July 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Jennifer Moore, former TV news anchor, reporter, dies of cancer

Jennifer Moore (Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame)

Detroit— Former broadcast journalist Jennifer Moore, an award-winning reporter for WDIV-TV, died Friday following a two-year battle with cancer, her family said. She was 64.

“The loss of our mother is hard to bear,” said Michael Carroll, Moore’s oldest son. “But, there is solace in the knowledge that our mother had such a profound effect on so many lives. An intrepid journalist, an unwavering mother and stalwart matriarch of our family, our mother was above all things a woman of gravity, pulling all those around her in and changing those she touched forever.”

Moore, the business editor at WDIV-TV, Channel 4, was one of the first women to cover the business, automotive and labor beats in Metro Detroit. She started her career at Channel 4 in 1979 and rose to business editor and news anchor.

Moore’s colleagues say she developed a strong viewer following for nearly 20 years because of her dedication to and reputation for “getting the story right.” She left WDIV in 2002 and began a media firm and later went to work at Ford Motor Co.’s media division.

Moore was known for her hard-hitting but contextual reports on business, the automotive industry and its unions.

Former WDIV anchor Mort Crim said, “Jennifer was a first class reporter for WDIV during my tenure there and also spent some time with me on the anchor desk. She was a superb journalist, a nice person, a wonderful mom and I'm proud to have been her friend,” Crim wrote on Facebook today.

Moore, whose journalism career spanned 25 years, was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Her reports “Made in Japan” earned Moore several journalism honors and awards.

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson in Detroit.

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