Patrick Costello has been named news director for Phoenix ABC Affiliate KNXV.

“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.”

Costello, who started his career as a news photographer, comes to KNXV from Seattle where  he was vice president and station manager for KING-KONG and NorthWest Cable News.  Previously, he was news director WBBM in Chicago and at KUTV in Salt Lake City.