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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.”

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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.

WXYZ to Add 10 p.m. Newscast on WMYD

wmyd logoDetroit ABC affiliate WXYZ is launching a 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WMYD, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in the market.

The newscast will debut tonight. WXYZ parent company E.W. Scripps’ purchase of WMYD from Granite Broadcasting closed today.

“We are passionate about Detroit and this region, and we are fortunate that our parent company, E.W. Scripps, has decided to invest deeper in this market. TV20 gives us an opportunity to expand our programming, news, and community service as we take an even bigger role in the rebirth of the city we serve,” WXYZ general manager Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Weekday editions will be anchored by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox with chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth and sports director Tom Leyden. Dave LewAllen will anchor on weekends with meteorologist Hally Vogel and sports anchor Dave Solano.

WXYZ to Host Final Detroit Mayoral Debate

wxyz logoDetroit ABC affiliate WXYZ will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on October 29.

The candidates will face off in front of a live studio audience for a one-hour debate exactly a week before Detroit residents head to the polls. WXYZ editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will serve as debate moderator, and questions will be asked by a panel including anchor Lloyd Jackson.

“WXYZ has a long history of televising important political forums,”  WXYZ vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez said in a statement. “We’re honored to be presenting this important event that will have such a profound impact on the future of Detroit and the region.”

Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

Jeff Vaughn to Anchor for WXYZ

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ announced it has hired Jeff Vaughn to co-anchor its 5 p.m. news. Vaughn will also report on business and automotive stories for the station.

“I am pleased to return to Detroit to join one of the best news teams in the country,” Vaughn said in a statement. “This is a sweet homecoming for my family. I look forward to getting re-acquainted with the viewers starting next week.”

Vaughn, who was let go from San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS in September, worked for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV From 1999 to 2007. Read more

Mike Murri Named Station Manager at WXYZ

Mike Murri is stepping into the role of station manager at Detroit ABC-affiliate WXYZ.

In his new role, which is effective immediately, Murri will oversee all the day-to-day operations of the station. He joined WXYZ as account executive in 1983 and became local sales manager in 1996. Since 2001, he has been the station’s director of sales.

“Mike has tremendous knowledge of the Detroit market and a history of success with the organization,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.  “More importantly, the passion and dedication he brings to his work makes him the ideal candidate to assume this role.”

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

3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more