ROCKFORD (INBA) – 13 WREX Vice President & General Manger Josh Morgan will be leaving the station later this month for a new job in Atlanta.
Morgan, who has been at WREX since 2013, has accepted the role of Director of Digital Media at CBS46 (WGCL). Morgan’s wife, former WREX evening anchor Kristin Crowley, recently accepted an investigative reporter position at 11Alive (WXIA) in Atlanta last month.
“While I am so sorry to see my time at WREX come to an end, I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish together,” Morgan said. “Rockford will forever have a large piece of my heart.”
Morgan served as news director from 2013 through 2019, before becoming station manager, followed by his promotion to VP/GM in 2020.
During his time at WREX, the 13 News team won more than 150 state, regional and national awards, including 21 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, two National Murrow Awards and a dozen Regional Emmy Awards, among several others.
Morgan has been on the INBA board since 2016 and served as president from 2018-2020. During his time he helped coordinate judging for the SINBA awards and the awards presentation. He also organized INBA’s Spring 2020 convention in Rockford, which was postponed to Fall 2021 due to the pandemic.
“INBA is an organization every journalist in the state of Illinois should be a part of,” Morgan said. “The people, the resources and opportunity to grow is unmatched by other professional organizations out there.”
Morgan will be replaced by Ed Reams, the current news director at WKOW in Madison, a sister station of WREX. Reams has been the news director at 27 News since 2014. Reams is an industry veteran, having worked at several stations across the country, including, WISN in Milwaukee, WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia and WDSU in New Orleans, among several others.
WREX and WKOW, who are both owned by Quincy Media, were recently purchased by Allen Media. The close of that acquisition is expected sometime later this year.
Morgan’s last day at WREX will be May 21.
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