Rita Hagen Aleman MA’91 Gets Expanded Role at WISN-TV
Rita Hagen Aleman MA’91 has been named executive producer, news and documentary development, at Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG). She currently serves as executive producer and director of special projects for HMPG’s highly successful, nationally syndicated public affairs program Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.
In the newly created role, Aleman will expand her involvement with national news and information programming, reporting to Angelica Rosas McDaniel, HMPG executive vice president and general manager, entertainment, and will develop documentaries and docuseries projects for HMPG.
Entering its ninth season on September 16, Matter of Fact is one of the top weekend public affairs programs on broadcast and cable. Aleman will continue to serve as executive in charge for the program.
“Rita has successfully guided the continued development of Matter of Fact, including closing out the 2022-2023 season with year-to-year audience growth,” said Frank Biancuzzo, president of Hearst Media Production Group. “She has tremendous range and we’re eager to engage her in other HMPG news and information projects.”
Aleman was Matter of Fact’s first executive producer when the show launched in fall of 2015. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, an honor given for lifetime achievement and excellence in service to the industry and community. A Wisconsin native, she has a degree in political science from Marquette University and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
HMPG’s current program portfolio comprises more than 30 original series and hundreds of hours of content annually on leading broadcast networks and station groups and on connected TV and streaming platforms. It has a library of more than 4,000 hours of programming and its content can be found in 97 countries.