By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The head of WDBJ-TV who shepherded the station through difficult times following the fatal shootings of two employees last year is leaving for a position with a new corporate owner.

WDBJ ( ) reports president and general manager Jeffrey Marks will become a recruitment coordinator for Atlanta-based Gray Television.

Gray is buying WDBJ and several other television stations from Schurz Communications of Mishawaka, Indiana. The deal is expected to close on Feb. 1.

Marks started at WDBJ in 2007.

On Aug. 26, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were fatally shot by a former co-worker during a live segment. Vicki Gardner, a Chamber of Commerce official, was wounded in the attack. Authorities said the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, later died of a self-inflicted wound.


Information from: WDBJ-TV,

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