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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.”

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‘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

Deborah Collura Named GM of WCNC

wcnc setDeborah Collura has been named general manager of WCNC, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte. She will begin in her new role on June 2.

“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”

Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.

WCNC’s previous general manager, Tim Morrisey, left after the station was acquired by Gannett.

Jeff Wattrick Joins WDIV in Detroit

WDIV_Local_4_ClickOnDetroitJeff Wattrick is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as managing editor of the station’s website, ClickonDetroit.com. He begins in his new role next week.

“Jeff has the knowledge and understanding to deal with our content on several platforms. Having a talent like him leading our digital enterprises sets us up for long-term success and innovation,” WDIV news director Kim Voet said in a statement.

Wattrick was most recently a columnist at Deadline Detroit and the editorial producer at Mlive.

Chuck Gaidica Leaving WDIV for Ministry, Station Announces Replacement

Gaidica_BaileyWDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica (pictured right) is leaving the Detroit NBC station after 27 years to join a local church as the Pastor of World Outreach.

“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”

Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014

WDIV also announced it’s hired Ben Bailey (pictured left). Read more

WDIV to Revive Noon News Broadcast

WDIV_Local_4_ClickOnDetroitStarting today, viewers of Post-Newsweek’s Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV will once again be able to watch the Noon news over the air.

The half-hour “Local 4 News at Noon” will be anchored by Evrod Cassimy and meteorologist Brandon Roux.

The station said it took the Noon show off-air and online in August because it wanted to access what it said was a large audience watching the show while at work. But after the viewers asked to have the Noon news put back on-air, the station said it “decided to do so.”

WDIV Remembers Nelson Mandela With a Picture of Alex Rodriguez

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Nelson Mandela accomplished many impressive things over the course of his life, but playing third base for the New York Yankees was not one of them. This may come as a surprise to Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, who seem to have confused the two in a graphic that ran yesterday (above).

The graphic of Alex Rodriguez was up for seven seconds before it was quickly replaced with the correct headshot. [h/t New York Daily News]

Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

VIDEO: WDIV Reporter ‘Can’t Get This F-cking’ IFB to Work

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell had a little bit of IFB trouble this morning. Podell, who was reporting from Lapeer, described her technical troubles without knowing she was on the air, resulting in some unfortunate language being dropped on the morning newscast (watch above). [h/t Jalopnik Detroit]

Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get ‘Story of the Decade’

During last night’s 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption.

On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation. But if you look deeper, you’ll see two things that seem to be disappearing in this era of shrinking newsrooms, the importance of reporting on politics and the luxury of time to tell the story.

“I am very lucky to work for a station that did not lose interest in what started out as a political story,” Dietz told TVSpy. “I was able to stay on the Kilpatrick story for 12 years. The station was willing to invest the time and money to give me the opportunity to become invested in the story.  It turned out to be our story of the decade.”

Dietz, who has worked at WDIV since 1993 added, “I was born and raised in Detroit and this is the only town I ever wanted to work in. I think you may go harder and dig deeper when you work in your hometown.”

Dietz won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his ongoing coverage of Kilpatrick.

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