“I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference,” Shaykhet said in a statement. “Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting. I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home.”
Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.
It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.
“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.
More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more
Mike Dugeon told ABC affiliate WXYZ he entered the primary race as a write-in candidate after a visit from LeDuff. Dugeon’s entry could potentially affect the outcome of the primary because his name is similar to another write-in candidate, Mike Duggan.
“He was like, ‘It seems like you’re thinking about it, man,’” Dugeon told WXYZ. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to pressure you because then you can say I pressured you. So I’m just going to sit here for a minute and let you decide.’ And then I thought about it, and a smirk popped up on my face, and I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go on down there.’”
In his report, WXYZ investigative reporter Ross Jones said LeDuff and his cameraman accompanied Dugeon to file the paperwork for his candidacy. Jones included LeDuff’s denial that he encouraged Dugeon to enter the race in the WXYZ report.
In a subsequent appearance on the Fox O&O, LeDuff told his side of the story, saying he got a tip that Dugeon was planning to enter the race and visited his house to follow up on it.
“I get a call from a camp, a political camp, saying this guy is going to put his name in. So as a reporter I go over there and knock on the door, I ask him. He says ‘No, what are you talking about?’ I explain what Dugeon and Duggan on the ballot means. He thinks about it, he likes the idea, he does it, I follow. End of story.”
“The story speaks for itself,” Jones told TVSpy in an email. “The allegations are being made by the man featured in Charlie’s story, not me or WXYZ.”
Watch both the WXYZ report, and LeDuff’s response, after the jump. Read more
“Local 4 is known for its passion for journalistic excellence,” said Cassimy in a statement. “Detroit is a fascinating town and I can’t wait to be part of such an outstanding news organization and the Metro Detroit community.”
Cassimy will anchor from 4:30am to 7:00am weekdays alongside Rhonda Walker. His first day will be August 12.
He comes to WDIV from KCNC in Denver, CO. He’s also worked in Colorado Springs, CO, Madison, WI, Orlando, FL, and Richmond, VA.
“To say reporting for FOX 2 is my dream job is an understatement,” Wimbley said in a statement. “I grew up watching this station as a kid and was schooled by WJBK’s stable of rock solid journalists as an intern. It’s an honor to now be counted among them.”
“Randy has a passion for covering news and he’s thrilled to be back home, covering the stories that make Detroit such a unique news market,” WJBK vice president and news director Dana Hahn said.
Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is launching “Live in the D,” a local show about news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle, in August. The show will be anchored by morning anchor Guy Gordon and midday anchor Karen Drew.
“When we started conceiving this program, we didn’t have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said in a statement.
WDIV says the show will “have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors.” The first show is slated for August 12.
Lewis joined WXYZ in 2010 after more than two decades at rival WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit. He will officially sign off from WYXZ when his contract expires on July 18.
“I want to thank Channel 7 for the great opportunity they gave me. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Channel 7 Action News Investigators, and I will miss all of the great people who have helped me to excel,” Lewis said in a statement.
Chodun started at WXYZ in 1978 as a news writer. She went on to be a radio reporter before re-joining WXYZ as an on-air reporter in 1988.
“This has been an amazing career,” Chodun said in a statement. “I have met so many fascinating people, I have told so many interesting and unbelievable stories. I feel as passionate now about what we do as I did the day I started. There is no question I am going to miss this, but I look forward to what I hope will be an exciting and fulfilling next chapter.”
Chodun said she plans to spend time with her family and volunteer. She also hopes to teach journalism. She will sign off from WXYZ on July 26.
Dietz was jailed on April 18 under Michigan’s “super drunk” law, which increases the consequences for people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher. Dietz, who has worked at the Detroit NBC affiliate since 1993, was arrested February 12.
“I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, WDIV and to the viewers,” Dietz said in a statement posted to the WDIV website. “I accept full responsibility and am taking the necessary steps to deal with this matter.”
“Kevin has been forthright and accepted full responsibility and expressed remorse. He is taking appropriate steps to deal this situation and we believe that Kevin will continue to be an important contributor to WDIV now and in the future,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said.
In a tribute to Proctor in the Detroit News, a co-worker described Proctor as having, “The gravitas of Ed Bradley and the coolness of James Bond. He’s just so steady. There will be bullets flying all over the place, but nothing flusters the guy.”
The Detroit News has more details on Proctor’s career. Click here to view. The News said Proctor plans to devote his time to a non-profit focused on vindicating unjustly convicted prisoners called Proving Innocence. Read more