WJHL, the CBS and ABC affiliates in Johnson City, Tenn., owned by Nexstar, has named Jay Quaintance as its new news director.
Quaintance comes to WJHL from WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, where he had been the assistant news director for the past 11 years.
Quaintance started at WATE in 2000 first as the assignment editor, than as the station’s executive producer and managing editor in from 2005 to 2007.
For Quaintance, it’s a return home of sorts as he graduated from East Tennessee State University located in Johnson City.
Quaintance won’t have to drive far from Knoxville as Johnson City is just 100 miles away.
“I’m excited to team up with Jay,” said the station’s general manager, Kenny Lawrence. “He brings great experience, local knowledge, and the drive to advance and complement our goals to be the dependable local news provider for the Tri Cities area.”