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Cox Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Isn’t Familiar With the District of Columbia

Justin Gray DC licenseFile this under people who need a geography lesson: a TSA agent in Orlando recently stopped Justin Gray, a Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group, because he did not recognize his D.C. driver’s license as a valid form of identification.

Gray, who says his license is legal and up-to-date, says the agent said he did not recognize the license and asked him for his passport. Gray told the agent he did not have his passport and, after a brief conversation, realized the agent did not know what the District of Columbia is.

The agent eventually let him through. Gray filed a report on the incident yesterday: “The TSA says because of what happened to me, they’re now showing pictures of DC IDs to every TSA agent there in Orlando,” he said. Watch the report after the jump. Read more

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Cox Names New Head of TV and new VP of News & Marketing

Cox Media Group has named Jane Williams executive vice president of television effective immediately. CMG also named Marian Pittman vice president of news and marketing for television. Pittman will report to Williams.

Williams, who oversees all of CMG’s television stations, was named senior vice president of television in 2012. Before that she was the publisher of the Cox owned Austin American-Statesman. She started her television career at WSB in Atlanta in 1988.  In 2007, she was promoted to VP of Sales for Cox Television and became CMG’s VP of Sales in 2009.

Williams welcomed Pittman by saying, “We are thrilled to have Marian lead our Television News and Marketing efforts.” Williams added, “She is the consummate news professional and has been an integral leader in one of the most successful, legendary local news operations in the country at Atlanta’s WSB-TV and will now work with all of our Television properties as we build for the future in a rapidly changing media environment.”

Most recently Pittman was the station manager for WSB. During her 25 year career in media, she has worked at WFTV in Orlando, WSOC in Charlotte and WHIO in Dayton, OH.

Kristina Lockwood Named GM at KHON

Kristina Lockwood has been named president and general manager of KHON, LIN Media’s Fox affiliate in Honolulu.

It is a return to KHON for Lockwood, who has previously served as the station’s national sales manager. In her new role, she will also be responsible for KHON-D2, Honolulu’s CW affiliate.

“We are excited to have Kristina back at KHON-TV. She is an outstanding broadcast executive with strong roots in Honolulu,” LIN Media Television EVP Scott Blumenthal said in announcing the hire. “Her unique blend of sales experience in both television and digital media, leadership skills and strong relationships make her an ideal candidate for this position and for advancing our key initiatives.”

Most recently, Lockwood was the director of sales statewide for Cox Media’s California division. She replaces Joe McNamara, who exited KHON last week.

Cox, Raycom, Scripps Team Up to Launch Syndicated News Show for Younger Generation

Cox, Raycom, and Scripps, who combined own and/or operate 70 stations across the country, announced this week that they are joining forces to launch a new syndicated show that will attempt to “reach a new generation of news viewers.”

The hour-long show, titled “RightThisMinute,” will try and capture the attention of the younger generation by incorporating social media, citizen journalists, and using unconventional approaches to storytelling.

“All three of the station group owners are known for producing news that appeals to a broad local audience,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. “‘RightThisMinute’ extends our expertise to an entirely new generation of viewers who have come to expect an interactive experience when accessing relevant news and information.” Read more

Julie Szulczewski Returns to WSOC as News Director

Julie Szulczewski is returning to Charlotte as news director of WSOC-WAXN.

WSOC, an ABC-affiliate, announced today that Szulczewski, who served as a managing editor for the station before leaving a year ago, had been tapped to lead its newsroom.

“Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV,” said Joe Pomilla, vice president and general manager of the Cox-owned duopoly, in announcing the move.

Szulczewski’s “fresh perspective” comes from her time with Albuquerque’s KOB, where she served as news director after leaving WSOC in early 2010.

“I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity in such a terrific newsroom,” Szulczewski said about her return to WSOC.

Kevin Hayes Named VP-GM of Cox’s WJAC

Kevin Hayes, the general sales manager at El Paso’s KFOX, is set to become vice president and general manager of WJAC in Johnstown, PA. Cox Media, which owns both KFOX and WJAC, made the announcement today.

“Kevin brings a wealth of broadcast industry experience to WJAC, and it’s great to promote such valuable talent from within our company for this important role,” said Ray Carter, who oversees WJAC in addition to serving as vice president and general manager of Pittsburgh’s WPXI.  “Additionally, his vast sales experience is the perfect fit for building on the great relationships WJAC has with the local community and delivering strategic results for our advertisers.”

Hayes worked his way up the sales ranks at stations throughout the southwest. Before joining Cox’s KFOX, he worked as a local sales manager at El Paso’s KDBC and as an account executive at Phoenix’s KSAZ.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the outstanding team at WJAC, with their rich heritage and dedicated tradition of serving the community,” said Hayes.