Tracey Watkowski, currently the news director at ABC-owned KFSN in Fresno, has been named KGO-TV’s vp of news, replacing Kevin Keeshan, who was named ombudsman at NBC News in January. (Here’s the news release.) Watkowski is familiar with ABC7. She was assistant news director there from 1999 to 2006. She has also been an executive producer and newscast producer at WCAU in Philadelphia and a news producer at WKRC in Cincinnati.
“Watkowski’s superb credentials as a journalist and news executive for more than two decades — and, in particular, her proven track record in San Francisco and latest accomplishments in Fresno — made her the natural choice for this senior post at KGO,” station president and general manager William Burton said, announcing the promotion. “All of us here at ABC 7 are proud to welcome Tracey back to the Bay Area.”