February 15, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 UPDATE:

Tribune Media has hired a former news director and CNN executive to be its Senior Vice President of News.



BART FEDER, who’s run newsrooms in New York, Boston, Sacramento, and Jacksonville, FL, will start March 2nd. Bart most recently served as Senior VP of CNN, where he worked for five years. He also spent seven years as President at CEO of The FeedRoom. Click here to read the news release about his hire, and you can see his Linkedin page by clicking here.

He replaces KATHERINE GREEN, who stepped down in December after seven months. She cited the heavy travel demands as being too tough on her family.

Two other items:

Congratulations to KEVIN DANIELS, who’s been promoted to news director for WGHP-TV in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC.

And in our last edition, we told you that GRIFF BENNER was leaving WCAV/WVAW-TV in Charlottesville, VA, to become the Assistant News Director for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA. Griff actually left the stations last fall and has been replaced by VAL THOMPSON. Apologies to all.

We’ll have more in our full newsletter later this week.


Rick Gevers

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FOUR new news director openings, and TWO open jobs were filled this week. leaving our count of open ND jobs at 30. One of those openings was created by an ND promotion to GM in the number two market.

We also have ads for THREE positions, including a blind box ad for a news director opportunity.

In Names in the News, we have details about a former ND landing her third GM opportunity and a change of career path for a former news director.

All that and more…as you read on.

Devlin Full 12-30-14

New News Director Openings:



KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA…we told you last Wednesday that longtime news director CHERYL FAIR is being promoted to general manager for this ABC owned station. Cheryl’s been the ND for 20 years, and worked for 20 years at ABC’s WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, beginning as a producer, then managing editor, and eventually executive producer. She began her career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She’s replacing longtime GM ARNIE KLEINER who retired. Click here to read the story from the station’s website.

WLTV-TV, Miami, FL…Media Moves reports on a shakeup at this Univision station that saw both news director DANIEL MORCATE and EP ROBERTO PONS leave. More details in this story.



KTVL-TV, Medford, OR…after 35 years in our business, RICK HOWARD will retire in April as news director for this Sinclair owned CBS affiliate. Rick’s been the ND here for more than four years, and earlier was the ND for another Medford station, KDRV-TV. He’s also been a news director in Portland, OR, and Richmond. Rick tells me he loves the Medford area and will continue to live there after his retirement.



WCAV/WVAW-TV, Charlottesville, VA…GRIFF BENNER is leaving this Gray TV CBS/ABC duopoly to become the Assistant ND for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA. It’s a return to the market for Griff, who once worked at another station there. He first joined WCAV/WVAW in 2005 as Assistant ND before being promoted to ND in 2012. He’s also worked in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Columbia, SC.  Note UPDATE above.  VAL THOMPSON was named ND here last December.

Newly Named News Directors:



KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX…ZOLTAN CSANYI-SALCEDO returns to the ND chair for this Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate. Zoltan’s spent the last two years as a coordinating producer for ESPN in Bristol, CT. A one-time ND at the Telemundo station in Dallas, Zoltan’s been an ND three times in El Paso, (twice at the Univsiion station and once at the NBC affiliate). He replaces KIMBERLY WYATT who was promoted to be ND for Sinclair’s WEAR-TV in Pensacola/Mobile. She spent 7 1/2 years as ND there.

KCBD-TV, Lubbock, TX…ERIK BREON returns to Texas as the next news director for this Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate. He’s spent the last two years as the morning EP for KNXV-TV in Phoenix. Erik previously spent almost 13 years at KING-TV in Seattle as EP of the 10:00 and 11:00 newscasts. His first management position came at Texas Cable News, where he worked with STEVE ACKERMANN, now Raycom’s VP/News. Erik also worked in Spokane as a producer. He replaces BENJI SNEAD who left after more than 12 years as ND for a job with a local bank. Want to know more? Here’s the news release.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:


Executive Producer, WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL:

WIAT-TV (CBS) in Birmingham, Alabama (market #43)is searching for an experienced Executive Producer.

It’s a brand new look at WIAT 42 News in Birmingham! This is an excellent opportunity to join a team that is expanding and growing. We are devoted to bring in the best staff to grow our newly outfitted station!

Candidate must define a strategic direction for content coverage, manage newsroom, contribute to the editorial process and make solid decisions in breaking news situations. The Executive Producer should execute strategies that grow audiences across all media devices.

To apply, go to: http://wiat.com/wiat-42-careers/ or email rob.martin@wiat.com

News Director, Blind Box Ad:

We are seeking a News Director for a Metropolitan area.

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The News Director will define a clear mission, purpose and vision for our three hyperlocal channels. The ideal candidate will be adept at leading the areas of news content, budget, production analysis management and newsroom culture.

Key responsibilities include recruit, develop and retain talent, create overall journalistic strategy and policy for daily news broadcasts, manage staff effectively in a deadline-oriented environment while interacting in a positive, proactive and productive manner. Key competencies include a PASSION for News and a proven track record in producing winning newscast while leading a team of talent that will develop into successful professional.

Please send your resume, cover letter and compensation history to tvjobs640@gmail.com


Morning Executive Producer, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ:

KNXV/ABC15 in Phoenix is seeking a creative and dynamic Executive Producer to lead our morning news strategy. The right candidate is a proven leader who understands how to present fresh and urgent content and has an unyielding will to win every story.

As the Executive Producer, you will manage content and showcasing across multiple platforms. All candidates must have experience as a morning show producer and at least three years in a leadership role. Candidates must also have digital expertise and a cross-platform mindset.

If you are passionately curious, have a track-record of great news judgment and want to supervise a great team in one of the most liveable cities in America we want to hear from you.

To apply for this position, please visit us here at the External Career Center and search for requisition #10007.


Other News Management Openings:


WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/27/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 12/27/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (listed 12/21/14)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (2 positions, Dayside & Weekend, listed 1/18/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 1/3/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/7/15, see ad above!)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Morning EP, listed 1/26/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (AM EP, listed 1/18/15)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, relisted 2/1/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 1/11/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted this week, see ad above!)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, listing revised 1/3/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 1/11/15)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 1/18/15)


Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 12/27/14)


WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (new listing this week)

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 things:



Former ND DEBBIE BUSH is on her way to her third General Manager’s job. She’ll start in March as the GM for Raycom’s WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. Debbie’s currently GM for the company’s KOLD-TV in Tucson, and earlier ran another Raycom station, WFIE-TV in Evansville. She’s a former news director in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Topeka, and Santa Barbara and has also worked in Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids, and Wichita. More details in this email from Raycom Group VP JEFF ROSSER. She replaces BILL LANESEY who is leaving at the end of February.



Longtime news director KEN JOBE has a new job. He’s been named press secretary for the Tennessee House Democratic caucus in Nashville. Ken most recently was ND for WHBQ-TV in Memphis. He’d earlier been the ND for WMC-TV there, as well as an ND in Detroit and Cincinnati. He’s also worked in New York and Nashville, as well as an EP for another Cincinnati station. More on his new job in this story.

At WJLA-TV in Washington, News Operations Manager ERNIE ENSIGN is being bumped up to Chief Engineer. He’s worked for this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for more than seven years, beginning as Director of New Media and Operations.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, February 15, 2015.

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KABC-TV 500 Circle Seven Drive Glendale CA 91201
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th St. Cleveland OH 44114
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KATU-TV 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland OR 97232
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans 70116
WGHP-TV 2005 Francis St. High Point NC 27263
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KJRH-TV 3701 South Peoria Avenue Tulsa OK 74105
WBIR-TV 1513 Hutchison Ave Knoxville TN 37917
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
WJCL/WGTS 1375 Chatham Parkway Third Floor Savannah, GA 31405
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
KFDM-TV 2955 Interstate 10 East Beaumont TX 77702
KWES-TV 11320 West County Road 127, Midland TX 79711
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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