Former Denver General Manager Leaves Nexstar for Tegna

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Joan Barrett is leaving Nexstar for Tegna.

She’s been named the president and general manager at WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.

She comes from KDVR in Denver, Colo. where she served as general manager since 2016 until Nexstar took control of the station from Tribune.


“Joan possesses a combination of skills in journalism, marketing and digital media that make her extremely well-suited to lead our team at WCNC,“ said Lynn Beall, evp and COO for media operations for Tegna. “Her deep experience in the newsroom, outstanding track record in station management and her long history of community involvement make her an ideal choice to serve our audience in Charlotte.”

Barrett brings 17 years of station leadership and more than 30 years of media experience to WCNC.

From 2003-2016, she was president and general manager at Sunflower Broadcasting-Schurz Communications in Wichita, Ks., where she managed five television stations. Barrett began her career as a reporter and worked at several television stations as an anchor, producer and news director, including at Tegna owner KPNX Phoenix, Ariz. and KVUE Austin, Texas.