Jennifer Wiggins is the assistant news director at KVUE in Austin, Texas.
Wiggins joined KVUE as assistant news director in February 2017 and has made her mark on the station with deep involvement in managing content in all day parts and all platforms.
Wiggins works closely with the station’s three newscast executive producers for mornings, day-side and night-side to improve the writing, production and storytelling in all five hours of KVUE newscasts each day.
She’s especially instrumental in a significant ratings improvement in the mornings by working with morning executive producer Chrissy Mazzone to develop unique year-round morning content that sets the Daybreak broadcast apart from our competitors. This content includes several series of unique, original content to showcase the morning team and increase viewership. As a result, KVUE's 6 a.m. news is now the show to beat in Austin.
Throughout the day, she worked to coach and mentor staff to achieve household and demo ratings gains in the afternoon and evening newscasts.
Wiggins has also made a great effort to recruit and hire the right people to fill numerous key positions.
She has more than 20 years of experience in television news, much of that in large markets -- including Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
While in Philadelphia, Wiggins spent a year as an adjunct professor at Villanova University. She also served as an expert and resource on community panels focused on empowering residents with knowledge needed to access media.
Wiggins has many awards and accomplishments under her belt. She is a 2012 recipient of The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Impact Award and a 2010 recipient of The Florida A&M University Thelma Thurston Gorham Distinguished Alumnus Award. Jennifer is a 1997 and 2006 Poyner Fellow.
For the last 12 years she has been involved with NABJ Student Project Multimedia journalism boot camps.
Jennifer has two major passions that she holds dear: Helping others and the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. This disease claimed the life of her mother Ora, whom Wiggins was a caregiver for for almost 15 years.
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