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Kennan Oliphant Named News Director of WXYZ & WMYD

Kennan Oliphant
Kennan Oliphant (Image credit: E.W. Scripps)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Kennan Oliphant has been named news director of the E.W. Scripps’ WXYZ & WMYD stations. 

Oliphant has been serving as the interim news director and prior to that was the assistant news director. 

“Kennan has demonstrated incredible leadership at WXYZ and throughout his career at  Scripps. He is a well-respected journalist committed to making the community we serve  better,” said Mike Murri, vice president and General Manager at WXYZ. “I’m so grateful  and proud to have Kennan leading our newsroom in Detroit.”  

A Detroit native, Kennan has lived in multiple states as a journalist. 

He began his career  at WDIV in Detroit before getting his big break to be an on-air reporter for KNOE in  Monroe, Louisiana. Spending less than a year in Louisiana, Kennan moved to  Evansville, Indiana, where he was a reporter, then spent five years at WDTN in Dayton, Ohio, as the chief consumer investigative reporter. He also spent time as an executive producer at WMBF in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, assistant news director at WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi, as manager of coverage and content for WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee and as the senior manager of broadcast at WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

“I welcome the new challenge of leading the great teams at WXYZ and  WMYD,” Oliphant said. “As a Detroit native, I deeply care about the Detroit  community. I believe in quality journalism that authentically reflects and  serves our community.” 

Kennan is a great family man and loves spending time with his wife Tiffany and two children. When Kennan isn’t working, he spends his time volunteering, watching movies  or playing golf. 

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.