Meet the New Anchor on WDIV’s Local 4

f you tune in to WDIV’s Local 4 News Today show bright and early during the week, you’ve probably noticed the crew’s newcomer, Evrod Cassimy. The station’s new morning anchor joined the team in August after moving here from Denver, and, so far, he’s feeling welcome in Detroit.

“Channel 4, from the moment that I accepted the job, they have been very welcoming,” Cassimy, 29, says, adding that even metro Detroiters are making him feel comfortable, welcoming him to the area whenever they see him.

Although he’s not a native Detroiter, Cassimy was born in Michigan in a town on the west side of the state called Berrien Springs. His family later moved to Rockford, Ill., outside of Chicago, where he grew up. Cassimy attended Chicago’s Columbia College for broadcast journalism-a profession that was meant to be.

“I always knew that I wanted to write. I’ve been singing since I was a kid in church and, as I got older and kind of understood life and the world, I was kind of able to write my own songs,” Cassimy says. The hobby made him realize he enjoyed “the act of storytelling.

“To this day, you know, I still love every aspect of it-from the minute I had my first journalism class to today, being able to tell stories here in Detroit,” he says.

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Cassimy’s career has taken him around the country: Grand Junction, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; Orlando, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Denver and now, Detroit. He met his wife Danielle along the way, and picked up a Virginia Associated Press Award for “Best Breaking News Coverage,” plus three Emmy nominations. He’s reported on the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting, the Occupy movement, where he had a heated interview with filmmaker Michael Moore, and even on a “family nudist resort,” he says.

So what brought him to Detroit? “The job presented itself,” he says, explaining, “Detroit was just an interesting city. It’s a city that I had never been to-so, ’forget what you might have heard, you need to see it for yourself.’ And when I saw it for myself, it was everything that I had hoped it would be and more.”

When he’s not at work giving metro Detroiters the scoop on the latest news, he’s spending time with his wife and their 1-year-old son Malakai, trying out local restaurants and exploring what metro Detroit has to offer.

“I would say that (Detroit) exceeded my expectations because aside from Detroit itself, like the actual Detroit city, you have just this amazing network of suburbs around Detroit that have just been incredible to explore,” he says. “Each one has their own little distinct downtown area or popular strip, and so it’s been really cool getting to see that.”

As far as goals for his new gig in Detroit, Cassimy hopes he can accomplish quite a few things for the community.

“I hope to be able to tell the stories in metro Detroit that aren’t getting told. The ones that people need to hear, whether it’s difficult or whether it’s easy,” he says, “and I hope to have a little bit of fun along the way.”

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