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WJBK Adds Amy Andrews to 11:00 a.m. Newscast

andrews WJBKAmy Andrews has been promoted to anchor of the WJBK 11:00 a.m. newscast. She will also anchor The Nine from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

“Amy has proven to be a respected reporter, active member of the Detroit community and a team player,” WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement.

Andrews has been the 4:30 a.m. anchor and a contributor to The Nine on the Detroit FOX owned station. Before coming to WJBK, she anchored Better Mid-Michigan on WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. she has also worked at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

FOX Detroit Anchor Leaving Station

Schwartz WJBK croppedRobin Schwartz is leaving Detroit FOX owned WJBK.

“We would like to thank Robin for her 18 years of distinguished reporting and anchoring at FOX 2,” WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement. “She has always been a top performer and we will miss her.”

Schwartz is moving on to be the the PR director for a real estate company in Detroit. Her last day is next Thursday.

Before coming to WJBK in January 1998, she worked at WTEN in Albany, NY.

WJBK Morning Anchor Leaving Station

Carman WJBK croppedKam Carman is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK.

WJBK news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement, “We want to thank Kam for her dedication and hard work during her tenure with WJBK. We appreciate all of her efforts over more than two decades and wish her the very best in all that is ahead of her.”

About her departure, Carman said, “I’m very sad to leave FOX 2. I have had a great 23 ½ -year career there, but it’s time for me to pursue other opportunities. I am very much looking forward to this next stage in my life – Kam 2.0.”

Before coming to WJBK in 1991, Carman was an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. She started her career at KNAZ in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The station said it plans to air a retrospective of Carman’s career during the 10:00 a.m. newscast tomorrow.

‘Oh, Flowers!’ Yes, The Word Was ‘Peonies’, Not ‘Panties’

When you really think about it, is there anything with more potential for disaster than anchor chat? Case in point, this moment from Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit. Anchors Anqunette Jamison and Jay Towers were chatting last month about a lovely bouquet of flowers, and Jamison noted that she is quite fond of peonies. Towers clearly thought his co-anchor was taking things into an entirely different area, but recovered about as well as one could expect.

Dave Rexroth, Returning to Work, Talks About the Fireworks Accident That Took His Eye

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.15.01 AMDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, has a family tradition of lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July. This summer, being careful to keep the kids away, one of the fireworks exploded directly in front of his face. Rexroth tells the Detroit Free Press he knew immediately it was bad. “Oh no, you have just done something to destroy your family.”

Rexroth was badly injured, and ultimately lost his eye. He feared he might lose his career as well, but has returned to work with his sense of humor still fully operational:

“This is my new eye,” he said, pointing to the left side of his face. “I’ve had it for a week now. I’m still trying to figure out how to use it. … I’m telling you all this stuff because I don’t want you to be uncomfortable. I’ve come to grips with it. It’s been difficult at times, but most of the time, it’s been really, really nice to know that people care.”

His voice cracked, and he wiped his forehead.

“So,” he said, slapping his hands, pausing to set up the punch line. “Sorry. I’m crying my eyes out.”

WDIV Unveils Updated Look

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is showing off its new set and updated logo.

WDIV said a a couple of the set’s highlights are an 80-inch interactive touch screen and a 17-foot long monitor wall. It also has a multipurpose interview set and areas the station describes as “flexible” to be used in daily and weekend programming.

The set was designed by WDIV design director Jim Houff with the help of EWI Worldwide from Livonia, Mich.

“Detroit has some of the most talented fabricators in the entire world,” said Jamie Kaye Walters, WDIV creative services and programming director. “We were adamant about designing and building our set locally,”

WXYZ’s Dave Rexroth to Return With Prosthetic Eye After Fireworks Accident

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.08.07 PMWXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, says chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth will return to work next week. Rexroth lost his left eye in a fireworks accident on July 4th, and the station says he has had surgery and received a prosthetic eye. Rexroth sent photos that show he’s healed from the surgery, and as the station notes in a blog post, it’s difficult to tell anything has changed.

Before receiving the prosthetic, Rexroth shared his gratitude with WXYZ viewers:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

WXYZ to Debut Downtown Studio

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has unveiled plans for a new downtown studio for 7 Action News at Noon with Joanne Purtan.

The Scripps owned station said the “glass enclosed, outward-facing studio inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower” will open in the fall and will feature views of Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius Park.

WXYZ VP and GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement, “This studio will give 7 Action News viewers an exciting front-row seat to the city’s incredible rebirth and allow us to connect in meaningful new ways with people making a difference and guiding Detroit’s transformation.”

GLAAD Calls Out WJBK for ‘Disturbing’ Report on Hate Crimes

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 1.32.52 PMA report aired on Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit has been described as “especially disturbing” by GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group. According to a post by GLAAD’s Dani Heffernan, several Detroit reporters used language that is considered discriminatory in their stories about a series of shootings being investigated as hate crimes. The victims were transgender women.

WXYZ’s story includes a banner describing the victims as “transgender men”, while the web story describes the victims as “transgender women.”

GLAAD said WJBK’s story was the most troubling:

The coverage from WJBK Detroit, a local Fox News affiliate, was especially disturbing. While the written story does not misgender the victims, the broadcast segment does, and it promotes the stereotype that transgender women are not who they say they are. Even worse, rather than hearing from friends and family of the victims, the report includes commentary from complete strangers who did not know the victims, but who nevertheless make gross speculations about the victims’ lives.

GLAAD has reached out to WJBK repeatedly about this problematic coverage, but the station has not responded.

In the WJBK story, the victims are described simply as “men who dressed like women”, and notes the neighborhood has “long been associated with gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles.” Reporter Ron Savage has no interviews with police or others, but includes an MOS interview with a cab driver who suggests the victims may have been drug users or prostitutes, though this is not backed with information from police or any other source.
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