Skip to content

A producer looks back, and then ahead to Detroit 2020

October 03 2013 | 3 comments



After a long and distinguished career, award-winning Detroit 2020 producer Donella Crawford is retiring this week.

Donella has been an integral part of the Channel 7 newsroom for more than 40 years.

Donella’s last story embodies her feelings and sentiment for Detroit:


For the past three years I have been part of the Detroit 2020 team.  This has been a dream job.  But tomorrow I retire after 40 years at WXYZ,  knowing great things lie ahead for the TV station and the region.

I’m convinced Detroit in the next decade will be a very special place.  I’ve seen the sometimes subtle clues as I’ve worked with the Detroit 2020 crew during the past three years.

I’ve watched children planting seeds in the spring with the real expectation of an abundant harvest in summer.

Volunteers come together to build new homes to welcome young families.   Others bring down houses that will no longer provide shelter for anyone.

And on the land where blight once stood, there is now bounty from the soil, and for the spirit.

Men who were once homeless now feel at home in public as they lift their voices in song.

A couple of guys with bicycles find a new way to share their view of the city.

Almost every month new restaurants open and established ones continue to serve up good food and memories.

The only American built watches are made in Detroit.

Detroiters also sew some mean jeans and are about to brew baby batches of beer.

We’ve begun to appreciate the mixture of cultures that makes our community strong.

Our older citizens look back at lessons learned in the past to help our youth look forward to a brighter future.

Old buildings are getting a new lease on life.

And young people rush to leasing the apartments they offer.

Some of the folks with deep pockets are reaching into them to revive the d.

Sports teams, traditions, and challenges bring individuals together.

To outsiders, Detroit may look down and out.  And, indeed the region faces serious challenges.  But I would urge those people to look beyond the buildings and blight … and instead focus on the faces of my adopted home town.  It’s the people who will make Detroit 2020 the place to be.



Spread The Love, Share Our Article

  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Newsvine
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Related Posts


  1. Dawn Lawson Thomas October 3, 2013

    Congratulations on the imprint of success you leave behind and many blessings as you embark on another journey! Enjoy it! Dawn


  2. Wendy October 4, 2013

    What a wonderful perspective! I agree and wish you many many healthy years in this next stage of you life! Peace to you!


  3. Pam and Gary October 4, 2013

    Donella, We have only known you for just over two years. You are a very special person and I am sure Detroit will miss you. But happy to say we will get to see more of you. I am so fortunate to have met you and Jack and I’m so happy for you and wish you many blessing in all you do.
    God bless you
    Pam & Gary


Add a Comment