GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Patti McGettigan, the News Director for WOOD TV8 since April2001, accepted the News Director position at LIN sister-stationWISH in Indianapolis.
McGettigan's last day in Grand Rapids will be July 10, andshe'll start in Indianapolis the week of July 20.
The announcement was made simultaneously in both newsrooms.
WOOD TV8 General Manager Diane Kniowski said, "We are excited tokeep Patti in the LIN family. We know she will maximize her talentat WISH-TV. I'mconfident that our capable news team will continue to deliverexcellent news content."
“While at WOOD-TV, Patti did a great job leading thecharge to develop a strong multi-platform news brand to meet theever-changing needs of today’s news viewer,” said JeffWhite, the President and General Manager of WISH. “I lookforward to Patti bringing her journalistic integrity,competitiveness and collaborative spirit of change to our 24-Hournewsroom continuing WISH-TV’s leadership in all our mediaplatforms.”
Choking back tears in remarks to the newsroom, McGettigan saidshe "absolutely loves" WOOD TV8 after spending nearly 20 years atthe station. "I know I wouldn't be going where I'm going if itwasn't for all the hard work each of you do everyday."
WOOD-TV’s news organization and McGettigan have receivednumerous honors including the Michigan Association ofBroadcasters’ “Station of the Year” for 5 yearsin a row, as well as many Edward R Murrow, Emmy, Associated Pressand Gracie Allen awards. McGettigan is most proud of the Radio andTelevision News Directors’ Association’s “Unityaward,” presented to her news department as recognition oftheir ongoing commitment to covering the diversity of the communitythey serve.
“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help lead thelegacy of excellent journalism that continues to be produced byWISH-TV,” said McGettigan. “I’m thrilled at theprospect of embracing the new technologies which will allow us togrow as a multi-platform operation, and I’m excited to callCentral Indiana home.”
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