Crooke Named Gannett Broadcasting VP News

Ellen Crooke, WXIA Atlanta news director and regional news executive, has been named VP of news at Gannett Broadcasting. She joins Michael Valentine in heading up news for Gannett’s 46 stations.

"Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age. We're excited to have her on the corporate team," said Dave Lougee, president, Gannett Broadcasting.

On Aug. 27, Rob Mennie, senior VP of news at Gannett, was named president and general manager of WTLV-WJXX Jacksonville and senior VP of Gannett Broadcasting.

Crooke has been with Gannett since 2002 when she joined WGRZ Buffalo as VP of news. Prior to that, she was news director at WNDU South Bend.

"No group of broadcasters is more poised or more committed to shaping the future of local news than Gannett," said Crooke, "I am honored to work alongside Michael and help lead our stations forward."

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.