Julie Brinks named general manager of WOOD TV8

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — WOOD TV8 is welcoming a new station leader.

Julie Brinks was named vice president and general manager of WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV and WXSP-TV on Tuesday.

“The news product that we bring to the marketplace and the community service that we do in the marketplace, this is coming from people who know this region, who know this community and know what its needs are and we’re able to bring it widely through the power of television,” Brinks said.

Brinks, a Michigan native, returns to the state after serving as general manager of KOHD-TV and KBNZ-LD in Bend, Oregon. Before that, she worked as a principal consultant for Vici Media. She was also the general manager of KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona and WPBN-TV in Traverse City.

“I’m going to ask a lot of people to step up and meet with me and share with me what they see are the needs and goals for the local area, both in terms of services that are needed and information that needs to be shared and opportunities to grow economically and how can we share in that process,” Brinks said.

She takes over for Diane Kniowski, who is moving to a regional manager position for WOOD TV8’s owner, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

“Julie is a well-respected leader with an impressive broadcast television and sales management career that spans over three decades, including significant experience managing local media operations with multiple affiliations across a diverse range of markets and in Michigan. Her return home will be welcomed by the local community,” Kniowski said in a statement.

Brinks is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She and her husband, Tom, have two sons.

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