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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

WXYZ Names Dave Manney News Director

wxyz logo_304x200WXYZ has announced Dave Manney will join the station as news director.

Manney returns to the Detroit ABC affiliate from WNBC in New York where he was managing editor. He worked at WXYZ early in his career.

“Having covered and been a part of many pivotal moments in Detroit’s recent history, it’s thrilling to return during its most important hour,” said Manney in a statement.  “WXYZ is where I grew up. It’s also where I learned the power and responsibility of TV and online news–and the obligation we have to make a difference.”

Before WNBC, Manney had worked as managing editor at New York’s WPIX and director of content for Detroit Public Television. He spent eight years at WXYZ, working as an investigative producer, executive producer of programming, assistant news director and online news manager. From 2003 to 2005, he was director of communications for the city of Detroit.

Manney begins in his new role on Monday, January 6.

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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.”

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.

Simon Shaykhet Joining WXYZ in Detroit

Simon Shaykhet is joining WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, on September 9.

The Detroit native has previously worked at rival WJBK and WSYM in Lansing. Most recently, he was the  spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the Detroit field office of the FBI.

“I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference,” Shaykhet said in a statement. “Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting.  I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home.”

Michelle Donaldson Named KOB News Director

Michelle Donaldson is joining KOB as news director. She begins at the Albuquerque NBC affiliate September 9.

Donaldson comes to KOB after five years as news director at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Before that, she worked as news director of KRQE-KASA, KOB’s rival stations in Albuquerque.

“Leaving New Mexico was a hard decision; returning there to do a job I love is a perfect scenario for me.  I feel so fortunate to be joining KOB 4′s fine news team and can’t wait to be back, ” Donaldson said. “My family and I have missed so much about the state.”

During her career in local news, Donaldson has also worked at WXYZ in Detroit, where she managed news and programming.

“Michelle’s news acumen coupled with her knowledge of and enthusiasm for covering New Mexico’s news put her at the top of our candidate list,” KOB general manager Mike Burgess said. “Her work at KPHO has added to her already considerable achievement list.  She is a great fit for our news team.” Read more

WJBK Reporter Denies Reports He Encouraged Detroit Mayoral Candidate to Enter Race

WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff is hitting back at a report from a rival station claiming he encouraged a Detroit mayoral candidate to enter the race.

Mike Dugeon told ABC affiliate WXYZ he entered the primary race as a write-in candidate after a visit from LeDuff. Dugeon’s entry could potentially affect the outcome of the primary because his name is similar to another write-in candidate, Mike Duggan.

“He was like, ‘It seems like you’re thinking about it, man,’” Dugeon told WXYZ. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to pressure you because then you can say I pressured you. So I’m just going to sit here for a minute and let you decide.’ And then I thought about it, and a smirk popped up on my face, and I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go on down there.’”

In his report, WXYZ investigative reporter Ross Jones said LeDuff and his cameraman accompanied Dugeon to file the paperwork for his candidacy. Jones included LeDuff’s denial that he encouraged Dugeon to enter the race in the WXYZ report.

In a subsequent appearance on the Fox O&O, LeDuff told his side of the story, saying he got a tip that Dugeon was planning to enter the race and visited his house to follow up on it.

“I get a call from a camp, a political camp, saying this guy is going to put his name in. So as a reporter I go over there and knock on the door, I ask him. He says ‘No, what are you talking about?’ I explain what Dugeon and Duggan on the ballot means. He thinks about it, he likes the idea, he does it, I follow. End of story.”

“The story speaks for itself,” Jones told TVSpy in an email. “The allegations are being made by the man featured in Charlie’s story, not me or WXYZ.”

Watch both the WXYZ report, and LeDuff’s response, after the jump. Read more

Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

Reporter Scott Lewis Leaving WXYZ

Scott Lewis, an investigative reporter at WXYZ, is leaving the Detroit ABC affiliate next month to pursue a career outside of the television industry.

Lewis joined WXYZ in 2010 after more than two decades at rival WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit. He will officially sign off from WYXZ when his contract expires on July 18.

“I want to thank Channel 7 for the great opportunity they gave me. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Channel 7 Action News Investigators, and I will miss all of the great people who have helped me to excel,” Lewis said in a statement.

Cheryl Chodun to Retire From WXYZ

Cheryl Chodun has announced her retirement from WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit.

Chodun started at WXYZ in 1978 as a news writer. She went on to be a radio reporter before re-joining WXYZ as an on-air reporter in 1988.

“This has been an amazing career,” Chodun said in a statement. “I have met so many fascinating people, I have told so many interesting and unbelievable stories.  I feel as passionate now about what we do as I did the day I started.  There is no question I am going to miss this, but I look forward to what I hope will be an exciting and fulfilling next chapter.”

Chodun said she plans to spend time with her family and volunteer. She also hopes to teach journalism. She will sign off from WXYZ on July 26.

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