News directors most likely to be named Mike, Jennifer or Kelly

Radio Television Digital News Association

Television stations' news directors are most likely to be in their mid-40s and have been at their stations for an average of 5.7 years, Hofstra University professor emeritus Bob Papper reports. They're also likely to be named Mike, Jim or David if they're men or Jennifer, Kelly or Julie if they're women, Papper writes, adding, "Apparently I have too much time on my hands."

Papper is rolling out results from his 20th annual survey of the broadcast news biz for RTDNA.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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