Returns to Station Where She Earlier Served as News Director


"Michelle Butt, news director at Hearst Television’s market-leading Baltimore NBC affiliate, WBAL-TV, and at WBAL-AM, Maryland’s leading news-radio station, has been named president and general manager of WXII-TV, Hearst’s NBC affiliate serving the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C. television market.  

The appointment, effective immediately, was announced today by Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television Inc. president.

Ms. Butt succeeds Henry E. “Hank” Price, who is moving to Hearst’s newly acquired Birmingham, AL, NBC affiliate, WVTM-TV, as president and general manager after a highly successful 15-year run at WXII-TV’s helm.  The move marks a return to WXII for Ms. Butt, who served as WXII’s news director for three years during Price’s tenure.  Her successor will be announced at a later date.

“Michelle is a highly successful Hearst news executive and has done outstanding work for our company at three market-leading stations,” Wertlieb said.  “Her depth of experience and connection to the Triad area will enable us to continue to build upon WXII’s success as a leading provider of quality news and local programming.”

Ms. Butt has served as WBAL-TV's news director since September 2003 and in a dual capacity overseeing the newsroom for WBAL-AM Newsradio 1090 since August 2013. During her tenure, the WBAL-TV newsroom has earned many prestigious awards, including a Peabody, du Pont-Columbia, National Headliner, Cronkite and Murrow.  Before WBAL, she served as WXII-TV's news director, joining the station after a two-year term as assistant news director at WTAE-TV, Hearst's ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA.  Before joining Hearst at WTAE in 1998, she served at another North Carolina station, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, where she rose quickly from 11 p.m. producer to executive producer.

A native of southeastern Virginia, Ms. Butt is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk. She is a member of the Radio and Television Digital News Association. She has served on the boards of nonprofit and community agencies in North Carolina, including the Special Children's School of Winston-Salem, and as Vice-Chair of the board for Special Olympics Maryland. She has held volunteer-based leadership positions as PTA president at the Montessori School of Winston-Salem and Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland. 

Hearst Television, a national multi-media company, owns and operates 31 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 32 U.S. cities and reaching approximately 19% of U.S. television households.  The TV stations broadcast 60 video channels, featuring local and national news, weather, information, sports and entertainment programming, and local community service-oriented programs.  The stations also host and operate digital on-line and mobile platforms that extend the company’s brands and content to local, national and international audiences.  Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation.  Hearst Television’s Web address is www.hearsttelevision.com."

- A Press Release

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