6 Sports Director Jim Wogan leaving WATE

6 Sports Director Jim Wogan leaving WATE for position with Catholic Diocese

6 Sports Director Jim Wogan 6 Sports Director Jim Wogan

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jim Wogan, who has been covering sports in East Tennessee for more than twenty years, is leaving to become the new Director of Communications for the Diocese of Knoxville. Wogan, 56, joined WATE-TV in 1990.

"When Diocesan Chancellor Deacon Sean Smith called in December and asked if I could meet with Bishop Stika I initially thought I was in trouble," Wogan said. "When His Excellency later offered me a position on his staff, I was floored."

"I have been with WATE for a long time, so this was not an easy decision. I like it here and I love the group of people I work with, but this move goes to the core of who I am as a Catholic."

While covering sports in East Tennessee, Jim Wogan has been honored with numerous awards including two Mid-South Region Emmys and he is a five-time winner of the AP award for Best Sportscast in Tennessee.

WATE General Manager Dean Littleton said, "Jim Wogan has been a great leader at WATE for 25 years.  He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and by WATE viewers.  We hate to lose Jim but we are happy for him that he is pursing an opportunity that is close to his heart."

"I am so grateful to WATE," Wogan said. "My wife Mary and I came here 25 years ago, and thanks to the loyalty of station management and to our viewers, I was able to cover some of the greatest moments in East Tennessee sports history. I can't thank everyone enough."

Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika says he's excited to have Wogan join his team.  "As the Bishop of Knoxville, I am filled with great joy regarding the future addition of Jim Wogan to our Diocesan leadership team.  I am also filled with gratitude that both Jim and his wife Mary are open to this new direction in Jim's career. Jim is one of East Tennessee's most highly respected broadcast journalists.  He has a zeal for the faith and the role it plays in the new evangelization of the Catholic Church and the life of our community.  Combined with his background and professionalism, he will be a true gift to our diocesan operations and a continued gift to our entire community of faith in East Tennessee."

Jim Wogan will remain with the WATE-TV until June. He is expected to start his job with the Diocese of Knoxville in July. 

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