NBC4 Southern California has named an experienced broadcast professional as its new vice president of news.

Todd Mokhtari begins in his position at the Burbank news station on June 11. He had been news director and web manager at KIRO-TV in Seattle since 2007.

He previously worked at NBC4 as managing editor in 2006 and returning to the station is a tremendous opportunity, Mokhtari said.

“The station is moving aggressively to differentiate itself through high-quality enterprise stories, and I am humbled to join NBC4’s highly respected news team in this role,” Mokhtari said in a prepared statement.

NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston welcomed Mokhtari to the station, saying that Mokhtari’s knowledge of the market will greatly contribute to the station’s newscasts.”

Mark R. Madler