WJR News Team Bios
Dick Haefner is WJR's News Director and has over 35 years of experience in the news gathering business. During his career, Dick has had his share of exciting experiences. Some include breaking the story on suburban toxic waste dumps, exposing widespread fraud at gas stations and almost crashing in a traffic helicopter when a seagull smashed out the windshield!
Among the biggest stories Dick has broken are Coleman Young's baby, the Nancy Kerrigan - Tonya Harding whack heard around the world, and Detroit's two side-by-side sports stadiums.
During his tenure at WJR the station has been honored with nearly every national and local news award in the broadcast business.
Haefner's most memorable experience was researching and breaking the story of a local, bigamist judge... his only story that has ever been picked up by the National Enquirer!
Lloyd Jackson describes himself as "just a regular guy", but most people would probably disagree. This ambitious, broadcast journalist attained his personal goal of employment with WJR News long before he expected it to happen. Lloyd has covered Nelson Mandela's visit to Detroit, ridden with the police department on raids and even been shot at by a barricaded gunman!
Jackson, who began his career at WJR in 1993 as the city/county beat reporter and is now assistant news director, says he loves the fact that radio is "fast and now", but dislikes the objectivity that the job requires. "I usually have an opinion about stories, but being a journalist, I have to remain neutral." Lucky for Lloyd, he can toss his modesty and neutrality aside when talking about his greatest love: his children Lloyd Jr., Justin and Marie.
Lloyd has won numerous awards while at WJR, including honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also the host of many special interest shows on WJR, such as "Ask the Mayor", "Ask the Governor" and "Ask the Chief". Jackson adds, "It's a great honor to work with the professionals in the WJR newsroom that make my job an interesting and fulfilling endeavor".
Lisa Cipriano began her career at WJR as an enthusiastic intern in January of 2001 shortly after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Oakland University. Working hard under the guidance of such top-notch newscasters as Gene Fogel, John Stockwell and News Director Dick Haefner, she was eventually offered a reporter position.
Lisa believes her opportunity at WJR is fate. When she was a young girl, she sat next to J.P. McCarthy on an overseas flight. He told her that his job was to talk to people over the radio and suggested that perhaps one day she could do the same. "I never dreamed it would be at the same station as the hall of fame broadcaster."
Ken Rogulski is a broadcasting veteran who has worked for radio stations in Detroit, Houston and Kalamazoo. Prior to his hiring as a newscaster at WJR, Rogulski served as the morning personality and program director at the now defunct WWJ-FM in Detroit. During his tenure in Houston, he worked as a program director and afternoon personality at KODA-FM, and held sales positions with KILT-FM and KZFX-FM. While in Kalamzoo, Ken was the morning host at WQLR-FM and a newscaster at both WYYY-AM and WIDR-AM.
Ken has done numerous voice overs for Art Van, WDIV-TV, Gorman's, K-Mart, Pontiac Motor Division and the Chevrolet Motor Division. He has also worked as an on-camera spokesman for Roto Rooter and Perly Whites tooth polish.
From the concert stage and recording studio to news anchor and media relations specialist, Pete Misiak has experienced a well-rounded professional career in and around journalism.
Born and raised in Detroit, Pete's first professional job was truly special. Fresh out of high school, he auditioned for the famed choral group Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians, earning a spot in the Glee Club and partaking in four national tours and six summer tours. While with The Pennsylvanians, Pete participated in concerts, recording sessions, television appearances and as an Artist-in-Residence at Penn State University (1976-1978).
In 1978, Pete enrolled at Central Michigan University, majoring in Broadcast/Cinematic Arts. Upon graduation in 1982, jobs were scarce, so he traveled to Indianapolis for a stint in regional theatre, earning his Actors' Equity card in 1983.
In January 1984, Pete began his career in television as Program Director at WBKB-TV, Alpena, MI. Soon, he was in front of the camera, anchoring the news, hosting a weekday talk show, moderating a high school quiz show, and continuing his duties at Program Director. After two years, Pete moved across the state to Traverse City's NBC affiliate WPBN-TV as a news anchor, a position he held for eight years. While in Traverse City, Pete also served for nine years as news director/morning show host at WKLT-FM and as a feature writer for the Traverse City Record-Eagle. It was at this time that Pete formed Hi-Tech Video Productions, a video production company, which he still operates today.
In 1998, Pete took a job at WTVN-AM, Columbus, Ohio, as a news anchor and reporter. But after a few months he moved back to Michigan and accepted his first job outside of broadcasting in 15 years, as Media Relations Manager for the Detroit Public Library system.
Pete joined PR Newswire as the company's Midwest Media Relations Manager in August 2000. But broadcasting beckoned once again, and in July 2001, Pete realized a lifelong dream by joining WJR-AM as a News Anchor/Reporter.
Gene Fogel's illustrious career at WJR began in 1971. Over the years he has won a prestigious Peabody Award for uncovering corruption in Detroit Federal Bankruptcy Court, and aired a series of reports on faulty bite mark evidence which lead to the freeing of two men who had been serving life prison terms in a brutal rape case. In 2005, Fogel was the recipient of a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Associated Press. In 2007, Fogel was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. He also teaches broadcasting at Oakland University.
Gene is an amateur magician and, in his spare time, coaches a women's soccer team.
John is a graduate of the New York State Maritime College, where he received his Third Mate's license (Ocean's Unlimited, any gross tonnage) and his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology in 1964.
He then served aboard the S.S. Santore (a Bethlehem Steel ore carrier) for five months. After almost five years in the U.S. Air Force, John decided to try his hand and his native "blarney" in television broadcasting.
He arrived in Michigan in 1969 and went to work for Flint's Channel 12 as their on-air meteorologist for the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. While at Channel 12, John formed his own consulting company, which provides weather forecasts and weather-related information to private businesses, primarily across the Great Lakes region. One of his earliest clients was WJR Radio, where John has been bantering back and forth with their on-air personalities for more than 20 years.
John has been married to his wife, Mary-Ellen, for some 32 years. They have three children -- Marjorie, Thomas and Judith -- plus two grandchildren, Ryan and Maggie.
Judy Coy and partner John McMurray own and operate Commercial Weather Services, Inc., a private meteorological consulting firm in Flint, Michigan. For over 20 years, she has been one of the voices for weather information on WJR and a number of other radio stations throughout the Great Lakes region, including Canada.
Judy, who holds associate degrees in science, math and applied sciences from Mott College, has over 25 years experience in the field of meteorology. She specializes in forecasting and broadcasting weather for the Great Lakes region, and has experience in both radio and television.
Judy also holds a private pilot's license and puts her weather expertise to the test while flying, sailing and wind surfing around the Great Lakes.
Judy and her husband, Mike, enjoy lake living and all the activities that go with it. They share their home with a Shetland Sheepdog, Storms.