WXIN-TV Fox59 names Kerri Cavanaugh as news director

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INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 2013—Today WXIN-TV/WTTV-TV Vice President and General Manager Larry Delia announces that Kerri Cavanaugh will be joining FOX59 as News Director beginning June 17, 2013. Cavanaugh comes to WXIN-TV from WXMI-TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s FOX affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has been News Director since 2010.

“Kerri brings a wealth of news experience and leadership from several markets and I am thrilled to have her now take the helm of the FOX59 News franchise,” says Delia. “Her proven ability to launch newscasts, grow ratings, and mentor talent will be extremely valuable as FOX59 continues to build on its ratings success.”

While at WXMI, Cavanaugh oversaw the addition of five additional news hours, launching a 5 p.m. newscast, plus a four-hour weekend morning newscast just two months ago. She was also instrumental in overhauling the station’s breaking news and weather coverage across all digital platforms, including social media. Her efforts saw a 220 percent increase in Facebook followers in one year alone.

“I’m honored to join the staff at FOX59,” said Cavanaugh. “The station has seen tremendous growth in recent years, producing by far the most local news in the market.  It is quickly becoming the go-to place for breaking news and weather coverage.  I’m eager to work with such a dedicated team and continue to build on its success.”

Before her tenure at WXMI-TV, Cavanaugh was the News Director at Tribune Broadcasting’s WSFL-TV in Fort Lauderdale, and collaborated daily with Tribune Publishing’s Fort Lauderdale-based newspaper, the Sun-Sentinel. In 2010, Cavanaugh oversaw the station’s local coverage for Super Bowl XLIV, held in Miami.

Prior to WSFL, Cavanaugh rose through the ranks from news producer to Senior Executive Producer at WFTS-TV in Tampa. While at WFTS, Cavanaugh was awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Breaking News Coverage plus six Associated Press and Society for Professional Journalists awards.  Cavanaugh has also held positions at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida, and WDBB-TV in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Cavanaugh holds a B.A in Broadcast News and Speech Communication from the University of Alabama.