WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced that Jason Colthorp has been promoted to anchor of Local 4 News at 5:30 p.m. Colthorp will join Karen Drew, Ben Bailey and Bernie Smilovitz on the early evening newscast.
He will still report for Local 4 News at 11 p.m. and other newscasts. Devin Scillian will continue to anchor Local 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kimberly Gill.
“Jason is a hard-working and curious journalist with a great sense of humor. He’s the kind of guy you want in the newsroom, on the street and on the anchor desk. I’m happy to have him officially join our early evening anchor team,” Scillian said.
Colthorp joined WDIV-Local 4 in January 2015 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. A Michigan State University graduate, Colthorp spent 14 years at WILX-TV in Lansing, first as a sports reporter and later as main evening anchor.
“We knew when we hired Jason he would be part of WDIV-Local 4’s future for a long time,” News Director Kim Voet said. “Jason is a talented anchor/reporter who understands the broadcast and digital properties of our newsroom. He navigates both brilliantly.”
Colthorp’s first official day on the news desk is January 2, 2018.
“Since I arrived three years ago, it’s been an honor to be part of such an outstanding news team. So, it goes without saying, I’m very excited to join the anchor team. It’s an assignment I don’t take lightly and one that allows me to keep finding good stories and telling them as best I can,” Colthorp said.