Travis Sherwin will move from being the news director at Hearst’s WPBF in West Palm to head up the company’s national investigative unit out of Washington, D.C. Sherwin said that while he enjoyed being a news director, “this is where my heart is, telling stories that are compelling and that people care about.”
Travis Sherwin has been named the executive producer for Hearst’s national investigative unit at the station group’s Washington bureau.
Sherwin joins investigative reporter Mark Albert, who was named Hearst Television’s Chief National Investigative Correspondent in June.
Sherwin was the news director for Hearst’s WPBF, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., since January 2017.
Sherwin said that while he enjoyed being a news director, “this is where my heart is, telling stories that are compelling and that people care about.”
Sherwin joined Hearst in 1998 as special projects producer at WESH Orlando, Fla., eventually moving to managing editor.
His work has been recognized throughout the television industry, earning a duPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Award and multiple Suncoast Emmy Awards.
One of the special projects, Building Homes, Building Problems, a six-month investigation done with the Orlando Sentinel, earned a Peabody in 2003.
Here’s a clip from the award presentation with WESH’s news anchor, Jim Payne, accepting the award.
Sherwin said his first day at the Hearst Washington bureau will be Nov. 27.
He sees his role as a collaborative effort between Mark Albert, and Hearst’s corporate news VPs, Barbara Maushard and Andrew Vrees, as to “what stories deserve our attention, what stories will resonate with viewers, and what stories will be relative to our markets.”
Here are two examples from Hearst’s national investigative unit that aired on the Hearst stations.