Los Angeles NBCU Stations KNBC and KVEA Name News Directors

By Kevin Eck 

Marina Perelman has been promoted to vice president of news for Los Angeles NBC owned station KNBC while Miguel “Mike” Gaytán has been named vice president of news for Telemundo 52 (KVEA) in Los Angeles.

“As local news stations, it is our responsibility to maintain the trust of our audiences, to reflect their stories and provide them with the most complete information to help them navigate their day-to-day lives here in Southern California,” said Todd Mokhtari, president and general manager of Telemundo 52 and NBC4. “Both Marina and Mike are excellent news leaders who share a commitment to serve. I am confident they will help grow our talented news teams and solidify our position in the Los Angeles market.”

Perelman has been the assistant news director for KNBC since 2019. She’s also held other news leadership roles including managing editor and executive producer for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast. Perelman started with NBCUniversal Local in 2005 as the producer of the 11 p.m. newscast at KNTV in San Jose and was later promoted to senior executive producer. She started her career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California as the producer for the station’s local newscasts.


“Marina is a thoughtful leader and journalist with vast experience in local news,” said Mokhtari. “She is driven by the principle that local news is a critical community service and our responsibility as journalists to report and share stories that reflect the experiences of the communities we serve.”

Gaytán was the vice president of news for Telemundo 20 (KUAN) in San Diego. Before this, Gaytán worked at Telemundo Arizona for five years and held newsroom leadership roles including vp of news and news director, with direct responsibility and oversight of local news operations for Phoenix and Tucson. Gaytán started his career in local news at Entravision’s KLDO in Laredo, Texas where he served as news director for four years before joining Univision News Group in 2005.

“Mike is an innovative and collaborative news leader who is committed to pushing boundaries to deliver the best news and most complete product to our audiences,” said Mokhtari. “He has deep understanding of the needs and complexity of issues impacting our diverse Latino communities and will guide and inspire our talented KVEA news team to continue to deliver the exceptional journalism our viewers expect and deserve.”

His first day at KVEA will be June 5.