Who I Am
Hello! My name is Justin Burton, and I’m an Emmy Award-winning news executive with 20+ years of journalism and management experience in local newsrooms across America. I currently serve as Senior Manager in a newsroom with 100+ employees that reaches an audience across the state of Texas, including cities like Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso. My previous roles in newsrooms include Interim News Director, Assistant News Director, Managing Editor, Assignment Editor, and News Producer. My expertise includes bringing urgency and efficiency to organizations (especially in fast-paced environments), defining and refining strategic visions, and leading cross-functional teams to meet critical deadlines while collaborating and growing together.
I also earned my Executive Master of Broadcast Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri while working full time leading a newsroom. My goal has always been to best utilize my lifetime of leadership experience to empower others to better understand and simplify our rapidly-changing world through the power of storytelling, communications, relationships, and shared information.
When I’m not inside the newsroom, I can be found traveling the world, competing in marathons and triathlons, and expanding my vinyl music collection!
Examples of new teams, projects, and breaking news coverage that I’ve managed:
Executive Producer: Spectrum News 1 Texas, Morning Show, 2021 Winter Storm (February 16, 2021)
Winner: 2021 Emmy Award, Lone Star Chapter, Newscast – Morning/Daytime
Assistant News Director: KOIN 6 News at 11 p.m. (May 17, 2019)
Winner: 2019 Emmy Award, Pacific Northwest Chapter – Evening News: Parkrose Gun Scare
Assistant News Director: KOIN 6 News at 6: Portland Protests (August 17, 2019)
Assistant News Director: KOIN 6 News at 5: Smith Tower Shooting (October 3, 2019)
Assistant News Director: 23ABC News at 6: Mudslides (October 16, 2015)
Winner: 2015 Emmy Award, Pacific Southwest Chapter – Evening Newscast, 23ABC News at 6
Winner: 2015 APTRA Award – Overall Excellence in Station Spot News – Television: KERO, Bakersfield
Assistant News Director/Producer: 23ABC Manhunt Special (August 21, 2015)
Digital storytelling examples:
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles)
Firefighters injured in North Hollywood fire
Driver in pursuit jumps out of vehicle
Flight 173: The deadly Portland plane crash that changed the airline industry
“Impossible Burger” not always possible to find
Police consider violations after Snoop Dogg concert
Sheriff identifies victim of mass shooting