Ruth Spencer

Anchor/Consumer Reporter

In addition to anchoring Local 4 News at 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., Ruth is an Emmy award-winning consumer investigator. With her Ruth to the Rescue reports, she has helped thousands of consumers find solutions to their complaints about a business, product or service. Ruth has also anchored the 6:00 p.m. news, and enjoyed a #1 rating for 13 years on that newscast.

Before heading up Local 4's consumer unit, Ruth was a general assignment reporter for WDIV. She covered a variety of stories including "On the Homefront" reports during the 1991 Gulf War, and the 1993 "Michigan Miracle Mission" to Israel where she accompanied hundreds of metro Detroit area Jews on a mission to find their roots.

Ruth moved to the metro area in 1990 to work at WDIV. That's where she met native Detroiter and attorney Jerry Aaron. They married in Cranbrook's gardens in 1992. The couple had a daughter, Amy, in 1995. The family also includes "Chase", the family's Bouvier des Flandres dog, and "Yoshie", their cat from the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Born in San Diego, Calif., her family moved to the San Francisco Bay area when Ruth was 9 years old. She studied ballet for many years and danced various roles with the Oakland Metropolitan Ballet in Oakland, Calif.

She put herself through college teaching ballet, and graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism.

In the community, Ruth is involved with the American Heart Association. Her father died in 1999, due largely to heart disease, Ruth says. Her husband survived a heart attack in 1996 when he was 49. Because of these events, Ruth says, she and her husband serve as co-chairs of the annual fundraiser, The American Metro Detroit Heart Walk, the largest in the nation. "I'd like to invite everyone to come walk with me each autumn and help raise money to continue the fight against heart disease and stroke," she says.

Ruth is also part of "Gift Of Life," Michigan's organ recovery agency. She and her family ask you to consider becoming an organ donor, and tell your family of your decision.

  • Favorite movies: "The Wizard of Oz," "Funny Girl," "The Turning Point," "Braveheart," and "The Elephant Man."
  • Favorite books: "A Simple Path" by Mother Teresa, and "My Descent Into Death- A Second Chance At Life" by Howard Storm.

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