A four-time Emmy winner, Bill Shory spent two decades leading newsrooms to ratings success in five different cities before shifting gears to become Director of Production for Jupiter Entertainment - a creator of shows for cable networks. In 2013, he returned to journalism as the News Director for WAVE 3 News, where he led coverage of major events such as the death of Muhammad Ali and horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Since July of 2019, he’s been a communications consultant, helping organizations he believes in tell their stories.
Bill’s love of great food, horse racing and bourbon have made Louisville a perfect fit, and his family is deeply involved in the community. He helped found Imagination Library of Louisville, where he currently serves as President.
Accustomed to high-pressure environments and tight deadlines, Bill is an expert on learning an organization’s story quickly and helping it reach target audiences.
Fleur de Lis Communications • Louisville, KY • July 2019-present
WAVE- TV • Louisville, KY • June 2013-June 2019
Led legacy broadcaster to reinvention as a true multi-platform news outlet. Built world-class staff of 70+ by recruiting top performers and creating opportunities for growth - inside and outside the organization. Established culture of excellence, demonstrated by daily content and by numerous industry awards.
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Jupiter Entertainment • Knoxville, TN • May 2012-June 2013
Hired to supervise final delivery of one cable series. In less than one year, grew role to encompass staffing, production, and post-production of multiple series across numerous networks, leading teams in New York, LA and Knoxville offices.
WBIR-TV • Knoxville, TN • March 2004-March 2012
Led all news operations for one of the country's most powerful local news brands. Organized numerous high-impact community initiatives, working with multiple public and private entities. Launched station's first regular online news coverage.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
WCCO-TV • Minneapolis, MN • June 2002-March 2004
Supervised team dedicated to long-form stories, investigations, and special events.
WHNT-TV • Huntsville, AL • July 1999-May 2002
Took second-ranked station to first place during 12 consecutive ratings periods.
IMAGINATION LIBRARY OF LOUISVILLE
Founder, President • 2015-present
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOUISVILLE
Community Advisory Board • 2016-Present
LEADERSHIP LOUISVILLE FOCUS
Member • 2013
ARTS AND CULTURE ALLIANCE OF GREATER KNOXVILLE
Board of Directors • 2009-2013
Board of Directors • 2012-2013
Member • 2008
TENNESSEE COALITION FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT
Board of Directors • 2008-2013
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHANCELLOR'S ASSOCIATES
Member • 2010
Member • 2000
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES
Newscast - 2015
Breaking News - 2015, 2013
Live Sporting Event - 2015
RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION
Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
Overall Excellence - 2019, 2014, 2010, 2008, 2005
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Director's Community Service Award
SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
National Ethics in Journalism Award
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Golden Oar Community Partner Award
KNOXVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL
40 under 40
LOUISVILLE BUSINESS FIRST
20 People to Know in Nonprofits
TRINITY UNIVERSITY (San Antonio, TX)
B.A., Communications/History • 1993
National Merit Scholar