DETROIT, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Carr has been named digital anchor and reporter for WDIV-Local4/ClickOnDetroit. Along with his online duties, Carr will be joining the "Local 4 News Today" team and contributing to the station's mid-morning show, "Live in the D," from the newly created and yet to be named digital-centric studio space and engagement hub.
"This idea is the intersection of our audience and our on-air and online content. Jason is an extremely popular and charismatic broadcaster whose passionate interest in the evolution of media makes him the perfect guy to forge new ground with us," said Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager.
Drutz continued, "We are going to let the viewers help us name Jason's place on the set. 'The Today Show' has the Orange Room, what should we call our space?"
Carr will create digital-only content for Michigan's No. 1 TV news site ClickOnDetroit, social media, and over-the-top content.
"Jason will host digital-only news content and give us real-time social data and reactions from the web," stated Dustin Block, digital executive producer. "We are approaching this digital initiative with a refreshing amount of open-mindedness."
Most recently, Carr hosted "The Nine," WJBK's weekday live show for which he was nominated for a Michigan Emmy as host. He has been honored with 21 awards from the Michigan Emmys, Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press for anchoring, news reporting, feature reporting and writing.
"I am honored and thrilled to join the dedicated, hard-working journalists of WDIV-Local 4. Within the TV news industry it is a well-known fact that Detroit as a market is not only competitive but also has extremely loyal viewers who fiercely support their stations and personalities," stated Carr. "As someone who grew up on Go 4 It!, News 4 Nightbeat, Bless You Boys!, Count Scary, Dwayne X. Riley, and too many more touchstones to mention, I am excited to become a part of WDIV's long, rich history in this incredible town."
"Timing is just right to have Jason join our team of reporters and anchors and bring his relatable personality and journalistic chops to our newsroom. The combination of on-air and digital gives us nearly endless opportunities to report more of the stories of Detroit and beyond," said News Director Kim Voet.
Carr is a proud Michigan State alum and father of a 5-year old daughter. He and his wife live in Bloomfield Hills. His start date is June 20.
About Local 4
WDIV-TV Local 4 is honored to be recognized as Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Local 4 News is currently the #1 newscast at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. in Nielsen ratings for the Detroit television market. WDIV is the #1 NBC affiliate in the top 15 LPM markets. In addition, Local 4's ClickOnDetroit.com is a leading breaking news and weather website in Michigan and metro Detroit's #1 TV media website.
About Graham Media Group
Graham Media Group (www.GrahamMedia.com), a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), owns five local TV stations—each in a top-50 market and all recognized as news leaders—reaching 6.3% of U.S. television households: KPRC–Houston and WDIV–Detroit (NBC); KSAT–San Antonio (ABC); WKMG–Orlando (CBS); and WJXT–Jacksonville (independent). The stations also broadcast digital channels focused on classic television and operate market-leading websites, mobile sites and mobile apps that deliver breaking news, weather and community news, reaching millions of users across each platform. Graham Media Group owns SocialNewsDesk, a leading provider of social media software solutions used in more than 600 newsrooms worldwide.
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