Southern California news veteran Tara Finestone was named Vice President and News Director of CBS 2 and KCAL 9, the CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, in January 2018. She is responsible for overseeing one of the largest local broadcast and digital news departments in the country. The stations currently produce more than 65 hours of local newscasts on a weekly basis.
Finestone, who joined CBS 2 and KCAL 9 as the stations’ Assistant News Director in July 2016, possesses more than 20 years of local and national news experience, including the past 15 years in the Los Angeles market. Prior to joining CBS 2-KCAL 9, she served as an executive producer at KTLA-TV. Before that, Finestone was a supervising producer at Current TV. She moved to Southern California in 2003 and spent nine years in various network and local positions with NBC News and KNBC-TV.
Finestone is the recipient of many awards, including 4 Emmys and various Los Angeles Press Club awards, including the 2011 Television Journalist of the Year and the 2011 National Entertainment Journalist of the Year.
A Seattle area native, Finestone graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in communication and media studies and worked as a producer at stations in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Spokane.
She and her husband are the proud parents of three sons.
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