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Thursday, 13 August, 2009 10:24 PM

TV and radio personality Charles Pugh plans to resign from Fox 2 News and run for city council

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Charles Pugh


by Nicole Vowell
nicolevowell@yahoo.com

 

 

DETROIT -- During the Wayne State University Comerica Speaker Series on Wednesday afternoon, Charles Pugh spoke about the condition Detroit is in and what he is planning to do to help. His speech titled “Knowledge isn’t Power Until You Use it,” covered topics including the city of Detroit, and his goals for the future.

Pugh said he has made the decision to resign from Fox 2 on Mar. 29, 2009, and that same day he said he will announce that he’s running for the Detroit City Council. He is also writing a book titled, “How to really Change Detroit” and starting a non-profit organization, The Charles Pugh Foundation, to help mentor drop-outs, teen fathers, and juveniles in the city. Pugh said that he will not be leaving his job at WJLB because he said he can reach more people in a positive way through the radio.

Pugh said he always had goals to be a TV journalist. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1993 and has worked for a number of news stations across the country including: KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan., WKJG-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Va., and right now at FOX 2 --WJBK-TV, in Detroit where he anchors the Saturday and Sunday news shows. He also works for FM-98 WJLB as a radio personality weekday mornings and hosts an evening show on Sunday. He has been in the business for over 10 years and said he has achieved his goal of being a journalist. “Sometimes goals change,” he said.

Part of Pugh’s job is to drive around Detroit everyday and report the news. By doing this he said he notices a lot of problems. Pugh said we need more social activism in the city, “I looked at what I’m doing and realized I’m not doing enough," he said.

During his address he said Detroit’s biggest problem is that we need more people to care. “I want to be part of the solution,” Pugh said. “If you want to have impact in the world, start in the circle in which you occupy.”

 

 

 

 

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