Scripps Television Station Group names director of news strategy and operations

Mon, April 30, 2007 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI - Lana Durban Scott, a broadcast journalist with 11 years of experience producing news and sports programming, has been named director of news strategy and operations for the nine network-affiliated television stations owned by The E. W. Scripps Company, effective immediately.

Scott, 34, joins the Scripps Television Station Group's corporate management team from WEWS, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Cleveland. She has served as special projects executive producer at WEWS since 2005.

In her new role, Scott will work closely with the station group's news departments and general mangers in developing plans for special and investigative reports. She also will assist the Scripps stations in sharing editorial resources and best practices.

"Lana brings a solid background in broadcast journalism to this important position for Scripps," said Bill Peterson, senior vice president for the Scripps Television Station Group. "She's been ably overseeing consumer, health, investigative and special reports in Cleveland for two years now. Going forward, we'll be looking to her to help all of our stations maintain the highest journalistic standards while building the largest audiences."

Durban joined WEWS in 1993, starting on the assignment desk while still a student at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. She soon moved to sports, holding positions of increasing responsibility before being named the station's sports director in 1999.

She joined the daily news operation at WEWS in 2001 as senior executive producer and four years later was named special projects executive producer.

Durban has a bachelor's degree in communications from John Carroll.

About the Scripps Televsion Station Group

In addition to WEWS, the Scripps Television Station Group includes ABC-affiliated stations in Detroit (WXYZ), Cincinnati (WCPO), Tampa (WFTS), Phoenix (KNXV), and Baltimore (WMAR); NBC-affiliates in West Palm Beach, Fla. (WPTV), Kansas City, Mo. (KSHB), and Tulsa, Okla. (KJRH); and an independent television station in Lawrence, Kan. (KMCI).

About Scripps

The E. W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.

In addition to its television station group, the company's portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country; daily and community newspapers in 17 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; Scripps Interactive Media, including leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; and United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics.

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