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Former Detroit Anchor Woody Willis Dies at 73

Former WJBK anchor Woody Willis has died after what the FOX owned Detroit station said was a brief illness.

Willis anchored at WJBK during the 1970s and 80s.

In honor of Willis’ passing, anchor Murray Feldman, who used to work with Willis on weekends, told viewers, “and in his honor I want to take a moment and thank the hard working staff behind the camera. That’s what he used to do at the end of every broadcast.”

Willis was 73.

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Alan Lee Leaving WJBK After 18 Years

WJBK anchor Alan Lee announced on-air this morning he is leaving the Detroit FOX owned station.

Lee, who has been the morning show anchor at WJBK since 1996, said he decided not to renew his contract and instead will pursue plans to write a novel.

WJBK general manager Mike Renda said in a statement, “We want to thank Alan for his many contributions to the FOX2 news team over the past eighteen years.”

Lee’s last day will be July 31.

Woman Arrested After WJBK Security Breach

wjbk security breachA 51-year-old woman has been arrested after she drove her car onto the grounds of WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, without permission:

Around 8:30 a.m in the morning a 51-year-old woman drove her way through a gated security area and continued to drive around the station’s parking lot.  Southfield Police quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to get the woman to stop her vehicle.  She eluded them and exited the property.

Police followed her to the area of Greenfield and I-696 where they successfully stopped her vehicle.  She was placed under arrest on felony charges of malicious destruction of private property and on charges of fleeing and eluding police.

WJBK says reporter Andrea Isom will have a full report on the incident on the evening newscasts.

Update: The story from Thursday’s 5:30 newscast, after the jump…

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Charlie LeDuff Named National News Correspondent for FOX TV Stations

LeDuff FlagWJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff has been named national news correspondent for FOX Television Stations.

In addition to reporting for the Detroit FOX owned station, LeDuff will lead a series of national news reports on all FOX owned stations called “The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.”

“Charlie’s unorthodox storytelling, no holds barred attitude and exceptional wit combine to produce a news product that is unlike any other reporting out there,” Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations for FOX TV stations said in a statement. Read more

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.

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