Scripps Names Kate O’Brian President of News, Will Lead Locals

By Kevin Eck 

E.W. Scripps has named Kate O’Brian its president of news, responsible for all news operations across Scripps’ local media stations, Scripps News and Court TV.

Scripps said it hopes this new position will allow its local and national news operations to align more closely in editorial strategy.

“Kate O’Brian is a skilled executive and journalist who embodies our responsibility to serve American audiences nationally and locally. This new structure puts oversight for the entire company’s news and editorial strategy under her leadership,” said Adam Symson, president and CEO of Scripps. “Scripps will maintain locally run, locally focused newsrooms serving each of our local markets, and at the same time we will coordinate our local and national reporting for the benefit of all our audiences, including for Scripps News’ network.”


O’Brian joined Scripps in 2021 to lead Newsy and Court TV and serve as the architect for Scripps News, merging the company’s local and national news resources into a national news division.

“Over the past few years, Scripps’ local and national news operations have demonstrated the powerful impact of combining deep community expertise with national context and reach,” O’Brian said. “This structure will allow our local news and Scripps News teams to harness their combined strengths to deliver even more high-impact political reporting, severe weather, breaking news coverage and other stories important to our audiences in any market.”

Sean McLaughlin, svp of local news is leaving the company. O’Brian is looking to hire a replacement that will oversee Scripps’ local news content strategy alongside O’Brian. This person will work closely with Dean Littleton, senior vice president of local media, to execute the content strategy along with the news initiative for our local news teams