JoAnne Purtan is an Emmy Award winning anchor & reporter who anchors Action News at Noon and co-anchors our 4 pm newscast called “The Now Detroit.” She's also the "Don't Waste Your Money" Consumer Reporter and each week she profiles “mompreneurs” in her “Mom’s a Genius” segments.
JoAnne joined WXYZ in 1998, a dream come true for her because she grew up watching Bill Bonds & Diana Lewis. In fact when her dad, radio personality Dick Purtan, worked at WXYZ Radio, JoAnne would go to work with him on Saturday mornings and run downstairs to the newsroom where she would pretend she was doing the news.
"I just knew from the time I was a little girl this is what I wanted to do," JoAnne says. "I love telling people's stories and bringing viewers important information."
Before returning to Detroit, JoAnne spent 7 years as an anchor/reporter at WRGB-TV in Albany, New York.
JoAnne’s deep roots here make her passionate about this community. JoAnne is on the advisory board of the Midnight Golf program in Detroit, which teaches inner-city teenagers life skills, along with the game of golf. They meet twice a week for 30 weeks, culminating in a week-long college tour.
JoAnne is also on the board of directors for New Day Foundation for Families, a non-profit that provides financial stability and hope to cancer patients and their families. JoAnne knows first-hand how devastating cancer can be, and has a heart for those faced with the added burden of financial distress. JoAnne lost her mother-in-law to ovarian cancer, the same disease her mom has battled five times since 1997.
“It’s a miracle she’s still here with us today,” JoAnne says. Her parent’s Purtan Family Foundation supports research to develop a more effective screening today and better treatment so families don’t have to go through what they’ve endured.
JoAnne has received 4 Emmy Awards for her work, including Best News Anchor, and has been nominated for more than a dozen others.
JoAnne and her husband Eric are proud Spartans, both graduates of Michigan State University. They have two teenage children, Lauren and Adam.