Detroit Public TV host Christy McDonald to leave station

Christy McDonald, reporter and presenter at Detroit’s PBS subsidiary, will be quitting her job next month, she announced on Wednesday.

The award-winning journalist said she’s “changed a little too much for my tastes in the past 3 years. Cancer, a pandemic, grief, and all the time raising three teenagers is pretty tough,” she said in a post on her website . “But while I’ve struggled to keep my balance on the stability ball of life, I make peace with the need for changes that push us beyond what we thought we could ever do.”

In 2020, her husband, sports media personality Jamie Samuelsen, died of the aftermath of battling colon cancer.

McDonald, who grew up in Troy, wrote on Wednesday that the decision not to renew her contract with Detroit Public Television after a decade-long relationship came as a result of “months of reflection.”

“… It’s time to learn more, time for new possibilities and new ways of thinking,” she said. “I look forward to using my skills to moderate critical conversations, raise the voices of women in leadership positions, and tell more stories about our changing community.”

According to her website, she is the managing editor of One Detroit, a weekly politics / news analysis show, and has featured on Michigan politics and the Detroit financial crisis on PBS NewsHour and CNN.

McDonald also launched the public affairs opinion show “MiWeek”, was a panelist and guest host on WDET public radio, and appeared on WJR’s “Anything Is Possible.”

According to her side, she has moderated talks with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Economic Club, Mackinac Policy Conference, and International Women’s Day events.

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