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WXYZ-WMYD Donates $10K To Literacy Campaign

WXYZ and WMYD Detroit, Scripps-owned ABC and MyNetworkTV affiliates, respectively, celebrated National Reading Day by delivering a check for $10,000 to the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center.

The money was donated by The Scripps Howard Foundation, as part of its national If You Give a Child a Book … literacy campaign.

Mike Murri, Diane Renaud, Exec. Director, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center; Becky Brickner and Eli Scripps, Scripps Family members

The money will be used to purchase books for children at the Center, which provides educational programs for at-risk children through after school and summer programs.

The campaign is a partnership of the Foundation, the employees of the E.W. Scripps Co. and members of the Scripps family.

WXYZ anchor Carolyn Clifford at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center

“If You Give a Child a Book …” has distributed more than 100,000 books to children across the country.

“We are thrilled to to be able to advance the great work that is being done at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center through the generosity of the Scripps family,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ-WMYD’s general manager.

Employees of WXYZ and WMYD generously pledged money to purchase books for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center as part of the campaign.

A member of the Scripps family matched the employee contributions and presented a donation of  $14,106 to the Center. In November, more than 5,600 books were purchased with those funds for children in the community.

Tonight At 7, WXYZ Lights Up Detroit’s Holiday Season

The holiday season kicks off tonight at 7 in Detroit when the city’s Christmas tree lights up for the first time.

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ will broadcast complete coverage of the event during a live special, Light Up the Season.

Light Up the Season will be streamed live on wxyz.com and on the WXYZ Facebook page.

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WXYZ Continues Town Hall Meetings Tonight

WXYZ, the Scripps ABC affiliate in Detroit, is hosting a town hall meeting tonight, its fifth in a series as part of its Detroit 2020 community initiative to project a vision for communities in the future.

Mike Murri

“Throughout this series of town hall meetings, we are going out to communities across Metro Detroit to simply listen,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ’s general manager.

“Understanding the issues and challenges people are facing helps us do a better job of serving our viewers. It also gives us the opportunity to address those concerns in stories on 7 Action News. Our goal is to have a positive impact in communities throughout our area.”

Stories on the Michigan auto insurance crisis and Detroit water bills came from concerns shared at WXYZ’s town hall meetings.

WXYZ – DETROIT 2020 TOWN HALL – OAKLAND COUNTY from WXYZ Creative on Vimeo.

Detroit’s WXYZ & WMYD Helping Texas

This morning, from 6 to 8, volunteers from the Red Cross of Michigan will join employees of WXYZ and WMYD to staff a phone bank to take donations that will help victims of the flooding in Texas.

WXYZ and WMYD are the ABC and MyNetwork TV affiliates in Detorit owned by Scripps.

“We believe we can be a catalyst to encourage Metro Detroiters to donate in support of this important relief effort,” said Mike Murri, the stations’ general manager.

“We know the generous people of this community are committed to helping make a difference in the lives of the people in Texas.”

Anyone can donate by calling the Taking Action for Texas phone bank at 248-827-3362.

They can also go to wxyz.com or WXYZ’s Facebook page to donate or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

WXYZ Examines Detroit Riot 50 Years Ago

WXYZ, Detroit’s ABC affiliate owned by Scripps, will air a documentary about the 1967 Detroit riot this Sunday night at 7.

12th and Clairmount was produced by The Detroit Free Press in collaboration with WXYZ and Bridge Magazine, and highlights the racial and economic tensions that led to the most violent uprising in Detroit’s history.

The documentary, which will air commercial-free, features WXYZ archival film along with home movies from Detroiters who witnessed the five-day rebellion and shared their stories.

“It’s so important that we reflect on the past and learn from those experiences if we’re going to move our community forward,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ’s general manager.

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WXYZ-WMYD Detroit Holding Town Hall Tonight

Scripps-owned WXYZ and WMYD, Detroit’s ABC and MyNetworkTV affiliates respectively, will hold a town hall meeting tonight from 7 to 8 in Macomb County, the fastest growing county in Southeast Michigan.

The event is free and open to the public with limited seating available.

WXYZ and WMYD will feature part of the town hall meeting both on air and on Facebook Live.

Mike Murri

“We’re going into the communities we serve to simply listen and learn from our neighbors,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ-WMYD general manager.

“We want to hear their vision for the future and how our platforms at WXYZ and WMYD can help us get there together.”

WXYZ Goes Digital With Gun Documentary

untitledWXYZ, the Scripps ABC affiliate in Detroit, created a documentary for its website intended to go beyond the headlines, according to the station.

Beyond the Bullet: The Cost of Gun Violence in Detroit is posted on its website for viewing right now.

“By tackling this project as a digital documentary, we’re able to take viewers far beyond what they see in a newscast,” said Dave Manney, WXYZ’s news director

wxyz“At WXYZ, we’re digging deeper to create unique digital content that provides background and context for the issues that impact our local community and communities across the country,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ’s general manager.

The 27-minute documentary includes interviews with gunshot victims, including a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a random bullet, and a grieving mother whose son was shot and killed over a cell phone.

The documentary goes inside for a rare look in the Detroit Police Department gun vault where police keep a collection of long guns and hand guns seized in homicide investigations.

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