Texas TV veteran tapped to lead Spectrum News in Austin, San Antonio

Jennifer Dodd (Twitter photo)

There’s a new boss overseeing the Spectrum News operations in Austin and San Antonio.

Jennifer Dodd has been named news director of both cable channels. She’ll be based here in Austin, where both the Austin and San Antonio broadcasts originate.

Dodd replaces longtime news boss Michael Pearson, who left in February. Station management has steadfastly declined to comment on Pearson’s departure.

Most recently, Dodd served as news director at KYTX, the CBS affiliate in Tyler. Earlier in her career she was news director at KAVU in Victoria and assistant news director at KENS in San Antonio.

A Texas State University graduate, she also spent about a dozen years doing on-air reporting for TV stations in Beaumont, San Antonio and Dallas.

“Jennifer brings extensive leadership, newsroom management and journalism experience to Spectrum Networks,” said Alan Mason, group vice president for Spectrum News. “I’m confident her knowledge and track record in several Texas markets will be a great fit with our talented teams in Austin and San Antonio.”

Spectrum News – formerly known as Time Warner Cable News, YNN and, initially, News 8 Austin – delivers round-the-clock news, weather and traffic exclusively to Spectrum cable TV subscribers.

Management shakeup at Austin’s Spectrum News

Michael Pearson, news director for Spectrum News in Austin and San Antonio, is no longer heading up the cable news channels.

A spokesperson for Charter Communications, Spectrum’s owner, declined Thursday to answer questions from the American-Statesman regarding the departure.

Pearson had been news director for Spectrum News and its predecessors – Time Warner Cable News, YNN and News 8 Austin – since 2010.

Prior to that, he was assistant news director there for a decade.

Pearson arrived in Austin after spending time working as a print and broadcast journalist in San Antonio. That knowledge of the Alamo City came in handy when the San Antonio channel debuted in 2014, with newscasts produced out of Austin, augmented by reports filed by San Antonio-based reporters.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now,” Pearson said in a 2014 interview. “I finally got the green light during the budget process last year.

“I know San Antonio news. I know what they’re lacking. I understand the city well.”