Diane Hannes is the President and General Manager of NBC Connecticut / WVIT and Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM, the NBCUniversal-owned local television stations serving English and Spanish-language viewers all throughout Connecticut. In this role, Hannes is responsible for the stations’ overall management, which includes the primary broadcast channels as well as the stations’ online and digital platforms.
With extensive experience in local broadcasting that spans more than 30 years, Hannes has served in a variety of roles in creative services, media planning and research, news programming, and content development. In 2004, Hannes joined WMAQ and WSNS were she spearheaded the rebranding and launch of the stations’ news, weather, community initiatives and joint-station efforts including NBC 5 Investigates, Telemundo Chicago Investiga, Storm Team 5, Telemundo Chicago Primera Alerta, NBC 5 Responds and Telemundo Chicago Responde, “Making A Difference / Marcando La Diferencia,” and “Clear The Shelters / Desocupar Los Albergues” in Chicago, among others. Hannes’ efforts have elevated the stations and their work making the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago news, weather and community initiatives recognized brands among English and Spanish-language audiences in the market.
Before her success at NBCUniversal, Hannes worked at former WPWR-TV from 1995 to 2003, where she managed the station’s promotions department, including a team of professionals responsible for creating custom marketing campaigns and materials for the station and UPN affiliate. Hannes also oversaw the marketing department’s transition to WFLD-TV in 2003. Before this, she worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show as a promotion writer and producer. She launched her career at WPWR-TV in 1987 and held numerous roles including promotion writer, producer, editor, and program assistant.
Hannes earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Communications from Benedictine University in Illinois.