Jonathan Shelley New WPTA News Director

Quincy Media recruits him from WDSU New Orleans. He begins heading news operations at the Fort Wayne multi-affil on Aug. 25.


Quincy Media-owned ABC, NBC, CW and MNT affiliate WPTA Fort Wayne, Ind. (DMA 111), has added Jonathan Shelley as news director, beginning Aug. 25. He succeeds Alan Wagmeister whose last day was Aug. 15.

Shelley has spent 25 years in broadcast journalism, most recently as news director of WDSU in New Orleans for nine years. During his tenure, the station was recognized with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, two National Headliner Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two Gabriel Awards and numerous Edward R. Murrow and Emmy awards, including the honor for overall News Excellence in the Suncoast Region.

WPTA VP-GM Merry Ewing said: “Jonathan has an amazing track record of journalistic excellence. His recognized experience combined with our tremendous expansion and company investment is a unique opportunity to serve Fort Wayne area viewers better than ever before.”

“This is an exciting time to join the team at WPTA,” Shelley said. “Quincy Media Inc., is making a remarkable commitment to Northeast Indiana and to broadcast journalism. I look forward to being part of something truly special.”

Shelley received a B.S. in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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