Tanya Black Promoted to News Director at WJZ Baltimore

By Kevin Eck 

Longtime WJZ news executive Tanya Black has been named vice president and news director at the CBS-owned station in Baltimore, the CBS News Baltimore streaming channel and CBSBaltimore.com.

Black will assume her new role effective immediately. The Baltimore area native has spent her entire 30-plus-year career with WJZ. Most recently, she has served as the station’s director of community impact. Before that, Black spent 22 years as the managing editor of the WJZ news department. She’s also worked as an assignment editor and as an assignment manager.

“Being able to promote someone like Tanya, a consummate professional who for more than three decades has represented everything that’s great about WJZ-TV, is one of the happiest moments in my career,” said Kathy Hostetter, president and general manager of CBS Baltimore. “She has an incredible connection with her newsroom colleagues and people from all walks of life here in the town where she was born and raised. We are thrilled for her success and excited to have her leading our newsroom.”


“It is wonderful to see Tanya get this well-deserved promotion and continue her career in the same newsroom where she got her start,” said Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations. “She’s a proven leader when it comes to covering big stories such as the pandemic, presidential inaugurations and, most recently, last week when she oversaw the station’s community town hall addressing the local rise in youth violence.”

“I am thrilled for this opportunity to lead our newsroom and continue to be part of one of the best teams in the business,” Black said. “I am grateful that (CBS News and Stations president and co-head) Wendy McMahon and Adrienne Roark created a community impact management role here in Baltimore. And it’s also wonderful how Kathy has been so supportive from the day she walked in the door. The last two years have been the most fulfilling and exciting time in all of my years at the station. I am beyond excited to see what’s next.”