August 2, 2013


It was nice to see many of you at this week’s NABJ conference in Orlando.

This week’s report finds TWO new ND openings, while THREE stations have new NDs we’ll tell you about…bringing out total of open ND jobs to 25.

FOUR of those opportunities are featured in paid ads below, along with ads for an EP in North Carolina and a newscast producer in South Carolina.

If your memory is good, you might remember a few weeks ago we promised you a link to an AR&D research project on investigative journalism. And this week we deliver! (Don’t blame me on this one.)

That’s in Names in the News and Other Stuff, along with a handful of news managers on the move. We also have an obituary for a former Indianapolis General Manager.

All that and more below!

New News Director Opening:


WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY…STEVE RICHARDS is leaving this Hubbard owned station where he’s been ND for just over 3 1/2 years. Steve first joined the station as a vacation relief photographer in 1986 and moved up the ranks, including Managing Editor and Assistant ND before being promoted to ND in December, 2009. You can learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO…DAVID RANDALL, who’s been the ND for this Cordillera owned NBC affiliate since last September, is moving into a role overseeing news content on the internet. You can learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

Please note that WRIC-TV in Richmond, VA, is re-running its ad for an open ND position. You’ll find that ad below.

Newly Named News Directors:


WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA…KELLY ZUBER has been promoted to News Director for this Schurz Communications owned CBS affiliate. Kelly is a 31 year veteran of the station who most recently has been the Director of Digital Media. She’s also been a reporter, producer, and assignment editor, and becomes the third ND in just over two years. DAN DENNISON, who’s been the ND for the past two years, will become a roving features reporter.

KRCG-TV, Jefferson City, MO…ROB MESSER will be the next ND for this CBS affiliate. He’s currently an EP in Tucson, has been an ND in Boise, and has also worked in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Green Bay. Rob replaces JOHN SHELBY who left the station in May after a little more than a year as ND. The station is in the process of being sold by Barrington Broadcasting to Sinclair.


WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV…ELISABETH SHAFFER stays in West Virginia as she has been named ND for this Quincy owned NBC affiliate. She was the ND for WOWK-TV in Charleston/Huntington for about a year and worked for WCHS-TV in Charleston for 30 years in a number of positions. She replaces MARK RIGSBY who left the station in January after three years as news director.


Paid Help Wanted Ads:

News Director, WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA:

WRIC-TV, an ABC Affiliate, the fastest growing news operation in Richmond, Virginia is seeking a proven, dynamic, and forward thinking News Director who can build from a strong team environment. Applicant is expected to have a successful track record of increasing news ratings consistently.

This news director will be leading an Emmy and AP Award winning staff in a highly competitive market. Candidates should have strong local breaking news and weather coverage experience.

Our news director will be responsible for developing the news department’s strategic plan by advancing relevant content for Broadcast TV, Web, Social Media and all future platforms with impact.

Strong leadership, mentoring, and interpersonal skills are a priority.

This candidate must be very knowledgeable of Nielsen’s measurement systems, create content targeted for the key demographics and put together strong rating period strategic plans.

Previous news management experience is required. A college degree is preferred.

Send resume to:

Personnel Department
301 Arboretum Place
RichmondVA 23236-3464

or fax your resume to (804) 330-8881, or email your resume to

NO phone calls please. EOE

News Director, WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY:

WHEC-TV (News10NBC), Rochester, NY, a Hubbard Broadcasting station is looking for a News Director who is a dynamic strong leader with a clear vision and ability to communicate that vision to his/her staff. Candidates must demonstrate an aggressive and competitive style of news management, and have the ability and experience to lead an award winning News Team.

You must have a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience, as well as five years experience in television news management.

The position requires effective mentoring, developmental and recruiting skills along with strong journalistic integrity. Candidates must show thorough knowledge of current news events as well as the ability to produce newscasts that meet and exceed current industry standards.

The News Director will also be responsible for the day-to-day management and improvement of news content and quality on all platforms, maintaining a budget and properly handling all personnel issues. The News Director will also be responsible for developing the news department’s strategic plan with the General Manager by advancing relevant content for Broadcast TV, Web, Social Media and all future platforms with impact.

We offer a great working environment, competitive salary and benefits, opportunity to grow and be part of a winning team!

Send resume to, and please include News Director Position in subject line of your response.


News Director, KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO:

Cordillera owned KOAA in beautiful Southern Colorado is looking for a Television News Director. News 5 is an NBC affiliate and the number 1 station in the market.

In December, the station will move into a brand new, 25,000 sf state-of-the-art digital facility in Colorado Springs and will continue to operate a newly remodeled Pueblo studio. That’s two studios with two brand news sets that will rival any major market or network. This is the place to be!

We need a strong leader to keep us a market and industry leader. Candidates must be an experienced News Director with a proven track record of success and the ability to manage a large staff. Solid Big J and Investigative approach. Ability to recruit top talent, mentor and train. Work with news consultants and management team to develop strategic plans and execute and audit at high levels. Effective communication skills, multitasking and execution and follow-through to high standards a must. A contemporary leader that understands the value of a positive culture while growing our dominant position as the #1 news source.

Colorado Springs based position. Opening is immediate. Competitive compensation/benefits provided.

Send resume and a cover letter convincing us you were born to do this job to:

Newscast Producer, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC:

Are you looking for a leadership opportunity? Can you foster teamwork and lead reporters? Do you have a passion for advocacy journalism? If your answers are yes we want to hear from you.

WSPA-TV has an immediate opening for a newscast producer. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinate and organize all elements involved in the assigned newscast; produce advocacy based news content with strategic goals in mind; write and post stories to the web; supervise reporter content; produce other newscasts/specials as needed.

Successful candidates must have a solid working knowledge of TV production including graphics and newsroom computers; must possesses excellent writing and news judgment skills; the desire to lead and foster teamwork and the flexibility to work varied days, hours and shifts. Minimum 2-3 years producing experience for live television newscasts.

If you are looking to grow your career this is your opportunity. This position is filling a job that opened because we promoted a producer into management.

Send resume via email to:

or via mail to:

250 International Drive
Spartanburg SC 29303

EOE M/F D/V drug screen/background check required.

News Director, WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, MI:

FOX 17, WXMI a Tribune television station in the 39th market in beautiful West Michigan, is seeking a News Director to lead our news staff.

This aggressive visionary will set the tone and objective of our news coverage on all platforms including online, mobile and social media, and will lead our team in execution of superior breaking news and weather coverage daily. The ideal candidate will work in collaboration with Creative Services, Engineering, Production and Sales.

Requirements include a degree in journalism, mass communications, or equivalent, and previous upper-level news management experience, preferably News Director, Assistant News Director or Executive Producer.

Grand Rapids is less than an hour from Lake Michigan, close to popular ski resorts, and was voted by Forbes magazine as the best place to raise a family and one of the happiest places to work!

Apply on-line at


Executive Producer, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC:

Would you like to be a leader in a news operation with a commitment to excellence and the resources you need to succeed?

WRAL, the dominant television station in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, is seeking a strong Executive Producer to oversee the presentation and look of WRAL newscasts. We’re looking for a leader who will coach the producing staff, write and approve scripts, review topical and image promotion, enhance weather and sports coverage and contribute to special coverage and sweeps planning. This person will work closely with our graphics and promotion teams as well as the news management team.

We are looking for a person with outstanding communication skills, superb news judgment who excels at breaking news and has an eye for details. If you have a vision for graphics and a passion for memorable, creative and topnotch newscasts, this is the job for you.

WRAL is locally owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, a community-oriented company that offers some of the best benefits in the business.

Requirements include five years of experience in producing newscasts, two years of news management experience, a four-year college degree and a pre-employment drug screening.

All candidates must apply online at

EOE, M/F. All Capitol Broadcasting Company properties are tobacco free.

Capitol Broadcasting Company participates in E-Verify.

It is the policy of the company to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, military status, national origin, physical/mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

Other News Management Openings:


KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (listed 6/30/13)
WPBF-TV, W. Palm Beach, FL (new listing this week)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 7/20/13)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (listed 6/16/13)
WBND/WCWW-TV, South Bend, IN (relisted 7/5/13)
WBTW-TV, Florence/Myrtle Beach, SC (listed 6/16/13)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (listed 7/20/13)


News 12 New Jersey, Edison, NY (Morning EP, listed 7/5/13)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (relisted 6/30/13)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Morning EP, relisted 6/2/13)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (2 Positions, AM EP & Spec. Projects, new listings this week)
WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Senior EP, listed 7/5/13)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, listed 6/30/13)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 7/20/13)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, relisted 7/20/13)
WFTV, Orlando, FL (AM EP, new listing this week)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 6/7/13)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 7/26/13, see ad above!)
WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD (Nightside EP, listed 7/13/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 6/23/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 7/5/13)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, relisted 7/20/13)
WHBQ-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 6/7/13)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted 6/16/13)
WCSH-TV, Portland, ME (Dayside EP, listed 6/30/13)


KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (listed 7/26/13)


PHIL PALIGRAF, a one time General Manager for WTTV in Indianapolis, died last week at the age of 55. A coroner ruled he died of natural causes after his vehicle was found crashed in a heavily wooded area. He had most recently had been working as a Regional Vice President for Comcast.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

Names in the News…and other stuff:

JOE ROONEY has been named Digital Content Director for Raycom Media. He had been Corporate Director of Interactive and Online Content for Newport Television and has also worked for Scripps.


KENNAN OLIPHANT has been promoted within Raycom to be the Assistant News Director for WLBT-TV in Jackson, MS. He’s been the EP for Raycom’s WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach. Kennan’s worked on air in Dayton, Evansville, and Monroe, LA, and as an associate producer in Detroit.

BRETT AKAGI has joined Kansas University to manage its student media operations, including KUJH-TV and the University Daily Kansan. He most recently was Assistant ND for KSHB-TV in Kansas City. Brett spent two years senior video producer in the multimedia department at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and was director of photography for KARE-TV in Minneapolis for more than ten years.

More than a month ago, we promised you a link to an AR&D research project on investigative reporting. We finally have that for you…just click here.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, August 2, 2013.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at:

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KMSP/WFTC 11358 Viking Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344
KTXL-TV 4655 Fruitridge Rd. Sacramento CA 95820
XETV 8253 Ronson Rd. San Diego CA 92111
KCTV 4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Fairway, KS 66205
WXMI-TV 3117 Plaza Dr. NE Grand Rapids MI 49525 (see ad above!)
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque NM 87104
WLNE-TV 10 Orms St. Providence RI 02904
WRIC-TV 301 Arboretum Place Richmond VA 23236 (see ad above!)
KTUL-TV 3200 S. 29th West Ave. Tulsa OK 74107
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
KGUN-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Tucson, AZ 85710
WIS-TV 1111 Bull St. Columbia SC 29211
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604 (see ad above!)
KOAA-TV 530 Communications Circle Colorado Springs CO 80905 (see ad above!)
WFFF/WVNY-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester VT 05446
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323 Tyler TX 75701
KMID-TV 3200 LaForce Blvd. Midland TX 79711
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WUTR/WFXV/WPNY 5956 Smith Hill Rd. Utica NY 13502
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521

* Spanish language station

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