Kent Manahan

NJN gets new temporary executive director

NJN executive Janice Selinger was appointed temporary acting executive director on Tuesday, the network announced today.

Selinger replaces former anchor Kent Manahan, who was NJN’s acting executive director. The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority’s Board of Commissioners, which now counts Manahan a a member, made the decision.  

The 12-time Emmy Award winning Selinger has been with the network since 1979, and has served as its deputy executive director for production and executive producer of national and local documentaries.

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NJN Foundation ratifies Manahan choice

The fundraising wing of the New Jersey Network voiced its support today for former anchor Kent Manahan’s appointment as Acting Executive Director.

Manahan was appointed to the position last week by The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to fill in for Elizabeth G. Christopherson, who officially stepped down on December 1.

As Executive Director, Manahan will also serve as president of the NJN Foundation, which raises funds for the network.

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NJN set to put Manahan in charge for now

NJN set to put Manahan in charge for now
Retiring NJN anchor Kent Manahan is expected to be named as Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Network.

The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority will hold a special meeting on Thursday to appoint retiring NJN news anchor Kent Manahan as the Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Network.  Manahan would replace Elizabeth Christopherson, who announced last month that she was resigning after fourteen years. 

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Fink replaces Hooker at statehouse

Fink replaces Hooker at statehouse
Zachary Fink has been a general assignnent reporter for the New Jersey Network since 1998

New Jersey Network reporter Zachary Fink was named on Friday as the new statehouse correspondent for NJN News.  Fink replaces Jim Hooker, who has been elevated to anchorman for the NJN Nightly News, replacing the retiring Kent Manahan.  Both appointments were made by senior political correspondent Michael Aron, who is the Acting News Director. 

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Hooker named new NJN anchor

Hooker named new NJN anchor
Jim Hooker

State House Correspondent Jim Hooker will succeed Kent Manahan as anchor of NJN News effective January 2009, according to Michael Aron, interim director of NJN News and Public Affairs. 

“After careful deliberation and consultation, I am pleased to name Jim Hooker as anchor of NJN News Aron announced. “Jim is a seasoned journalist with deep background in the issues and politics of the state and credibility in the state capitol. He has represented NJN nationally and abroad, and at forums around the state. He brings weight and years of experience to the anchor chair. Jim also will be managing editor of the news and will be influential in the overall direction and tone of the newscast.”

“As NJN News State House correspondent, Jim Hooker brings two decades of award-winning reporting to build on the legacy that Kent Manahan has established as anchor,” said Elizabeth Christopherson, executive director of NJN Public Television and Radio. “We are delighted to recognize other members of the NJN award-winning team: Mike Curtis, the current producer of NJN News, who has been promoted to executive producer, and Peggy Micucci, assignment editor, who will be executive editor.”

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Who will fill Kent’s NJN’s shoes (heels)?

Selecting the next NJN anchor will certainly be a different process than what happens at the major networks, local affiliates and other public community broadcast stations.

Aside from grappling with its talent loss - filling the shoes (um, heels) of Emmy award winning anchor Kent Manahan - NJN's anchor search will be hampered by deep cuts, budget uncertainty and buyout restrictions.

Of the handful of state employees at NJN who opted for the early retirement package, all but one -- if not all -- may have to be filled from the inside. By law, the early retirement provisions stipulate that only 1 in 10 buyout positions can be filled from outside the state payroll.

For some folks like Senior Political Correspondent Michael Aron and now interim News Director, that may mean wearing two hats for a lot longer.

Wearing that extra hat also means Aron will likely be at the center of deciding who will become the next NJN anchor.

According to Elizabeth Christopherson, NJN's Executive Director, "there is a firewall between management and our news room" in describing how the anchor selection will be a personnel decision for the News Director to make.

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Aron takes over as NJN news director

NJN announced today that Senior Political Correspondent Michael Aron will serve as the network’s Interim Director of News and Public Affairs.

Aron takes over for Bill Jobes, who’s retiring after holding the post for 21 years.

In addition to appearing on NJN’s newscasts, Aron hosts and produces Reporters Roundtable. He often hosts and co-produces On the Record.

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Manahan's replacement as NJN news anchor is Christopherson's pick

The decision to pick Kent Manahan as the anchor of the New Jersey Network nightly news ultimately rests with the station's executive director, Elizabeth Christopherson.  While the Governor appoints members of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, staff decisions - like picking an anchorman - rests entirely with the Christopherson.  She will also name a new News Director to replace Bill Jobes, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Manahan, who has been with NJN for 31 years, makes about $125,000 a year.  That's the same salary as other senior NJN employees, including Christopherson (who may receive additional money as the head of the NJN foundation), and senior political correspondent Michael Aron.  Aron is not expected to be interested in the anchorman job.

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Manahan will retire as NJN news anchor

Kent Manahan will retire from NJN after 30 years as a reporter and anchorKent Manahan will retire from NJN after 30 years as a reporter and anchor
NJN News anchor Kent Manahan will retire after more than thirty years as an anchor and reporter, the New Jersey Network announced today. Manahan, who has won five Emmy Awards, has filed for the state’s retirement incentive, which has specific deadlines of August 1 or a later date, with the potential of an extension until July 2009. Manahan and NJN are seeking an extension to provide for an orderly transition.

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