Thursday, October 5, 2017 UPDATE:
One of the THREE Tegna News Director openings has been filled. (WUSA-TV and WTSP-TV are the others.)
TIFFANI LUPENSKI has just been named News Director for Tegna’s NBC affiliate in St. Louis, KSDK-TV. Here’s the official news release with more details.
It’s a return to the company for Tiffani, who worked as an Executive Producer for six years at what was then Gannett’s KUSA-TV in Denver.
Tiffani most recently worked as ND for KGTV (Scripps/ABC) in San Diego, a position she left in August after 2+ years. She earlier had been an ND for KATU-TV in Portland (OR) as well as the Assistant ND there. She spent two years in Seattle as an EP at KCPQ-TV, worked as a reporter/anchor in Birmingham and Lake Charles, LA, as well as for CNN and for radio stations in Atlanta and San Antonio.
At KSDK, she replaces KARIN MOVESIAN who left the station last week: she’d been ND there for 2+ years.
More on all the week’s news in our full newsletter this weekend.
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TWO up and TWO down. Not a late season baseball update but the number of news director changes in this week’s report. The two new openings are in top 21 markets and both are at Tegna stations.
That means 27 stations have news director openings according to my figures.
ONE of those openings in feature among our THREE paid help wanted ads, with TWO for management positions in top 20 markets.
We have a handful of news management moves in markets large and small, details about the retirement of a top five market GM who’s a former news director, and the obituary for the father of a CNN executive and former news director.
All that and more, below!
Newly Named News Directors:
WTVQ-TV, Lexington, KY…SARA HOWARD has been promoted to News Director for this Morris owned ABC affiliate. She’s been the Assignment Manager there for the past four years, and previously worked assignment desk jobs in Charlotte, Spartansburg, SC, and Charlottesville, VA. At WTVQ, she replaces STEVE FRANCE who’d been the ND there for the last 5+ years. He’d also been an ND in Toledo, where he began his career when I hired him as a part-time tape editor at WTOL-TV.
KNOE/KAQY-TV, Monroe, LA…BRAD GINSBERG is the new news director for this Gray Televison owned CBS/ABC duopoly. He’s earlier worked in Louisville, Albuquerque, Ft. Myers, Austin, TX, Ft. Smith, AR, and Harlingen, TX. Brad replaces BOB WALTERS who was promoted with Gray to become ND at KWTX-TV in Waco, TX. Bob was ND here for five years.
New News Director Openings:
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL…we told you Thursday that BOB CLINKINGBEARD had resigned as news director for this Tegna-owned ABC affiliate. Bob explained his decision in this email to me. He’d been the ND here for 2 years and earlier served as an ND in Orlando, Milwaukee, and Greensboro, NC. He’s also worked in Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, Birmingham, Alexandria, LA, and Columbia, MO.
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO…in another move we shared with you earlier this week, KARIN MOVESIAN has quit this Tegna owned NBC affiliate after 2+ years. Here’s the story from the local newspaper, and here’s the note from GM ALICIA EISNER to the staff: it won’t take long to read. Karin came to St Louis from Las Vegas, where she spent eight years as ND for KTNV. A St. Louis native, Karin was graduated from St. Louis University and earlier worked at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, as well as San Antonio, and as an EP in Chicago (two stations), Detroit, and Minneapolis.
And while it’s not a new opening, please note the paid help wanted ad below for KXLY-TV in Spokane that’s just below.
Speaking of KXLY, apologies to outgoing ND JERRY POST. In reporting his pending departure to open his own business, we told you he’d been ND at KXLY for 19 years. He’s worked there for 19 but has been ND for 12.
Paid Help Wanted Ads:
Executive News Director, KXLY-TV, Spokane, WA:
KXLY-TV, the ABC affiliate in Spokane, WA (Mkt. #73) seeks a dynamic, progressive and experienced News Director to lead our team in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The ideal candidate is a goal-oriented, digitally-savvy, and creative leader and coach who’s eager to win in a highly competitive news environment. If you have a proven track record of producing great content that will grow ratings on TV and digital platforms, we want to hear from you!
Create & implement strategic plans for audience growth and newsroom operations
Analyze and respond to trends affecting the industry and DMA
Develop and control annual budget to comply with station guidelines
Monitor all on-air and online product for compliance to Federal, State and local laws as well as First Amendment
Work closely with other members of station management team to develop and attain station goals
Knowledge of and proficiency in posting content to digital platforms
Supervise and provide regular feedback for direct reports with ultimate responsibility for all newsroom personnel
4 year degree with an emphasis in Journalism or equivalent
Minimum five years of journalism experience required and 3+ years of current digital media experience
A broad-based knowledge of journalism, the news media environment and audience consumption trends
Knowledge of current and emerging multi-platform news content, including text, audio, video, photos, graphics, data, visual journalism/storytelling and community building
Exceptional leadership skills with previous experience building teams, hiring, developing and retaining employees
Valid driver’s license; acceptable driving record
HOW TO APPLY: Click here to apply.
KXLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Evening Executive Producer, KRIV-TV, Houston, TX:
KRIV Fox 26, the Fox O&O in Houston, TX, is searching for a dynamic PM Executive Producer to lead our early evening and late-night newsgathering efforts. In addition to two traditional hours of news, this person will also manage a brand new, innovative hour of news and information programming. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic manager and motivator with a proven track record of ratings success and connecting unique content to our viewers across all platforms. We are looking for someone who knows how to showcase the big stories, breaking news, and breaking weather, and embraces social media and content that engages our audience every night. The PM Executive Producer will manage several reporters and producers, assignment editors, and digital staff, as well as approve scripts, and ensure our content meets all legal and journalistic standards. The PM Executive Producer will also help with scheduling and contribute to special projects, including elections.
Four year college degree required with emphasis in Communications or Journalism preferred. Minimum five  years producing experience in middle to major markets, including newscast producing experience. Two  years news management experience strongly preferred. Must be able to work in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment. Must be a strong leader and communicator, possessing both effective interpersonal skills and highly developed time management skills. Must possess superior editorial judgment and understand the legal and ethical parameters for mass media. Strong working knowledge of the technical aspects of television news production required, including digital and web based news gathering tools. Must be able to use newsroom computer systems, including AVID iNews and AVID search, editing and graphics programs.
To apply online for this positions, click here:
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. EOE/M/F/Veteran/Disabled
Managing Editor, KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO:
Here’s your chance to help lead a news duopoly operation in one of the best cities to live in the country! Denver, Colorado’s KDVR and KWGN are looking for a Managing Editor to help manage our growing and thriving news operation.
Our ideal candidate will have unsurpassed leadership skills, understand the fundamentals of journalism ethics and be digitally savvy.
We are looking for an experienced journalist who will use strong editorial judgement, writing/storytelling and organizational skills to steer the newsroom team to deliver news better than anyone else in the market.
The Managing Editor for KDVR/KWGN is responsible for overseeing content gathering, the assignment desk, planning and reporters. You’ll make decisions on stories to place the stations in a position to be the go-to authority for breaking news and weather coverage.
KDVR/KWGN produces more than 85 hours of local programming each week. Our ratings are growing, our journalists are exceptional and our entire team is on-board, excited and eager to keep moving forward. We need an experienced Managing Editor to help take us to the next level.
If it’s you – apply by clicking here.
Other News Management Openings:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (listed 9/17/17)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 9/24/17)
WTNH-TV, New Haven, CT (listed 9/3/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 9/10/17)
WICS-TV, Springfield, IL (relisted 8/6/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 9/24/17, see ad above!)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM & PM EPs, listed 8/6/17)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (AM & Senior EPs, listed 9/10/17)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 8/13/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM & PM jobs, listing revised 8/6/17)
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 (relisted 8/13/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 9/3/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 9/17/17)
WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 8/13/17)
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, see ad above!)
FORREST MONTET, father of former news director and longtime CNN executive VICKI MONTET died September 24th at the age of 88. More details about his life and career in this obituary. Vicki’s been with CNN for almost eight years, and has worked for Cox, Scripps and Gannett (now Tegna) during her career. A kind note would reach her via email: Vicki.Montet@turner.com
Names in the News (and other items):
After 31 years at WXYZ-TV (Detroit/ABC/Scripps), the last 14 as Assistant News Director, GLENN BAR retired last Friday. He began at the station as an intern and worked his way up from there. The station paid him appropriate tribute here.
GREG BALDWIN has joined WMAR-TV in Baltimore as an executive producer. He’s been an ND in Traverse City, MI, and Augusta, GA and has worked in several other markets as a news manager and producer.
KTTC-TV in Rochester, MN, has a new executive producer. NATHAN NAKAMA comes from Honolulu, where he has been a producer for two different stations. Nathan is a native of Milwaukee, though, so he’s familiar with that part of the country.
JILLIAN CORDER has been promoted to Assistant News Director at KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, LA/NBC/Raycom). She’ll continue to anchor the 4:00 and 6:00 PM newscasts.
General Manager News & Notes:
One time news director turned General Manager MIKE DEVLIN will retire at the end of the year after 12 years as GM of Tegna’s WFAA-TV in Dallas. He’s a former news director in Houston and Portland, OR. More from the Dallas Morning news in this too brief article. Mike: Does this mean you’ll finally make it to Indy for the 500? 🙂
Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:
Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, October 1, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WNJU-TV 2200 Fletcher Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 **
News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn 1 Media Crossways, Woodbury, NY 11791
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
KTXL-TV 4655 Fruitridge Road. Sacramento, CA 95820
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way Sacramento CA 95815 **
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63101
WZZM-TV 645 Three Mile Grand Rapids, MI 49544
KWCH-TV 2815 E. 37th Street North, Wichita, KS 67219
KXLY-TV 500 W. Boone Spokane, WA 99201 (see ad above!)
KOAA-TV 2200 7th Ave. Pueblo, CO 81003
KWWL-TV 500 East Fourth St. Waterloo, IA 50703
WJTV 1820 Tv Rd, Jackson, MS 39204
WNDU-TV 54516 IN-933, South Bend, IN 46637
WHBF-TV 231 18th Street Rock Island, IL 61201
WFXG-TV P.O. Box 204540 Augusta, GA 30917
KLFY-TV 1808 Eraste Landry Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
WSAW-TV, 1114 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403
WIFR-TV 2523 N Meridian Rd, Rockford, IL 61101
KTMF-TV 2200 Stephens Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster St, Dothan, AL 36303
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, Montana, 59403
**: Spanish language station