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News Director at KING 5

News Director

KING 5 Seattle, WA Full Time
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KING 5 is looking for an experienced, dynamic, innovative, enterprise minded News Director to lead day-to-day editorial coverage, while overseeing content creation and distribution across multiple platforms.  Our ideal candidate is a proven editorial leader with strong news judgment, a deep commitment for public-service accountability reporting and a passion for innovation. We have our eyes firmly fixed on the future, always looking for brand new ways to inform and engage our diverse audiences.


In addition to overseeing the vision and strategy for KING 5’s editorial coverage, the News Director will collaborate with our Digital Media Director, Marketing Director and Local Programming Director to ensure we deliver on KING 5’s Stand for Truth brand promise.


We are a 24/7 news operation across all screens and our newsroom leader must embrace creative storytelling and investigative journalism as key components of KING 5’s digital and linear news presence.  If you have strong editorial decision-making skills, a proven track record of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to lead KING 5’s respected journalists to tell stories in a unique and engaging way, then this is the role for you!

Job Responsibilities

  • Coach, mentor and develop newsroom managers and employees.
  • Lead the newsroom to create unique, engaging, and strong public-service accountability reporting to grow a loyal audience and set KING 5 apart from competitors.
  • Make certain diversity of voices are part of the editorial process and that our daily news coverage reflects the diversity of our audience.    
  • Ensure that the news team is on top of breaking news and story leads. 
  • Hold newsroom employees accountable to KING 5 and TEGNA’s ethical and editorial standards.
  • Grow newscast broadcast share and digital audience key performance indicators.
  • Align resources and workflows to deliver news and information in a 24/7 news environment.
  • Hire newsroom talent and proactively network with diverse candidates and local journalism organizations to improve our candidate pipeline. 
  • Conduct regular reviews of news content with Digital Media Director, Local Programming Director and Marketing Director to ensure we are delivering on our brand tenets.  
  • Communicate and coach the news content team on KING 5 and TEGNA’s content initiatives.
  • Collaborate with content leaders across TEGNA to maximize the sharing of our content and to leverage innovation and best practices among stations.



 Required / Minimum Requirements

  • 7-10 years of news content experience, including generation of original content.
  • 3+ years of experience supervising and leading journalists.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to lead with empathy while managing and navigating multiple priorities, including breaking news environments.
  • Have a deep understanding of tenets of journalism, journalism ethics and broadcast law.
  • Proven ability to develop a content strategy and drive accountability.
  • Proven track record of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Solid journalistic and content judgment that emphasizes accurate, fair and unique local content, along with community engagement.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Passion and vision for emerging media and new storytelling techniques.
  • Understanding of digital production and all current digital platforms.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field and news leadership experience.

Compensation and Benefits

We are offering a competitive salary along with benefits such as paid time away from work, health savings account, 401K, paid parental leave, fertility and family planning care, adoption assistance, tuition assistance and student loan refinancing.

This position is salaried.


We are an equal opportunity employer

There's one more, very important thing. We are an equal opportunity employer. We search for amazing people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We take care of each other to create an inclusive work environment where we love to come to work every day.



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 64 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 [ Link removed ] - URL blocked - click to apply.


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.

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