CBS Names Shawn Hoder News Director for KDKA in Pittsburgh

By Kevin Eck 

Shawn Hoder has been named vice president and news director at CBS News and Stations’ local businesses in Pittsburgh, including KDKA (CBS), WPCW (The CW Pittsburgh), the CBS News Pittsburgh streaming channel and

Hoder takes over for Kathy Hostetter, who was named vp and gm of CBS News and Stations’ local businesses in Baltimore last month.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Shawn back to Pittsburgh,” said Chris Cotugno, vp and general manager of CBS News and Stations’ Pittsburgh properties. “Shawn possesses nearly three decades of tremendous experience in local news, beginning with being a photojournalist and producer here in Pittsburgh, then working on camera as an investigative and consumer reporter and, most recently, serving as a producer and manager. As is the case with Kathy, Shawn is first and foremost a compassionate and caring leader who also loves the news business and being of service to the community. We look forward to having this be a very smooth transition for both Shawn and everyone in our news department.”


Hoder currently works as the assistant news director and senior executive producer at WTSP in Tampa-St. Petersburgh, Fla. He started his local news career in 1994 as a photographer and producer at WPXI in Pittsburgh.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this opportunity to work with all of the great people who make KDKA one of the finest stations in the country. I look forward to working alongside talented storytellers and other team members who do so much on a daily basis to make KD part of the fabric of the community,” said Hoder. “While I left Pittsburgh years ago to work in newsrooms across the country, my heart has always stayed with the Steel City. I am eager to come home and support my new colleagues as they continue to do an outstanding job of producing relevant and impactful content for our audiences across all of our platforms.”