The former president of Cowles California Media will take over leadership of Southern Broadcast Corp.’s ABC affiliate in Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, Ala., next month.
Paul Dughi Joining WAAY As VP-GM
Calkins Media-owned ABC affiliate WAAY Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, Ala. (DMA 79), today named Paul Dughi vice president and general manager, beginning in January. He succeeds Art Lanham who left the station in October.
Dughi is currently the president of Cowles California Media, which owns/operates six television stations in California, associated with CBS, FOX, Telemundo and CW networks, as well as a network of 30 news and consumer websites.
His broadcasting career spans 30 years working as anchor, reporter, news director, general manager and now group president. He has won more than 30 regional, statewide, and national awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, Associated Press, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and United Press International for reporting, producing, Web and public service.
Previously, he was general manager of KNDO-KNDU Yakima, Wash., where has also served as VP/technology for Cowles television stations.
As VP-executive director of the Producing School at the Broadcast Image Group, Dughi worked as a strategic consultant and trainer at some of America’s top television stations, including those owned by Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst-Argyle, Post-Newsweek, Cox Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Journal Broadcasting, Freedom Broadcasting and Fox.
He has also worked as news director at WBNS Columbus, Ohio; KHQ Spokane, Wash.; and WAEO Rhinelander, Wis.
Dughi is on the faculty at the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and has conducted dozens of seminars on news, ethics, promotion, and branding for various state broadcast associations, stations, and station groups.