BigWigs & New Gigs: Media
WISH-TV News Adds Two Veterans
WISH-TV News 8 in Indianapolis has named Erika Facey-Palmer (pictured) manager of content and Katie Simon Daybreak executive producer. Facey-Palmer has more than 15 years of editorial and management experience and most recently worked at WXIA in Atlanta. She received her bachelor of science broadcast journalism degree from Andrews University and her master of arts in mass communication from New York University.
Emmis Promotes Senior VP
Emmis Communications has promoted Traci Thomson to senior vice president, human resources. Thomson has served in various roles in her 15 years with the company, including VP, Human resources. She previously served in different roles with First Indiana Bank. Thomson holds degrees from IUPUI.
Colts Name Overton As Producer
The Indianapolis Colts have named Larra Overton as the team's new producer and on-air talent. Overton currently is a sports reporter and anchor for Fox59 WXIN/CBS4 WTTV. She will serve as producer for Colts Productions and will serve as the television sideline reporter for preseason broadcasts and radio sideline reporter for regular season games. Overton holds two degrees from Indiana University.
WTHR-TV Promotes Rosetti to News Director
Jeff Rosetti has been promoted to news director at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. He has been assistant news director since 2011. Rosetti came to WTHR-TV in 2011 from CNN’s Washington D.C. news bureau, where he served as senior broadcast producer for CNN’s Reliable Sources. Prior to that he was executive producer at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. and WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Moss Joins WNDU-TV as Evening Anchor
WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, has named Lauren Moss evening anchor, when Maureen McFadden retires later this spring. Moss comes to WNDU from KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa where she anchored and produced the weekend newscasts. In addition to anchoring, she created compelling content weekly as a multimedia journalist.
IIB Hires Merritt McLaughlin
Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of Inside INdiana Business, has hired Merritt McLaughlin as writer/reporter. McLaughlin is a recent Ball State University graduate who has previously worked as a writer for Indianapolis Monthly and Ball State's Ball Bearings Magazine.
Tracy Chen Promoted to Vice President
Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products, has promoted Tracy Chen to vice president of broadcast operations. In her new role, she will continue to serve as executive producer of the Emmy-award winning Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick television show and also lead efforts to expand on-the-road and in-market broadcasts statewide.
WISH-TV Promotes Three Anchors
WISH-TV, the Indianapolis CW affiliate, has announced new Daybreak anchor roles for Kylie Conway (pictured), Drew Blair (pictured) and Brenna Donnelly. Conway joins Scott Sander as lead co-anchor, for News 8’s Daybreak. Drew Blair has been named the third anchor for the weekday morning newscast. Also, Brenna Donnelly has been named weekend Daybreak anchor.
Two Meteorologists Join WISH-TV
WISH-TV, the Indianapolis CW affiliate, has added meteorologists Ashley Brown and Tara Hastings. Brown is an Indianapolis native. She attended North Central High School and Ball State University. She previously worked at WLWT in Cincinnati. Hastings grew up in Hammond and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. She comes from sister station WDTN in Dayton, Ohio.
Tom McClanahan to Retire
After some 47 years at WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Tom McClanahan has announced his retirement. Now an anchor for sister station WAWV, McClanahan was WTWO's senior weekday anchor for 26 years, until 2008. The Indiana State University graduate is a Sullivan County native who also briefly worked at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute and in cable advertising sales. Since 1971, McClanahan's duties have included news photographer, reporter, anchor, sports director and account executive.
WFYI Names Side Effects Managing Editor
WFYI Public Media has named Dave Rosenthal Side Effects Public Media managing editor. Side Effects is a health news initiative led by WFYI that produces stories heard on WFYI 90.1 FM and seen at wfyi.org and sideeffectsnews.org. He brings a wealth of journalism and editing experience to his new role. Rosenthal most recently served as senior director of news and public affairs for WBFO/WNED Public Broadcasting in Buffalo, New York, and as managing editor for Great Lakes Today.
Maureen McFadden Announces Retirement
A familiar face to news viewers in Michiana will retire after nearly 40 years. Maureen McFadden says she will finish her career at WNDU in South Bend early next year. She announced the decision this week, saying she would retire once her three sons were out of college. A St. Mary’s College graduate, McFadden began her career as a morning anchor at U93 in South Bend, a radio station she and her husband eventually owned.
WOWO Names 'Morning News' Host
The program and news director of WOWO radio in Fort Wayne has been named host of the station's morning show. Kayla Blakeslee will lead Fort Wayne's Morning News, succeeding longtime host Charly Butcher, who passed away in August. Blakeslee has served as the station's program director for the past two years, and previously served as news director and afternoon anchor.
Emmis Makes Promotions
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications has promoted David Wood (pictured) to director of programming for Indy Radio. He will continue to serve as program director of WIBC. Sean Copeland has been promoted to program director of B105.7, while continuing to host the morning show. Matt Hibbeln has been promoted to assistant program director of WIBC. Also, Eric Allen (pictured) has been named new afternoon drive host and music director of B105.7.
WFYI Chief Announces Retirement
The chief executive officer of WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis has announced plans to retire after 30 years. Lloyd Wright says he will step down in 2019, after working with the organization's board of directors in the search for his successor. Wright joined WFYI in 1988 as director of program production and was named president and CEO the following year.
WTHR-TV Names General Sales Manager
WTHR-TV has promoted Brent Denny to general sales manager. He most recently served as national sales manager. Denny has held leadership roles in the television industry for the past 22 years. Before joining WTHR in 2014, he served as director of national and regional sales for WISH-TV and WNDY.
Digital News Association Hires Strategic Director
The Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation will have their first director for strategic initiatives beginning June 4th. Tara Puckey was chosen for the position. She most recently served as interim executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists. Puckey began with SPJ as a member strategist, and later became an associate executive director before filling the interim position in the fall of 2017.
Quattrocchi Signs Off at WLFI
A longtime television news anchor in the Lafayette market is leaving. Gina Quattrocchi, who has spent nearly 20 years with WLFI in West Lafayette, signed off Wednesday morning. The Lafayette native is a Purdue University graduate and began working for the station in 1998. Ten years after starting with WLFI, she left the business for two years before returning to the anchor chair and launching a community-focused series of stories called "Heroes Among Us."
Veteran Indy TV Anchor to Retire
A longtime Indianapolis television news anchor has announced his retirement. John Stehr, who began working at WTHR-TV in 1995, will anchor his final newscast June 20 after more than four decades in broadcasting. Though he is stepping down from his daily role at WTHR, Stehr will continue to be a regular contributor for various community events and special coverage at the station. He came to WTHR after serving as a network correspondent and anchor for CBS News in New York.
Schurz Communication Inc. Appoints GM
Larry Hensley has been appointed general manager of Schurz Communications Inc.’s Hoosier Times Group. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of The Herald-Times, the Times-Mail, the Martinsville Reporter-Times, the Mooresville Times and the Spencer Evening World group. Hensley began his career in 2007 with Schurz Communications as CFO responsible for the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Gaylord newspapers.
WISH-TV Names Evening News Anchor
WISH-TV has named Mike Barz anchor of the evening news. His appointment is effective March 26. He is an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter and has more than 24 years in the television business. He most recently anchored evening newscasts at KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV, in Denver.
Grow INdiana Media Ventures Adds to Team
Grow INdiana Media Ventures, LLC, the parent of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products, has named Reed Parker a writer and reporter. He most recently served as a radio news anchor and reporter for Emmis Communications Corp. Parker also served as news director for WITZ/WQKZ in Jasper and at WMOK in Illinois.
WFYI Names Slade Chief Development Officer
WFYI has named David Slade chief development officer. He has experience in fundraising and community engagement and most recently served as national manager of major gifts, partnership marketing and communications for the United States Tennis Association Foundation.
Lakeshore Public Media Promotes Burbridge
Merrillville-based Lakeshore Public Media, local public broadcast television and radio stations, has promoted Wende Burbridge to vice president of development. She will have the primary responsibilities for program and membership support as well as grant management for Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio. Burbridge first joined the organization in 2004 as an account representative and quickly rose to several supervisory and management positions.
TagStation Names Senior VP
Lisa Pike has joined TagStation LLC as senior vice president for revenue development. In this newly-created role, she will drive business development initiatives with leading data attribution platforms, brands, agencies, automotive, media and technology companies to enhance NextRadios relevance, reach and revenue. She previously worked at Canonical as director of business development for Cloud Channels.
WBAA Names Miles General Manager
Richard Miles has been named general manager of Purdue University’s public radio station WBAA. With 29 years of experience in public radio management, he previously served as chair of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations and held various senior positions as vice president of interactive media and content strategy and vice president of audio services and TV programming at WFYI Indianapolis.
Michael Grady Heading to Big Apple
An Indianapolis native who has covered sports in the city and state for nearly 15 years is moving on to the country's largest media market. Michael Grady has served as the Indiana Pacers public address announcer since 2010, has taken a job as sideline reporter for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES Network in New York. He has been co-host of the Grady and Big Joe Show on 1070 The Fan, and was a sports anchor/reporter for WRTV6.
David Barras to Sign Off in Indy
A well-known Indianapolis news anchor has announced his retirement. David Barras started at WISH-TV in 1980 and after nearly four decades of covering stories in central Indiana called his decision bittersweet and said he and his wife, who recently retired, are looking forward to "the next chapter of our lives." Prior to working at WISH-TV, Barras launched his media career at WTVW-TV in Evansville.
Helen Wells Agency Names CEO
Indianapolis-based Helen Wells Agency has named Lisa Burns chief executive officer and president. The Helen Wells Agency, founded in 1980, has long been the leading firm placing actors, models and other talent with a host of national and regional advertisers, marketing firms, movie and television producers. Burns previously served as advancement director and executive director of the former Russian Ballet Academy (succeeded by Indianapolis Ballet Conservatory).
WFYI Names Chief Content Officer
WFYI Public Media has named Matt Shafer Powell chief content officer. He brings 30 years of experience in electronic media production and management. Powell has spent the last 14 years as news director at WUOT in Knoxville. He is a national and regional Edward R. Murrow Award-winning producer for excellence in broadcast journalism.
Veteran Indy Broadcaster Stepping Down
A longtime television broadcaster in Indianapolis has announced he is leaving. On his Facebook page, Bruce Kopp says he is moving on from WTHR-TV after 34 years in order to "pursue other promising career opportunities." Kopp joined WTHR in 1983 as a business reporter and, since 1990, has anchored the Eyewitness News "Sunrise" program.
iHeartMedia Indianapolis Names President
iHeartMedia Indianapolis has named Brad Polston market president. He has more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, most recently serving as general manager for Comcast Spotlight in Indianapolis. Prior to that, Polston held a variety of sales management positions in Colorado, Utah and the Baltimore region.
Klotz Joins WFYI
WFYI has named Andy Klotz director of the marketing and promotions department. He most recently served as media relations manager with Angie’s List here in Indianapolis. Klotz comes to WFYI with a career of experience in marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. His professional background includes years of radio and television experience as reporter, anchor, producer, host and announcer with several stations.
New Host Selected For Indiana Week in Review
WFYI Public Media has announced Indiana Public Broadcasting Reporter Brandon Smith will take over hosting duties of the longtime political program Indiana Week in Review. Smith succeeds Jim Shella, who is retiring next month after more than 25 years as host.
Indianapolis Monthly Names Editor-in-Chief
Indianapolis Monthly has promoted Michael Rubino to editor-in-chief. He joined the magazine as associate editor in 2007. Over the last 10 years, Rubino has held a number of positions at IM, most recently serving as senior editor. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, ESPN.com, and has been noted by the Best American Sports Writing anthology.
Inside INdiana Business Adds to Content Team
Grow INdiana Media Ventures, parent of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products, has announced the hiring of Mary-Rachel Redman as field reporter and multimedia journalist. In this new role, she will provide video coverage of breaking news as well as scheduled and feature news events across the IIB platform, including daily content for the INside Edge and www.InsideINdianaBusiness.com and appearances on the Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick television program.
Lakeshore Public Media Hires Two
Wende Burbridge and Martin Oleksy have joined the corporate support staff for Lakeshore Public Media. Burbridge previously worked as director of development at a private high school where she established fundraising practices. She has nearly twenty years experience in the non-profit sector. Oleksy previously worked for the public relations and advertising agencies GOLIN and DRAFTFCB.
IMS Productions Hires Former ESPN VP
IMS Productions has hired Rich Feinberg as vice president and executive producer. He most recently spent 23 years at ESPN in various roles, including for the past eight years as vice president of production. During his time at ESPN, Feinberg’s team created the look and feel of what sports fans saw on their television, computer, tablet and smart phone when they tuned into ESPN's media platforms.
Sarkes Tarzian–Fort Wayne Names Director of Sales
Bart Schacht III has been promoted to director of sales at radio stations 101.7 (WLDE), Majic 95.1 (WAJI) and Alt 99.5 (WAJI-HD2). He recently served as account executive at Sarkes-Tarzian-Fort Wayne and previously managed sales teams in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Indianapolis.
iHeartMedia Names Senior VP of Programming
iHeartMedia has announced Mike Killabrew has been named senior vice president of programming for Indianapolis. He will also serve as program director for WFBQ-FM and WOLT-FM. Killabrew has more than 20 years of experience in the radio industry, most recently serving as program director for iHeartMedia’s KPTL-FM and KXNO-AM in Des Moines.
Journal & Courier Selects News Director
The Journal & Courier in Lafayette has announced the hiring of George Spohr as news director. He was previously executive editor of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Spohr has worked several years in different capacities as a business, police and general assignment reporter; night editor; business editor and executive editor.
UIndy Radio Station Names Programming Director
Henri Pensis has been named director of programming for University of Indianapolis public radio station WICR-FM/HD. He has served as station manager at public stations WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Florida and WWNO-FM in New Orleans.