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Gary Wordlaw

News Director, NBC/FOX duopoly WVLA/WGMB-TV (Nexstar), Baton Rouge, La.

Gary Wordlaw

I began my broadcast career in Chattanooga, Tenn., on May 20, 1968, at the age of 16. For the next 11, years I worked at WTVC-TV, the local ABC affiliate. My first job was sweeping the floor as the floor manager, but I left in 1979 as the assistant news director. I attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, majoring in English. In 1979 I moved to Bellingham, Wash., and was hired by KVOS-TV as the managing editor. In 1981, I moved to Baltimore, Md., and took the job of assignment manager at WMAR-TV. It was here I became a news director for the first time, in 1986. Four years later, in 1990, I was hired as the vice president of News at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. During my tenure as the news chief, WJLA grew significantly in ratings and reputation. The news division earned many awards including, numerous Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Columbia Du Pont, Associated Press and Sigma Delta Chi Awards. In 1998, I moved to Syracuse, N.Y., and became president and general manager of WTVH-TV. In 2000, WTVH was honored by Granite Broadcasting as its station of the year. I then was hired by CBS as a vice president and general manager of KSTW-TV in Seattle, Wash., and later moved to CBS-owned WUPL-TV in New Orleans, La. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I moved to WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., as general manager of the Calkins Media-owned ABC affiliate. I returned to New Orleans in 2012 as general manager of the newly acquired Bounce TV affiliate. But my love of TV news brought me back to the newsroom. In 2015, I was hired by Nexstar Media-owned WVLA-TV (NBC)/WGMB-TV (FOX) as news director and was recently promoted to Louisiana content coordinator.




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