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Kraft, Walter

TV news, writer, producer, news director.

Walter Kraft, former News Director of WXYZ-TV in Southfield, Michigan, now Vice President for Communications with Eastern Michigan University.  The first pitch thrown out at Comerica Park on July 22, 2015.

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Walter Kraft Remembers Bill Bonds

12/19/2014 - Patrick Campion writers and interviews Walter Kraft, "I had an opportunity to sit down with a longtime coworker of Mr. Bonds, Eastern Michigan University's VP for Communications Walter Kraft, to talk about his life and legacy."


  • MP3 Download - Walter Kraft shares his memories of Bill Bonds with Patrick Campion on WEMU

Just Prior to the Six PM News

It's always hussle bussle prior to any newscast.  Here the six o'clock producer, Bob Clinkingbeard is finalizing the rundown for the newscaste along with the writers and executive producers.

WXYZ Newsroom
Donella Crawford, Lynda Solomon, Dan Dmitrik, Walter Kraft, Steve Kremer, Bob Clinkingbeard

Celebrating Great Ratings

Back in the 1990s, there was always many celebrations.  The great ratings for Channel Seven news brouight out the cake and a News Director (Walter Kraft) with a knife.  Don't worry, it was a friendly celebration.

Walter Kraft - Rosa Ybarra
Walter Kraft, Rosa Ybarra - Photo from the Terry Pochert collection

1988 Democratic National Convention - WXYZ Team - July 20, 1988

1988 Democratic Naitonal Convention - WXYZ-TV News Team
Greg Karrer, Walter Kraft, Bill Bonds, John Fuller and Mike Kalush - Enjoying a break from a hectic day. - Photo by Terry Pochert 
1988 Democratic National Convention - WXYZ Team - July 20, 1988

PR Newswire

Press Release from June 29, 1993.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael J. McCanham has been named assignment manager for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.  McCanham's appointment was effective Monday, June 28.  The announcement was made by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 News Director Walter Kraft.
Most recently, McCanham was assignment editor for WDIV TV/Channel 4 in Detroit.  Previously, McCanham worked as assignment editor for WJBK TV/Channel 2 and as a news producer/broadcast coordinator for WWJ News Radio 95.  Both news outlets are located in Southfield.  Prior to that, McCanham worked as a reporter for Metro Newswire in Garden City, Mich., and producer/reporter for WCAR Radio also located in Garden City.
WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 News Director Kraft said:  "Responding to news quickly and effectively is the trademark of Channel 7 Action News.  The addition of Mickey McCanham to our assignment desk further strengthens our position as Detroit's news leader."
WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Director of News and Operations Bob Giles said, "Mickey's knowledge of the Detroit area, and the people who make it work, makes him a valuable asset to our already strong assignment team ... joining Steve Kay, Bob Kuszynski, Melissa Kufel, Tim Meloche and investigative producer John Trafelet."
McCanham is active in the community and is also a member of the Citizens Advisory Board for the Farmington Hills Police Department.
In addition to WXYZ-TV, Scripps Howard Broadcasting owns and operates television stations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Memphis, Phoenix, Tampa, Tulsa and West Palm Beach.  It also operates cable television systems in California, Colorado and Florida, with 267,400 basic subscribers.
CONTACT:  Robin Hardin-Bailey of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, 313-827-9307

WXYZ Legacy Newsroom

WXYZ Newsroom
Helen Pasakarnis, Walter Kraft, Glenn Bar, Tammy Sortor, Janice Fritz-Ryken, Debbie Salem - Photo by Jim Madaus

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