WRTV promotes from within to find news director

WRTV, the Scripps affiliate in Indianapolis has a familar face now leading the newsroom. Terri Cope-Walton has been promoted to news director at RTV6. 

“After a nationwide search, I found the most qualified, natural leader for RTV6 News right here inside our station,” said Larry Blackerby, vice president and general manager of RTV6. “In just the past few weeks, Terri has done an outstanding job leading our team of journalists in covering two of the biggest local stories of the past year – first with extensive and exclusive coverage of the arrests in the Richmond Hill explosion on the Southside and then with wall to wall reporting of the blizzard the day after Christmas. Terri’s news judgment, passion and commitment to local coverage are outstanding.”  

Cope-Walton previously was assistant news director at RTV6 and has been interim news director since November 2012. She has served in many roles and worked with many departments since joining the RTV6 staff in 1998, including leading the station’s community affairs efforts and as the lead producer for RTV6 Good Morning, Indiana.

“I am honored to lead the RTV 6 newsroom and work alongside the area’s most experienced and passionate journalists,” said Cope-Walton. “This is an exciting time at RTV6. I look forward to this tremendous opportunity.”

Before coming to RTV6, Cope-Walton worked as a producer for WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, a producer/reporter for WHIO-AM in Dayton, Ohio and an English teacher for Dayton Public Schools in Dayton, Ohio. She is a graduate of Central State University with a B.A. in English Literature.