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18 Dec 2014

Hatton Weeks Named News Director at WLBT

Hatton Weeks has been promoted to News Director at WLBT-TV and Mississippi News Now, the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate and digital news operation in Jackson, Mississippi. Weeks will take the reins in January 2015 when he leaves sister station KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Chris Conroy, KAIT's Vice President and General Manager said, "As a journalist and news director, Hatton's longtime commitment to KAIT's viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader."

Weeks has been the News Director at KAIT, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas since 2008. He led the news content team through several technological advances including a transition to high definition news. Weeks also grew on-air ratings and web traffic during his tenure at KAIT. He also served on the Associated Press Arkansas Broadcaster’s Board, attended the Carole Kneeland New Media Forum, was a member of the inaugural Raycom Media News Leadership Program, and also served on the Arkansas State University College of Media and Communication’s Advisory Board.

"We're very excited to have Hatton Weeks, an experienced, successful, driven news director within the Raycom Media family, join WLBT and lead our news team." said Ted Fortenberry, WLBT's incoming Vice President and General Manager.

Hatton started his broadcasting career at age 16 working at several radio stations in Jonesboro and Trumann, Arkansas. He began working at KAIT in 1996 while attending Arkansas State University. Weeks worked his way up to Reporter/Anchor before leaving in 1999. Weeks worked as a Reporter/Producer at KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also spent time working as a Congressional staffer for United States Congressman Marion Berry and with his family’s construction business BWC, Inc. Weeks returned to KAIT in 2006 as Assistant News Director. He was promoted to News Director in 2008. Weeks graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a B.S. in Radio/TV (Emphasis in News) and a minor in Political Science.

Hatton is from Harrisburg, Arkansas and married to Candace Weeks of Jonesboro. They are the parents to Chase, Lauren and Harper.