News director exiting Fox59 for consulting job in Florida

Kerri Cavanaugh is exiting her post as vice president of news for Tribune Broadcasting’s local stations, WXIN-TV Channel 59 and WTTV-TV Channel 4.

Cavanaugh, who did not return a call seeking comment, told the WXIN/WTTV staff in a letter last week that she was departing to take a job as a senior consultant for the Florida office of Magid, a Minneapolis-based consumer research and consulting firm with several offices nationwide. Her last day at WXIN/WTTV is Oct. 12.

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Cavanaugh joined WXIN in 2013—replacing Lee Rosenthal, and also became head of news for WTTV, when it began doing local newscasts in January 2015.

She had previously been news director for Tribune’s WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had earlier worked for Florida stations in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. 

Jamie Aitken, WXIN/WTTV general manager, said in a letter to the staff that the move allows Cavanaugh “the opportunity to move closer to home and family.”

Cavanaugh, a graduate of the University of Alabama, is a Florida native.

Aitken said in the letter “it has been our very good fortune to have Kerri lead our operation the last five years.”

“Every year, Kerri has created and executed the visions that have consistently grown our stations across all platforms,” Aitken noted. “She has inspired innovation, driven change and encouraged excellence.”

In 2015 Cavanaugh was named Broadcasting & Cable’s News' Director of the Year, after launching WTTV’s news operation and helping WXIN climb to the top in local TV news ratings in several time slots.

“I am so proud of the work we have done the past five years,” Cavanaugh said in her note to the stations’ staff. “We have the best newsroom filled with talented journalists. From Fox 59 becoming the number one station in town to launching CBS4 from scratch, I will cherish each and every moment of my time here and with Tribune Media. To quote Bear Bryant ‘There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.’” 

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