Susan Tully, the longest-running current news director at a DFW TV station, is moving on.
Tully, whose official title is vice president of news for NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth/KXAS, has been named president and general manager of NBC Connecticut/WVIT, which serves the entire (and much smaller than Texas) state of Connecticut. NBC Owned Television Stations made the announcement today — which is also when she starts her new gig.
Tully has worked for the NBC Owned Television Stations for most of her 30-year local-TV news. “Tully oversaw a newsroom of more than 100 journalists in a highly competitive market that encompasses 24,000 square miles and is home to more than 7 million residents,” according to a release. For perspective, Connecticut is roughly 5,500 square miles and has a population that was pushing 3.6 million in a U.S. Census Bureay 2014 estimate. WVIT’s offices are in West Hartford, about 120 miles northeast of New York City.
“Susan has led the KXAS newsroom through countless news cycles, including deadly tornado outbreaks, the Dallas Ebola crisis and the murder and trial of the American Sniper, with professionalism, tenacity and, above all, a strong commitment to the viewer,” Valen Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, said in a release.
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Also from the release: “During Tully’s tenure at KXAS, she built an award-winning investigative unit, an experienced meteorology team in an intense weather region and a community-based reporting strategy to cover more of the massive North Texas market by hiring video journalists who live and work in key local cities.” Tully was also key in the station’s move from Broadcast Hill near downtown Fort Worth to a 75,000-square-foot facility in the CentrePort Business Park in far east Fort Worth near DFW Airport.
Several high-profile departures — some by choice, some not — from NBC 5 have taken place during Tully’s tenure, including longtime anchor Mike Snyder, his former co-anchor Jane McGarry (who exited after a 2012 DWI arrest but has come back strong as a co-host of rival WFAA/Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas), longtime meteorologist Rebecca Miller and traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck.
Before joining NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Tully was assistant news director at NBC10 Philadelphia/WCAU for three years. Before that, she held a number of roles of increasing responsibility at NBC 7 San Diego/KNSD for seven years, culminating with her being named managing director at the station.
Tully has a bachelor's degree in Radio, Television and Film from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She and her family will be relocating to the Greater Hartford area.