Joe Hengemuehler has been named the new Vice President and General Manager of KOLD, Raycom Media's CBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ. Previously Hengemuehler served as News Director at KOLD, and since the December 2016 retirement of Nick Ulmer, Hengemuehler has served as the interim General Manager.
"As News Director, Joe's leadership was evident immediately." said Brad Streit, Group Vice President for Raycom Media. "Following Nick Ulmer's retirement, Joe served as interim general manager. He quickly demonstrated his ability to grasp the job, lead on a broad scale and tackle unique problems and opportunities with sound judgment. He has earned the trust and respect of those who work with him."
"I've spent the majority of my broadcasting career in Arizona. To be able to take on this expanded leadership role with the talented team here at KOLD-TV in Tucson is really a dream come true." Hengemuehler continued, "We will continue to grow into the multiplatform news and entertainment provider our viewers in Southern Arizona expect, while providing engaging and meaningful connections to the audience for our clients and their businesses that make this area so vibrant."
Prior to KOLD, Hengemuehler served as Interim Communications Director for the City of Glendale, AZ., News Director of KNXV in Phoenix, AZ, News Director at KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK, and Senior Executive Producer at WUSA in Washington, DC. Hengemuehler has also taught Journalism Ethics and Diversity at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, and previously was the owner of Joe Hengemuehler Consulting and Principal for My Best Content. Under his leadership, his news teams have been nationally recognized with a George Foster Peabody award for investigative reporting and an Edward R. Murrow Award. His news teams were consistently recognized with Emmy Awards for Overall News Excellence.
Hengemuehler studied at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is married to Tim Lee and is looking forward to creating deep roots in the dynamic community of Southern Arizona.