WITI has tapped John LaPorte to lead its newsroom. The Milwaukee Fox-affiliate announced today that LaPorte, the station’s news content manager, has been named vice president of news.
He replaces Jim Lemon, who left the station in December after six years as its news director.
Before joining WITI in 2010, LaPorte served as news director at WEAU in Eau Claire, WI. He also spent several years at Milwaukee NBC-affiliate WTMJ, working as an executive producer and eventually serving for a year as the station’s news director.
“John has many years invested in the news business and the Milwaukee market,” WITI president and general manager Chuck Steinmetz said, in announcing LaPorte’s promotion, “and over the past several weeks I had the opportunity to see just how competitive and compassionate he is about this newsroom and his craft.”