May 1, 2011


Good news for two Assistant News Directors this week, as they were promoted to run their newsrooms.

Those are the only TWO new NDs we have to tell you about, and, to the best of my knowledge, there are NO new ND openings, leaving our count of open ND jobs at 32.

We have a new ad for an Assistant News Director job in Indianapolis (one of two such openings there), and a new listing for an EP position at a Northwest cable news operation.

In Names in the News, a number of items, including new jobs as EPs for two former news directors.

New News Director Openings:

None that I know of.

Newly Named News Directors:


WFXT-TV, Boston, MA…PAUL McGONAGLE has been upped to ND for this FOX o-and-o.  He’s been the Assistant ND there since 2004, and previously worked at WJAR-TV in Providence as an Assistant ND.  He started at WJAR as a reporter, and earlier had worked in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Burlington, VT.  Paul replaces LISA HALL who spent almost ten years as ND here (and a total of 14 years at the station).  She left WXFT in April.

KATV, Little Rock, AR…NICK GENTY is the new ND for this Albritton-owned ABC affiliate.  He’s been the Assistant ND there for the past few months, but spent 21 years at competitor KTHV-TV, most recently as an EP.  He replaces RANDY DIXON who was ND for almost ten of the 30 years he spent at KATV.  He left in earlier this year to begin his own production company.

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Help Wanted Ad:

ASS’T. NEWS DIR., WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN ( JOB #300-CW)

One of the country’s preeminent stations is seeking an Assistant News Director. Are you looking for a news organization committed to journalistic excellence? How about a company committed to giving you the resources to be number one?

Indiana’s News Leader, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, seeks an Assistant News Director to help lead its dynamic and award-winning news team. The Assistant News Director oversees a large news staff and manages the day-to-day coverage on all platforms, and directly supervises reporters’ enterprising efforts. Indianapolis is one of America’s most affordable and livable cities. Ideal candidates must have a proven track record and a minimum of 5 years experience as a news manager. News Director experience is preferred.

Leading candidate must also demonstrate exceptional news judgment and newsgathering skills. Superior writing and storytelling skills are also required.

Qualified candidates may apply online here.



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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 (listed 3/12/11)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (new listing this week, see ad above)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 4/22/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 4/15/11)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (relisted 4/15/11)
WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA (listed 3/31/11)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (listed 3/31/11)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (relisted 2/25/11)

Executive News Producer:

KYW-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 3/12/11)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 3/31/11)
Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA (AM EP, new listing this week)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/25/11)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, listed 3/25/11)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 4/9/11)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN  (relisted 4/15/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 4/15/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (2 openings, AM & afternoon, listing revised 4/15/11)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, relisted 4/15/11)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 4/15/11)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (AM EP, relisted 4/15/11)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, listed 3/31/11)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (relisted 4/15/11)

Special Projects Producer:

WSVN-TV, Miami, FL (relisted 4/15/11)

Managing Editor:

WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 4/15/11)

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Names in the News:


AMY MORRIS moves north to become an EP for WABC-TV in New York.  She left the ND job at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke a few weeks ago after more than three years.  It’s a return to an ABC o-and-o for Amy, who served as an EP for WLS-TV before moving to Chicago.  She’s also worked in Lynchburg, VA, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis.


LEESA DILLON has been named Senior Executive Producer for KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.  The move reunites Leesa with ND LARRY PERRET. It’s the third time they’ve worked together, having teamed up  at two different Los Angeles Stations.  Leesa is currently Senior News Producer for KUSI-TV in San Diego.  She’s a former ND in Cleveland (WOIO/WUAB) and for News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn.  She’s also worked in Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit, New Orleans, and for three stations in Las Vegas.

Some management changes at WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.  This FOX affiliate has promoted OLIVIA DANGLER from Morning EP to Nightside EP.  STEVE HADT will return to the Dayside EP role, and Indiana native JULIA DODSON joins the staff as Morning EP.  She has been the Senior Producer for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, and has worked for two stations in Orlando.


JAMES KEITH returns to San Antonio’s KABB-TV as its Assistant News Director.  James had anchored at the station until almost a year ago when he left for a PR job with a local school district.  He told the local newspaper that the untimely death of News Director GREG KOELFGEN made him realize his heart was still in news and with his friends at the station.  Keith replaces KEITH McMAHAN who was promoted to ND replacing Koelfgen.

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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 Sunday, May 1, 2011.

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

KMEX-TV 5999 Center Dr.                                  Los Angeles CA 90045  **
KTTV/KCOP-TV 1999 S. Bundy Dr.                Los Angeles CA 90025
KARE-TV 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy.          Minneapolis MN 55427
KDVR/KWGN-TV 100 Speer Blvd.                  Denver CO 80203
KOIN-TV   222 SW Columbia St.                      Portland OR 97201
WTNH/WCTX-TV 8 Elm St.                              New Haven CT 06510
KLUZ-TV 2725 F. Broadbent Pwky NE           Albuquerque NM 87107 **
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW                          Albuquerque NM 87104
KOKI-TV    2625 S. Memorial                            Tulsa OK 74129
WKEF/WRGT-TV 45 Broadcast Plaza            Dayton OH 45408
KMSB-TV     1855 N. 6th Ave.                             Tucson AZ 85705
WDBJ-TV 2807 Hershberger Road                Roanoke VA 24017
WJRT-TV 2302 Lapeer Road                           Flint MI 48503
WMTW-TV 99 Danville Corner Road           Portland ME 04210
KVEO-TV    349 N. Expressway                         Brownsville TX 78521
WCYB-TV 101 Lee St.                                         Bristol VA 24201
KOLN/KGIN-TV 40th & W Streets                Lincoln NE 68503
KVAL-TV   4575 Blanton Road                          Eugene OR 97405
KSBY-TV 1772 Calle Joaquin                            San Luis Obispo CA 93405
WREX-TV 10322 W. Auburn Rd.                     Rockford IL 61105
KTVE/KARD-TV 200 Pavilion Rd.                  West Monroe LA 71292
KTKA-TV   2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                       Topeka KS 66614
WFXL-TV 1211 N. Slappey Blvd.                       Albany GA 31707
KIMT-TV 112 N. Pennsylvania Ave.                 Mason City IA 50401
WJHG-TV 8195 Front Beach Rd.                      Panama City Beach FL 32407
KUPB-TV 10313 W. Country Rd. #117             Midland TX 79706  **
WCJB-TV 6220 NW 43rd St.                              Gainesville FL 32653
WUTR/WPNY/WFXV-TV 5956 Smith Hill Rd.  Utica NY 13502
KSWT-TV 1301 Third Ave.                                  Yuma AZ 85364
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                       Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV   3012 Highwoods Blvd.                    Great Falls MT 59403
KSAN/KLST-TV 2800 Armstrong                     San Angelo TX 76903

** Spanish language station


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