Scripps Taps Kate O’Brian To Lead News At Its National Networks

In this newly created role, the ABC News veteran will be responsible for the news and programming strategy for Scripps Networks’ news brands Newsy and Court TV.

Kate O’Brian

The E.W. Scripps Co. today named award-winning network news executive Kate O’Brian head of news for its national television networks business, effective April 12.

In this newly created role, O’Brian will be responsible for the news and programming strategy for Scripps Networks’ news brands Newsy and Court TV, upholding the company’s commitment to quality, objective journalism. She will report to Scripps Networks President Lisa Knutson.

“Kate’s career has taken her around the world to report on events that have shaped our culture and shared experiences,” Knutson said. “She brings a depth of editorial experience, journalistic integrity and curiosity that aligns with our ethos and our commitment to straightforward, opinion-free news and enterprise journalism.

“In addition, her executive management experience — including leading national news operations, driving transformational change and launching successful news products — will help Scripps Networks write the next chapter of growth and audience engagement for Newsy and Court TV.

O’Brian’s career in news and journalism spans nearly four decades. She spent 30 years at ABC News in ascending positions. As senior vice president for news, O’Brian oversaw newsgathering across ABC’s news bureaus worldwide; business, law and justice, medical and investigative units; as well as NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations.


Also while at ABC News, O’Brian was general manager of programming for ABC News Radio; an overseas field producer in Rome and London; a producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings; and manager of talent development.

O’Brian became the first woman to run a 24/7 cable news organization when she was appointed president of Al Jazeera America, leading the startup news network to multiple awards. Most recently, she has consulted with media organizations on a range of editorial, management and business strategies, working with some of the country’s leading news operations.

Among other awards, O’Brian’s work has been honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, an Emmy Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.

O’Brian earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts.

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