Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bill Spencer joins KPRC 2 as investigative reporter from WXYZ

Bill Spencer from WXYZ Detroit joins KPRC 2 Houston as investigative reporter

Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer is the new KPRC 2 investigative reporter and tells me he is thrilled to be back in Texas.

 In fact, it's a homecoming for him in a way since his first TV job was at KMID in Midland. Spencer actually was there in the early 1980s covering the "Baby Jessica" McClure stuck in the well story. He tells me he worked for almost three days straight and filed reports for CBS.

Spencer replaces the spot left open by longtime Houston journalist Stephen Dean who is now at WRTV Indianapolis. Dean left KPRC in May of 2012.

"I'm going to be looking for the stories that really blow people away," Spencer told mikemcguff.com. "The things they had no idea that are going on or see coming."

Spencer was the Chief Consumer Investigative Reporter at WXYZ Detroit's "Call for Action" since 1998. According to Deadline Detroit, the station did not renew Spencer's contract last January.

"I come up with stories that affect a huge group of people," Spencer added.

Here is where Spencer previously worked according to his LinkedIn profile:

KNXV-TV
Anchor/Investigative Reporter - (October 1994 – March 1998)
KLAS-TV
Anchor/Reporter - (October 1993 – October 1994)
KTUL
Morning Anchor - (October 1991 – October 1992)
WMUR-TV
Crime Reporter - (September 1988 – October 1991)

KPRC is owned by Post-Newsweek which is based out of Detroit. At Scripps owned WXYZ, that means Spencer was competing against Post-Newsweek owned WDIV for many years. Now he is one of them.

He now joins the KPRC investigative team of Robert Arnold and husband and wife Amy Davis and Joel Eisenbaum.

Thanks to one of Spencer's first tweets, we know he is already on the case.



Spencer is married to a native Texan, his wife is from San Antonio.

Here is video of Spencer in Action - the only ones I could find on YouTube. The first clip he is rescuing stuck ducks, the next he is channeling Marvin Zindler and helping a woman with her smile.




16 comments:

  1. I thoroughly applaud Bill Spencer for making a breaking news event out of rescuing trapped ducklings and also bringing investigative journalism to it's knees all in a span of 5 minutes.
    Furthermore, I am deeply saddened that we didn't see him flop over the fence and get hung by his tie while every concerned duck club member stands there and refuses to take the mic or his hand. Stunning TV. Haven't the heard of r-e-s-p-e-c-t in Mowtown? No wonder he left the market of Detroilet. I just hope he flushed it all down. All of it.

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  2. Nice hair...REALLY nice hair! LOL

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  3. What is up with Ch 2 self anointing titles to employees? They try to call Amy Davis a Consumer Expert, and the other day Rachel McNeil called herself a Medical Expert or Heath Expert. And they wonder why their on air hacks are laughingstock of Houston TV.

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    1. If KPRC 2 anchors are the laughingstock of Houston, why do you watch them? Clearly you do since you know so much about the content of the news broadcasts.
      You must have been dismissed by 2 because it surely sounds like sour grapes to me.

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    2. Frank, Anthony, Bill, Irika, Keith and Mary are great. The rest, like you, are pompous, know-nothing, think-they-know-it-alls.
      Does that answer your question, sheep?

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  4. He covered the baby in the well in Midland? He looks like he could be Jessica McClure's younger brother!

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  5. So there is an agenda. Your vitriol is wasted on me. Happy hate mongering!

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    1. Buy a thesaurus and a dictionary, and when you're done with the following exercise share it with KPRC's anchors and editors so they experience fewer errors. Exercise: Note that "Honesty" is not synonymous with "Vitriol".
      Baaaah. Baaaaah.

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    2. Mike McGuff, where did you find the dweeb, Anonymous? Of course he didn't use his real name, he knew he had nothing worthwhile to add. Welcome to Houston, Bill Spencer.

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    3. I miss your reporting in Detroit, Bill. God Bless you & yours & may your life be filled with all of the joy you brought to us here in Michigan.

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  6. Bill I have been wondering where you were and decided to google your name. I am very disappointed in WXYZ for not renewing your contract. Everyone is gone Erik, Mary, Dianna, Robbie, Cheryl, Jerry, and Val.
    I forgot Michael, Don and I can't remember the other guys name right now but I know he's gone. I miss all of you. I have went to Channel 4. I was never too keen on Stephen Clark. Who will help the seniors this year?

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  7. I miss seeing your reports on WXYZ. Not the same without you.

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  8. Miss you Bill in Detroit, good luck in Houston. Have to check u out when visiting family there. WXYZ sure has been changing over the past few years, miss all who have retired and left.

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    1. Have to agree with above comments; we miss Bill in Detroit; no one was committed to consumer problems like you! We also miss Mary, Robbie, Cheryl, and a number of the former WXYZ "good guys" who seem to have been pushed out the door. Replacements and newsroom stories are NOT the same.

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  9. How's the Tennis in Texas?

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  10. Bill, saw you work on Mosquitos last night, would like your opinion on the Fertibug,
    which removes mosquitos by dispenses insecticide through sprinkler system. Fertibug.com

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