WXIA Tries to Shake Up Atlanta News Landscape

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“TV news stinks.”

A year ago, WXIA-TV News Director Ellen Crooke posted those provocative three words for a class of University of Georgia students. Local TV news tends to be “boring, repetitive, irrelevant and too depressing,” she told local blogger and former WAGA-TV news reporter Doug Richards, who she later hired. (Richards, a part-timer the past few months, has now gone full time at WXIA.)


Crooke, who came to Atlanta from Buffalo in 2008, ditched the often successful (yet often derided) “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality and has tried to make the station more user-friendly. More…