New ND Named In Philly

After a looooooong search, KYW has a new news director. Margaret Cronan, previously the director of television at, will be running the newsroom. It's a return to KYW for Cronan, who was an EP there in the '90's.

Here's the internal memo from GM Brien Kennedy:

From: "Calabria, Joanne" <>
Date: September 9, 2015 at 1:30:27 PM EDT
Subject: A message from Brien Kennedy

Hello, team.  Brien is at an event out of the office but asked me to forward the following message to the entire staff -- Joann
I am happy to announce that Margaret Cronan, a familiar face to many of you, will be joining CBS 3 as Vice President and News Director beginning September 22.
Margaret, who grew up in the Philadelphia area and worked at CBS 3 as an executive producer in the late ‘90s, is an energetic and decisive leader who has a diverse background in news and private enterprise.   Her extensive newsroom experience also includes two terms as news director at WBAL-TV in Baltimore and at WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach where she oversaw the news department during the 2000 presidential election and the historic Florida ballot recount.  She also served as a senior producer at WNBC-TV in New York, and as a news producer at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WJZ-TV in Baltimore.

During the height of the do-it-yourself television trend, Margaret served as executive producer of the children’s version of Trading Spaces for which she was nominated for a National Daytime Emmy Award.

She’s currently Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer at Dilworth Paxson, a Philadelphia law firm.  Many of you probably have also worked with her in her former roles as Director/General Manager – Television for NAVTEQ/ and as Chief Communications Officer of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Margaret’s vast experience will be a considerable asset as we continue to make Eyewitness News the newscast of choice in Philadelphia.

Special thanks should also go to John Wilson for the outstanding job he has done in managing the newsroom through the transition this summer.  I really value the relationship that John and I have developed these last months, and I know that his skills and insight will continue to be a benefit to the station as we move towards accomplishing our goals.