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Crawford, Donella

TV news, Producer. Retired on December 5, 2104, after more than 40 years of work at WXYZ in many roles of Producer.

Donella's last story as producer before retirement.

Donella Crawford - Yes, that's a typewriter.
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    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

    WXYZ-TV Playback Editing

    An amazing time during the 1990's at WXYZ.  This is one of the hallways going through the edit room area and just outside of an area called Playback.

    WXYZ TV Editing and Playback
    The hallways just outside of WXYZ-TV Playback Room and News Editing Rooms, circa 1990s.
    Donella Crawford, Bob Baker, Craig Weiland

    Donella Crawford and Wanda Doerner

    Donella Crawford and Wanda Doerner
    Donella Crawford and Wanda Doerner

    WXYZ-TV Wins Big in Michigan Associated Press Awards Contest

    Channel Seven of Detroit
    SOUTHFIELD Mich., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WXYZ won eight first place awards in the 2011 AP Broadcasters Association awards, more than any other station in the Detroit market.  Included in the first place awards were the prestigious general excellence award and the highly coveted best newscast award. 
    "WXYZ is proud to receive these awards for journalistic excellence in news coverage," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez .  "This is a great honor for all those who work hard every day to take action for our viewers.  It's very rewarding to be recognized for these efforts."
    The 7 Action News Investigators won in the categories of hard news, continuing coverage, news documentary, and enterprise/investigative reporting, for their on-going reporting of corruption and scandal in local government.  Detroit 2020, WXYZ's decade-long, multi-platform, community outreach initiative was also a winner in the best feature story category, and reporter Bill Spencer took top honors in individual reporting.
    WXYZ also earned two honorable mentions in the photojournalism and website categories.

    WXYZ won first place awards in the following areas:


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    Dying To Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life

    Dying to be Happy - Chris Stepien

    A few days before Thanksgiving 2014, author Chris Stepien found himself in an oncologist s office. But he wasn't the patient. Stepien's wife, Ellen, was just beginning her battle with aggressive breast cancer. That day, while listening to the oncologist's treatment strategy, Stepien began writing Dying to Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life.

    In the pages of this book, a brush with a life-threatening disease sparks a frank discussion on mortality. The author explores the prospects of embracing death on a daily basis versus denying it. He encourages readers to follow the advice of Jesus Christ: always be ready for the end of life. Along the way, Stepien highlights a spectrum of short, true stories where people rise above the fear of death, including the harrowing account of a child who survived the Holocaust -- Stepien's own mother.

    But Dying to Be Happy is more than an anthology of grim tales and close calls. It beckons readers to admit the inescapability of death in order to find true joy in this life and the next.

    Good Morning Detroit - The Kelly & Company Story

    Good Morning DetroitJohn Kelly and Marilyn Turner, Detroit's first couple of television, give us a rare glimpse into their private lives. Here you'll peek beneath the facade of the local celebrities and read their personal account, a story that is sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, always honest and revealing. They speak of their early lives, their broken marriages, the ratings battles of the 60s and early 70s , the inside story of one of the most talked about Detroit romances as it blossomed between one of the city's hottest news anchors and its well-known weather girl.

    History of Detroit Television, The - DVD

    The History of Detroit TelevisionMichael Collins; Actor, Director; Scott Kemp, Director

    The History of Detroit Television is more than just a film. It's a living museum, a monument to a time that could easily be forgotten. This program is a salute to a time when TV was as local as Vernors, Sanders Hot Fudge and Hudsons. The stars of the day were Soupy Sales, Van Patrick, Lou Gordon, George Pierrot, Bill Kennedy, Milky The Clown and a host of other colorful characters.

    Horn Man: The Polish-American Musician in Twentieth-Century Detroit

    Horn ManDetroit and its strong Polish community share in America's rich history of Polish music and customs. This work documents that history and details the development of the Polish-American musicians in Detroit who became known as polka musicians, even though their music was very diversified.

    There Was A Time by George Burlbaugh

    There Was A TimeMy involvement with television and television news began more than a half century ago, almost by accident. Out of High School, I installed tv antennas, went to Korea in communication intelligence and ended up a tv news director and network news producer. This is a look back at some of the things I remember best.




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