TEGNA on Wednesday named Kristie Gonzales president and general manager of KVUE. Gonzales will replace Patti Smith, who is retiring at the end of June.

“Kristie is a forward-thinking leader with experience creating strategic campaigns to grow audiences across platforms, specifically in culturally diverse markets, which will be invaluable to KVUE, the Austin community and TEGNA Media,” said TEGNA Media President Dave Lougee. “Kristie is a rising star in this industry and we are thrilled she is joining TEGNA and leading KVUE.”

Gonzales previously served as the promotion and digital brand manager at WABC in New York, the most-watched local station in the country. Previous to her time at WABC, Gonzales had management positions at various television stations across the country, including creative services and local programming director at WTVD in North Carolina and creative services and public affairs director at KSFN in Fresno, California.

Gonzales is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a board member of Vision for Equality, a non-profit that advocates for people with disabilities. She was nominated in 2013 to represent ABC Owned Television Stations on a Disney ABC Television Group Hispanic Task Force. In May of this year, she was honored with the Latino Trendsetter Award.