Updated Thu, Jul 17, 2014 9:31 pm
Veteran award-winning journalist Allison Hunter will head WOUB’s news operation as editor-in-chief beginning August 11.
She will take charge of television, radio and digital news as former WOUB News Director Tim Sharp joins the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism faculty as a full-time member this fall.
“We are excited for Allison to join our WOUB team. She brings strong credentials, a wealth of experience and a reputation for innovation to our newsroom. She will motivate our students and staff to tell stories in new and compelling ways,” WOUB’s Director/General Manager Tom Hodson said.
Hunter is a strong believer in community involvement in news and recognizes WOUB’s news obligations to a wide swath of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
“I look forward to helping our team succeed as individuals, professionals and community members while actively engaging our audience through WOUB’s News Division,” Hunter added.
She considers this an exciting and challenging era for journalists noting, “As journalists and media workers, this is an exciting time to fulfill public media’s mission while crafting sustainable ways to make important information interesting.”
“I consider this opportunity to be a tough challenge for our creativity as a media operation, community stakeholder and a learning laboratory… but this is the fun stuff.”
Hunter brings over two decades of rich broadcast experience to WOUB. She has worked in large and small markets for both commercial and public broadcasting stations.
She has been a producer, news director, supervising producer, creator/executive producer, and a consulting/developing executive in charge of news and public affairs programming across the country. She also served as a producer for an award-winning independent feature film.
Hunter began her career in news at WDTN in Dayton and moved on to WXIX in Cincinnati and WOIO in Cleveland before leaving Ohio. She then became the supervising producer for WGN Morning News in Chicago and creator/executive producer for Boston’s WB in the Morning at WLVI.
She then moved back to Chicago to be executive producer of WGN Morning News and on to Los Angeles to be assistant news director/interim news director for KTLA-TV. She returned to Chicago’s WYCC-TV20, a public broadcasting station, where she created and produced live weekly public affairs programming.
In 2011, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement Interview/Discussion Programming for “Off 63rd: The Challenge of Raising African American Boys.” In 2006, she won the Silver Circle Award for Best Daytime Newscast, by the Illinois Broadcast Association.
Her independent film “DARK” won the “Best Feature Award” at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2004. It also was an “Official Selection” for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival and the Delta Film Series.
For the past three years, Hunter has been doing graduate work in Mass Communication and Journalism at Ohio University and teaching multimedia journalism and broadcast news courses in the School of Journalism.
Hunter is an Ohio University alumna having received her undergraduate degree from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.