DETROIT - Roger Weber has worn several hats since joining WDIV in 1978. He has been a morning news anchor and Lansing Bureau Chief. But Roger's primary job as general assignment reporter has put him in the middle of Detroit's biggest stories. His major assignments have included the 1980 Republican Convention, the crash of Flight 255 and the bankruptcies of GM, Chrysler, and the City of Detroit. Roger has covered several high profile trials of defendants like Jack Kevorkian, Nathaniel Abraham, Stephen Grant, Sandra Lane and Sam Riddle.
In addition to those high impact stories, Roger enjoys covering unusual people and places "off the beaten trail." Roger won a Regional Murrow Award for his moving story about a Detroit couple's 70th wedding anniversary. Health issues forced them to live apart, but they still celebrated with a "night on the town." He earned an Emmy for a 2006 report called "Who We Are." The report gave Super Bowl fans a light-hearted introduction to Detroit and Michigan.
He spent over ten years teaching broadcast writing at Oakland University, and is proud to say that several of his students eventually worked with him at Local 4.
Roger's career began in 1969 as a student at Bowling Green State University. He worked behind the camera before anchoring the news on WBGU-TV. Roger also hosted a news interview program, which aired on public television stations across Ohio. After graduation in 1973, he worked at Channels 13 and 24 in Toledo.
Here's Roger's most embarrassing moment on the job:
"It happened while I was covering a preliminary event for the Detroit Grand Prix. I was riding in the back of a pickup truck to get moving shots of three dozen in-line skaters. We were in front of them as they raced around the track. I told the driver to pull farther ahead after the first lap, and drop me off so we could shoot from some other angles. All went according to plan until he stopped and I started climbing out. He gunned the accelerator too soon, flipping me backwards onto the pavement. To make matters worse, the skaters were bearing down on me fast. I scrambled out of the way just in time, with no serious injuries other than a bruised ego."
When he can find any spare time, Roger enjoys golfing, gardening, reading history, and fly-fishing.
Roger and his wife Corinna have two grown children.
If you have a story idea, Roger would love to hear from you. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Favorite Book: "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose.
- Favorite Movie: "It's a Wonderful Life."
- Favorite Song: "Still the One" by Orleans
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Leelanau County