“Pat’s background in award-winning journalism, his experience helping lead some of the nation’s best news organizations and his passion for great storytelling make him a perfect fit to lead our newsroom into the future,” said KNXV general manager Anita Helt. “We know Arizona and ABC15 will benefit from his experience, his leadership and his deep commitment to community.”
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Calvisi is a local sports radio host and a member of the broadcasting team for the Arizona Cardinals. He will continue with both jobs and debut on KNXV later this week, the station said in a statement.
“As ABC15 set out to find a way to re-define sports in this market, we realized that we need to do something bold,” VP-GM Anita Helt said in a statement. “Paul’s penchant for being edgy, entertaining and informative makes him a great partner for sports director Craig Fouhy who has established himself as a trusted, smart and engaging voice in the sports community.”
Helt, 49, has considerable experience in the Phoenix market. Before joining Gannett’s KXTV last year, she worked for 15 years at the company’s NBC-affiliate KPNX, where most recently she served as vice president of marketing and programming.
“With her keen market insights and industry leadership, Anita will develop local news and programming that will continue to engage a growing numbers of viewers and advertisers alike,” said Brian Lawlor of Scripps, which owns KNXV.
Helt’s first day with the station is set for June 20th. She is replacing Janice Todd, who retired earlier this year after five years as VP-GM.