TRAILBLAZING WOMAN TV SPORTS BROADCASTER NOW A HALL OF FAMER
Anne Doyle Elected to Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
‘Locker Room Leadership’ Role in Journalism Drives her Business Today
Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 586.817.8414;
Jane Briggs-Bunting, Chair, Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, 517.355.1520
Auburn Hills, Mich.---January 30, 2007 -- Anne Doyle, one of the first female television sportscasters in the nation to cover professional and major college sports, has been elected to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Ms. Doyle’s election stems from her journalistic achievements and her “locker room leadership” during the late 70’s and early 80’s, when she helped lead the successful push for women journalists to achieve equal access to sports locker rooms.
In announcing her election, the Hall of Fame selection committee said, “When WJBK-TV in Detroit hired Anne Doyle to cover sports in 1978 she faced tough scrutiny, blanket discrimination and outright hostility both in the newsroom and in the press box . . . Doyle was tough, determined and professional, earning the . . . admiration and respect of both her peers and the athletes she covered. Her special reports on Title IX and other major stories of the era sealed her reputation as a respected reporter.”
Following her 12 years in broadcast journalism, Doyle moved to corporate business in 1987, joining Ford Motor Company. She rose through the ranks to become Director of Ford North America Communications. In a little over a decade, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in the North American Auto Industry” by Automotive News.
Ms. Doyle is now a professional speaker and president of Anne
Doyle Strategies (www.annedoylestrategies.com), a leadership and communications consulting business. Doyle says the lessons she learned as a change agent on the front lines of broadcast journalism and the auto industry laid the foundation for her work today.
“One of my most popular speeches is entitled, “How to Win When You’re In Over Your Head
,” Doyle says. “Sports and business are so intertwined that the many defining moments I experienced with personalities as challenging as Reggie Jackson, Bobby Knight and Bo Schembechler turned out to be invaluable lessons for the business world and the leaders I work with today.”
Doyle inherited her love of sports from her father, the late Vince Doyle, long-time WWJ sports director and voice of Michigan football whose name was synonymous with sports for several generations of Detroiters. She credits her first broadcast opportunity to another well-known Michigan sports personality, George Blaha, voice of the Detroit Pistons and Michigan State football.
Before her breakthrough job in sports, she was the first woman hired full-time as a radio reporter and anchor in Lansing at WJIM and the first woman to anchor a television newscast at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids.
“At a time when plenty of other radio news directors refused to hire me, saying ‘Women’s voices are just too high for the radio,’ George Blaha put me on the air,” Doyle explains. “The influence of my father and the unprecedented opportunities given to me by WJIM in Lansing, Channel 13 in Grand Rapids and Channel 2 in Detroit taught me the power of mentors and the importance of mentoring people who don’t remind you of yourself,” Doyle adds.
She formed Anne Doyle Strategies in 2005 to translate her leadership abilities and experiences, including working with such renowned and compelling leaders as Jacques Nasser, Sparky Anderson, Jack Welch, Gloria Steinem and Anne Steven, into a consulting practice. Today, she concentrates on the professional speaker’s circuit as well as developing and positioning leaders in the corporate and political world. For more information on Anne Doyle Strategies, please visit www.annedoylestrategies.com
“I think of myself as just one example of an entire generation of women who helped redefine the world of work and changed cultural attitudes about women’s capabilities,” Doyle said. “The biggest challenge today is to find new ways to work that tap the full capability of leaders during all life stages. With the coming talent shortage, we can’t afford to lose talented professionals who feel they are being forced to choose between a great career and a great life.”
Ms. Doyle is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan. She also studied at the University of Madrid and completed graduate and executive training at Northwestern University, Harvard, Duke’s Sloan School of Business and the Ford Executive Development Center.
The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame is located at Michigan State University. Esteemed newspaper and broadcast journalists and educators from Michigan’s leading universities comprise the nominating committee that selects the inductees. In addition to Ms. Doyle, the other 2007 winners are Cheryl Pell, Jeanne May, Gene Fogel, and Susan Carter. All recipients will be inducted on April 14th
at a Hall of Fame dinner in East Lansing. For more information on the Hall of Fame and tickets to the induction event, please visit www.hof.jrn.msu.edu