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Michelle Donaldson Named KOB News Director

Michelle Donaldson is joining KOB as news director. She begins at the Albuquerque NBC affiliate September 9.

Donaldson comes to KOB after five years as news director at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Before that, she worked as news director of KRQE-KASA, KOB’s rival stations in Albuquerque.

“Leaving New Mexico was a hard decision; returning there to do a job I love is a perfect scenario for me.  I feel so fortunate to be joining KOB 4′s fine news team and can’t wait to be back, ” Donaldson said. “My family and I have missed so much about the state.”

During her career in local news, Donaldson has also worked at WXYZ in Detroit, where she managed news and programming.

“Michelle’s news acumen coupled with her knowledge of and enthusiasm for covering New Mexico’s news put her at the top of our candidate list,” KOB general manager Mike Burgess said. “Her work at KPHO has added to her already considerable achievement list.  She is a great fit for our news team.” Read more

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Laurie Passman Returns to Albuquerque’s KOB as News Director

Albuquerque’s KOB has hired Laurie Passman, an assistant ND with Phoenix’s KTVK, as news director.

“She brings a lot of passion, skill and leadership to our news operation,” said Mike Burgess, KOB’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the hiring. “Laurie is from Albuquerque. Her knowledge of the city and the news business will insure we continue to produce the best news in town.”

Passman grew up in the Albuquerque area and attended the University of New Mexico. She began her TV news career as an intern with KOB in 1996.

“I was a weekend assignment editor, then weekend morning show producer. I drove live trucks, answered phones and organized files. I would have swept the floor if they asked,” Passman said, recalling her previous experience with KOB. “I credit my experience there with giving me a solid foundation in the news business.” Read more