Nancy Johnson appointed General Manager of KTUU-TV and KYES Channel 5

Published: Jan. 27, 2017 at 12:11 PM AKST
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Gray Television, parent company of Northern Lights Media (NLM), today announced that Nancy Johnson will be General Manager of KTUU Channel 2 (NBC) and KYES Channel 5 (MY). Johnson is a veteran broadcaster who has been with KTUU Channel 2 since 1981 and has served as the station’s General Sales Manager since 2011. During her tenure, which saw Channel 2 News become Alaska’s most-watched news source, Johnson also managed programming and marketing. In 2015 Johnson was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the industry. Early in her career, Johnson worked in radio and studied journalism before finding her home in television. Nancy and her husband Craig have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Johnson says she is looking forward to serving KTUU in this new capacity. “I know how important Channel 2 is to our viewers and to the business community,” she says. “I am committed to continuing our tradition of community service and excellent journalism, fulfilling our Mission: To Tell Alaska’s Story.”

Johnson’s term as General Manager will begin on March 1, 2017. She takes over from NLM’s outgoing General Manager Andy MacLeod, who announced earlier this month that he will leave KTUU in March after more than 30 years to run a start-up content development business, Northern Lights Originals. MacLeod will serve as a consultant to KTUU to assist with the implementation of certain long-term initiatives that began under his leadership.

In a media release today, Gray Television also announced the appointment of Chris Fry as General Manager of Fairbanks-based KTVF (NBC), KXD (CBS) and KFXF (FOX) and DeeDee Caciari as Station Manager and General Sales Manager of those same Fairbanks stations.


Nancy Johnson, GSM KTUU-TV 762-9205

Andy MacLeod, General Manager KTUU-TV 762-9575

Brad Hillwig, Marketing Director KTUU-TV 762-9203

About KTUU-TV:

KTUU-TV’s early beginnings date back to 1953. Over the ensuing decades, the station has built a reputation of excellence as Alaska’s most watched news source, producing 19.5-hours of news and sports content each week on television. Online, has become a digital news leader, and Channel 2’s mobile News and Weather applications are on the leading edge of mobile journalism in Alaska. Nielsen Media research shows that Channel 2 News products reach more than 80-percent of the adults who watch local news in a week, and more than 85-percent of those viewers watch Channel 2 News exclusively. That strong reach and brand loyalty are augmented by added distribution to the state’s capital and more than 244 rural communities throughout Alaska. KTUU-TV also operates KYES, Channel 5 and the Justice Network, Channel 2.2.