three-and-a-half years as reporter at KOVR in Sacramento. In 2009, he made the transition to news department management by becoming the managing editor at KOVR and KMAX. He was promoted to assistant news director at the stations in 2012. After that, he spent nearly two years as the managing editor at KPIX, the CBS-owned station in San Francisco, prior to returning to Sacramento as the news director at KOVR-KMAX.
Dello Stritto will be succeeding veteran CBS Stations executive Andrea Parquet-Taylor, who last month was named vice president, CW and independent stations news director. In this role, based at CBS News and Stations’ newly created local news innovation lab in Dallas-Fort Worth, Parquet-Taylor will be responsible for overseeing the launch and production of hybrid, local-to-national multiplatform newscasts for several of the company’s CW, independent and MyNetwork TV-affiliated stations.
Joel Vilmenay, president and general manager of CBS Los Angeles, said: “Thankfully, we didn’t have to go very far to find an ideal leader,” Vilmenay said. “Mike joins us after having done exceptional work at our stations in Sacramento and San Francisco. We are excited to welcome him to our CBS Los Angeles team as we work to ensure a smooth transition and build on the success we have had on our broadcast, streaming and digital platforms.”
CBS Stations President Jennifer Mitchell added: “It is a pleasure to be able to promote Mike, who we consider to be among the finest local news executives in the country. We are excited to have our Los Angeles team get to know him. As someone who has been on both sides of the camera, starting as a weather forecaster in Gainesville, Fla. more than 20 years ago, Mike has great perspective on the importance of every role inside a newsroom.”
Dello Stritto gained his first experience as a news director with KTNV Las Vegas, where he worked for nearly three years prior to returning to CBS to become the news director at KOVR and KMAX in 2018. His background also includes working as a reporter at stations in Chattanooga, Tenn., West Palm Beach, Fla., and Las Vegas.