Providence CBS-affil WPRI has promoted Karen Rezendes to News Director. Rezendes, who has served in capacity of Assistant News Director as well as Manager of Special Projects during her time at the Rhode Island duopoly, replaces Joe Abouzeid, who left for LIN TV sister station WDTN earlier this year. WPRI and WNAC GM Patrick Wholey released the following statement:
For the past sixteen years, Karen has played a key role in successfully growing our Eyewitness News ratings. She’s a great leader and possesses an incredible news instinct. Karen has been instrumental in developing and growing our Target 12 investigative brand and our Eyewitness News brand across all platforms. She’s the perfect person to continue the momentum and success of our news stations and will continue to provide viewers with the high quality of news coverage they’ve come to expect from Eyewitness News.
Karen Rezendes has been with WPRI and WNAC since 1996. She previously worked at Newport News/Virginia Beach CBS-affil WTKR.