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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Taz Painter has been named News Director at WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan market. Painter has been the Managing Editor at WBIR, the Gannett owned NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee since 2007. He begins his new role on April 14.

In making the announcement, WZZM 13 President and General Manager, Janet Mason said, "Taz has a passion for creative storytelling, with an emphasis on watchdog and advocacy journalism, on all multimedia platforms. He brings a wealth of experience from his years at the top-rated station in Knoxville."

"I'm excited to be joining WZZM 13 and looking forward to working with the team to tell On Your Side stories that make a difference in West Michigan," said Taz Painter. "I'm also glad my wife, kids, and I have the chance to explore the state my wife's family is from and spending time with our relatives throughout the region!"

Before joining WBIR, Painter worked as Executive Producer at KOAT in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Producer at WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina, and a reporter and anchor at WHKP-AM in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Painter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is married with two children.

For more information contact Pamela Rankin, Marketing Director at: (616) 559-1480 or email prankin@wzzm13.com.

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