Meet Carolyn Clifford, Channel 7's anchor for the 4, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WXYZ-TV & take a tour of the station at 20777 W. Ten Mile Road in Southfield.
Carolyn, a native Detroiter, grew up on the northwest side of the city as the youngest of nine children. She earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Michigan State University.
Carolyn came to WXYZ-TV from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh PA, where she anchored the 10 p.m. newscast. Before that, she anchored the 10 p.m. news at WLFL-TV in Raleigh, NC.
Carolyn also worked at the CBS affiliates in both Orlando, FL, and Lansing, MI, but got her real start in news at a small radio station in Lansing.
She was thrilled when she returned to her hometown to work at the very station she grew up watching.
In 2015, Carolyn was among a handful of journalists selected from across the country and the only news anchor in Michigan to be invited to the White House to interview President Obama about the Iran Nuclear Deal. It was one of the proudest moments of her career because not many journalists can say they were lucky enough to interview a sitting president one-on-one.
Carolyn’s most rewarding stories, however, are those that have helped change the lives of viewers - whether offering free flu shots during a national shortage, or finding free mammogram test sites for women in need.
Recently she did a piece on Debra Bonde, founder and director of Seedlings, being selected as the station's Person of the Week.
Carolyn has received many professional accolades for her reporting and anchoring work. She is a 13-time Emmy Award winner, including three Emmys for Best News Anchor. She has also been honored by the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and given a special tribute by the Karmanos Cancer Institute as one of their "Heroes of Breast Cancer."
Seedlings will provide Carolyn with the name of the winning bidder. The winning bidder and Carolyn will then decide on a time and date to meet.