Candy Altman is a 40-year veteran of the television news industry, having served as a vice president of news for Hearst Television for 17 years and prior to that, as news director at WCVB in Boston. One of her key responsibilities as vice president with Hearst Television was the training and development of staff, including news directors, producers, reporters and anchors. She helped develop, and was responsible for, the Producer Academy, a program with TEGNA, which trains producers each year.
Altman was named vice president for news for Hearst Television in May 2001 and prior to that, was group news executive for HATV. As both vice president and group news executive, she has worked with the news departments of Hearst Television’s 29 television stations producing news and helping guide them in the areas of news coverage, ethics, policy and hiring. Under Altman’s direction in coordinating political coverage for the station group, Hearst Television received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Coverage for 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and in 2009 won the George Foster Peabody Award for Political Coverage.
From 1993-2000, Altman served as vice president and news director at Hearst’s WCVB-TV/Boston, overseeing a 100-person news staff and guiding the planning and direction of the station’s overall news coverage.
She graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1977 and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1978. Altman and her husband Joe Bergantino, co-director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and former investigative reporter for WBZ-TV, reside in the Boston suburb of Brookline. They have a daughter, Cara Bergantino.
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