November 5, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 UPDATE #2:

It’s been a busy day for the CBS owned stations, as the second of two news director openings was filled.



KARI PATEY, currently the assistant news director for WNBC-TV in New York, returns to the Twin Cities as news director for CBS’s WCCO-TV. As you’ll learn from this story on the station’s website, she began her career there as a morning news producer.

Kari later moved to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis before heading to the Big Apple, working first for Fox News Channel. She joined WNBC in 2005 as a producer, and moved up to executive producer and senior executive producer before being named assistant ND in 2014.

At WCCO, she replaces MIKE CAPUTA who left the station in August after six years as ND and 15 years at the station.

Barring any further major moves, we’ll be back this weekend with our full report.



Rick Gevers

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 UPDATE:

One of two news director openings at CBS owned stations has been filled with an internal promotion.



JOHN WILSON has been named ND for KYW-TV in Philadelphia. Here’s the memo from GM BRIEN KENNEDY to the staff.

John first joined the station in 2003 as an EP and was promoted to Assistant ND in 2010. He’s been the interim ND since MARGARET CRONAN left in July after almost two years as ND. He’s also worked in Seattle, Orlando, Knoxville, Jackson, MS, and Corpus Christi, where he began his career as a reporter.

The other CBS o-and-o ND opening is at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

More on all the latest news in our full newsletter later this week.



Rick Gevers

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Just ONE news director change this week as a FIVE time news director lands his SIXTH ND job.

That means our list of open ND jobs drops to 21.

ONE of those ND openings is among our THREE Paid Help Wanted Ads.

We have lots of items about former news directors taking new jobs (none of them as news directors, btw.) Those are covered in Names in the News along with a number of other management promotions.

All that and more below.


Newly Named News Directors: 



KLFY-TV, Lafayette, LA…MICHAEL SIPES will start later this month as the new news director for this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate. He’s a former news director in Kansas City, Louisville, Wichita, Jackson, MS, and Colorado Springs. Since leaving KAKE-TV in Wichita last year, he’s been working in social media and public relations as you’ll see here. At KLFY, he replaces KYLE BRINKMAN who left last May to become ND at sister-Nexstar station WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC.

New News Director Openings: 

I’m not aware of any this week. A reminder: we welcome your emailed tips, but are not fond of anonymous ones. We do, however, protect our sources.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Other News Management Openings:


KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 10/22/17)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 9/24/17)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (listed 10/15/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 9/10/17)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (listed 10/29/17)


WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (AM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 9/24/17)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listing revised 10/15/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 10/22/17, see paid help wanted ad above!)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listing revised 10/22/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM & Dayside, listing revised 10/8/17)
WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO (Weekend EP, listed 9/24/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (listing modified 9/24/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, listing revised 10/29/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted this week)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 9/17/17)
KCCI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/8/17)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, listed 8/20/17)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (relisted 9/10/17)


KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (listed 9/24/17)


WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 10/22/17)

Names in the News (and other items):

Several items about former news directors this week:

  • Fowler


    Three time Chicago News Director CAROL FOWLER has a new job as Senior VP of digital news products for the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Carter


    CHUCK CARTER, who’s been an ND in Philadelphia and worked in several major markets, is the new Assistant ND for Nexstar’s WTNH-TV in New Haven/Hartford, CT. He’d been an EP there.

Chuck’s promotion was one of a series of management moves at WTNH.
STACEY PATTBERG was promoted from nightside EP to morning EP. JON ROSEN was promoted from 6:00 PM producer to EP of dayside and political news programming. And NICOLE WARREN has been promoted from senior producer to EP of Special Projects.



Speaking of promotions, MATT GOLDBERG has been upped to Assistant News Director (from Managing Editor ) at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Matt’s also the President of IRE.

And one more promotion: KELLY MCDERMOTT moves from producer to executive producer at Scripps’ WXYZ-TV in Detroit. She’s been a producer there for six years.

General Manager News and Notes:

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

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, November 5, 2017:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know:

Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue Rye Brook, NY 10573
KYW-TV 1555 Hamilton Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
KUVN-TV 2323 Bryan St Ste 1900. Dallas TX 75201 **
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
WCCO-TV 90 S 11th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way Sacramento CA 95815 **
Spectrum News 2505 Atlantic Ave. #102 Raleigh, NC 27604
WZZM-TV 645 Three Mile Grand Rapids, MI 49544
KWCH-TV 2815 E. 37th Street North, Wichita, KS 67219
KOAA-TV 2200 7th Ave. Pueblo, CO 81003
KWWL-TV 500 East Fourth St. Waterloo, IA 50703
WCSC-TV 2126 Charlie Hall Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414
WNDU-TV 54516 IN-933, South Bend, IN 46637
WSAW-TV, 1114 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway, Bluefield WV 24701 (see ad above!)
KECI-TV 340 W. Main St. Missoula, MT 59802
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster St, Dothan, AL 36303
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139. Great Falls MT 59403
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, MT, 59403

**: Spanish language station

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