WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce that Simon Shaykhet will be joining the 7 Action News team as a reporter.
Shaykhet is a native Detroiter who has worked on both sides of the camera. Most recently, he was the spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, coordinating the release of information related to hundreds of cases including; the Detroit city hall corruption scandal, the Christmas day bomber, and the FBI search for Jimmy Hoffa.
Shaykhet also worked for five years as a reporter for Fox 2 News in Detroit covering stories that had great impact on Metro Detroit, such as the scandal surrounding former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the collapse of the automobile industry.
"As a reporter and public information officer, Simon has seen some of the City's biggest stories from the streets and from the inner workings of the justice system," said WXYZ news director Tim Dye. "He will use those skills in this new role as a 7 Action News reporter and multi-media journalist. We are extremely pleased to add such an experienced and versatile person to our staff."
While at Fox 2 News, Shaykhet was the featured correspondent for Fox 2 News "Edge at 11." During this time, he was recruited by the Fox News Channel to cover national stories, including the impact of Hurricane Irene.
Shaykhet started his career as a reporter at Fox 47 in Lansing, Michigan and an anchor and reporter at NBC 24 in Toledo, Ohio.
Shaykhet's move to WXYZ is a homecoming of sorts…while attending Michigan State University, he was hired as a summer intern at Channel 7. He did the first reporting of his broadcast career at WXYZ.
"I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference," said Simon Shaykhet. "Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting. I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home."
Shaykhet will begin with 7 Action News on Monday, September 9th.