ABC’s Los Angeles O&O has promoted Cheryl Fair to President and General Manager. The veteran exec had been VP and News Director at KABC-TV since 1994. She succeeds Arnie Kleiner, who retired January 31.

As News Director, the Philadelphia native supervised production of local news across all platforms, overseeing 53 hours of live newscast production weekly. The L.A. chapter of the Society of Cheryl FairProfessional Journalists name Fair as one of its Distinguish Journalists of the Year for 2014.

“Widely respected in the industry and by all of her colleagues at KABC, Cheryl has been key to the continued success of ABC7,” said Rebecca Campbell, President of the ABC Owned Television Station Group, to whom she will report. “Her internal knowledge of Channel 7 and the L.A. market makes her the perfect choice to take the reins at KABC.”

Fair came to KABC after a 20-year stint at ABC-owned WPVI-TV Philadelphia. She began her career as a producer and writer at KDKA-TV Pittsburgh in 1973.