Scripps Promotes Jeff Kiernan to VP of Local News

By Kevin Eck 

KTNV and KMCC vp and general manager Jeff Kiernan has been promoted by E.W. Scripps Company to its news leadership team in the new role of vice president of local news, effective June 10.

Kiernan will oversee Scripps’ local news content strategy alongside Kate O’Brian, Scripps’ president of news. Kiernan has served as the vice president and general manager for the two Scripps’ stations in Las Vegas, since 2022.

“Scripps’ priority is to create the best possible local and national journalism for American audiences,” said O’Brian. “As we continue to evolve our stations’ delivery of local news to serve today’s audiences, Jeff’s years of experience implementing content and editorial strategy in newsrooms across the country make him an ideal leader to help guide our local newsrooms.”


Kiernan has spent much of his career leading local newsrooms, including Scripps’ WXYZ and WMYD in Detroit and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He also held news leadership roles with WBBM in Chicago, WBZ in Boston and WCCO in Minneapolis.

Kiernan’s promotion follows Scripps’ February announcement that the company was moving the responsibilities for local and national news strategy into one organizational structure, led by O’Brian. In this new role, Kiernan will work closely with Dean Littleton, senior vice president of local media to evolve Scripps’ delivery of local news. Kiernan joins Christina Hartman, vice president, head of Scripps News, and Ethan Nelson, vice president, head of Court TV, as part of O’Brian’s news enterprise leadership team under the new structure.

Anita Helt, vice president and regional general manager, will serve as interim general manager for Las Vegas stations KTNV and KMCC.