Category: From Rick Gevers

GONE IN WILMINGTON?

Morris Multimedia owned WWAY in Wilmington, NC has an ND opening posted on its website. Our records show Kevin Wuzzardo has been ND here for five years and has worked there for 13. He’s ...

SHE WAS RIGHT HERE!!!!

The ‘nationwide search’ for a new news director for Tegna’s WFAA in Dallas ended up…with someone already in the newsroom. Leslie McCardel has been promoted to Executive News Director. The full story is in the station’s ...

MOVING UP IN MICHIGAN

Neille-Ann Giffune has been promoted to news director for Sinclair operated WEYI in Clio/Flint/Saginaw, MI. She’s been the Assistant News Director here for the last seven years. Her background is a little different: Giffune  ...

GOIN’ SOUTH

Lane Kimble is leaving Rockfleet Broadcasting’s WJFW in Rhinelander, WI to be the Assistant News director for Gray’s KYTV in Springfield, MO. Lane’s been ND here since November 2017 and had earlier worked there ...

DID HE EVEN UNPACK?

After just four months on the job, Adam Wilhelm has left Quincy Media’s WBNG in Binghamton, NY. He most recently worked for WOFL in Orlando, and has also worked at stations in Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, ...

BACK TO THE ROOTS

Michele Gors returns to a newsroom as she’ll take over this Quincy Media’s  KTTC in Rochester, MN. Gors told Rick Gevers she’s from northern Iowa so it’s a return to familiar territory. She’s a ...

EUREKA! SINCLAIR SEEKS NEW ND

Sinclair Broadcasting’s  KAEF in Eureka , CA is looking for a news director to replace Scott Rates who was both ND and anchor there.   Sinclair’s West Coast Group Manager Jeff Parsons says the station is looking for ...

MOVING UP AT NEXSTAR

Tonya Estes joins Nexstar’ s WCBD in Charleston, SC as its next news director.   She’s been the Assistant ND for Hearst’s WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, FL, for the past two years, and has also worked ...

MOVING UP IN WEST VIRGINIA

Congratulations to ANNA BAXTER who has been promoted to ND for Gray’s  WSAZ in Charleston/Huntington, WV. She’s been the Assistant News Director there, and has worked her way up to the top job (with a brief ...

GETTING OUT IN WACO

Charlie Haldeman has decided to resign as ND for Scripps’ KXXV in Waco, TX. Here are two emails for you in one simple click:  the note from GM Adam Chase as well as Charlie’s to the ...

NEW #1 in NORTHEAST PA

Keith St. Peter will join Nexstar operated WBRE/WYOU in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA next month as its next news director. Keith has been Managing Editor at WHIO in Dayton, OH after almost three years. He previously served ...

IN BETWEEN GIGS

Amy Waldman, most recently ND for New York’s WPIX, is serving as the interim director for the New York chapter of NATAS. Amy left ‘PIX in March. She became ND there in 2015 after ...

INTERNAL HIRE IN LA

At Los Angeles’ KNBC, Renee Washington has been promoted to news director. She’d been the Assistant ND there since last fall, when she crossed the street from the same job at KABC. She’s worked for ...

MOVING UP IN PORTLAND

Greg Retsinas moving into the big office at Tegna’s KGW in Portland, OR. He’s been at the station for five years in digital roles. His non-traditional background is detailed on his Linkedin page. Greg ...

BUMPED UP IN DFW

Carolyn Mungo, who’s been ND for Tegna’s WFAA in Dallas since early 2012, is now the station manager there. Her promotion was announced along with one for the station’s general manager, Brad Ramsey, as detailed ...

OUT THE DOOR AND HEADING WEST?

John LaPorte, who’s been VP/News for Tribune’s WITI in Milwaukee since September, 2010, is leaving that FOX affiliate. That’s according to this note from General Manager Chuck Steinmetz. As alert readers may have noticed, the ...

NEW DEUCE IN CHARLOTTE

There’s a new Assistant ND for Gray Television’s WBTV in Charlotte. Molly Kelleher has been promoted to fill the vacancy created when Kim Saxon was promoted to news director. Saxon sent this note to the staff. Kelleher’s ...

INTO THE SNOW BELT

Adam Wilhelm joins Quincy-owned WBNG in Binghamton, NY as news director. He most recently worked for WOFL-TV in Orlando, and has also worked at stations in Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Louisville. At WBNG, he replaces John Laughrin who ...

MOVING TO THE MOUTNAINS

Samantha (Sam) Cohen  will be the next Chief Content Officer for Rocky Mountain Public Media in Denver, CO, a PBS news operation. CEO Amanda Mountain  (perfect last name, don’t you think?) sent this email ...

ON TO CABLE

Stan Kowalski will run Altice-owned News 12 cable news in The Bronx/Brooklyn cable news operations. He’s spent the last eleven years as the Assistant ND for sister operations News 12 Westchester and Hudson Valley. News ...

ANOTHER ND ASCENDS

Todd Mokhtari heads down I-5 to become GM of the NBC stations in San Diego, KSND/KUAN. He’s an NBC veteran, having spent the last seven years as ND for KNBC in Los Angeles, where he ...

STILL IN THE GAME

Craig Hume is headed north to be ND for Hubbard Broadcasting’s  KAAL in Rochester/Austin, MN. Here’s the station’s news release. Many of you know Craig, whose career as taken him from ND jobs in Los ...

IT’S NEXSTAR

We told you last week that veteran tv news executive Kirk Varner was headed for Minneapolis and the ND chair at Hubbard’s KSTP. Let us now remind you that Varner is leaving Nexstar’s WSPA ...

A NEW DEUCE IN ALBANY

Darcy Bonfils has joined Hubbard’s WNYT in Albany, NY, as its assistant news director. She’s worked in New York City, most recently as an EP for Spectrum NY1. She’s also worked at WABC, WGCL in ...

A LEFT FIELD PICK FOR ND

John Kirby is the new news director for Nexstar’s KREX in Grand Junction, CO. Kirby has what you could easily call a non-traditional background for a news director. He replaces Geoff Roth who left earlier ...

CROSSTOWN MOVE

LA’s NBC-owned KNBC has filled its morning executive producer opening by luring Valerie Gratias from cross-town rival KTLA. She’s been the AM EP for the last two years and worked there as a producer for ...

THE SINCLAIR SHUFFLE

Amy Sullivan will be the next news director for Sinclair’s  KGBT in Harlingen, TX. She is currently ND for sister station KVII in Amarillo, TX. Sullivan has also worked in Tulsa, Wichita, and Alexandria, LA. ...

MOVING UP IN NORTH CAROLINA

Jamie McCutcheon has been promoted to news director for Sinclair’s WCTI/WYDP in New Bern, NC. She’s been the interim ND there since Eric Olsen left to become ND for WTKR in Norfolk, VA. McCutcheon first joined ...

LIFE POST-RAYCOM

Tammy Phillips joins Nexstar Media Group as Senior Corporate Recruiter for News and Marketing. She most recently had held a similar role for Raycom Media before that company was combined with Gray Television. Tammy spent 17 ...

MOVING UP IN JAX

Joe Inderhees has been promoted to news director for this Tegna duopoly WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, FL . He’s been the Assistant ND, first joining the stations in 2016 as Content News Manager. Joe’s also worked ...

BYE-BYE TO THE BIZ

Bryan Luhn has left KRIV, the FOX o-and-o in Houston, to take a job out of TV. He says it’s with Myriad Global Media, a media outfit that works with big companies to help them tell ...

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD…

We told you last week that the ND opening in Scripps KMTV in Omaha, NE  would soon be filled… and….it is…by GEOFF ROTH. This is Geoff’s eighth news director’s job. He’s leaving KREX (Nexstar) after about ...

BACK HOME IN INDIANA

Warren Stewart returns to his home region as the next news director for WEVV in Evansville, IN, owned by Bayou Broadcasting. Here’s the news release. Warren tells me his mother is battling some health ...

ON THE MOVE

Two items of note today. First, a news director opening at a top 15 station, with news that CHERYL CARSON has left Tegna’s KING-TV (NBC) in Seattle after three years as ND.  General Manager JIM ROSE sent this note to the ...

TEGNA SENDS ND BACK TO BANGOR

Mike Redding returns as ND for Tegna owned WLBZ/WCSH in Bangor/Portland, ME. GM Brian Cliffe told the staff. Mike was ND there from 2013-2016 before transferring to Tegna’s KVUE in Austin, TX and later to WUSA, Tegna’s ...

ON THE MOVE

Rick Gevers has a few moves of note this week. Mark Ginther started this week as Sinclair‘s Director of News and Operations. Mark has been a News Director in Seattle, Des Moines and recently ...

HEADED FOR HAWAII

Janice Gin is headed to the islands as she takes her first news director’s job at KITV in Honolulu.  Here’s the story from the station’s website. She’s spent the last 20+ years in the San ...

NEWS VET FACES HEALTH BATTLE

News director Patti McGettigan is leaving Cox’s WHBQ in Memphis on a medical retirement.  She’s battled breast cancer for years and survived a heart attack this fall. Cox’s VP/News Mike Dreaden shared this news in this ...

MOVING UP IN MILWAUKEE

Jessie Garcia is being promoted to a position called broadcast director at Scripps’ WTMJ in Milwaukee  Diane Irving held that position before leaving in October, and she had earlier held the title of Assistant ND for this ...

MOVING UP AT NEXSTAR

Victor Venegas has been promoted to news director for Nexstar owned KTSM in El Paso, TX. He’s been the Nightside EP there. His GM, David Candelaria had this to say: Victor is a true team player, ...

HELP WANTED

Tegna owned and operated WCHS/WLBZ in Portland/Bangor, ME are advertising for a new new news director. The records show that Karen Araiza had been the ND there since November, 2016. So two years and gone. ...

REUNITED

Mark Casey continues to build his management team at Scripps’ KNXV Phoenix, adding Stacey Roberts as Assistant News Director. She’s spent the last 17 years at KPNX-TV in Phoenix, which means that she worked with Mark when ...

FROM TUPELO TO COLUMBIA

Michael Raffaele joins Sinclair’s WACH in Columbia,SC Broadcasting as news director. He most recently was the ND for WTVA in Tupelo, MS…leaving there in September after not quite two years as ND. He’s also worked ...