Board of Governors

November 22, 2016

Paul Button, Los Angeles Area


Paul Button

Paul Button

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Paul Button has worked in the television industry for more than 30 years, with 27 of them spent here in Los Angeles at KCBS/KCAL. Currently the stations' Managing Editor, Button began at KCAL in 1990, just after the station was purchased by the Walt Disney Company. He initially developed, launched and produced an early morning newscast, and then went on to produce KCAL 9-News at Noon, for which he won a Los Angeles Area Emmy in 1993. That was followed by a stint producing the acclaimed KCAL 9-News World Report. He then moved into management ranks, where he has been for the past 19 years, serving as Supervising Producer, Executive Producer, Assistant News Director, and now Managing Editor.

Button helped oversee the merging of KCAL and KCBS when they were joined as a duopoly and was a key player in helping design and implement the move to a new broadcast facility in the San Fernando Valley, in addition to the day-to-day management of a 150-person newsroom. He also holds the distinction of being Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning KCAL 9 News at 10 in 1999, as well as Assistant News Director for the Emmy-winning entry in the Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event category in 2005 and 2006, and for Live Special Events-News Category in 2007.

Prior to arriving at KCAL, Button had been a newscast producer, writer and production assistant at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Button has served as a member of the Television Academy's Los Angeles Area Awards Committee since 2005 and has been a member of the Academy's Los Angeles Peer Group Executive Committee since 2007. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.