Assistant News Director

Date Posted: 9/4/2019

Job Description

KREM, the TEGNA-owned, CBS affiliate in Spokane, WA has an immediate opening for an Assistant News Director.  This person will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the newsroom with the Executive News Director.  The Assistant News Director will coordinate daily news coverage, have a passion for innovation, possess the ability to motivate and coach our staff of multi-skilled journalists, and oversee content gathering across all platforms.  The ideal candidate must be a creative thinker willing to embrace challenges and understand how to leverage resources to win the day.  The ideal candidate always leads from the front by showcasing their own examples of great writing, producing and multi-platform coverage often.  The Assistant News Director will understand what it means to “own” the big story, dominate severe weather coverage, and be the market leader in enterprise reporting.  You’ll also help the Executive News Director with the development and execution of long-term newsroom strategy, overseeing special projects and writing promotion for special reports and investigations.  As a key member of our leadership team, we are seeking candidates with a vision for the future of news, emphasizing new technology, a digital-first approach, and creative storytelling.  People skills are a must—the Assistant News Director will have to work closely with other station departments to manage and solve challenges affecting the newsroom and news product.  You will also perform the duties of the News Director in his absence.  At least 5 years of experience in television news is required. 



Job Requirements


  • Lead teams in the creation of engaging, unique newscasts and digital segments evoking emotion
  • Coach and inspire on-air talent
  • Produce news stories for on-air broadcast and digital platforms when needed
  • Use the latest editing and visual tools to tell great stories
  • Use creative production techniques such as graphics and new forms of media (viewer pictures, webcam interviews, etc.) to enhance stories
  • Enterprise news stories
  • Write and teach staff to write in an exciting, captivating and authentic manner for broadcast
  • Train show producers
  • Attention to detail for accuracy and clarity
  • Use consumer analytics in the editorial process
  • Research and teach how to research for facts and credibility
  • Skillfully use social media and digital tools to research, discover and distribute content
  • Write and post daily on all digital platforms including social media
  • Calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events
  • Create staff coverage plans for major events
  • Produce all news/community specials outside of newscasts
  • Act as the organizational link between Director of Community Marketing and newsroom
  • Create and maintain  newsroom efficiencies and systems
  • Perform other tasks as required by News Director
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 30 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit


TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.


Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 9/4/2019

About Us

Where you choose to live and work are some of the most important decisions in life.  If you are looking to align yourself with a company culture that promotes career advancement of top performers, this is home.  Whether you are seeking a career as a journalist, a sales/marketing executive or a social media/digital guru, KREM 2 offers a career launch pad through TEGNA’s family of media and digital properties in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.  Inviting smart, creative and diverse professionals to develop innovative content, marketing strategies and new technologies is our recruiting priority

Taking care of you, your spouse or partner and your dependents is important and supported by KREM 2’s benefit plans for qualified employees.  Options include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability insurance and long-term disability insurance.   We also offer paid vacation and holidays, sick leave and a generous 401K Savings Plan and other benefits.  

KREM 2 is the CBS affiliate serving the Inland Northwest.  Located in Spokane, the station has a rich history of interactive service with the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene region for over 60 years.  It is our privilege and promise to serve this extraordinary community through our partnerships with numerous non-profit organizations and social service agencies.   To give you a better feel for our news market, Spokane is the second largest city in Washington State and enjoys four distinct weather seasons for outdoor enthusiasts.   Spokane is home to the largest medical hub between Seattle and Minneapolis, Fairchild Air Force Base, a significant higher education, high-tech and agriculture base.