RALEIGH WNCN-TV political reporter Kim Genardo will become Gov. Pat McCrorys new communications director.
Genardo replaces Chris Walker, who announced his departure three weeks ago after less than a month on the job. Walker said at the time that he was leaving to return to his family in Nashville, Tenn.
Genardo has worked as an anchor and reporter at WNCN, also known as NBC-17, since 1998. Among the many campaigns she has covered over the years were both of McCrorys runs for governor. She did a one-on-one interview with McCrory for WNCN 10 days ago.
Genardo said she has had job offers from politicians from both parties in the past, but wasnt ready to leave journalism until now.
This is a new and exciting direction for North Carolina. Its historic, she said. So I think that this new team will do a lot of good things for North Carolina.
A native of Chicago, Genardo graduated from Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism and worked at TV stations in Clarksburg, W.Va., and Evansville, Ind., before working as a weekend anchor at WGHP in Greensboro.
As communications director, Genardo will oversee internal and external communications for the governors office and will be involved in policy discussions. In announcing her appointment, McCrorys office cited her work as a journalist.
Kim Genardo is a very talented professional who has a wealth of experience in media and covering state government, McCrory said in a statement. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.
Genardo, who lives in Apex, is married and has two children. She starts her new job on Wednesday.