A veteran journalist from Philadelphia has been named news director for the NBC affiliates in Maine.

Karen Araiza will take the reins at the newsrooms at WCSH 6/WLBZ 2 on Nov. 28, according to a release from the company. She most recently was managing editor of integrated media of NBC10/WCAU in Philadelphia.

“Karen has demonstrated a deep understanding of journalism in the digital age, and how best to connect with our audiences and communities in meaningful and relevant ways,” said Brian Cliffe, president and general manager of the news operation. “She was early to recognize the power and potential of emerging digital platforms, and has been recognized by her peers for her great work.”

She replaces Mike Redding, who left in August after three years as news director and now works for a broadcast station in Austin.

Araiza was recently recognized with a 2016 National Murrow Award for Overall Excellence – Large Market TV Website. Prior to launching the digital effort at WCAU, she held other news leadership positions, including special projects executive producer. She also spent time as a producer at both WDAF in Kansas City, Missouri, and KFOR in Oklahoma City. Araiza started her career at KCEN in Waco, Texas, as a producer/reporter.

WCSH was included in a 2015 spinoff of Gannett Co. broadcast and digital properties to TEGNA Media, one of the largest broadcasting companies in the U.S.