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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.

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Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. 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.

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.

Mike Woolfolk Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

Mike Woolfolk, former anchor for WACH in Columbia, SC, from 1996 to 2010, has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, reports The State.

After leaving WACH, Woolfolk started a media relations business. TVSpy reported about Woolfolk after he criticized his old station for hiring a beauty queen with no formal journalism experience. “I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day,” Woolfolk wrote on his blog at the time.

Woolfolk is a Detroit native. He responded to a report about his new job in the South Carolina paper The State by writing, “I never would have expected The State to post my tweets! But, thanks for updating your readers on where I have landed. I have received many messages of congratulations from great people in Columbia. I am humbled by the love and support. I miss Columbia but, it’s good to be home!”

Jonathan Carlson Joins WXYZ From WNCN

Jonathan CarlsonJonathan Carlson is joining Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an investigative reporter. Carlson comes from WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor.

Carlson has “deep experience covering everything from political scandals, school failures and government waste to natural disasters and breaking news,” WXYZ news director Dave Manney said in announcing the hire. “He’ll fit in nicely at Action News.”

Carlson begins at WXYZ in June.

WXYZ Reporter Pelted with Food by Angry Squatters


A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

The first incident happened when the reporter for the Detroit ABC affiliate confronted them as they drove away from the house they’d taken over. They threw what appeared to be soda on her and later brandished what looked like a bottle of barbecue sauce as they drove away.

When they drove by as Dahl was doing a live shot covering their eviction they pulled out the barbecue sauce again. “Just so you guys know, you’re live on television,” Dahl told them. “I wouldn’t do that.”

But they did. Watch the story.

Former WXYZ News Director Phil Nye Dies


Phil Nye, former news director for Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, has died.

Nye was the news director for the station in the 1970′s.

According to WXYZ, Nye’s friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about him on social media, “Some of the comments refer to him as a “super leader,” “a true talent” and a “wonderfully compassionate human being.”

He was 87.

Chris Lawrence Joins WRC From CNN

chris lawrenceChris Lawrence is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., as the weekend evening anchor.

Lawrence joins WRC from CNN, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as a Pentagon correspondent. During his 10 years at CNN, he has also worked in the network’s Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus.

“Chris has proven himself to be a first-class journalist. We believe his background and experience make him a perfect fit with the NBC4 team,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement.

Before CNN, Lawrence worked at WXYZ in Detroit, WTVH in Syracuse and WDBB in Tuscaloosa. More from WRC after the jump. Read more

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