Full Time Job

News Director


Cheyenne, WY 10-31-2023
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
News Director - KGWN

About KGWN:

KGWN is located in Cheyenne Wyoming with a bureau in Casper Wyoming and a newsroom in Scottsbluff Nebraska. Wyoming News Now and NBC Nebraska are the dominant broadcasting outlets in Wyoming and the panhandle of Nebraska. Our departments work together as a team to serve our community. We are involved with local non-profits like Food Bank of Wyoming, Special Olympics Wyoming, and Make a Wish of Wyoming. We work hard and we also like to have fun together. Wyoming is our home, and we strive every day to make it an even better place to live and work.

KGWN is located in Cheyenne Wyoming home of the daddy of them all, Cheyenne Frontier Days, One of the largest rodeos and outdoor music festivals in the country. At the gateway to all Wyoming and all the front range has to offer Cheyenne is the state capital and a short drive from the University of Wyoming. Just an hour and a half from the Denver airport where there are direct flights to most of the country.

Job Summary/Description:

The successful candidate will be a hands-on news manager who has a proven track record for coaching and developing talent, solid journalism skills, planning, the desire and ability to own the big news story, and a passion for breaking news and weather. In this role, you will supervise the creation of the Wyoming News Now newscasts that are shared and the unique newscasts we produce for Casper, Cheyenne, and Scottsbluff. The primary production is in Cheyenne with a news bureau in Casper and a newsroom with unique weekday production in Scottsbluff.

Duties/Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
* Experience establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them
* Ability to identify the developmental needs of others and to coach, mentor, or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills
* Experience preparing and maintaining departmental budgets
* Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and other office equipment
* Experience with executing a Breaking News Strategy
* Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
* Ability to effectively listen to fully understand employee needs and communicate with a team to shape a solution
* Ability to develop a creative news strategy based on research and follow station brand and execute during all newscasts.
* Candidate will also be responsible for the following:
* Leads and supervises all aspects of news, weather, and sports programming production
* Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production)
* Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department
* Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion, and termination of employees
* Develop news coverage strategy for the station and its website
* Critiques newscasts daily to correct errors, improve coverage, and provide mentoring feedback to news staff
* Assigns projects to staff and verifies that deadlines are being met
* Ensures achievement of viewer rating goals
* Determines programming and evaluation of equipment needs to produce quality programming
* Responds to coverage questions
* Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals
* Performs other duties as assigned
* Is extremely detailed oriented
* The ability to manage breaking news to include ongoing/continuous coverage for several hours at a time.

* Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience
* Fluency in English
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
* Minimum five years experience in news programming production, with at least two years experience in a leadership role
* Experience guiding, directing, and motivating teams, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the

Qualified, interested applicants may go to, you may type in the job title, station call letters, or click on ''apply now'', upload your resume, cover letter, and references

(Current employees who are interested in this position can apply through the Gray-TV UltiPro self-service portal)

KGWN-TV/Gray Television, Inc. is a drug-free company

Gray Television encourages all new employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus virus prior by the first workday.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gw2wny-44-197-101-251-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Gray Television supports local community interests by providing quality television broadcasting and exceptional service in each market we serve. Gray owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 93 television markets including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets. We are an unmatched broadcast pioneer that keeps getting bigger and better.