Signing Off in Motown

A Longtime Motown Anchor says she is signing off from WDIV.

Detroit broadcasting legend Carmen Harlan has announced she will soon retire from WDIV and a career that spanned four decades.

A native Detroiter, Harlan began her broadcasting career in Detroit radio before joining WDIV-Local 4 in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. Not long after, she was promoted to news anchor with legendary newsman Mort Crim. For more than 20 years, Harlan has been partnered with anchor Devin Scillian for the station’s early evening and late news programs, making them Detroit’s longest running anchor team.

Now, because this is TV news, it's not Harlan is signing off this week. No....she will stick around to the November book, before she really retires. 

“About 18 months ago, Carmen came to me to say that she wanted to retire in the near future. I wanted to pretend that I didn’t hear her. There is only one Carmen Harlan and I wish she would stay forever, but I understand her desire to spend more time with her children and their families,” said Marla Drutz vice-president and general manager. “She is a class act who has been a true booster for this city.”

“In the newsroom, Carmen is often called ‘The Queen’ because she is. She is a true professional who can go between the hard-hitting stories that Detroit and Local 4 is known for, to creating levity on set and bringing out the best in our anchor teams. She always nails it.” said Kim Voet, news director. “She will be tremendously missed by every person at our station.”