Vice President of News, NBC4
Renee Washington is the Vice President of News for NBC4, the West Coast flagship station of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations located in Universal City, California. Washington manages all news gathering operations and the digital and social media strategies for the station, which produces 43 hours each week of local news, information and weather.
With more than 20 years of broadcast television experience, Washington joined NBC4 in 2018 as Assistant News Director. She quickly strengthened the station’s enterprise reporting and is known for maximizing resources and news gathering operations to deliver impactful news stories. She effectively launched “Streets of Shame,” the first of its kind local television news franchise about the humanitarian crisis of homelessness in Southern California. She has led the newsroom to investigate the people on the street, while examining factors of mental illness, drug addiction and housing. The investigation seeks to evoke change in the community and hold people with power accountable to address homelessness.
Washington has also helped the station achieve ratings milestones. NBC4’s major local newscasts rank #1 or #2 during the 2018-19 season. She also plays an integral role to the success of the station’s charitable events, such as its “Help 4 the Hungry,” a community initiative to raise funds for the regional food banks, among others.
Prior to joining NBC4, Washington held leadership roles at the Disney-ABC Television Group in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. She has held various positions in newsrooms across the country, including as producer and executive producer in Cleveland, Tampa, and her home state of Indiana.
Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and participates as a mentor to students and young women of color.