Hearst TV Expands Corporate News Team

Barbara Maushard is promoted to news SVP overseeing an expanded news team; Andrew Vrees named news VP Lori Waldon is now regional director of news.


Hearst Television is expanding its corporate news leadership team with the announcement of three executive promotions.

Barbara Maushard, who since 2008 has served as a VP, News, based at Hearst’s New York headquarters, and who since 2013 has held oversight of the company’s news efforts, has been promoted to SVP, news. She will continue to set strategy for Hearst Television’s 29 news operations and will have management oversight of the expanded corporate-level news team.

Andrew Vrees, news director of Hearst’s WCVB Boston, has been promoted to VP, news. He will continue to be based in Boston while providing guidance to newly assigned stations. A successor to Vrees as WCVB news director will be announced at a future date.

Lori Waldon, news director at KCRA Sacramento, Calif., and co-owned KQCA, has been named regional director of news. She maintains her responsibility as KCRA-KQCA news director and adds oversight of the news operations of Hearst’s KOAT Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M., and KSBW Monterey/Salinas, Calif., working with the news directors at those stations.

Candy Altman, a Hearst Television vice president, News since 2002, who has focused on Hearst Television’s multiple-award-winning election-coverage efforts, continues to spearhead special news and political-reporting projects, and training and development of news personnel, for which she has forged various industry partnerships.

“We consider this team to be the gold standard in local television news,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television president. “Barb and her colleagues throughout the Hearst Television group have done a superb job providing viewers award-winning local journalism, impacting the communities we serve. Along with Candy’s continued contributions and the addition of two accomplished news executives in Andrew and Lori, Hearst Television is well positioned for the future as we expand our news product on all platforms.”


Maushard joined Hearst Television in 1997 and served in management roles at four Hearst stations before becoming VP, news in 2008. 

Before his post at WCVB, Vrees was news director at Hearst’s WMUR Manchester, N.H., and assistant news director at KOAT Albuquerque, N.M.

Waldon’s joined KCRA from Hearst’s WISN Milwaukee.

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