Cope-Walton replaces Bob Ellis, who left to become vp and gm of Graham Media Group’s Detroit NBC affiliate, WDIV.
“Terri is fiercely committed to localism and deeply strategic in her approach to leading multi-platform community-focused media,” said Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group. “She brings a wealth of experience, intelligence and compassion to these two successful stations and will enthusiastically immerse herself in the Jacksonville community. We are thrilled to welcome Terri to Graham Media Group.”
Cope-Walton has been the news director at WRTV in Indianapolis since 2013. She started working at the station in 1993, and over the years has worked as assistant news director, led the station’s community affairs efforts and was lead producer for Good Morning Indiana. Before working at WRTV, she was a producer for WHIO in Dayton, Ohio, a producer-reporter for WHIO-AM in Dayton, Ohio and an English teacher for Dayton Public Schools.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to work with a great team, and at two legacy stations,” said Cope-Walton. “I look forward to settling into the Jacksonville community and continuing the great work WJXT and WCWJ are known for in the market.”
Her first day will be Nov. 15.