November 4, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011 UPDATE:

ANDY ROONEY died today at the age of 92, just a month after his final commentary on 60 Minutes.  This news release from CBS News says he died of complications from minor surgery.  The CBS News obituary is here.  The New York Times and Washington Post quickly posted long stories.

He is survived by four children, including his daughter, EMILY ROONEY, a former news director in Boston and longtime host of the PBS show “Greater Boston” on PBS in Boston, and BRIAN ROONEY, who spent a long time as ABC correspondent.

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A new news director in a top 20 market is one of TWO new NDs to tell you about this week, while we have just ONE new opening.

That brings our count of open ND jobs to 24.

We have an ad for one of those openings below.

In Names in the News, a new job at CNN for a former Miami ND, a news manager returns to Michigan, and an obituary for a producer at a Florida station.

All that’s below, after this week’s changes:

Newly Named News Directors:


WFOR/WFBS-TV, Miami, FL…we alerted you earlier this week that LIZ ROLDAN has been promoted to news director for this CBS o-and-o. Liz had been the interim ND since CESAR ALDAMA left in August to become Director of News for Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic. Liz joined WFOR in August as EP of Special Projects and Investigations, but she’s no stranger to Miami TV, having worked in the market for 18 years at both WFOR and WTVJ-TV. She’d been away from TV for almost three years before returning to WFOR this summer.

KMIR-TV, Palm Springs, CA…GEORGE SEVERSON has been named ND for this Journal Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate. George most recently was an EP at KOIN-TV in Portland, and he’s also worked in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Anchorage. At KMIR, he replaces KATE GLOVER who left the station in August after 18 months as ND to become an EP in San Diego.

New News Director Opening:


WJFW-TV, Rhinelander, WI…longtime News Director HEATHER SCHALLOCK is leaving this NBC affiliate to take a new job as Executive Director of the Nicolet College Foundation. Heather’s worked here since 1994 (except for a short detour for a job in Eau Claire, WI.) She was promoted to news director in 1999 and has also been anchoring the 5:00 news. WJBF is owned by Rockfleet Broadcasting.

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News Director, KTSM/KDBC-TV, El Paso, TX:

KTSM-TV (NBC) and KDBC-TV (CBS) in El Paso, TX seek a forward thinking and aggressive journalist for the position of News Director. The successful candidate will be a hands-on news manager who can coach and develop talent, own the big story and has a passion for making a difference.


  • Day to day editorial supervision of the news operation
  • Develop dynamic and relevant news content
  • Administrative duties including scheduling, timesheets, performance reviews and budgeting
  • Supervise content on stations’ websites, social media sites, mobile applications and other methods
  • Develop partnerships within the local community

If you are the consummate professional with experience as an Executive Producer, Assistant News Director or News Director, we’d love to hear from you.

Please send resume and cover letter with news philosophy to:

Gary W. Sotir
General Manager
ComCorp of El Paso, Inc.
801 N. Oregon St.
El Paso, TX 79902



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Other News Management Openings:


WFLD-TV, Chicago, IL (relisted 9/10/11)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 10/14/11)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 9/17/11)
WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 10/28/11)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 10/28/11)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (listed 10/7/11)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 9/10/10)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (listed 10/14/11)
KTVM-TV, Bozeman, MT (listed 9/17/11)


The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 9/23/11)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (AM EP, listed 10/7/11)
KTVI/KPLR-TV, St. Louis, MO (listed 9/10/11)
KPTV, Portland, OR (AM EP, listed 9/10/11)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (listed 9/17/11)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, relisted 8/26/11)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 8/26/11)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listed 10/28/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 8/5/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (PM EP, listing revised 8/12/11)
WPEC-TV, W. Palm Beach, FL (listed 10/7/11)
WPMT-TV, Harrisburg, PA (AM EP, listing revised 10/14/11)
WHBQ-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 9/23/11)
WINK-TV, Fort Myers, FL (Dayside EP, listed 10/28/11)
WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (listed 8/19/11)

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Names in the News:

Former Miami News Director SHANNON HIGH is joining CNN and will oversee the cable network’s four hour morning news block. Shannon spent seven years as ND of WFOR-TV and has also worked in Houston and Charlotte.

ANDY GUILLFAN returns to Michigan as the EP for the morning news at WDIV-TV in Detroit. Andy most recently was the Assistant ND for WISH-TV in Indianapolis, but earlier in his career worked in both Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI.

Finally, our sympathy to the staff of WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, FL, on the death last Friday of STEPHEN BUTTERS. Stephen was a multi-platform producer for that independent station. He died of apparent natural causes at the age of 29.

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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, November 4, 2011.

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

NY 1 News                                             75 Ninth Ave. New York NY 10011
WPVI-TV                                              4100 City Line Ave. Philadelphia PA 19131-1691
KDFW-TV                                             400 N. Griffin St. Dallas TX 75202
New England Cable News                160 Wells Ave. Newton MA 02459
WFDC-TV                                            101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington DC 20001  **
KGW-TV                                                1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland OR 97201
WNEP-TV                                             16 Montage Mountain Rd. Moosic PA 18507
WACH-TV                                            1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
WSYR-TV                                             5904 Bridge St. Syracuse NY 13057
WICS/WICD-TV                                2680 E. Cook St. Springfield IL 62703
KOAA-TV                                             530 Communications Cir. Colorado Springs CO 80905
KDBC/KTSM-TV                            801 N. Oregon St. El Paso TX 79902 (see ad above!)
KHGI-TV                                              13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
KVII-TV                                                One Broadcast Center Amarillo TX 79101
WJFW-TV                                        3217 County Road G Rhinelander WI 54501
KAUZ-TV                                             PO Box 25 Wichita Falls TX 76309
WFXL-TV                                             1211 N. Slappey Blvd. Albany GA 31707
KTUU-TV                                             701 E. Tudor Rd. #220 Anchorage AK 99503
KSWT-TV                                             1301 Third Ave. Yuma AZ 85364
KULR-TV                                             2045 Overland Ave. Billings MT 59102
KGNS-TV                                             120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KKCO-TV                                             2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
WTAP-TV                                            One TV Plaza Parkersburg WV 26101
KGWN-TV                                           2923 E. Lincolnway Cheyenne WY 82001

** Spanish language station

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