In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.
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After three years at WWSB, Lauren Dorsett (pictured) has announced her departure from the Sarasota ABC affiliate, setting changes to the anchor lineup for the morning and evening newscasts into motion.
Dorsett will be replaced on the evening newscasts by Hayley Wielgus, who currently anchors the morning and noon newscasts at WWSB. Wielgus will anchor at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. with Scott Dennis and at 11 p.m. solo. She will also serve as one of the station’s health reporters.
“Hayley is a strong, well respected voice in our newsroom and has proven to be a great storyteller,” news director Steve Sabato said in a statement. “…Hayley will be a dynamic addition to our weeknight broadcasts. I’m confident that she, Scott and Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan will make a terrific team.”
Jeff Benninghoff has been named vice president of broadcast for Calkins Media. His appointment is effective Monday.
Benninghoff will continue to serve in his current role of vice president and general manager of WWSB, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Fla. In his new role, he will also oversee WAAY in Huntsville and WTXL in Tallahassee.
“As those of you at WWSB get a chance to see everyday, Jeff leads by example by motivating our employees, instilling a sense of urgency about our mission and in working collaboratively and effectively with colleagues throughout the company,” Calkins Media CEO Mark G. Contreras wrote in a note to employees. “It’s these leadership traits that make Jeff a natural fit for this promotion.”
Florida News Center is reporting Gene Ross, news director at WWSB, has left the Sarasota ABC station. The move comes a little more than a month after Jeff Benninghoff was named the new general manager at the station.
While TVSpy has not heard back from WWSB about Ross’ departure, yesterday the station posted a job listing for a “hands on” news director on its website.
Ross had been the station’s news director since June of 2010.
Benninghoff is currently an executive at Calkins Media, the parent company of WWSB. The move is a return to the station for Benninghoff, who worked there from 1998-2008 as controller and station manager.
“Jeff has the perfect combination of skills to lead ABC 7 into our digital future,” Calkins Media CEO Mark Contreras said in a statement. “He has an impressive track record of accomplishments in broadcasting and has been with the company for nearly 20 years. His optimism, energy and forward-looking approach will serve us well as we continue to evolve our business models.” Read more