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Assistant News Director, WHAS 11 – Louisville, KY

WHAS, the TEGNA-owned ABC affiliate in Louisville, KY is seeking an Assistant News Director to join our award-wining team.

It’s the city that hosts the Kentucky Derby, the Bourbon trail, and often March Madness. It’s also a big news city, with a strong culture of local journalism.

You must be a passionate, experienced journalist who’s great at managing people and growing talent. This person will be driven to provide the very best news coverage possible across all platforms, making sure our content reflects the diverse communities we represent. This role is responsible for leading daily editorial conversations, bringing our ‘On Your Side” brand to life and manage our growing newsroom. This person also plays an important part in the station’s recruiting efforts.



  • Collaborate to execute long-term newsroom strategy
  • Oversee the daily editorial process
  • Oversee the on-air execution of newscasts
  • Implement innovative and creative ways for the news department to tell the stories of our community across all platforms.
  • Train, develop and coach the newsroom team with a focus on mentoring content creators across all platforms to elevate writing, crafting and storytelling
  • Recruit top notch journalists
  • Participate in coordinating all aspects of coverage, from breaking news to enterprise story production and news specials.
  • Ensure that news coverage meets the brand, company policies, industry codes, FCC rules and station values
  • Direct newsroom operations, review scripts and manage schedules
  • Work with the news director and other managers to establish newsroom goals and work to develop and further brand



  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, related field and/or news leadership experience
  • 5+ years of industry experience with leadership/management experience
  • Track record of quality journalism, high integrity and ethical decision making
  • Passion for growing journalists and fostering a creative and positive newsroom environment
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Travel: Rarely: less than 10%
  • Work Environment Set: Office: normally performed in a typical interior/office environment
  • Physical Demands Set: Sedentary work: Involves sitting most of the time; walking, lifting, bending, standing, etc.

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