Kathy Williams named news director of First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After serving since July as Interim News Director at First Coast News WTLV/WJXX, Kathy Williams was named News Director for the station on Friday.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Kathy's caliber, experience and leadership capability to guide the FCN newsroom," said station president and general manager Eric S. Land.

The Emmy-award winning Williams has experience leading television newsrooms in major markets. She began her career as a reporter, producer and anchor in Lubbock, Texas. From there, she was an anchor in Birmingham, Ala., and then an Executive Producer and Assistant News Director in Chicago (WGN, then WBBM).

This role led to her first News Director assignment in Cleveland at WJW-TV. Williams then became the News Director atWKYC in Cleveland, a Gannett station. After that, she served as VP/News Director atKRIV-TV in Houston.

"I am thrilled to rejoin Gannett in this important role and look forward to serving the Jacksonville television audience with the highest quality journalism we can produce," Williams said.

Williams recieved her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in sociology from Texas Woman's University. She was named News Director of the Year by American Women in Radio-TV in Houston in 2008.


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