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WDIV Partners with Michigan Chronicle in Effort to Elevate Local News Coverage

March 1, 2024

Graham Media's WDIV-TV (Detroit) and the Michigan Chronicle announced a new media partnership aimed at elevating local news coverage in the Metro Detroit region.

This collaboration marks a significant step towards bolstering community engagement, fostering inclusivity, and enriching the depth of coverage on issues vital to Detroit and the state of Michigan.

Under the umbrella of this innovative partnership, the collaboration between the Michigan Chronicle and WDIV extends beyond mere coverage to encompass content collaboration, shared reporting, and strategic distribution. The first manifestation of it lies in the commitment to amplify the Michigan Chronicle Pancakes & Politics speaker series, a venerable platform that convenes Michigan’s foremost business and political leaders to address pressing regional concerns.

Now entering its 19th year, Pancakes & Politics has established itself as a premier forum attracting high-profile attendees and garnering widespread attention for its insightful discussions. Through combined efforts, the aim is to broaden the reach of Pancakes & Politics and other initiatives, ensuring that important conversations are accessible to an ever-expanding audience.

“This collaboration between the Michigan Chronicle and WDIV TV 4 exemplifies the future of local media sustainability,” remarked Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “By joining forces, we are not only expanding the reach of Pancakes & Politics but also paving the way for a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to news coverage. Our shared objective is to inform, empower, and inspire our communities, and this partnership is instrumental in achieving that goal.”

Bob Ellis, Vice President and General Manager of WDIV, echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the importance of making impactful discussions accessible to all.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Michigan Chronicle in amplifying the reach of the Pancakes & Politics speaker series,” said Ellis. “Through our collaboration, we are dedicated to ensuring that these critical conversations resonate with a wider audience, contributing to a more informed and engaged community.”

As the media landscape continues to evolve, partnerships like these underscore the vital role of collaboration in sustaining local journalism and enriching community dialogue.

For more information on the Pancakes & Politics speaker series and to access the streamed discussions, please visit The Michigan Chronicle’s website at

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