July 30, 2017


A very slow week..with just ONE news director opening and NO new news directors, to the best of my knowledge.

So our list of open ND jobs drops ever so slightly to 23.

ONE of those openings is among our THREE paid help wanted ads.

We have an obituary acor a long-ago Missouri news director. And in Names in the News, a new Assistant ND in San Francisco/Oakland, a former ND takes a morning anchor gig, a longtime TV research makes a move, and we’ll tell you something you may not have known about a well known former Las Vegas ND.

Read on for the full stories.

Sam Full-7-30-17

New News Director Opening:

WJTV, Jackson, MS…JASON PUMO has left this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate after 2 1/2 years as news director.  It was his second stint at the station…he’d earlier been an EP there before taking an EP job in Portland, OR.  He’s also worked in Evansville.

Newly Named News Directors: 

I’m not aware of any newly hired news directors this week. If i’ve missed something, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

Paid Help Wanted Ads:


News Director, KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO:

Here’s your chance to lead a news duopoly operation in one of the best cities to live in the country! Denver, Colorado’s KDVR and KWGN are looking for a news director to manage our growing and thriving news operation. Our ideal candidate will have unsurpassed leadership skills, understand the fundamentals of journalism ethics and be digitally savvy. We are looking for an experienced journalist who will maximize resources to produce more than 85 hours of weekly local content. Our ratings are growing, our journalists are exceptional and our entire team is on-board and eager to keep moving forward. We need an experienced newsroom leader to take us to the next level.

If it’s you – apply by clicking here.

The Director of News for KDVR/KWGN is responsible for all aspects of managing the operation of this duopoly newsroom in Denver, which produces more than 85 hours of local programming each week. This includes, but is not limited to, directing daily news coverage and its dissemination on all broadcast and digital channels. The news director communicates and upholds a code of journalism ethics and conduct that all news personnel follow; oversees newsroom budgeting and the P&L process, while keeping spending under control without hampering the news department’s ability to cover the news; and collaborates with the General Manager and other Department Heads to develop innovative new ways to implement our station brand, execute our vision and serve the community.


Executive Producer/Raleigh Newsroom Manager, WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC:

WTVD/ABC 11 News, the ABC Owned Television station in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina has an immediate opening for an Executive Producer to run our Raleigh newsroom. We are seeking an experienced Manager with superior news judgment and dynamic news producing experience. The Executive Producer manages daily newscasts and content in conjunction with other news managers. The ideal candidate must have a keen understanding of multi-platform strategy and have a track record of breaking news success stories. This person will excel by executing big-picture goals while focusing on the details with daily content coverage. We are looking for a proven leader with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

College degree and five years previous management experience preferred.


· Manage a busy fact-paced newsroom
· Work with reporters in developing story-angles, graphics, unique broadcast and digital content
· Troubleshoot technical issues including equipment problems
· Point-person for anchors and production staff during newscasts in Raleigh
· Develop new and unique digital content for ABC11.com and social platforms
· Collaborate with digital team, including writing and posting digital stories
· Work with the Audience Development team on newscast promotion across all platforms.
· Collaborate with Assignment Editors and Digital Producers on multi-platform breaking news coverage
· Copy edit scripts
· Contribute strategic content ideas in editorial meetings
· Inspire Producers in the development of compelling newscast production and story-telling.
· Provide consistent feedback to Producers by setting goals and tracking progress

TO APPLY: Please log onto www.disneycareers.com and search for (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER); create a candidate profile, and upload your resume and cover letter.


ABC11 is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Female-Minority-Veteran-Disability-Sexual Orientation-Gender Identity. 


Executive Producer, KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN:

Manage and guide news operations for the #1 television station in southeast Minnesota and northern Iowa. Along with the News Director and Social Media & Digital Content Manager, the EP will supervise field operations, newscast producers, anchors / reporters / multimedia journalists and photographers and will directly oversee weekday afternoon/evening dayparts.

We break news and push content on-air and to on-line and social platforms for two television stations. Key skillsets include a knack for managing people, a sense for steering breaking and developing news coverage to multiple platforms, solid experience producing newscasts, and the ability to coach young reporters on storytelling. Proven creativity with in-studio presentation, newsroom technology (LiveU, DroneCam, GoPro) and graphics presentation will make you a top candidate. A strong eye for video and the ability to create compelling graphics are qualities that will help you win this position, and help us stay on top in this competitive market.

KTTC has been honored with multiple Regional Emmys for morning and evening newscasts in the last eight years and a host of other awards from SPJ, AP and MBJA. KTTC NewsCenter leads in strong journalism and community service, and is #1 in southeastern Minnesota, a beautiful part of the country recognized again and again for an incredible quality of life.

Please send resume materials to: Noel Sederstrom, News Director, KTTC-TV and KXLT FOX 47, 6301 Bandel Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

KTTC is a NBC affiliate, part of Quincy Media Inc., a family owned company. EOE.

Other News Management Openings:


KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (listed 6/18/17)
WICS-TV, Springfield, IL (listed 5/29/17)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 7/2/17)
KION-TV, Salinas, CA (listed 6/4/17)
KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA (relisted 7/23/17)


KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 7/9/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior AM Producer, relisted 6/25/17)
WOIO-TV, Cleveland, OH (AM EP, listed 7/2/17)
WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC: (Raleigh newsroom mgr., 7/23/17, see ad above!)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (relisted 7/23/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 6/4/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (AM EP, relisted 7/23/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 5/21/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (listed 7/2/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 7/2/17)
WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA (listed 5/29/17)
WBAY-TV, Green Bay, WI (listed 6/4/17)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (relisted 7/9/17)
WCSC-TV, Charleston, SC (relisted 5/14/17)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (Senior EP, relisted 7/9/17)
WLBT-TV, Jackson, MS (listed 6/11/17)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (Morning EP, new listing this week)
KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN (listed 7/23/17, see ad above!)


KPRC-TV, Houston, TX: Exec. Planning Editor (listed 6/4/17)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI: Social Media Mgr. (listed 6/4/17)


MARY KAYE BAUMANN, who spent a little more than a years as news director of KCBJ-TV (now KMIZ-TV) in Columbia, MO, died July 21st at the age of 74. She had a very interesting career after her television days, as you’ll learn in this obituary.

Names in the News:



SHAREEF ABUL-ELA moves cross country to join FOX’s KTVU-TV in San Francisco/Oakland as assistant news director. He’s spent the last 3+ years as Assistant ND for WVEC-TV in Norfolk, and has also worked on the assignment desk in Pittsburgh (two stations), and as a producer in Boston, and Las Vegas. That’s where he worked with KTVU News Director AMBER EIKEL.

JAMES DOUGHTY MUNOZ, who’s been a news director in Midland and San Angelo, TX, has landed as the morning anchor at KAVU-TV in Victoria, TX, where he’ll go by JAMES MUNOZ on air. He’s also been a reporter in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Amarillo and Lufkin, TX.



Congratulations to longtime TV researcher TONY CALFO who’s started a new job as Executive Vice President of Research Strategies at Simple Opinions. Tony’s spent the last 12+ years as VP of Research Strategies at SmithGeiger, and has also held research positions at ABC, the WB network, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and two stations in Los Angeles. You can wish him well via email to:  tony.calfo@simpleopinions.com



Did you know that longtime Las Vegas newsman (ND at two stations, as well as one in Nashville) BOB STOLDAL is a noted Las Vegas historian? You will…and you’ll learn more about his passion for history in this story and video.

General Manager News & Notes:

I’m not aware of any GM moves this week.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, July 30, 2017:

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn 1 Media Crossways, Woodbury, NY 11791
Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue Rye Brook, NY 10573
KYW-TV 1555 Hamilton Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WLTV 9405 NW 41st Street Miami, FL 33178-2301 ***
KDVR/KWGN-TV 100 East Speer Blvd. Denver, CO 80203 (see ad above!)
WGAL-TV 1300 Columbia Avenue. Lancaster, PA 17603
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202
WRIC-TV 301 Arboretum Pl, Richmond, VA 23236
WBIR-TV 1513 Bill Williams Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917
WZDX-TV 1309 N. Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL 35801
KOAA-TV 2200 7th Ave. Pueblo, CO 81003
WJTV 1820 Tv Rd, Jackson, MS 39204
KFSM-TV 318 N 13th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
WHBF-TV 231 18th Street Rock Island, IL 61201
KLFY-TV 1808 Eraste Landry Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
WSAW-TV, 1114 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403
KNOE-TV 1400 Oliver Rd, Monroe, LA 71201
KMID-TV 1550 West I-20 Odessa, TX 79763
KTVA-TV 1001 Northway Drive St. 202. Anchorage, AK
WCJB-TV 6220 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32653
KTMF-TV 2200 Stephens Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, Montana, 59403

***: Spanish language station

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