Assistant News Director

WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee is searching for an Assistant News Director to join our Content Team. This role is responsible for leading daily editorial, bringing our Straight from the Heart brand to life, and management of an award-winning newsroom. This role reports to the News Director.


  • Develop and execute long-term newsroom strategy
  • Oversee the daily editorial process
  • Oversee the on-air execution of newscasts
  • Train, develop, and coach the newsroom team
  • Source and 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 company policies, industry codes, FCC rules, and station brand values
  • Direct newsroom operations and schedules

  • 7 years news industry experience with 5 years of management experience
  • Track record of quality journalism and highest integrity and ethical decisions

    Additional Or Preferred Qualifications
  • Conversant in the responsibilities of every newsroom role - assignment desk, engineering, production, reporting, photojournalism, anchoring, video editing, directing, graphics production, promotions, etc.
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events
  • Strong planning and team organization skills
  • Experience with consumer analytics, social media, and digital tools
  • Strong writing and editing skills for broadcast, social and digital platforms.
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, related field, and/or news leadership experience preferred

    About TEGNA

    TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 63 television stations in 51 U.S. markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 network affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately 39 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks True Crime Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, digital and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA's OTT advertising service. 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.
Full time
Knoxville, TN 37955, US