Scripps has filled its news director vacancy at KMGH Denver by hiring Holly Gauntt from crosstown rival KDVR, a Tribune station. Gauntt grew up in Denver, but her peripatetic career in TV news has taken her to Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Seattle.
ND Holly Gauntt Jumps From KDVR To KMGH
Holly Gauntt, the news director at Tribune’s KDVR/KWGN duopoly in Denver, is moving across town to fill the same role at Scripp’s KMGH starting July 31.
“Holly has an outstanding track record of leading newsrooms to award-winning success,” said Dean Littleton, general manager at KMGH.
“Holly has the vast experience we need to lead our talented team of journalists and an extensive network in the community to have a clear understanding of what matters most to the people of Denver.”
Gauntt knows Denver well from having moved there as a child. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism.
“I grew up watching Denver7 and couldn’t pass up this opportunity to work at the station I love in the city I love,” said Gauntt. “I’ve seen for myself the quality work happening at this station and I look forward to working with the talented journalists as we serve our Denver audiences with news on any screen they want.”
At KDVR, Gauntt managed the news staff during a time of news expansion.Prior to her return to Denver, she was the news director at KOMO/KUNS Seattle for seven years.
During her tenure there, the news department greatly improved its ratings and established a dominant website. She also built an award-winning investigative team. She helped advise other Fisher Communications stations by implementing best practice standards and long-term strategies.
In Philadelphia, she was news director at WTXF from 2004 to 2007 where she overhauled all newscasts, launched new ones and increased ratings.
She worked her way up to news director through several other news management roles including assistant news director at WTTG Washington; executive producer at WBAL Baltimore; and managing editor at KOCO Oklahoma City.
She is a Denver Broncos fan and is active in the community and the industry. She is on the advisory board for the University of Colorado School of Journalism and is a regional chairperson for Radio, Television, Digital News Association. She is the past president of both ABC News Affiliate Advisory Board and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter.