WNBC And WNJU Set New Leadership Roles In News

The NBC-Telemundo duopoly promotes Amy Morris (pictured) to SVP of news. As news directors, Alexa Rodríguez at WNJU and David Manney at WNBC will report to her.

Elevating three award-winning journalists into new leadership positions, WNBC New York (NBC) and WNJU (Telemundo) announced a series of newsroom promotions that take effect immediately. These moves are anchored by the promotion of Amy Morris to senior vice president of news, who will now be responsible for editorial content at both stations.

Eric Lerner, president and general manager of WNBC, said: “Amy is an exceptional journalist and an outstanding leader. She strengthened our award-winning I-Team, enhanced our weather coverage and grew the Storm Team 4 weather team.  Our breaking news capabilities have also improved, enabling WNBC to take the big story live across all platforms – and often before anyone else in the market.”

Morris first joined WNBC in March, 2018 as the station’s vice president of news. Under her leadership, the WNBC news team was awarded the 2021 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. A former assistant news director for WPVI Philadelphia, Morris previously worked as an executive producer with WABC New York, WLS Chicago and KSTP Minneapolis. She also worked as news director for WDBJ Roanoke, Va.

Alexa Rodríguez

Additionally, WNBC and WNJU promoted two newsroom veterans to become news directors of their respective stations. This includes the elevation of Alexa Rodríguez at WNJU and David Manney at WNBC. Both will report to Morris.

Cristina Schwarz, WNJU president and general manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Amy Morris into our Telemundo 47 family and look forward to the success that Amy, Alexa and Dave will bring to both stations. Working together, they will make our newscasts even stronger and take us to new heights.”


Alexa Rodriguez enters her new WNJU position after working for the past four years as the station’s assistant news director. She first joined WNJU in 2017 as an executive producer. Prior to joining WNJU, Rodriguez worked for more than 20 years at WXTV. She has been awarded multiple New York Emmy Awards throughout her career.

David Manney

David Manney enters his new WNBC position after working for nearly four years as WNBC’s assistant news director. A former managing editor and executive producer with WNBC, Manney returned to the station in 2016 following two years as news director for WXYZ Detroit. Manney was the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of Superstorm Sandy.

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