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Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan announced Tuesday the hiring of WJBK-TV reporter Alexis Wiley as his new press secretary.
Duggan said residents have felt disconnected with their government and he wanted a spokesperson who will explain issues so average Detroiters can understand them. He has found that in Wiley, Duggan said.
“Through her reporting and her personal work, Alexis has demonstrated her deep commitment to Detroit,” Duggan said in a statement. “She is highly talented and someone who has earned a great deal of trust within the community. We are fortunate to have her as a part of our team.”
Wiley will use traditional media as well as social media and the city’s cable television station to communicate with city residents.
“We need to have an administration that communicates with people on a very active basis,” Duggan said later during a news conference in his press room in City Hall. “That means we needed a spokesperson who can relate to the average Detroiter. We’re going to be honest. We’re going to explain where we’re deficient, what we’re doing about it and what the timeline (is) that the help is coming.”
A native of Los Angeles, Wiley is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She was an investigative reporter in Shreveport, La., and Columbus, Ohio, before joining Fox’s affiliate in Detroit in 2010.
Wiley will be the primary spokesperson for the mayor, but she will also be more visible in the community, she said. Detroiters, who are often facing tremendous challenges, deserve to have an administration that’s working on their behalf, Wiley said.
“I am so excited to be joining an administration that really wants to work with them to make their neighborhoods, their communities better,” Wiley said. “The community has a partner now, and I’m glad to be a part of that partnership. You’ll see a big change and my goal is to get as much information out there as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Wiley added it’s a new challenge, but one she welcomes.
“The city deserves to know what’s happening and what’s being done to make their neighborhoods better,” she said. “There’s a lot happening. I’m still informing people, but it’ll allow me to focus on issues that I’m passionate about.”
John Roach, who served as Duggan’s spokesman during the campaign and transition, is now the director of communications and oversees all of the media operations, including the city’s cable station.