Anita Helt was named regional vice president for the E.W. Scripps company, overseeing local television stations in Phoenix, Tucson, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, San Diego and Las Vegas, in 2023. She previously served as vice-president & general manager of ABC15, KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, in 2011. Previously, Anita was president & general manager KXTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, California. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade as vice-president of marketing & programming for KPNX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. She started at the station as executive producer of special projects. Before making Phoenix her home, Helt accepted a political appointment where she was responsible for media and public relations for the State of Kansas. She started in television as an anchor/reporter in Kansas and Washington and has received multiple local awards for her reporting and marketing work.
Anita received her degree in communications/broadcast journalism from the University of Washington. She also serves on the boards of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Arizona Broadcasters Association. She and her husband are proud parents to their daughter, and they have five small dogs who have taken a backseat to their grandson, the cutest ever one-year-old little man.