KVUE news director departing after less than a year

Mike Redding

KVUE news director Mike Redding is leaving for a new opportunity within Tegna, the company that owns the TV station, after less than a year on the job here in Austin.

Redding, who joined KVUE in August, will depart in late June. He came from the two Tegna-owned stations in Maine, where he’d been news director for three years.

KVUE didn’t immediately specify where Redding will be transferring.

“We wish Mike all the best and are searching for new leadership to continue our tradition of serving the Austin community,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said in a message sent to staffers.

Redding is out of town until Monday and didn’t immediately respond to a message from the American-Statesman seeking comment.

At KVUE, Redding replaced Frank Volpicella, who spent 16 years leading the ABC affiliate’s newsroom. Volpicella, who is now news director at WGCL in Atlanta, was one of several KVUE employees who took early buyouts offered by Tegna last year.

During his time at KVUE, Redding has worked to fill a number of vacancies, including selecting a new chief meteorologist to replace Mark Murray, who also took a Tegna buyout.

In addition, Redding recently added an in-studio traffic anchor to the station’s morning newscast.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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