News Director

Date Posted: 5/24/2019

Job Description

9NEWS (KUSA & KTVD) Denver, a TEGNA Media Company, is looking for an experienced, motivated News Director to lead day-to-day editorial coverage, while overseeing content creation and distribution across multiple platforms.

We are looking for a leader who embraces creative storytelling and investigative journalism as key components of newscasts as well as digital and social platforms. 

Our ideal candidate is a proven editorial leader with strong news judgment, a deep understanding of video or television storytelling and a passion for innovation. The News Director will work in partnership with the Digital Content Director local editorial execution and report to the Director of Content, who is responsible for the overall content strategy. Together, they will lead the content teams in the reporting of engaging and unique content to a multi-platform audience. 

9NEWS and TEGNA are re-imagining local news in the digital age— thinking big and being bold to deliver content to our audience on multiple platforms.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strategically lead, inspire and manage News Department.  Lead a competitive spirit in everything we do
  • Lead the newsroom in execution of the station’s brand
  • Lead the newsroom to create unique, engaging and rich storytelling experiences to grow a loyal audience across all platforms
  • Direct the newsgathering team to ensure we are serving our audience and to keep on top of breaking news and story leads
  • Work with the Director of Content to set strategy to increase ratings growth for all time periods
  • Collaborate with Digital Content Director on editorial strategy for daily content creation and distribution across all platforms
  • Be the voice of innovation in the newsroom and inspire others to follow your lead
  • Develop and implement workflows that deliver our content 24/7 across current and future platforms with storytelling that is optimized for each screen
  • Partner with the Digital Content Director to use data to inform editorial decisions
  • Lead the content team in identifying new content types and innovative formats and tools that help us reach and serve new audiences
  • Collaborate with content leaders across TEGNA to maximize the sharing of our content and to leverage innovation and best practices among stations
  • Teach, coach, and mentor the entire newsroom in best practices for writing and producing content
  • Hold newsroom employees accountable to TEGNA’s ethical and editorial standards




Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree and news leadership experience preferred. 
  • 7-10 years of content experience, including generation of original content, and 2-3 years managing other journalists.  Proven track record of holding people accountable.
  • Successful innovative leadership and staff and product development skills. 
  • Exceptional planning and execution skills.
  • Outstanding communicator
  • Be an proven,  courageous innovator in developing shows, content, text and community events.
  • Be a proven winner in breaking news content on all platforms
  • Have a history of hiring the best and brightest journalists storytellers and video producers
  • Solid journalistic judgement and a news philosophy that emphasizes accurate, fair and unique local content, along with community engagement. 
  • Experience in photojournalism, editing, and content management systems.
  • Understanding of the tenets of professional journalism.
  • Skills in producing engaging, content-driven newscasts and digital content.
  • Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter and Facebook. 
  • Knowledge of ENPS, Edius and Axis graphics a plus.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to work under time pressure deadlines.
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events. 

About TEGNA:

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

About Us

9NEWS (KUSA) is the NBC affiliate in Denver and is owned by TEGNA.  Colorado’s News Leader for over 60 years, 9NEWS signed on the air in 1952 as KBTV, changing to KUSA in 1984.  9NEWS broadcasts KUSA (9.1), 9NEWS NOW (9.2), The Justice Network (9.3), KTVD (20.1) and MeTV (20.2).  Additionally 9NEWS operates the website 9NEWS.COM and has a strong social media presence.

At 9NEWS, all of us are here for something greater than ourselves – the opportunity to serve the greater good of our communities. Day in and day out, you will find people dedicated to improving our communities with passion for advocacy, pride in community service and above all, excellence in journalism.