WBTV News Director Dennis Milligan retires, Kim Saxon promoted

WBTV News Director Dennis Milligan retires, Kim Saxon promoted
Kim Saxon promoted as News Director of WBTV News (Source: Tony McMehan)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - WBTV officially announced today that Kim Saxon will be the next News Director following the retirement of Dennis Milligan on May 24, 2019.

“Saxon is an award-winning journalist who has distinguished herself with over 15 years at WBTV, serving as Producer, Executive Producer and currently as Assistant News Director where she has worked the last five years,” said WBTV Vice President and General Manager Scott Dempsey. “Her attention to detail, strong organizational skills and aptitude in strategic planning will be instrumental in building upon WBTV’s success.”

Saxon was a 2015 Carole A. Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism Fellow and won a Midsouth Emmy for her team’s coverage of the 2016 riots in Charlotte following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. She has also been an integral contributor to numerous other Emmy nominations, including News Excellence and Evening Newscast.

She is a proud Western Carolina University Catamount and USAF veteran.

“I’m proud of and thankful for the opportunities WBTV has created for me over the last 15 years and welcome this new challenge,” said Saxon. “I am excited to lead a team of talented, dedicated professionals in our mission to keep earning this community’s trust with our commitment to quality local journalism.”

Dennis Milligan will retire as WBTV News Director on May 24, 2019, after 18 years of service.
Dennis Milligan will retire as WBTV News Director on May 24, 2019, after 18 years of service. (Source: Tony McMehan)

Saxon’s promotion follows a successful 18-year run by Dennis Milligan who is retiring with WBTV positioned in one of its strongest positions of leadership in years. He will be joining his wife, Janey, in Charleston, SC to enjoy his grandchildren and many gorgeous sunsets on their family farm.

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