A Washington-area news veteran is returning to local television this month: Joe DeFeo will take over as news director at News Channel 8, Washington, DC’s regional cable channel, on July 25.

DeFeo’s long history in the television business includes nine years as news director at Baltimore’s WBFF and seven years as the vice president of Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is the largest operator of local stations nationwide. He has also worked at WBAL in Baltimore and WTTG in Washington, DC.

News Channel 8 is owned by Albritton Communications. It is the sister station to DC-area ABC affiliate WJLA. The two stations share reporters, anchors and broadcast facilities in Arlington, VA.