Tom Doerr is moving on to the ND slot at WFLD Chicago. He's knock, knock, knocking on the Windy City's Doerr as Bob Dylan (and then Axl Rose) might have sang if I paid them to...but probably not.
Doerr has been at KRIV since July of 2009 and has made lots of changes to the station since then, but from what I understand has reaped the rewards ratings wise.
What you might not know is that he previously worked as a news director at KTRK abc13 in Houston and KTVT/KTXA in Dallas. In fact, I was looking through some old Houston Chronicle articles from decades ago and when Doerr showed up at KTRK, he was hailed as a TV wunderkind. One of his moves at KTRK launched an institution, putting Wayne Dolcefino in the 13 Undercover Investigative unit. He also played in a band from what I understand.
Here is the official FOX Television Stations release on his move:
Tom Doerr has been named Vice President and News Director of WFLD FOX 32, announced Dennis Welsh, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. Starting Monday, February 25TH, Doerr will be responsible for overseeing all editorial, business and administrative functions for WFLD, reporting directly to Welsh.
In making the announcement, Welsh stated, “Tom has a fresh approach to local news and an ability to recognize meaningful stories within a community. He is an exceptional leader, with a natural news instinct and a proven track record of success and we are excited to welcome him to our station.”
Most recently, Doerr served as Vice President and News Director for KRIV FOX 26, the FOX-owned station in Houston. Before that, he spent three years as Vice President and Station Manager of WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV in Miami. Earlier, Doerr served as the News Director of KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV in Dallas / Fort Worth and as the Executive News Director of KENS-TV in San Antonio. Prior to this, he spent three years as a Senior Strategist for Audience Research and Development in Dallas, where he evaluated and provided guidance to local television stations on their news programs.
Added Doerr, “There is no news town quite like Chicago; there is always something vibrant and exciting happening in this city. I look forward to leading the talented team of committed journalists at FOX 32 in providing interesting and valuable news to viewers.”
Doerr also served as News Director for WPLG-TV in Miami, KTRK-TV in Houston, WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. and KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Earlier in his career, he was an Executive Producer for WSB-TV in Atlanta, an Executive Producer for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a Producer for WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He began his television news career as a Reporter and Producer for KGBT-TV in Harlingen, Texas.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Doerr holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
WFLD/WPWR are part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of television homes in the U.S. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
Chicago Media blogger extraordinaire Robert Feder recently posted that WFLD is at times last in the ratings up there.
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