Category: From Rick Gevers

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 ...

LIVIN’ ON TULSA TIME

Chuck Maulden has been named Director of Content for Griffin owned KOTV in Tulsa, OK. The company’s VP of Content, Todd Spessard, dispatched this note. Maulden has  spent the last six years as ND ...

YOU’RE LEAVING NOW?

Elizabeth O’Hara has left  Nexstar owned KTSM in El Paso, TX after two years as news director. This article points out she left at the start of the November book AND as the station is moving ...

FROM TO TEGNA TO FOX IN DC

James Hallman crosses the street in Washington, DC to become an Executive Producer at FOX-owned WTTG. He previously was an EP at Tegna’s WUSA.   Hallman has also worked in New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, PA.

ON TO SIN CITY

George Kiriyama joins Scripps’ KTNV in Las Vegas as managing editor. He’s been the Managing Editor at NPG’s KCOY in Santa Maria, CA for the past four years. Kiriyama began his career as a reporter, ...

KD HIRES AN ND

Kathy Hostetter, who’s been the ND for Dispatch’s WTHR in Indianaopolis, is leaving  to become ND for KDKA in Pittsburgh, the CBS o-and-o in the Steel City. Kathy’s been ND in Indy for about ...

HEADING WEST

Casey Clark will move west to become the ND for Meredith’s KCTV in Kansas City. Here’s the note from GM Chuck Poduska to the staff. Casey has spent the last 2+ years as ND for Hubbard’s ...

ON TO ACADEMIA

Kathleen Johnston has joined Indiana University as a visiting professor of practice. She’s worked for CBS News, CNN, and WTHR in Indianapolis as well at two Indianapolis newspapers, primarily as an investigative producer and reporter. The ...

DEUCE PROMOTED IN VEGAS

Stephanie Wheatley has been promoted to ND for Sinclair Broadcasting’s KSNV in Las Vegas. She’s been the Assistant ND there and replaces Mark Neerman who left to become ND for KPIX in San Francisco earlier this ...

OMAHA BOUND

Dave Kaplar will be the next ND for Gray Television’s WOWT in Omaha, NE. Here’s how General Manager Andrew Stewart told his staff. Dave most recently was the Assistant ND for WEWS-TV in Cleveland. He’s a former ND ...

OUT THE DOOR

Warren Stewart has left Scripps owned KJRH in Tulsa, OK after about a year and a half as news director. He was the interim ND there before the promotion, on assignment from Scripps’ WEWS ...

CATCHING UP

Mark Rigsby has been on the job since May as news director for WABG/WXVT/WNBD/WABG in Greenville, MS, a grouping owned by Cala Broadcast Partners. Mark most recently was an EP for Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson. ...

IN-HOUSE PROMOTION IN TEXAS

Melissa Hendrix-Beach is being promoted to news director for KWES in Midland/Odessa, TX. She’s been the Assistant News Director and replaces Michael Thompson who is returning to KLTV in Tyler, TX, as executive producer.  Here’s his departure ...

MOVING UP IN BANGOR

Susan Farley is being promoted to news director at Rockfleet Broadcasting duopoly WVII/WFVX in Bangor, ME. She’s been the Assistant News Director there since 2016 but has worked in Maine most of her life. Sarah replaces another ...

A NEW GM FOR AUGUSTA

Longtime Birmingham News Director (and, more recently a GM in Roanoke) Garry Kelly heads to Augusta, GA, where he started this week as the GM for Raycom’s WFXG. Well…Raycom for now but the station is ...

GOING CORPORATE

Congratulations to TRACI ZERAVICA who’s been promoted to  Director of Content and Marketing for parent company Cowles. She’s been the ND at KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA for two years in her third stint at the station. (She earlier ...