Carolyn Clifford anchors the 6, 7 and 11 pm newscasts with Stephen Clark.
Carolyn is a native Detroiter who grew up on the northwest side of the city.
She’s the youngest of nine children and there are more than 40 grandchildren in her family, so she was thrilled to return to her hometown and work at the very station she grew up watching. "It’s like a dream come true," says Carolyn.
Carolyn is a proud graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She also learned about the mental toughness this career requires after spending time in MSU's Army ROTC.
Carolyn was hired at WXYZ to anchor weekends and as the station's health reporter. Then by May 2002, Detroit began waking up with Carolyn when she joined the "Action News This Morning" team.
When Carolyn became the co-anchor of action news at 11pm she gave up her daily duties as Channel 7's Health Reporter. Carolyn spent 13 years doing Carolyn's Health Edge Reports and informing Detroiters about the latest developments in medical science and the effects they have on our community. Carolyn was also the host of the multiple emmy-nominated half hour health program called Healthy Living Sunday.
Carolyn came to WXYZ-TV from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh where she anchored the 10 p.m. newscast. Before that, she anchored the 10 p.m. news at WLFL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. where she worked her way up from weekend anchor and medical reporter. Carolyn also worked at the CBS affiliates in both Orlando, Florida and Lansing, but got her real start in news at a small radio station in Lansing.
Carolyn's most memorable moments in her broadcasting career include interviewing President Barack Obama, Oprah, Barbara Walters, and NBA Legends Michael Jordan and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Carolyn has covered everything from hurricanes in North Carolina to former South African President Nelson Mandella's first visit to Michigan after he was set free from prison. However, most meaningful to Carolyn is when many of Channel 7's stories have helped change the lives of our viewers whether we offered free flu shots during a shortage across the country, or when we found women in need of mammograms free sites to get the test.
The YWCA of Western Wayne County named Carolyn their 'Woman of the Year.' She has also been honored by the Detroit City Council and Detroit Urban League for her community service and volunteer work in the Metro Detroit area. One of Carolyn's passions is speaking out against domestic violence. She has reached out and helped many victims of domestic violence and speaks at many area events.
Carolyn has received several awards for her reporting and anchoring. She is an eleven-time Emmy winner, including three Emmy Awards for Best News Anchor. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and was given a special honor by the Karmanos Cancer Institute as one of their "Heroes of Breast Cancer."
Before Carolyn decided she wanted to work in news, she had dreams of dancing on Broadway. She has danced her whole life and was in the Michigan State Dance Company and the MSU Motion Dance Team before she graduated.
Carolyn loves speaking at area schools and community organizations hoping to make a difference in the lives of children. A quote Carolyn strives to live by is by Martin Luther King Junior, 1963 "The ultimate measure of a man or woman is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Carolyn is a devoted mother and most of her time away from the station is spent with her family, whether its going to her son’s track meets, her daughter's dance recitals, or simply spending a Saturday night at the movies. "Sunday is the most important day of the week because it’s a day devoted to our family."
If you have any stories or questions for Carolyn email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .