June 24, 2011


This week’s report features a lot of new news directors, including one in Portland (OR) and another one in Portland (ME).

In all, FIVE stations welcomed (well, I hope they welcomed) new NDs, while TWO other stations have new openings.

That brings our count of open ND jobs to 32.

FOUR of those open jobs are featured in paid ads below, with two of those being new ads this week.  And we also have an ad for a management position in Cleveland.

We also have new listings in our Other News Management Openings section.

In Names in the News, winners of the RTDNA/Unity awards, and details about the death of the partner of a retired well known educator and former ND.

That and more after this week’s changes:

Newly Named News Directors:

KMEX-TV, Los Angeles, CA…MARIO FLORES has been promoted to news director for this Univsion station.  He’s been the Executive Producer there (and acting ND) since December after leaving Univision’s KTVW-TV in Phoenix, where he spent more than eight years as ND.  He’d earlier worked as an EP and producer there, and also worked in Palm Desert, CA.  He replaces ROBERT YANEZ who moved to Mario’s old station, KTVW-TV in Phoenix, as GM.  Robert was ND in Los Angeles for 2 1/2 years.

KOIN-TV, Portland, OR…BRAD NEUHOFF will be the next ND for this CBS affiliate.  He’s been the ND for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, since September, 2008.  Brad previously worked as an EP in Minneapolis and a producer in Los Angeles and Denver.  He replaces LYNN HEIDER who left this New Vision station in December after almost three years as ND.


WAVY/WVBT-TV, Portsmouth, VA…JIM GILCHRIEST returns to the East Coast as ND for this LIN Media owned NBC/FOX duopoly.  Jim’s been ND for Belo’s KTVB-TV in Boise, ID, since 2007 (more on that below).  He previously spent many years in a variety of roles at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, eventually rising to Assistant News Director.  He’d also been an AND at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, and worked for two stations in Rochester, NY.  He began his career in radio news.  In Norfolk, he replaces APRIL SAMP who returned to Iowa (and a job out of television) last month so that she could spend more time with family.

WPMI-TV, Mobile, AL…BOB NOONAN is back in an ND job as he’ll take over for this Newport owned NBC affiliate. Bob is currently the Assistant ND for WREG-TV in Memphis. Before that, he was the ND for WGNO-TV in New Orleans and earlier was the Assistant ND for WVUE-TV in New Orleans. He’s also been an ND in Hattiesburg and Jackson, MS, and Bowling Green, KY. Bob also worked in Biloxi, MS, where he won a Peabody for a documentary that he wrote, producer, and anchored. This move will allow him to be closer to family in Louisiana. He replaces WES FINLEY who left the station last month to become ND for WKEF-TV in Dayton after two-plus years as ND in Mobile.


WMTW-TV, Portland, ME…congratulations to AMY BEVERIDGE who’s been promoted to News Director.  She had been the Assistant ND for this Hearst-owned ABC station.  Amy has earlier worked as a producer for Hearst stations in Baltimore and West Palm Beach, FL, and has also worked in Redding, CA, and as a web producer in Boston.  She replaces GEORGE MATZ who was promoted with Hearst to be the Assistant ND for the company’s Kansas City station, KMBC-TV. George left earlier this year after six years as ND at WMTW.

New News Director Openings:

KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, CA….JIM BUNNER has left this ABC affiliate after almost five years as ND.  Jim had previously worked for both KCBS-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.  KEYT is owned by Smith Media.  Learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

KTVB-TV, Boise, ID…as reported above, JIM GILCHRIEST is leaving this Belo-owned NBC affiliate to become the next ND for WAVY/WVBT-TV in the Norfolk, VA, market.  He’s been ND here since October, 2007.

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Help Wanted Ads:

News Director, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, CA:

KEYT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara, CA seeks an accomplished and dynamic News Director to lead our local news operation.

The ideal candidate must mentor and direct a News Team that effectively delivers content on multi-media platforms relevant to current and next generation news consumers, which includes but is not limited to high-quality writing and producing with high ethical standards. This opportunity requires full business managerial competence, including but not limited to fiscal budget responsibilities, communicating openly with other station management, employee staffing and performance reviews.

The minimum requirements: Bachelors degree in journalism. Five to ten years of full time professional reporting or producing experience, which includes experience in a newsroom environment gathering, writing, and feature reports. Minimum four years of television news management experience. A combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may also be considered.

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Human Resources
730 Miramonte Drive
Santa Barbara CA 93109

or email to keytap@keyt.com

KEYT-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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News Director, WAGM-TV, Presque Isle, ME:

WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine is seeking a news director who loves the news, loves to teach, loves to produce, and loves the great outdoors.

The WAGM News Director will be responsible for establishing and maintaining market leading standards, goals, and tactics for newsroom operations and content. The News Director will also be responsible for hiring, coaching, mentoring, supervising and evaluating newsroom personnel as well as preparation and administration of newsroom budgets and capital requests. The News Director is expected to work closely with the General Manger and other department managers to achieve the company’s overall performance goals.

The News Director must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community issues and needs, understand sound journalistic principles, oversee all content gathering and presentation in a visual and viewer oriented storytelling style and must have the ability to make fast, accurate journalistic and logistical judgments.

Applicants should have at least 3-5 years of newsroom management experience, and a 4 year college degree is preferred.

Pay is dependent on experience.

Please email resume to : Carole M. Kozloski, COO NEPSK Inc dba WAGM-TV, at ckozloski@wagmtv.com

Or mail to:

Attention Carole M Kozloski
12 Brewer Road
Presque Isle ME 04769

WAGM-TV is an EEO Employer

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News Director, WLNE-TV, Providence, RI:

This position is a great opportunity for a highly motivated, competitive, energetic person with solid news and personnel judgement. Prior News Director experience is required.

We are in the process of fully converting the Newsroom to full HD. Experience with a Newsroom HD transition would be helpful.

Our successful candidate will be the type of leader who is a highly focused, get it done well, motivator. Someone who knows how to produce top quality newscasts filled with well written, compelling and impactful story telling.

A firm grasp of News promotion is critically important, as is a history of Web based news and social media management.

If this describes you then we should talk!

Please send – resume, news philosophy, salary history, DVD and/or Web link to:

Allen Sandubrae
VP – News
Citadel Communications Company
3903 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines IA 50266

Email: ASandubrae@myabc5.com
Phone: 515.457.9645 ext. 129

Please note: phone calls will be accepted only after initial email/mail is received.

This position will close June 30, 2011.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. EOE

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Reposted:  News Director, WREX-TV, Rockford, IL:

We are looking for a dynamic newsroom leader to take our team to the next level.

WREX in Rockford, IL seeks a News Director to help guide our news department to new heights of journalistic and ratings success. We produce five daily newscasts and the strongest TV web content in the market. This is an exciting opportunity to join a great team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing and maintaining market leading standards for newsroom operations and content. Other duties include hiring, coaching, supervising and evaluating news personnel as well as preparation and administration of newsroom budgets and capital requests. Reporting to the VP/GM, the News Director is expected to work closely with other department managers to achieve the company’s overall performance goals.

A minimum of 8 years television news management experience and a college degree in broadcast journalism is preferred. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community issues and needs, as well as sound journalistic principles, and must have the ability to make fast, accurate journalistic and logistical judgments.

If you have a passion for excellence and a burning desire to lead the best local broadcast news operation in Rockford, IL we want to hear from you.

WREX offers a competitive traditional benefits package plus health club membership and an HDTV purchase program.

Please send your resume to:

John Chadwick
Vice-President, General Manager
P.O. Box 530
Rockford, IL 61105

or via email to: jchadwick@wrex.com

WREX Television, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Managing Editor, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH:

WEWS NewsChannel 5 is seeking an innovative Managing Editor with proven ability in a medium to large market with positive impact on ratings and content quality.

The Managing Editor is responsible for organizing and coordinating assignment desk staff and multi-media journalists (MMJs) to facilitate daily news coverage for multiple platforms. Duties include:

• Manage daily editorial flow, including assigning MMJs, photojournalists, and assignment desk staff to cover daily news stories and events;
• Lead daily news planning and coverage;
• Supervise and schedule MMJs, content coordinators, and assignment desk staff to manage overtime;
• Review content, ensuring journalistic balance, for all platforms;
• Implement and have working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws impacting operations;
• Assist editorial staff in developing all news coverage plans;
• Work closely with executive producers on distribution of coverage;
• Knowledge and proficiency in posting content to station websites;
• Knowledge and proficiency in using social media to enhance newsgathering and customer engagement.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline; at least five (5) years newsroom management experience with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment. Must possess advanced oral and written communication skills and have the ability to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays.

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

WEWS, NewsChannel 5 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Other News Management Openings:

Assistant News Director:

WFLD-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 4/22/11)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/15/11)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 5/8/11)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 5/1/11)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 6/10/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted this week)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (relisted 6/17/11)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (new listing this week)
WAVE-TV, Louisville, KY (listed 5/27/11)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (relisted this week)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 6/10/11)

Executive News Producer:

The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Weekend EP, listed 5/13/11)
KTVK-TV, Phoenix, AZ (AM EP, listed 5/8/11)
Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA (AM & PM EP, listing revised 5/27/11)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 6/3/11)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, relisted 6/17/11)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 6/17/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 4/15/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (2 openings, AM & afternoon, relisted this week)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, relisted 6/17/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (new listing this week)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (AM EP, relisted 6/17/11)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (relisted this week)
WNWO-TV, Toledo, OH (AM EP, listed 6/3/11)
KRXI-TV, Reno, NV (PM EP, listed 5/20/11)

Special Projects Producer:

WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL (listed 5/20/11)

Managing Editor:

KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (listed 6/17/11)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 6/17/11)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 6/17/11, see ad above!)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (new listing this week)

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Names in the News:

RTDNA announced the winners of the annual RTDNA/Unity awards this week.  The awards celebrate outstanding electronic journalism that focuses on diversity.  More details, including links to the winning entries, are in this RTDNA news release.

Our sympathy to old friend DICK NELSON on the loss of his longtime partner, AMRULLAH SAIDIN, who died last week at the age of 44.  Many of you know Dick who taught for many years, first at Missouri and later at Kansas, and also served as news director for several stations.  He retired from Kansas last year and moved to Indonesia, where Amrullah lived.  Am and Dick met in Jakarta many years ago while Dick was doing consulting work there.  Am worked in the US on several occasions, but returned to Indonesia when the recession eliminated his jobs.  Unfortunately, Am was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer shortly after Dick moved to Lambok.  Your kind note would reach Dick at: dicknelson459@gmail.com

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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 Friday, June 24, 2011.

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

WTXF-TV 330 Market Street                             Philadelphia PA 19106
KARE-TV 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy.          Minneapolis MN 55427
KGW-TV 1501 SW Jefferson St.                       Portland OR 97201
WTNH/WCTX-TV 8 Elm St.                              New Haven CT 06510
WLNE-TV 10 Orms St.                                   Providence RI 02904 (see ad above)
WSAZ-TV 645 Fifth Ave.                                    Huntington WV 25701
KMSB-TV     1855 N. 6th Ave.                             Tucson AZ 85705
WTOL-TV 730 N. Summit St.                          Toledo OH 43604
WFRV-TV 1181 E. Mason St.                          Green Bay WI 54301
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St.                               Syracuse NY 13057
WIS-TV 1111 Bull St.                                          Columbia SC 29201
KWWL-TV 500 East Fourth St.                     Waterloo IA 50703
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway                        Brownsville TX 78521
WJCL/WTGS-TV 10001 Abercorn St.           Savannah GA 31406
KEYT-TV 730 Miramonte Dr.                  Santa Barbara CA 93109 (see ad above)
KTVB-TV 5407 Fairview Avenue            Boise ID 83706

KBAK/KBFX 1901 Westwind Dr.                   Bakersfield CA 93301
WREX-TV 10322 W. Auburn Rd.            Rockford IL 61105 (see ad above!)
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave.                           Wausau WI 54403
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave.                               Wausau WI 54403
KTKA-TV   2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                       Topeka KS 66614
WFXL-TV 1211 N. Slappey Blvd.                       Albany GA 31707
WOAY-TV Rte. 16 South                                     Oak Hill WV 25901
KIMT-TV 112 N. Pennsylvania Ave.                 Mason City IA 50401
WJHG-TV 8195 Front Beach Rd.                      Panama City Beach FL 32407
KSWT-TV 1301 Third Ave.                                  Yuma AZ 85364
KYMA-TV 1385 S. Pacific Ave.                          Yuma AZ 85365
WUTR/WPNY/WFXV-TV 5956 Smith Hill Rd.  Utica NY 13502
WLUC-TV 177 US Highway 41 East                Negaunee MI 49866
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                       Laredo TX 78045
KSAN/KLST-TV 2800 Armstrong                     San Angelo TX 76903
WAGM-TV 12 Brewer Road                          Presque Isle ME 04769 (see ad above)

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