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Pulitzer Winning Detroit Reporter Calls Pulitzer People ‘Jerks’ Says Awards ‘Bullshit’

elrick_croppedM.L. Elrick, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK told Detroit Metro Times what he really thinks about the Pulitzer he won when he worked for the Detroit Free Press.

Elrick won the award in 2009 along with Jim Schaefer, who still works at the paper, for a piece about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

When Metro Times asked Elrick about his Pulitzer, he told them he wasn’t all that excited about it and that the “Pulitzer people were jerks.” He added, “It’s like every award: Every award is bullshit unless you win it because it’s all subjective. There’s some great work that doesn’t get recognized. To think that the work is only important because someone gave you a piece of shit crystal from Tiffany’s, that’s ridiculous.”

David Ashenfelter, a former Free Press reporter himself, wrote on Elrick’s facebook page “While it is true that you and Jim broke the biggest story in decades in Detroit, it’s also true that you and Jim were significantly assisted by other Free Press staffers who worked tirelessly on the story. Be grateful that you won the biggest prize in American newspaper journalism. And be generous with the people who helped you — as well as the organization that recognized you, Jim and the team of reporters for extraordinary work.”

As part if his reply to Ashenfelter, Elrick said, “David, as I’ve often said, I think most awards are bullshit — unless the judges select you. And, as I’ve often said, I’d rather have them than not! My personal and professional admiration for you knows no bounds. As for the folks at Columbia … they were high-handed dicks.”

See the complete text of Elrick’s comments to Detroit Metro Times after the jump. Click here to read the article. Read more

Detroit Police Clear Officers Involved in Scuffle with Reporter

Detroit police say two of their officers did nothing wrong when they blocked WJBK reporter M.L. Elrick from approaching City Council President Pro-Tem George Cushingberry, Jr. at a council meeting.

The two officers were caught on tape shoving the reporter for the Detroit FOX owned station out of the way when Cushingberry approached the meeting which sparked an investigation by Detroit police.

Accoridng to WJBK, police found the officers in question used force that was “reasonable and necessary.”

Elrick responded, “This isn’t the first time Detroit police have roughed up a reporter, or a citizen, trying to get answers, and I think it’s troubling that the chief saw nothing wrong here. We’re going to continue to try and hold public officials accountable, and I think it’s disappointing that police in a city that don’t have enough police are being used to protect public officials who don’t want to answer questions.”

Police Investigate WJBK Reporter Rough-Up

Yesterday we told you WJBK reporter M.L. Elrick was roughed up by police after attempting to interview City Council president pro tem George Cushingberry, Jr. at a council meeting.

Today we learned Detroit Police have launched a formal investigation into the incident.

Police Chief James Craig said Elrick’s run-in with a supervisor and an officer assigned to City Council protection duty appeared to be a use of force, but not an excessive use of force. He also said the Sergeant involved has been moved from the executive protection detail.

“The reporter, while attempting to force an interview, blocked President Pro Tem Cushingberry’s path and the unit responded by forcing a protective space allowing the councilman to proceed to his seat,” City Council president Brenda Jones said in a statement, according to The Detroit Free Press. “Due to the nature of the reporter’s aggressive behavior, Sgt. Robert Mitchell, the head of the unit, contacted his superior and filed an incident report. This incident is under investigation and I have, and will not have, any further comment on this incident.”

The Free Press reports “Earlier this month, Cushingberry was found with alcohol and marijuana in his car during a traffic stop earlier this month.”

Caught on Camera: WJBK Reporter Roughed Up by Police at City Council Meeting

M.L. Elrick‘s photographer was rolling when the WJBK reporter tried to speak to president pro tem George Cushingberry, Jr. at Tuesday night’s City Council city-wide community meeting and it paid off with some dramatic video.

The Detroit FOX owned camera caught two City Council security officers violently pushing Elrick out of the way as Cushingberry walked into the meeting. WJBK said it looked like the two officers cleared the way for the councilman as he walked by the reporter and his photographer.

“Did the councilman tell you to do that?” Elrick asked after following the police Sergeant who was one of the officers to rough him up.

According to WJBK Detroit police are looking into the incident.

Detroit FOX Reporter Leaving to Work for Detroit Mayor

wiley_wjbkAlexis Wiley has announced she is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK.

“Alexis has played an integral role in our station’s vigorous reporting on what’s making news in Detroit, particularly her ‘Redefining Detroit’ series which continues to get tremendous positive feedback from our viewers,” WJBK vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement. “We wish her the very best in her new endeavor; she will be missed.”

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday she will be named spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Sources tell us her new title will be director of community engagement and spokesperson for the city of Detroit.

Before coming to WJBK, Wiley worked in Columbus, OH. She started her career in Shreveport, LA.

WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff Named GQ’s ‘Mad Man of the Year’

leduff_croppedCharlie LeDuff, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK has been named “Mad Man of the Year” by GQ magazine.

“Besides being the author of a best-selling book about how fucked Detroit is (Detroit: An American Autopsy, published earlier this year), Charlie got famous by basically reinventing local news reporting,” wrote GQ’s Devin Friedman in the current issue which is set to appear on shelves Monday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, GQ said it chose LeDuff based on his  WJBK stories, his book and his appearance on Anthony Bourdain‘s CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

Read the online version of the story by clicking here.

Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK

derek kevraMeteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern. He has also worked at KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore.

Kevin Roseborough Named News Director at WJBK in Detroit

wjbk logoKevin Roseborough has been named vice president and news director at WJBK, the Fox owned station in Detroit.

Roseborough joined WJBK in 2004 as the station’s managing editor. Since 2006, he has been assistant news director. He replaces Dana Hahn, who was recently named news director at WTTG, the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

“Kevin has played a major role in the success of FOX 2 news. His excellent editorial judgment and outstanding leadership made this decision an easy one,” WJBK vice president and general manager Mike Renda said in a statement.

Before joining WJBK, Roseborough worked at the Detroit Free Press, where he held a variety of positions including night city editor.

“There is nothing more important to me than the trust we have established with our viewers by providing them with relevant local news coverage at a time when Detroit faces some of the biggest challenges in its history,” Roseborough said.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Mark Bullion Joins KXRM From WEEK-WHOI

mark bullionAfter two years in Peoria, WEEK-WHOI weekend anchor Mark Bullion is joining KXRM in Colorado Springs.

“I have worked in the Peoria market at WEEK/WHOI for almost two years and it has been a great learning experience for me,” Bullion told TVSpy in an email. “I look forward to a new chapter in my life in Colorado Springs at Fox 21 News and will always value what I have learned not only in the Peoria market, but also my first job at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio as well as my internship in both the news and weather departments at WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit.”

Bullion joins KXRM as weekend weather anchor and weekday reporter. He starts on October 28.

Dana Hahn Joins WTTG as News Director

Dana Hahn will join WTTG-WDCA, Fox’s duopoly in Washington, D.C., as vice president and news director.

Hahn moves to D.C. from Detroit, where she has been vice president and news director at Fox-owned WJBK for 12 years. She began her career at Fox as WJBK’s broadcast operations coordinator in 1996.

“Dana led WJBK to the #1 position and under her leadership, maintained its role as the market leader for many years. Her creativity, signature style and news acumen is unmatched and I look forward to seeing her influence on our newscasts,” WTTG VP-GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired last month. More from WTTG after the jump. Read more

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