It’s my favorite time of the week – the time when I can share with you another wonderful Metro Detroiter! I’m honored to bring you this particular interview because this man is doing many positive things for our city. Not only does he connect to his viewers in a more interactive way than any other TV news anchor in town, he truly wants to cover more positive stories AND he’s asking US to bring the news to him!
Of course I’m talking about Stephen Clark from Channel 7. His interaction on Twitter with the #backchannel is just plain fun and it empowers us to find good news! Here we go…
LW: What city did you grow up in?
SC: I grew up in the Air Force—all over the country. I moved to West Bloomfield when I came to Michigan…then to Commerce Twp.
LW: What was your first job?
SC: Besides mowing lawns—my first job with an actual paycheck was after school in the 9th grade—I watered plants at a commercial nursery behind my Junior High School.
LW: Where did you go to college?
SC: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
LW: Tell me about your business/company.
SC: I work for Channel 7 / WXYZ-TV.
LW: What makes it unique?
SC: It is such an ingrained brand in Detroit with so many long-time employees. Hard to find that kind of longevity in the broadcast business.
LW: What do you love most about what you do?
SC: The ability to connect with so many people outside my “circle” and being in the middle of events that become our city’s history.
LW: What is one thing most people don’t know about you (hidden talent, etc.)?
SC: My singing/songwriting is pretty much public knowledge…but most people don’t know I’ve completed one novel and written bits and pieces of others and screenplays.
LW: Outside of work, what are some of your passions?
SC: Besides music…I love to build…I do a lot of remodeling.
LW: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this state?
SC: I hear people putting Michigan down for all kinds of reasons—the economy, the weather. But the people putting it down are from here and wouldn’t even think of leaving. I think they’re trying to keep people out. 🙂
LW: What things draw you to downtown Detroit?
SC: I’m generally drawn by specific events…like games at Ford Field, Comerica or the Joe… or by concerts.
MSU or U of M? Neither…I send a daughter and my money to Western Michigan University
Ford, GM or Chrysler? I have one of each.
Lions, Tigers, Pistons or Red Wings? Tigers (I love baseball.)
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter (with a big side of FB)
Favorite local radio station? WYCD (sorry Mojo)
Favorite local TV station? Channel 7. (What did you expect?)
Favorite local brand? Ford
Favorite restaurant? Rojo in Novi
Favorite place to vacation in Michigan? At home
Favorite place to take out-of-towners? Tiger’s games