WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has named Gerard “Gerry” Anderson, Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year. Anderson has been applauded for his company’s civic contributions, including the state-of-the-art Beacon Park, the annual tree lighting at Campus Martius Park, new neighborhood street lights, and power for major public events including the Detroit Grand Prix.
WXYZ’s weekly public affairs program, “Spotlight on the News,” will feature an in-depth interview with Anderson on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. Host Chuck Stokes and Anderson will discuss topics including urban revitalization, education, youth empowerment, the environment and mass transportation in the region.
“Gerry Anderson is one of the most thoughtful newsmakers I’ve ever interviewed,” said Chuck Stokes, WXYZ public affairs and editorial director. “He is very direct and has a visionary view of what he would like to see Southeast Michigan look like in the future. We are pleased to honor Gerry Anderson as WXYZ’s Newsmaker of the Year.”
“This region needs to get its act together on transit. We stand out as a region that is weak,” said Anderson. “I understand we are a varied region but we need to find a way to come together and realize that if we nail that issue, it will be better for the region overall.”
Past WXYZ Newsmakers include Chris Ilitch and Chief James Craig (2016), Mike Duggan (2015), Kevyn Orr (2013), Dan Gilbert (2012), Justin Verlander (2011) and Rick Snyder (2010).