This 45-Year TV Industry Vet Is Retiring At Year’s End


Steve Wasserman, the VP and Division GM for The E.W. Scripps Company, is retiring after nine years with the owner of radio and TV stations, and 45 years in the industry.

He will officially begin his leisure-time activity on Jan. 1, 2018.

Wasserman joined Scripps in 2008 as GM of longtime NBC affiliate WPTV-5 in West Palm Beach. Under 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 local FOX affiliate WFLX-29, which 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-2 in New York.

In his retirement, Wasserman says he 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.

Debbie Turner, VP of TV Station Operations at Scripps, said, “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.”