The Fox family is in mourning this week after beloved Detroit reporter Rod Hansen passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer.
A member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, Hansen worked for the affiliate WJR in Detroit for 30 years before he was laid off in 2005. Since then, he has spent over ten years helping Fox 2 to coordinate their coverage of federal court cases while serving as a press officer for the federal court in Detroit.
WJR released the following statement about his death:
“It is with deep sadness that WJR reports the passing of former WJR reporter Rod Hansen. Rod started his career at stations in Ohio before coming to WJR in 1967. He worked as a street reporter and news director. His specialty was covering the complex federal court in Detroit. He received two Peabody Awards… journalism’s highest honor. His work ultimately lead to the release of a man wrongfully convicted of murder. In his career, Rod earned countless Michigan Association of Broadcasting Awards, Society of Professional Journalism Awards and eventually a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Associated Press. In the last few years, he was the Press Officer for the Federal Court in Detroit. Rod is survived by his beloved wife Chris and his four children, and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.”
Prayers to family of longtime journalist Rod Hansen.Enjoyed seeing him in recent years as media liaison in Fed Court pic.twitter.com/Na0GkoZ365
— Roop Raj (@rooprajfox2) July 4, 2016
Rest in peace, Rod Hansen!