March 7, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015:

An almost top-ten market gets a new news director.



CHRIS KLINE has been promoted to ND for Scripps’ KNXV-TV in Phoenix (now market #11. Didn’t realize that!).

He’s been the Director of New Media for this ABC affiliate. Chris has worked there for eight years, in roles ranging from reporter to web producer to executive producer. Before KNXV, he worked as a convergence journalist for the Arizona Republic and at CNN’s Crossfire in Washington.

Here’s the news release from General Manager ANITA HELT.

Chris replaces PAT COSTELLO who left after the Super Bowl to return to Seattle where he is now the ND for KOMO-TV.

It’s a busy week…we’ll have lots to report in our full newsletter this weekend.


Rick Gevers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 UPDATE:

Here’s a surprise involving a veteran broadcaster, Gannett, and Scripps.



BOB SULLIVAN, who’s been the Vice President of Programming for Scripps, is leaving the company for a newly created position as Senior Vice President of Programming for Gannett.

It’s return to Gannett for Bob, who’s worked for the company in a variety of locations in jobs ranging from General Manager to Station Manager to News Director to Assistant News Director.

He’s also run his own consulting company and was President of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee in 2008.

Click here to see the memo that Gannett President of Broadcasting DAVE LOUGEE sent to the company’s general managers.

We’ll have all the latest news in our full report later this week.


Rick Gevers

Monday, March 9, 2015 UPDATE:

Cleveland’s WOIO/WUAB-TV has filled its vacant news director position with an experienced news director who once worked for a competitor.



FRED D’AMBROSI was named ND of this Raycom owned CBS/CW duopoly today. Earlier in his career, Fred worked as a producer for WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

He later went on to be a news director in Milwaukee, San Diego, and Washington, DC, and has also worked in Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Here’s a link to Fred’s Linkedin page, and you can see the company’s news release by clicking here.

At WOIO/WUAB, he replaces DAN SALAMONE who resigned in January to (in his words) “move on to a new challenge.”

Also, the emailed version of our full newsletter you received on Saturday contained a bad link to the story about JILL GEISLER‘s move to Loyola University. The correct link is here.

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



Rick Gevers

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There are TWO new ND openings in this week’s report, with, to the best of my knowledge, NO new NDs this week. Our court of open ND jobs grows to 28.

Do read on, though, for a number of items of interest, including a new job for a longtime Poynter faculty member, and two promotions for folks at North Carolina station. There are ads for TWO positions, one in television, and one outside of TV.

And for the second week in a row, there’s a lot of General Manager news.

All that, and more, below!


New News Director Openings:

KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA…JESSICA ROE has left this Cowles-owned NBC affiliate after about nine months as news director. She’s previously worked for four stations in Denver, and at stations in San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs. When she took this position, she had spent the previous four years working for the state of Colorado.

KMIZ-TV, Columbia, MO…this News Press & Gazette ABC affiliate is looking for a new news director, following last week’s promotion of CURTIS VARNS to General Manager after 16 years as News Director.

Newly Named News Directors:

I’m not aware of any newly named news directors. If you are, please let me know via an email to:

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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)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (listed 3/1/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (relisted 2/22/15)
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)
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 2/15/15)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, relisted this week)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 3/1/15, see ad above!)
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)


WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 2/22/15)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)


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


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 2/15/15)

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Names in the News…and other things:



JILL GEISLER has a new job. She’s joined Loyola University as the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity. Jill spent 16 years on the faculty at Poynter before reducing her role there in 2014. She’s a former ND for WITI-TV in Milwaukee. There’s more details on her new role in this story.

There are two management updates for WGHP-TV in Greensboro/High Point, NC. ERIC OLSEN has been promoted to Assistant News Director from EP. And MARGARET KREGER has been promoted from 10:00 PM Producer to Nightside EP. The station continues to look for a new morning EP.

General Manager News:

Another week, another long list of general manager news.



We were first to report the appointment of former ND BRAD REMINGTON to fill the long-vacant GM position at Scripps’ KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in Denver. It’s a return to KMGH for Brad, who left as Managing Editor in 1996 for the first of four jobs as a news director, beginning in Albuquerque, then St. Louis, Denver (KDVR-TV, the FOX station) and Phoenix, before returning to Denver 2+ years ago. Brad’s wife, NAN, had stayed in Denver for her job, and they’d been commuting for four years. He opened a franchise business in the interim. Here’s more in the company’s news release.

Raycom named three new general managers this week, at:

WTOL-TV in Toledo, where BRIAN LORENZEN will replace the retiring BOB CHIRDON. Earlier in his career, Brian worked at WUPW-TV, the FOX affiliate in Toledo. He most recently has been sales manager at KRQE/KASA-TV in Albuquerque.

KOLD-TV in Tucson, where NICK ULMER replaces DEBBIE BUSH, who’s headed to Cincinnati to run the company’s WXIX-TV there. Ulmer has been the GM at WFIE-TV in Evansville, where he’ll be replaced by JAY HIETT who’s been the GSM for that NBC affiliate.



Finally, congratulations to old friend and college classmate JIM SERRA who’s been named Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Jim’s been the GM at Raycom’s KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, since 1990. He’s worked there twice, first in the news department in 1975, then returning for a sales position in the early 1980’s. Jim also worked in news in Shreveport, Louisville, Miami, and St. Louis, where we worked together at KSDK-TV. More on his award in this story.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, March 7, 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
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
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
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
KHQ-TV 1201 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane WA 99201
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
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
KMIZ-TV 501 Business Loop 70 East Columbia MO 65201
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
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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