(edited from WWSB Press Release) – Jeff Whitson, Vice President and General Manager of WWSB-TV, announced today that Gene Ross has been hired as News Director of ABC 7. Ross will join the station on June 15th, 2010. Gene Ross brings a wealth of television news experience to ABC 7, having been a News Director in Jacksonville, FL, Albany, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Fresno, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and Assistant News Director at KGO ABC 7 in San Francisco during his 30 year news career.
Ross has been credited with successfully improving news operations and ratings at a number of the news departments under his management, including KLAS-TV CBS 8 in Las Vegas and WXXA-TV FOX23 News in Albany, NY where Ross and Whitson worked together. Whitson said, “I have all the confidence in the world in Gene Ross and his ability to take ABC 7 News to the next level. We share the same vision and commitment to serving the community with quality news and weather coverage on-air and online.”
Ross said, “I’m excited to be joining WWSB-TV where covering local news is a top priority, and I’m looking forward to living and working on the Suncoast.”