Carmen Harlan to Retire From WDIV

By Kevin Eck 

Detroit broadcasting legend Carmen Harlan is retiring from NBC affiliate WDIV after more than 40 years in broadcasting.

“In the newsroom, Carmen is often called ‘The Queen’ because she is,” said news director Kim Voet. “She is a true professional who can go between the hard-hitting stories that Detroit and Local 4 is known for, to creating levity on set and bringing out the best in our anchor teams. She always nails it. She will be tremendously missed by every person at our station.”

Harlan’s career started in radio. After joining WDIV in 1978 as a general assignment reporter, she was promoted to anchor and has formed one of Detroit’s longest running anchor teams with Devin Scillian for more than 20 years.


“Local 4 is the station viewers turn to for the big story, the important story,” said Harlan. “I’m proud to say we have maintained our dominance over the decades, and I’m proud to have been a part of this team.”

Her final newscast will be Friday, Nov. 11, but will return later in the month to host the Thanksgiving parade.