WTKR/WGNT Norfolk Names Skip Valet President/GM and Ryan Minnaugh News Director

WTKR/WGNT Norfolk Names Skip Valet President/GM and Ryan Minnaugh News Director

WTKR/CBS 3 and WGNT/CW 27 today announced Skip Valet has been named Vice President and General Manager and Ryan Minnaugh has been named News Director.

Skip Valet, who joins the Dreamcatcher Broadcasting station on November 30, will oversee all aspects of the stations, including strategic planning and day-to-day operations.

Valet, a seasoned station leader moves to Norfolk from WKMG-Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek) in Orlando, FL where during his tenure as News Director, the station grew to become #1 or #2 in all of its newscasts. As General Manager he led the efforts to develop a digital strategy to bolster the station’s reach.

Dreamcatcher and Tribune Broadcasting operate WTKR-WGNT under a shared services agreement.

Valet has also served as Vice-President-News Director at KPRC in Houston, TX, Vice-President-News Director at WKMG Orlando, FL and News Director at WJXT-Post-Newsweek Stations.
“Skip brings over 30 years of quality, results-driven leadership in television and multi-screen content,” said Ed Wilson, president of Dreamcatcher Broadcasting.

“Ryan has a deep history of successfully leading newsrooms. Together with Skip, their leadership will help continue the growth of WTKR/WGNT,” said Kathy Clements, COO, Tribune Broadcasting.

Prior to being named News Director at WTKR/WGNT, Ryan Minnaugh was most recently Assistant News Director at WXIN/FOX 59 and WTTV/CBS 4, Tribune Broadcasting’s stations in Indiana, a position he held since 2012. While at WTTV, Minnaugh was integral in the station’s conversion to a CBS affiliate.  Before that, Minnaugh had been Executive Producer of KDVR/Fox 31 and KWGN/ Colorado’s Own 2, in Denver since 2010, where he oversaw editorial content for four afternoon/evening shows. KDVR/KWGN are Tribune stations.

Prior to his tenure at Tribune, Minnaugh held several leadership positions at WOIO/CBS19 in Cleveland. He also served as a News Associate and Writer at CNBC. His work has been recognized with several regional Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as a Press Club Award.

Minnaugh will assume his new duties in Norfolk on December 7, reporting to Valet.

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About Dreamcatcher Broadcasting
In addition to WTKR-WGNT, Dreamcatcher Broadcasting owns WNEP (ABC 16), Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, also under a shared services agreement with Tribune.

About Tribune Media:
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 39 local television stations. With the three stations Dreamcatcher and Tribune operate under a shared services agreement, Tribune Broadcasting reaches more than 50 million households. Tribune also includes national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 73 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of TV and music metadata, powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.

Jessica Bellucci
VP, Communications
Tribune Broadcasting
Jbellucci@tribunemedia.com