Popular WDIV reporter resigns after using n-word

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell.
WDIV reporter Lauren Podell.

Popular WDIV reporter Lauren Podell has resigned after using the n-word in front of a co-worker.

Podell uttered the word while complaining about covering black-on-black crime in Detroit several months ago, according to WDIV reporters who spoke on condition of anonymity.

When word got out over the weekend, WDIV caught fire from civil rights activists who questioned why she was still employed. They called for a boycott of the station until a formal apology was issued.

“She was stereotyping and demonizing human beings who are victims of a crime,” Sam Riddle, a civil rights activist, told Motor City Muckraker on Saturday. “We are in some of the most hateful times because of Donald Trump. It’s getting worse from where we sit.”

Riddle recently posted about the incident on Facebook, prompting WDIV to respond after months of silence.

Podell didn’t respond to our request for an interview.

In an e-mail to coworkers, Podell wrote,“During my time at WDIV I have created many friendships that I will continue to cherish,” according to BLAC, which broke news of her resignation.

You may remember another embarrassing moment for Podell, who loudly dropped the F-bomb while on air.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.