SHERMAN, TX (March 28, 2012) – KXII-TV (Channel 12) announced Wednesday the promotion of Matt Griffin to News Director. Griffin was previously the News Assignments Manager and Web Content Supervisor for KXII-TV.
“I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead a top-notch newsroom in my hometown market,” Griffin said. “KXII has a history of excellence in news, weather, and sports coverage. I intend to continue to deliver the quality content our viewers expect on the air and online.”
General Manager Rick Dean said Griffin is the perfect choice to lead KXII’s news department.
“Matt has been a valued member of our newsroom for more than five years and has excelled at every level. As a longtime resident and active member of our community, Matt has a keen sense of the type of news stories our viewers want to watch. He will lead a group of professionals that continue to carry on a very long tradition as the news leader in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.”
“Matt Griffin is the perfect choice to extend that very successful and familiar “First News” brand and the right choice to see us into the exciting changes that lay ahead in our business.”
Griffin says KXII will continue to be a major contributor in the community.
“This is home, and it’s very important to me and the staff here. We live here, and we’re part of this community. I think that’s a big reason for our success, and we will continue to be active in the Texoma community.”
Griffin takes over a news department that airs five hours of original programming every weekday (First News AM 5-7 a.m., First News at Noon, First News at Five, Fox Texoma News at 5:30, First News at Six, Fox Texoma News at 9, First News at Ten) and two nightly weekend newscasts.
KXII-TV, owned by Gray Television Inc., is a product of 12 Media and carries CBS, FOX, and MyNetwork programming in the Sherman, TX/Ada, OK designated market area.
Matt Griffin bio
Matt Griffin is the News Director for KXII-TV. He previously served as Assignments Manager and Web Content Supervisor for KXII-TV. A Denison native, Matt has called Texoma home for most of his life.
Matt joined the First News Team in January 2007 as Web Content Supervisor after working for The Austin American-Statesman while he attended the University of Texas at Austin. Matt also wrote for the UT student newspaper, The Daily Texan. Upon graduation, Matt left Austin and the newspaper business behind to pursue a career in broadcast.
As Web Content Supervisor for KXII-TV's web channel, KXII.com earned a prestigious Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award for Small Market Television Website in 2008. Later that year, Matt was promoted to Assignments Manager at KXII-TV, where he's worked to bring the stories that matter to Texomans into their homes each night.
A Denison High School and University of Texas graduate, Matt lives in Sherman and is an avid Longhorns, Rangers, and Mavericks fan.