Merri Hanson Named GM of KSTU in Salt Lake City

By Kevin Eck 

Merri Hanson has been named vice president and general manager of E.W. Scripps’ Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU effective July 17.

This is a move from within Scripps for Hanson, who has served as vice president and general manager of Scripps’ ABC station in Boise, Idaho KIVI since January 2021.

“Merri is an accomplished Scripps leader who knows how to build trust with her internal teams and the communities our local television stations serve,” said Dean Littleton, Scripps’ senior vice president of local media. “We know her decades of experience in both news-producing and business leadership roles will make her a great fit for our Salt Lake City team.”


Before joining Scripps, Hanson worked as vice president of business development with Stevenson Advertising in Seattle, as a regional marketing executive with Tegna, as an anchor and producer with KTRV in Nampa, Idaho, and as general manager of KSVT in Hailey, Idaho.

“I am proud of the work our Idaho News 6 team has accomplished together for the people of Idaho over the last seven years, and I look forward to cheering them on as they continue that work,” said Hanson. “As I transition to Salt Lake City, I am eager to learn from the Fox13 team as we find new and innovative ways to bring quality local journalism to the community we serve.”