Lisa Knutson, 58, was named chief operating officer in January 2023. In this new role, she is responsible for the company’s operating results. The leaders of Local Media and Scripps Networks report to her.
Lisa previously served as president of Scripps Networks and oversaw operations of: ION, Bounce, Court TV, Laff, Grit, ION Mystery and Defy TV.
Prior to Scripps’ acquisition of ION Media in January 2021, Lisa served as chief financial officer, leading the company’s financial operations, corporate development, enterprise-wide strategic planning and managing company-wide functions, including IT and risk management.
Lisa was previously Scripps’ chief strategy officer and, before that, served as chief administrative officer from 2011 to 2017, overseeing corporate development and strategic planning and managing company-wide functions including consumer insights, human resources and information technology. She played a key role in the merger-and-spinoff deal between Scripps and Journal Communications in 2015, including overseeing the transition and integration processes.
Lisa served as Scripps senior vice president of human resources. Before joining the company in 2005, she was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank.
A graduate of Miami University, Lisa serves as a corporate director for WesBanco, Inc. in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a member of the audit, compensation and nominating committee. She is a corporate director and on the audit committee of BlueAnt Media, a privately held company based in Toronto, Canada.Knutson was honored in 2022 by MultiChannel News as a Wonder Woman for high-performing women executives in TV, streaming, advertising and more. News industry publisher Cynopsis Media named her as one of the 2021 Top Women in Media. She was also recognized in 2020 as a Broadcast Best Finance Leader by Radio + Television Business Report.