Steve Wasserman to retire from Scripps after 45 years in local media

Thu, August 17, 2017 by Valerie Miller

CINCINNATI— Steve Wasserman, vice president and divisional general manager for The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), is retiring after nine years with Scripps and 45 years in the industry, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Wasserman started with Scripps in 2008 as general manager of WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. With his leadership, the station expanded its dominance as the No. 1 station in the market and entered a shared services agreement with Raycom to produce news for WFLX, the local FOX affiliate. That relationship continues today.

In 2012, Wasserman’s responsibilities extended to serving as divisional GM, overseeing the operations of select Scripps stations. That role became his focus in 2015 when Scripps gained additional stations through the merger with Journal Communications.

Prior to joining Scripps, Wasserman spent 33 years with Post-Newsweek Stations (now Graham Media Group) in various leadership roles. Early in his career, Wasserman was the news director for WCBS in New York City.

During his career, he has won multiple regional Emmy Awards and received the Silver Circle Award for Career Achievement from the Suncoast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In his retirement, Wasserman is looking forward to traveling the world and spending more time with his family. He also will continue as a member of the board of visitors for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and plans to volunteer more for organizations where he lives in the West Palm Beach area.

“We will miss Steve’s insight, his connections in the business and his gracious leadership style. We thank him for his years of service, and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement,” said Debbie Turner, vice president of TV station operations for Scripps.

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