WDIV's Lauren Podell resigns after reportedly making racist comment

Posted at 10:06 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 17:39:29-05

Detroit reporter Lauren Podell has resigned from WDIV-TV after reportedly making a racist comment while talking to a coworker.

Detroit activists Sam Riddle and Reverend W.J. Rideout held a news conference Tuesday to voice frustration after hearing of Podell's alleged racial slur.

They say Podell used the "N-word" in an off-air conversation.

"One reporter's resignation simpl[y] begs the issue. We will demonstrate tomorrow outside of WDIV because of the systemic issues with the station's racist cover up and lack of transparency at WDIV," said Riddle in a statement issued Wednesday.

Detroit organizations plan to protest in front of the station today at 11 a.m.

Several years ago, Podell made headlines for using the "F-word" on-air.

As of Thursday morning, Podell's professional social media accounts had been deactivated.

In an email that went out to WDIV employees, Podell conveyed to her coworkers: "During my time at WDIV I have created many friendships that I will continue to cherish."

7 Action News has also reached out to WDIV for comment and has not received a response yet.