Newsmakers and links May 9, 2011




Christy McDonald to anchor Detroit Public TV's coverage of 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has announced the hiring of Christy McDonald as anchor of its coverage of the Detroit Regional Chamber's signature event, the Mackinac Policy Conference. The television and Web coverage is designed to deliver the highest level of access to content in Conference history, June 1-3 on Mackinac Island, Mich.

DPTV hosts Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley and Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson will join McDonald throughout the broadcasts and webcasts and in creating content for the website.

Through its project, DPTV is seeking to engage more citizens than ever in meaningful discussions about Michigan's future.

An Emmy Award winning journalist, McDonald was an anchor and reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 2000 through 2010. She specialized in breaking news, politics and in-depth coverage. She has anchored continuous election night coverage and focused on interviews with politicians and newsmakers.

She began her career as a news writer and producer at two Detroit television stations and later worked as an anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a native of Troy, Mich.

"Christy McDonald is the ideal choice to anchor the most extensive coverage in the history of the most significant event of the year for discussing Michigan's future," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of DPTV. "Her experience, connection with viewers and skill in covering major live events will allow Michigan to get closer to this important event than ever before."

DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the Conference, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, and make it available via its multiple television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the significant discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan. All content will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations, in Michigan, to make coverage of the Conference as accessible as possible.



Red Wings/Sharks NHL playoff game 6 to be seen of FOX Sports Detroit

Tuesday's (May 10) NHL Western Conference semifinal Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will be seen in Michigan and Northwest Ohio on FOX Sports Detroit with the opening faceoff set for just after 8:00 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins baseball game will be moved to FOX Sports Detroit Plus on Tuesday; game time is 8:00 p.m.

Visit for channel listings.



Detroit News:

"Volunteering and giving back has become my life's purpose," said the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchorwoman, who has been at the station for eight years. Her nonprofit organization, the Rhonda Walker Foundation, is having a breakfast Saturday to honor high school graduates and their parents. "If all of us took time out to give something back to those in need, the world would be a better place."

Walker, who was born in Detroit and grew up in Lansing, said her parents taught her and her siblings the value of charity... Small talk with Rhonda Walker (Mon, 5/9)



Detroit Free Press:

The final round of KC's Big Break, the battle of the bands competition presented by WCSX-FM (94.7)'s morning jock Ken Calvert, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dooley's Tavern in Sterling Heights... Names and Faces (Mon, 5/9)







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