December 18, 2010


Happy Holidays to you and yours, and here’s to a great 2011 for all.

We have  TWO new news directors in this week’s report, with NO new openings.  That brings our count of open ND jobs to just  22.

And one note.  Due to holiday travel, next week’s newsletter may be delayed (or combined into one year-end newsletter).

Also this week, a new job for a longtime Boston TV newsman.  We have some updates in our list of Other News Management Openings, and we’re re-running ads for two jobs, including an ND opening in a top 25 market.

All that’s below after this week’s changes:

Newly Named News Directors:



WSBT-TV, South Bend, IN…this Schurz-owned CBS opening promoted JOHN HAFERKAMP to ND.  He’s been an Executive Producer there since 2006, previously worked as the Assignment Manager and as a producer, first joining the station 13 years ago.  He’s a native of the area.  John replaces MEG SAUER who stepped down as ND in August but remains at the station as Content Manager.

WJHG-TV, Panama City, FL…we’re a little tardy in reporting MARK WILDMAN’s appointment as ND here.  Mark takes over for TOM LEWIS, who remains at this Gray TV-owned NBC affiliate as an anchor.  Tom was ND here for just over five years. Mark’s a former ND in Macon and Columbus, GA.

New News Director Openings:

None that I know of.  This is a good time to remind all readers that we welcome your emails about any new ND changes.  Email me at:

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Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, KOIN-TV, Portland, OR

KOIN Local 6 TV, A New Vision Television Station and the CBS affiliate serving the Portland Oregon DMA 22 has opened the search for an experienced News Director.  We are looking for a solid journalist who is an impressive team builder with the need to win.

Be prepared to articulate your management style, news philosophy and perspective of how to evolve conventional news operations into a three screen digital culture.  LPM experience is a plus.  Experience in moving the ratings needle a must.  This is a rare opportunity to work with a group of very talented people and live in one of America’s greatest cities.

How To Apply: Qualified, interested applicants please email your cover letter and resume to or mail your cover letter and resume to:

KOIN Local 6
News Director Search
Attn: HR Director
222 SW Columbia St.
Portland, Oregon 97201

New Vision Television is an Equal Opportunity Employer
When applying for this position please mention how you were referred.

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Assistant News Director, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH

We are seeking an innovative, dynamic Assistant News Director to lead a team that executes and delivers quality content to multiple platforms.

Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements by applying on-line at:

Click on our career center and locate job number 2385.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of success in leading the production of compelling local content and managing distribution to newscasts, websites, social networking platforms, cell phones, and other devices.

Duties include:

  • Manage day-to-day news operation for distribution to multiple platforms;
  • Manage the integration of social networking, UGC and other non-tradition avenues with broadcast content
  • Lead team to expertly showcase content across multiple platforms
  • Hiring and performance management of direct reports;
  • Create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas;
  • Implement and working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations;
  • Write, copy, edit and post scripts for multiple platforms;
  • Lead coverage planning of major events;
  • Proactively communicate news initiatives across departments;
  • Evaluate workflow efficiencies;
  • Assist News Director in managing the newsroom budget;
  • Perform other duties as needed.


Four year college degree: at least five (5) years professional broadcasting news experience required.  Newsroom management experience and financial/budget experience preferred; must be proficient with newsroom computer systems and spreadsheet software applications; proven record of creativity, excellent people skills, and ability to handle deadline pressure; Must have excellent written and oral communications and proven effective delegations skills; must have valid drivers license with safe driving record and proof of insurance.

WEWS, NewsChannel 5 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Other News Management Openings:

Assistant News Director:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (relisted 11/28/10)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 12/10/10, see ad above)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 12/10/10)
WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 10/3/10)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 12/10/10)
WBMA-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 10/22/10)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 11/14/10)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (listed 11/21/10)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 10/29/10)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 8/20/10)
KHBS/KHOG, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, AR (listed 12/10/10)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 10/22/10)

Executive News Producer:

WRNN-TV, Rye Brook, NY (listed 10/22/10)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 10/22/10)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (PM EP, new listing this week)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (Nightside EP, listed 10/15/10)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 12/10/10)
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 8/13/10)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Morning EP, new listing this week)
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH (PM EP, listed 11/5/10)
WSYX/WTTE-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 10/29/10)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 11/14/10)
KGPE-TV, Fresno, CA (listed 12/3/10)
KOKI-TV, Tulsa, OK (AM EP, relisted 12/3/10)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, relisted 12/3/10)
KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 9/6/10)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (listed 12/10/10)

Special Projects Producer:

WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (listed 11/28/10)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 10/10/10)

Managing Editor:

KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (listed 12/10/10)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (listed 11/21/10)

Assignment Manager:

KHBS/KHOG, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, AR (listed 12/10/10)

Digital Media Manager:

KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 12/10/10)

Senior Manager News Operations:

Source Media Group, Cedar Rapids, IA (listed 9/10/10)

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Names in the News:



One-time New England Cable News GM & President CHARLIE KRAVETZ has a new job.  He’s the new GM of WBUR-FM,  Boston’s NPR affiliate.  He replaces another former TV executive, PAUL LaCAMERA in that role.  La Camera was GM at WCVB-TV in Boston until 2005.  More details here.
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The Full List:

To the best of my knowledge, here is the list of stations with open news director jobs, as of Saturday, December 18, 2010.

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

KMEX-TV 5999 Center Dr.                                  Los Angeles CA 90045
KHOU-TV   1945 Allen Parkway                       Houston TX 77019
KTVW-TV 6006 South 30th St.                          Phoenix AZ 85040
WCCO-TV    90 S. 11th St.                                    Minneapolis MN 55403
KOIN-TV   222 SW Columbia St.                   Portland OR 97201 (see ad above)
WTHR-TV   1000 N. Meridian St.                    Indianapolis IN 46204
WTNH/WCTX-TV 8 Elm St.                              New Haven CT 06510
News 8 Austin 1708 Colorado St.                      Austin TX 78701
WJXT-TV    4 Broadcast Place                            Jacksonville FL 32247
WWL-TV     1024 N. Rampart St.                       New Orleans LA 70116
WTEN-TV    341 Northern Blvd.                         Albany NY 12204
KMSB-TV     1855 N. 6th Ave.                             Tucson AZ 85705
KVOA-TV 209 W. Elm St.                                    Tucson AZ 85705
WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                           Toledo OH 43615
KVEO-TV    349 N. Expressway                         Brownsville TX 78521
WJAC-TV   49 Old Hickory Lane                      Johnstown PA 15905
KVAL-TV   4575 Blanton Road                          Eugene OR 97405
WMGT-TV PO Box 4328                                      Macon GA 31208
KTKA-TV   2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                       Topeka KS 66614
KTEN-TV   10 High Point Circle                        Denison TX 75020
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                       Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV   3012 Highwoods Blvd.                    Great Falls MT 59403

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