Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker  Cheryl Carson (’88), news director at WJLA in Washington, D.C.- 1:30-2:30 Harrison 1261

Cheryl Carson became News Director of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC7 WJLA & 24/7 News in February of 2019.  “I am impressed with her commitment and understanding of the importance of all platforms and embracing change by developing more strategic and innovative solutions,” said Sinclair’s Scott Livingston, Senior Vice President of News. Cheryl leads a team of anchors, reporters, directors, producers, editors, and photojournalists who create impactful “On Your Side” news coverage in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  The newsroom provides comprehensive coverage on television, the website, and social media. Cheryl is the first woman to hold this position.

Prior to Sinclair, Cheryl led one of the most respected newsrooms in the country, KING-TV in Seattle.   When Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Seattle, Washington raised the curtain on its brand new, state of the art studio in February 2016, Cheryl was at the helm as News Director.  Cheryl designed, organized and executed the monumental move of the newsroom which provided coverage on 3 channels:  KING, KONG and Northwest Cable News.  Cheryl was the station’s first female News Director. Under her leadership the KING news team won 3 National Murrow Awards, including “Overall News Excellence”.  In Seattle, she forged a relationship with Microsoft to produce the first local news live interactive election coverage. That project led to Tegna’s “Data Driven Journalism” pilot project partnering with Microsoft.

Before Seattle, Cheryl served as Senior Executive Producer in Los Angeles at the Fox duopoly KTTV/KCOP for 12 years.  She managed the day to day operation of the two stations covering breaking news, special projects, promos, and graphics on all platforms. During Cheryl’s leadership, KTTV won four newscast Emmys and a Golden Mike for Best Newscast Live Coverage.

Cheryl began her career as a reporter/anchor before jumping into producing and news management. She’s a graduate of James Madison University and an active member of Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and National Academy Of Television Arts and Science (NATAS).  Cheryl sits on the NATAS Board of Governors for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.