Mary Baynes Named Vice President and News Director for Sacramento Properties of CBS Television Stations

SACRAMENTO—Mary Baynes, a veteran local news executive, has been named vice president and director of local business news for CBS News and Stations in Sacramento, including KOVR-TV (CBS 13), KMAX-TV (CW 31), the streaming service CBS News Sacramento and CBSSacramento.com.

Baynes assumes her new role, effective immediately, after serving as deputy chief information officer at KOVR and KMAX since January 2019. She succeeds Mike Dello Stritto, who in February was named vice president and chief information officer at CBS News and Stations. Los Angeles Properties.

“Mary has done a tremendous job overseeing our newsroom over the past few months and has deeply impressed me and her colleagues by providing balanced and thoughtful leadership on a day-to-day basis,” said Deborah Collura, Vice President and general manager of CBS News and Stations. Sacramento Properties. “I’m also impressed with how she led our breaking news coverage. We are delighted to be able to offer Mary this well-deserved promotion and look forward to seeing her continue to provide a steady and experienced hand as the leader of our news team.

Prior to serving as deputy news director at KOVR and KMAX, Baynes spent more than four years as an executive producer at KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, the CBS-owned stations in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, she spent four years with KOVR and KMAX, first as executive producer and then as executive producer. Baynes began her career in television news as an executive producer at KSBW-TV in Salinas, California.

“I love being part of the CBS Sacramento family,” Baynes said. “I’ve learned so much during my two tours of duty here and I’m thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity to lead our news team. I am grateful for the support provided by Deborah and all my colleagues. I look forward to doing everything I can to help us continue to do a great job of serving our viewers on our broadcast, streaming and digital platforms.

Baynes earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television, film, and broadcast journalism from California State University, San Jose. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children.

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