Sullivan Leaves MSNBC, Heads West to KNTV

By Chris Ariens 

MSNBC VP Susan Sullivan is leaving the network and heading west to be the VP of news at KNTV, NBC’s O&O in San Jose/San Francisco. Sullivan joined MSNBC in September 2002 as news director. She’s been VP of live news (daytime, weekends & overnights) since April 2006. This is a return to local news for Sullivan. Before joining MSNBC she headed up the news departments at WNYW in New York, WTTG in Washington, DC and KNXV in Phoenix.

Sullivan’s departure comes just weeks after MSNBC hired Shannon High-Bassalik as managing editor of the network, who reports directly to NBC News SVP Phil Griffin.

Sullivan begins at KNTV after Thanksgiving. She takes over for veteran news director Jim Sanders who resigned for health reasons. Sullivan’s last day at MSNBC is next Friday.

Click continued to read the email from Griffin…

I’m delighted to announce that a longtime and valued colleague at MSNBC is moving on to an exciting new opportunity within the NBC family. Susan Sullivan will join KNTV, our O&O in the San Francisco Bay Area, as Vice President of News. Her last day here will be next Friday, and she will join KNTV right after Thanksgiving. We’re sad to say goodbye to Susan, but happy that she will remain part of our extended team. The good news is that we know who to call when the Bay Area is in the news. Susan joined us five years ago as News Director for Dayside. Since then, she was promoted to Vice President and has been integral in the success of Dayside, the seamless transition from Secaucus to 30 Rock, and many NBC News/MSNBC initiatives. She’s incredibly respected by her team, by her co-workers and by this industry. We will miss her. Please join me in wishing Susan the best of luck as she moves onto this new stage in her career.