Hank Winchester is Local 4’s Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV’s “Help Me Hank” Consumer Unit. Hank works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off people in our community.
Hank joined the WDIV family in 2001 and during his long tenure has served as a reporter, Local 4 Defender and a weekend morning News Anchor. In 2015, when Ruth Spencer “Ruth to the Rescue” retired she handed over the reins of the popular consumer unit to Hank and Help Me Hank has been serving our community in that role since.
While working as a reporter at WDIV, Hank covered some of the biggest stories in metro Detroit. He covered the scandal, conviction and trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his work on the murder investigations of Jane Bashara, Tara Grant and Ronald Jabalee were featured on Dateline NBC and The Today Show. He shared the first and only interview with Cecilia Cichan, the lone survivor of Northwest Flight 255 and was the first reporter to interview Dr. Jack Kevorkian after his release from prison and years later broke the news of his death.
As a consumer reporter, Hank worked to help transform Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in the city. He worked with the Detroit Pistons to build the school library and gymnasium. He has helped hundreds of Detroiters get justice after being ripped off and works to warn us about the latest scams and recalls affecting our community and our families.
Hank was born in Troy and is a proud graduate of Central Michigan. Before coming home he made stops at television stations in Miami (CBS), Flint/Saginaw (CBS), Lansing (CBS) and up in da U.P. , Marquette (NBC).
He has been honored with Emmy awards, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards and The Spirit of Detroit Award for his work to help the people in our city.
Hank is a proud father to his daughter, Emma and a dog dad to his doodle, Eunice.