A journalist who spent time in the Duluth market 20 years ago has been named news director at WDIO-TV, the local ABC affiliate announced Wednesday.

Rob Heverling was hired as news director at KDLH in 2000, his first go-round in that role. Most recently, he was news director at WKBW-TV, an E.W. Scripps station in Buffalo, New York, where in 2020 his investigative team won the DuPont Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the excellence in journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalism, according to a news release from WDIO.

In 2019, Heverling's news team won an Emmy Award for morning news from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Heverling, who starts July 26, was assistant news director at WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, and news director at KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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