Taz Painter is the News Director at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. In that role, he leads the 10News team as they produce news content on WBIR-TV, wbir.com, and the various WBIR social media platforms.
Taz returned to WBIR in September 2017. He was the Managing Editor at 10News from 2007 to 2014. In-between, Taz served as News Director at WZZM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan also owned by WBIR’s parent company, TEGNA. Before coming to WBIR initially, Taz was an Executive Producer at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a Producer at WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina.
Taz is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.
Taz lives in the Fountain City area with his wife and their two children. His family likes hiking in the mountains, eating at Knoxville’s wide variety of restaurants, enjoying the many attractions in East Tennessee, and participating in activities with their church.