Anzio Williams, top newsroom executive at WDSU-TV in New Orleans (pictured), was named news director at KCRA (Channel 3) today – exactly one week after Dan Weiser resigned the position.
KCRA’s president Elliott Troshinsky, who made the announcement in the newsroom, says Williams will begin his new job leading Channel 3 and sister station My58TV in early March. He toured the newsroom last Tuesday.
"In every position he's held, he's demonstrated exceptional leadership, especially in guiding the station in New Orleans the days, weeks and months after Hurricane Katrina," Troshinsky says. "His understanding of the changing newsroom landscape and the ability to present news on multi-platforms is essential."
Williams, who will turn 35 this month, is considered something of a news prodigy. While in college at North Carolina A&T, he was the producer of the morning news show at a station in Greensboro, N.C., and two years after graduating, he was producing the 6 o'clock news.
Since then, he's had producing and/or news directing stints in Cincinnati, Miami and Orlando before his current stop in New Orleans.
Heath Allen, longtime anchor at WDSU, tells us Williams will be missed in New Orleans.
“He is a big thinker, not afraid to suggest and then tackle big projects, even those others might think are not doable,” Allen says. “...And perhaps more than anything else, he wants and allows journalists to be journalists. He wants reporters to ask the tough questions and not be satisfied with an inadequate answer.”