Anita Helt, an accomplished television executive and community leader, has been
named vice president and general manager of KNXV, the Scripps-owned ABC
affiliate in Phoenix.
“Anita Helt is a long-time champion of the institutions of Phoenix, where she
spent 15 years working in local television and forging strong relationships
communitywide through her involvement in civic and professional organizations,”
said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.
“With her keen market insights and industry leadership, Anita will develop local
news and programming that will continue to engage a growing numbers of viewers
and advertisers alike.”
Helt, 49, begins her new assignment on June 20. She replaces Janice Todd, who
retired earlier this year after leading the station since 2005.
Most recently, Helt, served as president and general manager of KXTV-TV, the ABC
station in Sacramento.
From 1995 to 2010, Helt worked for KPNX-TV, Phoenix’s NBC affiliate. She started
at the station as special projects manager, ultimately becoming vice president
of marketing and programming. In that capacity, she also led strategic planning,
community relations and digital efforts.
During Helt’s prior tenure in Phoenix, she served as president and as a board
member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism. Helt also
served on the board of the Phoenix Susan G. Komen for the Cure; on the advisory
boards of Helping Hands for Single Moms and YWCA; and as president of a Phoenix
area chapter of National Charity League.
Helt’s early career highlights include serving as an anchor and reporter in
Kansas and Washington. Her work earned multiple reporting awards. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Washington.
She and her husband, Kip, reside in Phoenix. The couple has a daughter, Lauren,
who attends Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass