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Detroit’s Iconic Anchor, Bill Bonds, Dies at 82

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In Detroit, there were news anchors, and then there was Bill Bonds. “People automatically thought Bonds when they thought news,” Amyre Makupson, a former anchor at WKBD, told the Detroit Free Press. “Whether you liked him or not, whether you liked his opinions or not, he made news not boring.”

Bonds, who anchored at WXYZ from the mid-1960′s through the 1990′s, died of a heart attack Saturday. The station aired extensive coverage of Bonds’ life and career Saturday night.

Former WXYZ general manager Jeanne Findlater told the Free Press managing Bonds was a “nonstop job…It was as frustrating an experience as I ever had. It was, in equal measure, a rewarding experience.” As the newspaper recalled, Bonds’ private life was as well-known as his work on TV:
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WXYZ Reunion Brings Together 300 Past and Present Station Employees

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ hosted a reunion for 300 past and present employees Saturday night (video above).

The reunion, which took place at Club Venetian in Madison Heights, Mich., included guests Bill Bonds, Diana Lewis, Rich Fisher, Jerry Hodak, Don Shane, Mary Conway, Cheryl Chodun and Val Clark.

Diana Lewis Signs off Detroit’s WXYZ

After 44 years in the news business and 35 years as an anchor at WXYZ, Diana Lewis said her final goodnight last night.

There was a lot of love, and appreciation for Lewis, who announced her retirement in July. “Everyone has made me feel extra special,” she said in her 6pm sign-off. “And love, love, love you guys.”

“To everyone at home. God bless you thank you so much for loving me. I love you back.”

Many more pictures and videos are part of a Diana Lewis tribute page on the WXYZ website.

Diana Lewis to Retire After 35 Years at WXYZ

Diana Lewis, who has been an anchor at Detroit ABC-affiliate WXYZ since 1977, announced today she will retire this fall.

“I’ve had the most amazing career,” Lewis said in a statement.  “The people I’ve met, the lives I’ve touched, and every life I’ve touched has touched me as well.  The passion I felt the day I drove through the gates at Channel 7 is the same passion I still feel today.  I will always be involved in the community, I will always be part of the Channel 7 family … I’m just excited to start this new chapter in my life.”

Lewis, who is the mother of WXYZ weekend anchor Glenda Lewis, will be interviewed tonight on the 5 p.m. newscast about her retirement. She will continue to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts until she signs off on October 3. Read more

Veteran Reporter Val Clark to Retire After 30+ Years with Detroit’s WXYZ

WXYZ reporter Val Clark is set to retire after more than 30 years with the Detroit ABC-affiliate.

Earlier this week, Clark was honored by the Detroit City Council for her work at the station. She will step away from WXYZ, where she has worked since 1980, this summer.

“I personally feel that she has carried the flag for the spirit of Detroit for the past thirty years,” WXYZ anchor Diana Lewis said during a recent newscast. “So I’m happy to see city council members recognizing her for all she has done.”

Clark joined WXYZ as a news writer. She was eventually promoted to producer and has spent the better part of her career working as a general assignment reporter for the staion. Read more