Frank Volpicella, KVUE’s news director for 16 years before departing in 2016, is returning home.
Volpicella, who served as managing editor at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., and news director at WGCL in Atlanta since leaving Austin, is set to become the next general manager of Community Impact’s Cedar Park-Leander edition.
“After 2 1/2 years of being away from the best city in the country, I’m returning in mid-October,” Volpicella said. “I am thrilled to be able to return home and be close to family and friends. Our son and daughter-in-law live in Dallas, and my wife and I couldn’t stand being so far away from them. I am also excited to be able to serve the community I love once again.”
Volpicella was one of several high-profile KVUE staffers who left the station when its owner, Tegna, offered voluntary buyouts two years ago. Others included chief meteorologist Mark Murray.
Volpicella says he’s excited about what’s ahead. He partnered with Community Impact on several occasions while at KVUE and is well acquainted with the publication’s founder, John Garrett.
“I am leaving TV news after a long career in broadcast journalism to now work for a company and a publication that I admire and respect,” he said. “The company leaders share the same vision I have, of serving our communities with quality journalism in order to make our communities a better place to live. I spent 16 years in the Cedar Park-Leander area, making friends and developing business partners. I hope to renew those friendships when I return this fall.
“On a personal note, I look forward to seeing a Texas sunset again over Lake Travis and to eating the best barbecue and Tex-Mex anywhere. But most of all I look forward to being close to family and to renew the friendships that I made during my 16 years here.”