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Monday, May 05, 2014

KPRC ND Deborah Collura leaves for WCNC Charlotte

Deborah Collura leaves KPRC and Post-Newsweek news gigs for general manager role at WCNC Charlotte

Deborah Collura
Deborah Collura
From the old PRNewswire...KPRC news director Deborah Collura is heading east to become the GM at Gannett's WCNC Charlotte, NC (a former Belo station).

 Former KHOU general manager Peter Diaz, even gave a quote for the release in his post-Belo role as executive vice president of Gannett Broadcasting.

What's interesting about this is that Collura is more than just the KPRC news director. She also is the head of news for all of the Post-Newsweek Stations.

 With someone of that leadership capacity heading out, it probably doesn't squelch the Post-Newsweek for sale rumors going around after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought PN station WPLG in Miami.

Collura came to KPRC to boost its sagging ratings. I would say she did a pretty good job. Under Collura, the NBC affiliate took first in morning news for the first time with a bunch of other gains.

Here is the full Gannett release:

Gannett's (NYSE: GCI) Broadcasting Division has named Deborah Collura president and general manager at WCNC in Charlotte, NC.

Collura has held many leadership roles at a number of broadcast stations. Most recently she served as vice president of news for KPRC in Houston, TX. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations where she oversaw news operations for its six properties. Prior to her role in Houston, Collura was vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit, MI, and WTVJ in Miami, FL. She has also held positions at KTSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, KCRA in Sacramento, CA, WTEN in Albany, NY, and at Gannett's KSDK in St. Louis, MO.

"Deborah's passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community," said Peter Diaz, executive vice president of Gannett Broadcasting. "There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team."

Collura received a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Illinois University. She will be relocating to the Charlotte area and will begin her new position on June 2.

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