Steve Weinstein, vice president and general manager of WEWS, News Channel 5 Cleveland, will join us as the first Russert Speaker Series guest.
September 20th @ 5pm
Dolan Science Center room A202-203
Steve is an award-winning journalist and forward-looking leader. His career with The E.W. Scripps Company started more than a decade ago – first with WMAR in Baltimore, then as news director with KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and most recently as general manager of KERO/KZKC, the Scripps affiliate in Bakersfield, California.
Since 2012, he has been instrumental in driving new technology and innovative newsgathering tools for the viewing audience. He has partnered with Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism for a Journalism Career Program to give young journalists their first chance at a career with high growth potential through the Scripps enterprise.
“We have been impressed with how Steve can enter a market and immediately have a powerful and then lasting positive impact,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and regional general manager for Scripps. “He has the innate ability to share his storytelling craft with journalists of all skills levels – from the greenest of producers to the most veteran of anchors. He has a leadership style that is approachable, encouraging and honest. He balances his expertise on the newsroom side with his keen sense to recognize business opportunities out in the community. His eagerness to integrate technology for both the sales side and news side of the business can only mean great things for Cleveland.”
Weinstein was news director at KJRH, from 2006-2012. He spent nearly three years as news operations manager at WMAR. Prior to that, he was an award-winning news photographer earning six regional Emmy awards and the AP Photographer of the Year honor for the Chesapeake region in 1998. Weinstein graduated from the University of Floridawith a degree in telecommunication and a minor in business.
“Cleveland is a thriving city and WEWS has such a strong history of community service as the very first TV station in Ohio and Scripps’ first venture into TV broadcasting,” said Weinstein. “I look forward to working with a very talented staff that is committed to providing its audience with reliable and timely information on all platforms. I am equally eager to work with the business community to build strong relationships and identify ways in which WEWS can create customized opportunities for its growth and prosperity.”