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Scott Keenan leaves CBS DFW KTVT as news director

Scott Keenan has left CBS News Texas KTVT as Vice President of News after six months according to Rick Gevers. Assistant news director Ginger Maddox takes over as interim news director. 

Meagan Harris named CBS DFW news director

This September 2022 hiring was a return to KTVT for Keenan since he was the station’s assistant news director from 2004 to 2006.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Scott for many years, going back to my time as the news director at KTVT,” said Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations when Keenan was hired. “He is a tremendous journalist and a true difference maker. I am so pleased, personally and professionally, that he is continuing his nearly 30-year career with CBS as our Dallas-Fort Worth news director.”

Since leaving KTVT, Keenan served as the Dallas-based bureau chief for the CBS News southern bureaus overseeing the network’s news bureaus in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, which cover stories in 13 states.

“Scott’s outstanding professional experience in North Texas, both as an executive with CBS News and here at CBS 11, his thoughtful approach to leadership and his commitment to innovation make him ideally suited to serve as our news director,” said Raquel Amparo, president and general manager of CBS Dallas-Fort Worth at the time of his hiring. “We are excited to have him coming back to our newsroom and helping us deliver on our commitment to serving our viewers across our broadcast, streaming and digital platforms.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come home to CBS 11,” Keenan said in 2022. “It’s so impressive to see what’s been accomplished during the past year under Wendy McMahon (president and co-head of CBS News and Stations), Adrienne and Raquel’s leadership, and I look forward to doing everything I can to contribute to the future growth of our organization. As I transition to this new role, I am grateful for the support I have received from my bosses at CBS News and all of the incredible colleagues at our network news bureaus in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami. Even though my new office will be down the road in Fort Worth, it means a lot to me that all of these great people will still be family.”

Keenan succeeded Laurie Passman, who transitioned to the newly created role of director of special content for CBS News DFW in June 2022.

A CBS family member for 28 years, before joining CBS DFW as assistant ND in 2004, Keenan spent eight years in various roles with CBS Chicago 2 WBBM and three years as a Chicago-based field producer for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

In between times with CBS, the Chicago native was Manager of News Operations for WGN 9.

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