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WBTV News Director Dennis Milligan Retires, Kim Saxon Promoted

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 19, 2019) — WBTV officially announced on April 19, 2019 that Kim Saxon will be the next News Director following the retirement of Dennis Milligan on May 24, 2019.

“Saxon is an award-winning journalist who has distinguished herself with over 15 years at WBTV, serving as Producer, Executive Producer and currently as Assistant News Director where she has worked the last five years,” said WBTV Vice President and General Manager Scott Dempsey.  “Her attention to detail, strong organizational skills and aptitude in strategic planning will be instrumental in building upon WBTV’s success.”

Kim Saxon

Saxon was a 2015 Carole A. Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism Fellow and won a Midsouth Emmy for her team’s coverage of the 2016 riots in Charlotte following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  She has also been an integral contributor to numerous other Emmy nominations, including News Excellence and Evening Newscast.

She is a proud Western Carolina University Catamount and USAF veteran.

“I’m proud of and thankful for the opportunities WBTV has created for me over the last 15 years and welcome this new challenge,” said Saxon. “I am excited to lead a team of talented, dedicated professionals in our mission to keep earning this community’s trust with our commitment to quality local journalism.”

Saxon’s promotion follows a successful 18-year run by Dennis Milligan who is retiring with WBTV positioned in one of its strongest positions of leadership in years.  He will be joining his wife, Janey, in Charleston, SC to enjoy his grandchildren and many gorgeous sunsets on their family farm.

Dennis Milligan

 About WBTV
WBTV was the first television station to sign on in the Carolinas and is considered the “most trustworthy source of news and information” in the area according to research.  WBTV First Alert Weather is the certified most accurate forecast for the market as measured by WeatheRate.  Being “On Your Side” for viewers, clients and the community is the guiding principle of WBTV and helps drive its award-winning newscasts and quality local journalism. Visit to learn more.