WXYZ-TV (Detroit) anchor Stephen Clark has announced that he will retire at the end of February. Clark has been a 7 Action News anchor and multi-platform journalist for 16 years.
“Stephen has been a valued member of the 7 Action News team and has made a tremendous impact on our station and the Detroit community,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager. “In addition to reporting and anchoring our news each night, Stephen has been an integral part of all our signature events, including the North American International Auto Show, Detroit Grand Prix, Woodward Dream Cruise and the Campus Martius tree lighting. We wish Stephen the very best as he begins this exciting new chapter of his life. We will most certainly miss him here at Channel 7.”
Clark’s career in broadcast journalism spans more than four decades, including anchoring at KCNC in Denver, KGTV in San Diego and WCBS in New York. He has covered events around the world, including the conflict in Bosnia, the Los Angeles riots and the California wildfires. He was a correspondent for CBS at the time of the 9/11 attack, and covered every aspect of the event.
Clark is known to WXYZ viewers for his devotion to his family and his passion for country music. He created the Scarlet’s Smile Foundation that is working to help find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, the disease that affects his young granddaughter Scarlet. The organization is currently involved in raising money to build a playground in Oakland County for kids of all abilities and disabilities. He is also an accomplished musician who is dedicated to writing and performing country music.
“I’m looking forward to having time to spend with my family, playtime with Scarlet, dinners with my wife Larenne, and a beer on the golf course with my dad – just two old retired guys,” said Clark. “I’ll miss my coworkers, but mostly I’ll miss the viewers. For my 16 years at WXYZ, they are the reason I’ve come in every night. We’ve shared the victories of our community, and mourned the losses, together.”
WXYZ and WMYD will celebrate Clark’s career and his many contributions to broadcasting in the coming months.