E.W. Scripps Names Dean Littleton Head of Local Media

By Kevin Eck 

E.W. Scripps has announced a reorganization of its local media organization.

Dean Littleton (pictured) has been appointed senior vice president of local media for The E.W. Scripps Company. He comes from Scripps owned KMGH in Denver, where he has been the vice president and general manager since 2017.

Littleton will be responsible for directing the operations of Scripps’ local stations.


“Dean has shown tremendous leadership in Denver,” said Lisa Knutson, chief operating officer. “He is committed to great journalism, and he has a vision for increasing engagement and growing trust with our communities.”

Before joining Scripps to run KMGH, Littleton was general manager at WATE in Knoxville, Tenn., and general sales manager at WVLT in Knoxville. He’s also worked at KUSA in Denver and at WBIR in Knoxville. He started his career as a news photographer and editor at WBIR.

Here are some other moves within the company announced by Scripps:

Frank Friedman, senior vice president of data, insights and research, will oversee data strategy, analytics and business insights.

Jon Marks has been named vice president and chief research officer.

Mark Gray, senior vice president of network and station operations, will be responsible for network and technical infrastructure that supports local and networks operations.

Ray Thurber has been named vice president and chief engineer and innovation officer.

Joe Naylor, senior vice president of streaming and digital platforms, will oversee development of the company’s consumer streaming and digital strategy for all local and network brands.

Michael O’Brian, senior vice president and chief distribution officer, will oversee the team responsible for managing distribution across numerous platforms, including cable, satellite and virtual carriers as well as multicast spectrum.

Scripps announced in early January its plans to restructure and reorganize to create a more agile operating structure.