Barrett was pushed out of Sunflower Broadcasting, which was owned by Schurz Communications, two weeks ago after it was bought by Gray Television. Sunflower owns six Kansas stations including KWCH in Wichita.
“Joan is the perfect fit for these stations, she is a proven leader and has shown a unique ability to innovate,” said Larry Wert, president of Broadcast Media for Tribune Media. “We look forward to her engagement and commitment to our employees, partners and viewers in Denver.”
Before being named gm of KWCH, Barrett had been the news director for 18 months.