Robbie Timmons is regarded as a consummate professional who has delivered the news to Channel 7 viewers for 28 years. But the WXYZ-TV anchor is ready for change, so on Thursday she's retiring. Her departure comes on the heels of the departure of long-time Channel 7 meteorologist Jerry Hodak, who took his final bow Sept. 23. Retirement doesn't always mean slowing down. For Timmons it is switching gears and diverting her energy to the nonprofit the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) that rescues former race horses. "My passion is CANTER," she says. "It got to the point where I either had to turn it over to someone else or do it full time," says Timmons of her ever-expanding duties as the volunteer national treasurer. "And I think I can do it better than anyone else." Timmons, a broadcast news veteran, began her career in 1972 as an anchor at WILX-TV in Lansing. Accepting the job made broadcast history as Timmons became the first female in the country to anchor 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for a network affiliate... Channel 7 news anchor Robbie Timmons retires after 28 years (Wed, 10/13)
Every year, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) celebrates and announces its fall lineup with a dinner party at the Detroit Athletic Club. This year's event on Sept. 30, also honored four Metro Detroit community leaders, along with the customary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and silent and live auctions. The evening started with a lively cocktail hour and silent auction. The 200 guest then moved into the dining room where a beef filet and almond-crusted lake perch dinner was served. And of course, the highlight of the evening, the unveiling of the PBS fall season and a variety of new local DPTV productions. The live auction drew lots of enthusiasm, especially the eight-person dinner at the historic Bloomfield Hills home of event co-chairs, Bobbi and Stephen Polk. It raised $10,000... PBS launches fall television lineup in style (Wed, 10/13)
NPR's Michele Norris to appear in Detroit and Ann Arbor
Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) is welcoming NPR's All Things Considered host Michele Norris to southeast Michigan for two events related to her new book The Grace of Silence. She will speak at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 4:00 p.m., and at Borders Books in downtown Ann Arbor on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In her eloquent and affecting memoir, Norris examines her family's racial roots and secrets. Spurred on by Barack Obama's campaign and an NPR piece she spearheaded about race relations in America, Norris realized that she couldn't fully understand how other people talked about race until she understood how her own family dealt with it. In The Grace of Silence, she examines her family's story and challenges herself to put her own life into perspective against the backdrop of America's ongoing conversations about race.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, Norris will discuss The Grace of Silence and the topic of race relations at the Central United Methodist Church, 23 East Adams (near Comerica Park) in downtown Detroit. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The second event will be a discussion and book signing on Monday, Oct. 18, at the Borders Books, 612 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. It will begin at 7:00 p.m., and, though the event is free, advanced registration is necessary.
More information on these events is available at www.michiganradio.org/michelenorris.