Griffin Communications VP of Content to Retire

By Kevin Eck 

The head of Content for Oklahoma station group Griffin Communications has announced her retirement.

Today Griffin announced VP of Content Joyce Reed will retire later this year and has named KWTV director of PM Content Todd Spessard to replace her. Nathan Elliott will replace Spessard at KWTV.

“Joyce’s retirement truly marks the end of an era for Griffin Communications,” said David Griffin, chairman and CEO of Griffin Communications.”Joyce and I have worked together for over 20 years and it has been a great pleasure. I appreciate Joyce’s dedication, commitment, creativity and the passion she brings to Griffin Communications every day. Although we are saying goodbye to an icon in the news industry we are pleased to be able to recognize and reward Todd’s & Nathan’s hard work and talent with these well-deserved promotions.”

Reed started her career in broadcasting when she was 14. After graduating from Missouri State University, she took a job as a reporter for KYTV in Springfield, Mo. and was later named one of the first female news directors in the country. She started at KWTV as news director in March 1995. After moving into Griffin’s corporate office working in business development, Reed was named VP of Content in 2009.

“I would like to thank the Griffin Family, Rob Krier and the executive team for the opportunity to learn so much about business and the true value of teamwork during my time at Griffin,” said Reed. “I have loved every minute of my time at Griffin and been fortunate to work with an amazing news team full of some of the most talented and dedicated people I know. These stations represent a TV Utopia – few companies provide the resources and positive culture to win like Griffin does.”

Spessard started at KWTV in 2011 and has worked as news director in Tulsa, Wichita and Columbia. Elliott started at KWTV in 2004 as an associate producer and has worked as a front line producer and managing editor.