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January 26 - UPDATE

 

Big new jobs today for two former news directors.


CHAD MATTHEWS, currently the GM for WABC-TV in New York and a former ND there, has been named President of the ABC owned stations group. Details in this story from the WABC website. Chad has spent most of his career at WABC, absent a five year run as the Assistant ND for WTVJ-TV (NBC owned) in Miami. He replaces WENDY McMAHON who left to become co-head of CBS News and Stations.
Matthews

And a new job for a former news director turned general manager. DEBORAH COLLURA returns to Sacramento as GM for CBS's KOVR-KMAX-TV. She spent five years as Ass't. ND there earlier in her career before moving on to ND jobs in Minneapolis, Miami, Detroit and Houston as well as an executive news role for Post-Newsweek. Her first GM job was at WCNC-TV (Tegna/NBC) in Charlotte (4 1/2 years) and later WGCL-TV (then Meredith, now Gray/CBS) in Atlanta (1 1/2 years). More on her appointment here.
Collura
Congrats to both Chad and Deb.

We'll see you next weekend with our full report.

 

January 24, 2022

 

Hope 'BOUT those NFL playoff games?
They were interesting and we have some interesting stories this week, along with a number of new openings and new news directors.
THREE new news directors and FOUR new openings, leaving 42 stations with news director openings.
Sadly (at least for me) there are no paid help wanted ads!
However, we do welcome STRINGR back as an annual advertiser and thank then for their support. Take a second to click on their link just below to learn more about the company.
Also this week, news of the upcoming retirement of a small (but important) group CEO. Her company quickly promoted her replacement.
And there's very interesting story in Names in News (and other things):
Affiliation changes, while not new, are infrequent. But have you ever heard of one where the change took place THE VERY NEXT DAY? We've got that story below, as well as a number of news managers on the move...and a step out of the newsroom into a new venture for a three time ND.
Finally, last week (in the emailed version of the newsletter) we screwed up the last name of CHAD CROSS, who's leaving KXAN-TV in Austin, TX, to join a new CBS project. Apologies to Chad Cross and to CHAD COOK, whose name we mistakenly used. (Many of you may know Chad Cook, who is VP of Creative Services for our friends at Stephen Arnold Music.)
Newly Named News Directors:
 
WAVE-TV, Louisville, KY...Gray Television has promoted JENELLE SHRINER to news director for this NBC affiliate. It's her third ND job for the company...she's the ND at KOLD-TV (CBS) in Tucson, and first joined Raycom (which Gray later acquired) as ND at KPLC-TV (NBC) in Lake Charles, LA. She replaces DAN FABRIZIO who was promoted to ND for Gray's WSMV-TV (NBC) in Nashville after 2 1/2 years as ND here.
Shriner
WTVA-TV, Tupelo, MS....PAT PETERSON gets a new job but stays in Mississippi as he'll be the next ND for this Allen Media owned NBC/ABC operation. He's spent the last five yers as ND for WTOK-TV in Meridian, MS, and earlier worked for 16 years at WKRG-TV (CBS) in Mobile. Pat replaces LIZ ZAMORA who left in December after 2 1/2 years as news director.
Peterson
KXMB-TV, Bismarck, ND...JOSEPH RINALDI joins this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate as its next news director. He's currently a producer for Sinclair's Full Measure with Sheryl Attkisson in Washington, DC. He's also worked as a producer for Sinclair stations in Nashville and Tri-Cities, WA. Joseph also works as a contributor to USA Boxing News. We told you in November that TIA STREETER was leaving the station.
Rinaldi
New News Director Opening:

KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ...you learned above that JENELLE SHRINER is moving to sister Gray station WAVE-TV in Louisville as ND.
 
KMIR-TV, Palm Springs, CA...this Entravision owned NBC affiliate is advertising for a news director to replace GINO LAMONT who has left the station. He was promoted to ND in 2018, and first joined the station as a photographer and advanced to evening anchor, a job he continued to do while serving as news director. His replacement will be the fourth news director in five years.
Lamont
WTOK-TV, Meridian, MS...this Gray owned ABC affiliate has a news director opening. We told you earlier that PAT PETERSON was leaving to become ND for WTVA-TV in Tupelo, MS.
 
KAEF-TV, Eureka, CA...NAZY JAVID is leaving one Sinclair Broadcasting station for another. She's been the ND and anchor here and is moving to KRCR-TV in Redding, CA, where she will anchor the morning newscast and also serve as the assistant news director.
Javid

News Management Openings:

 

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, CA (Digital AND, relisted 1/16/22)

WDCW/WDVM-TV, Washington, DC (listed 12/26/21)

KCNC-TV, Denver, CO (listed 1/23/22)

WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 12/26/21)

WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 11/21/21)

WNCN-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 1/23/22)

WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 12/26/21)

WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (relisted 12/12/21)

WGNO-TV, New Orleans, LA (listed 1/9/22)

WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 12/26/21)

KOLR-TV, Springfield, MO (relisted 1/9/22)

KNWA-TV, Fayetteville, AR (listed 1/9/22)

KATC-TV, Lafayette, LA (listed 1/23/22)

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WPIX-TV, New York, NY (Digital EP, listed 1/9/22)

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH (Nightside EP, listed 1/23/22)

KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 1/9/22)

Spectrum News, Charlotte, NC (relisted 11/21/21)

WTTV/WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 12/12/21)

WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (listed 1/9/22)

WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (Streaming EP, listed 12/19/21)

KCTV, Kansas City, MO (AM EP, relisted 12/5/21)

KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 1/23/22)

WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (relisted 11/28/21)

KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (relisted 1/9/22)

WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 12/19/21)

WDKY-TV, Lexington, KY (AM EP, listed 12/19/21)

WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (relisted 1/9/22)

WAFF-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 11/28/21)

KRGV-TV, Weslaco, TX (AM EP, listed 1/16/22)

WCIA-TV, Champaign, IL (AM EP, relisted 12/26/21)

WSAV-TV, Savannah, GA (relisted 11/21/21)

WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, TN (listed 1/23/22)

KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted 11/21/21)

WSYM-TV, Lansing, MI (Digital EP, listing modified 12/26/21)

WHBF-TV, Rock Island, IL (Digital EP, relisted 12/12/21)

KADN/KLAF-TV, Lafayette, LA (relisted 12/12/21)

KATC-TV, Lafayette, LA (relisted 1/23/22)

KERO-TV, Bakersfield, CA (relisted 12/12/21)

KGET-TV, Bakersfield, CA (listed 1/9/22)

KFDX-TV, Wichita Falls, TX (listed 1/9/22)

WTWO-TV, Terre Haute, IN (Digital EP, listed 11/14/21)

 

MANAGING EDITOR:

KTNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 1/23/22)

 

Other News Management Openings:

Relisted 1/23/22:

New York 1, New York, NY (Sr. Producer, Mornings on 1)

KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA: (Digital Content Director)

Listed 1/9/22:

WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI: (Senior Manager of Investigative and Enterprise Content)

Listed 12/26/21:

WIS-TV, Columbia, SC: Digital Content Manager

Listed 12/19/21:

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: Director of Innovation News Center

Listed 12/12/21:

E.W. Scripps, Cincinnati, OH: National Director of News Platform Strategies and Special Projects

Relisted 12/12/21:

WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (Digital Content Manager)

Listed 12/5/21:

News Nation, Chicago, IL: (News Director - Digital)

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH: (Digital Content Director)

Relisted 12/5/12:

KCTV, Kansas City, MO (Digital Content Manager)

Relisted 11/28/21:

KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA: (Digital Content Director)

Listed 11/21/21:

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (Assistant Professor)

 

 

Names in the News (and other things):
 
A fairly unusual affiliation switch in tiny Marquette, MI (#183). Nexstar's WJMN-TV announced last Thursday it would no longer be a CBS affiliate, EFFECTIVE THE VERY NEXT DAY! Lilly Broadcasting's WZMQ-TV soon after claimed the affiliation, and has announced plans to expand local news coverage. That would leave FOUR stations doing news in that small market. Learn more in this story from Northpine.com
JEFF GURNEY has been named Assistant News Director for CBS's KCNC-TV in Denver. He's been an EP there and succeeds KRISTINE STRAIN who will be his new boss as she was named ND late last year. Here's the news release. Jeff first joined KCNC in 2000 after beginning his career as a reporter. He later transition to producing in Tennessee and Miami.
Gurney

MICHAEL “MACE” MACIEJEWSKI returns to Orlando as an Executive Producer for Live Now on Fox. He's been the Assistant ND at Nexstar's WNCN-TV (NBC) in Raleigh for the last two years, but spent five years as the Assistant ND at WFTV (ABC) in Orlando. Mace has also been an EP in Charlotte, and a producer in Philadelphia, Boston, and Buffalo.
 
A number of management promotions at Scripps:
SEAN HIRSHBERG is bumped up to Assistant ND for KSHB-TV (NBC) in Kansas City. He's been an EP there.
NICOLE BUCKLEY becomes Assistant ND (they call it Editorial Director) at Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV (NBC). She has been Senior Manager of Enterprise and Investigative Content. Here's the note from News Director TIM VETSCHER.

And CBS named new leadership for CBS Newspath, CBS News streaming and a new bureau chief in Washington.
Veteran newswoman CONNIE HOWARD is leaving the newsroom and starting her own endeavor as an Executive Coach for Connie Howard Executive Coaching. She's spent the last 6+ years as an EP for NBC's WRC-TV in Washington. Connie's a former news director in Baltimore, Raleigh, and Birmingham, and worked in New York City, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. Friends can wish her well via an email sent here.
Howard

 

General Manager News and Notes:

EMILY BARR has announced her retirement. She's been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations) since 2012 after a long stretch running ABC stations, specifically powerhouse WLS-TV in Chicago for 15 years and almost three years in charge of WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham. She also worked in management for WMAR-TV in Baltimore.
Barr
The company named CATHERINE BALDAMENTE to replace her. She's a 22 year veteran of the company, joining in 2000 and, since 2009, overseeing Graham's digital products.
Learn more about both Emily and Catherine in the company news release.
Baldamente

 

Our List of Open News Director Jobs:

Here's our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, January 23, 2022:

 

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: rick@rickgevers.com

 

News 12 Long Island, 1 Media Crossways Woodbury, NY 11797

KCBS/KCAL-TV 4200 Radford Ave. Studio City, CA 91604

KPIX-TV 855 Battery St. San Francisco, CA 94111

KIAH-TV 7700 Westpark Drive Houston, TX 77063

KGTV 4600 Air Way, San Diego, CA 92102

WSYX-TV 1261 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

WPBF-TV 3970 RCA Blvd, Suite 7007 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

KXAN-TV 908 W MLK Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78701

WDRB-TV 624 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Louisville, Ky. 40203

WMC-TV 1960 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104

WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202

WLNE-TV 10 Orms St. Providence, RI 02904

WYMT-TV 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701

KOLD-TV 7831 N. Business Park Drive; Tucson, AZ 85743

WOI-TV 3903 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

KHQ-TV 1201 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

KMTV 10714 Mockingbird Drive Omaha, NE 68127

KOLR-TV 2650 E. Division Springfield, MO 65803

KVEO/KGBT-TV 9201 W. Expressway 83. Harlingen, TX 78552 **

WSIL-TV 1416 Country Aire Dr. Carterville, IL 62918

KXXV-TV 1909 S. New Rd. Waco, TX 76711

WAND-TV 904 South Side Dr. Decatur, IL 62521

KWWL-TV 511 E 5th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703

KWQC-TV 805 Brady St. Davenport, IA 52803

KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Dr., Reno, NV 89502

KNDO/KNDU 216 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

KAPP/KVEW-TV 601 N. Edison Kennewick, WA 99336

KERO-TV 321 21st St. Bakersfield, CA 93301

WLTZ-TV 6140 Buena Vista Rd. Columbus, GA 31907

KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101

KRCG-TV 10188 Old Highway 54 North. New Bloomfield, MO 65063

KMIR-TV 72920 Park View Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260

KCBD-TV 5600 Avenue A Lubbock, TX 79404

KBMT-TV 525 Interstate 10 South, Beaumont, TX 77701

KIMT-TV 135 E William St. Albert Lea, MN 56007

KTTC-TV 6301 Bandel Road NW Rochester, MN 55901

KOAM-TV 2950 NE Highway 69 Pittsburg, KS 66762

KALB-TV 605 Washington Street; Alexandria, LA 71301

WETM-TV 101 East Water Street Elmira, NY 14901

WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301

Delta News 837 Washington Ave Greenville, MS 38701

KAEF-TV 540 E Street Eureka, CA 95501

**: Spanish language station

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