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Alan Lee Signs Off From WJBK

After 18 years at WJBK, Alan Lee signed off from the Fox-owned station in Detroit this morning. Lee is retiring from the station to write a novel. Watch WJBK’s tribute:

‘Post-Newsweek’ Name Retired, Company Now ‘Graham Media Group’

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Post-Newsweek Stations announced today the company would now be known as Graham Media Group, effective immediately. The name change comes after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company owns five television stations, WJXT in Jacksonville, WDIV in Detroit, KPRC in Houston, KSAT in San Antonio, and WKMG in Orlando.

In a statement, Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said the new name was a better fit for the company:

“Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group. “We provide our communities with the best local news, programming and critical information, delivered on-air, on-line and on-demand, via our television stations, websites and social media, as well as 90 news, weather and community-focused mobile apps. In addition, we have recently made a strategic investment in Storm Pins, a crowd-sourced, social weather and breaking news app that connects you to your community, and we continue to look for ways to expand our reach into local communities through innovative digital media and web-based communications.”

Miami station WPLG, previously a Post-Newsweek station, was sold this year to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway

WXYZ Reporter and Photographer Shot at By Home Invasion Victim


A few days ago, an 88-year-old Detroit man was the victim of home invasion. The robbers put a gun to his head, forced him upstairs, tied him up and ransacked his house.

Yesterday, WXYZ reporter Jonathan Carlson and a station photographer went to the man’s house looking for an interview.

The man came out onto his porch and took a shot at the crew. No one was injured.

WXYZ says the 88-year-old man was taken to a crisis center for evaluation.

Longtime WDIV Journalist Jennifer Moore Dies: ‘She Was a Life Force’

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In a post on Facebook, family members have announced the death of Jennifer Moore, a longtime reporter at Detroit station WDIV. “A little after ten this morning, our mother succumbed to her nearly two year battle with cancer,” wrote Moore’s son Michael Carroll. “Our hearts are filled with love, not only from our mother, but with the knowledge that she touched so many lives, in so many profound ways.”

In an obituary posted on the WDIV website, friends and co-workers remembered Moore as a woman who fearlessly carved a path in a business that was, at the time, a men’s club:

“She was a life force. She was all that energy and all that curiosity,” said Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent.

Moore started at WDIV in 1979 as a business editor. For a woman at that time, her role was pioneering. It didn’t take long for newsmakers to recognize the newswoman.

“The first person they always called on was Jennifer,” Thompson said. “It was not just because she was a woman. It was because she probably was the smartest person in the room.”

Former Detroit Anchor Woody Willis Dies at 73

Former WJBK anchor Woody Willis has died after what the FOX owned Detroit station said was a brief illness.

Willis anchored at WJBK during the 1970s and 80s.

In honor of Willis’ passing, anchor Murray Feldman, who used to work with Willis on weekends, told viewers, “and in his honor I want to take a moment and thank the hard working staff behind the camera. That’s what he used to do at the end of every broadcast.”

Willis was 73.

‘Shame on Him,’ Detroit Reporter Ripped by Activist on National TV Over Water Bill Story

Detroit reporter Hank Winchester got on the wrong side of Maureen Taylor, the state chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, while the two were on MSNBC to talk about Detroit shutting off water to customers who are behind on their bills.

When the reporter for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV told host Craig Melvin some people simply can’t afford to pay for water while others, “and this is where it gets controversial, who simply don’t want to pay the water bill, who would rather spend money on cable.”

Before answering Melvin’s next question about health concerns, Taylor took some time to say what she thought about what Winchester said. “Before I answer that, let me say shame on Hank. Shame on him…for putting that lie and that misinformation out on the air.” Read more

Dave Rexroth Thanks Viewers For ‘Thoughts, Prayers, and Encouragement’

dave rexrothWXYZ chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who is recovering from a fireworks accident over the 4th of July that left him without vision in his left eye, has posted a thank you note to viewers for their well-wishes on Facebook:

“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.”

Rexroth will undergo surgery today, beginning the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, according to WXYZ. He is expected to return in September.

Alan Lee Leaving WJBK After 18 Years

WJBK anchor Alan Lee announced on-air this morning he is leaving the Detroit FOX owned station.

Lee, who has been the morning show anchor at WJBK since 1996, said he decided not to renew his contract and instead will pursue plans to write a novel.

WJBK general manager Mike Renda said in a statement, “We want to thank Alan for his many contributions to the FOX2 news team over the past eighteen years.”

Lee’s last day will be July 31.

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Seriously Injured in Fireworks Accident

dave rexrothDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident over 4th of July weekend. The station reports the accident caused Rexroth to lose sight in his left eye:

He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Woman Arrested After WJBK Security Breach

wjbk security breachA 51-year-old woman has been arrested after she drove her car onto the grounds of WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, without permission:

Around 8:30 a.m in the morning a 51-year-old woman drove her way through a gated security area and continued to drive around the station’s parking lot.  Southfield Police quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to get the woman to stop her vehicle.  She eluded them and exited the property.

Police followed her to the area of Greenfield and I-696 where they successfully stopped her vehicle.  She was placed under arrest on felony charges of malicious destruction of private property and on charges of fleeing and eluding police.

WJBK says reporter Andrea Isom will have a full report on the incident on the evening newscasts.

Update: The story from Thursday’s 5:30 newscast, after the jump…

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