JoAnne Purtan

Anchor

JoAnne Purtan is an Emmy Award winning anchor & reporter who co-anchors Action News at Noon and 5 pm. She's also the "Don't Waste Your Money" Consumer Reporter.

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 that  this is what I wanted to do," JoAnne says. "I love telling people's stories and bringing viewers important information." She calls her Don't Waste Your Money stories some of the most gratifying, because they have such a direct impact on people.

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. She and her husband are big supporters of the Midnight Golf Program in Detroit, which for 30 weeks every year, teaches inner-city teenagers life skills, along with the game of golf. JoAnne has served as the community service chair for her children's school. She has also spent years co-hosting the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon with her dad and supporting the Salvation Army. JoAnne regularly volunteers her time helping a number of local charities with their events. In addition, she and her family aim to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. It’s her own mother’s battle that has JoAnne passionate about helping that cause. Her parents set up The Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund after her mom was diagnosed in January of 1997.

“It’s a miracle she’s still here with us today,” JoAnne says. “Our family is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and the money needed for a more effective early detection screening tool and better treatment so other families don’t have to go through what we’ve endured.”

JoAnne has received 3 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 children, Lauren and Adam. JoAnne recounts the story of when she and her family were talking about allowances years ago. Her young son said “Mommy always tells us to waste our money!” JoAnne says “We quickly told him he was missing an important word!”

If you have any stories or questions for JoAnne email her at jpurtan@wxyz.com.