After a decade at Detroit’s public radio station, WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich has resigned and accepted a position with the American Journalism Project (AJP). Srbinovich’s last day at WDET will be July 12.
“It’s been an absolute honor to serve as the leader of this critically important public institution, a role that I was not ready for but provided time to grow into,” Srbinovich said. “This new role with the American Journalism Project will provide me with an incredible opportunity to more broadly impact the future of local media in this country without having to leave home, here in Detroit.
“I look forward to bringing my passion for public-service media and experience driving growth at WDET to build and empower an ecosystem of local civic news organizations that are sustained by, governed by and look like the public they serve.”
Srbinovich will start on July 15 as the AJP’s managing director, civic news organization success. In this role, she will guide investments in local news organizations and provide ongoing advice and counsel to grantees to maximize their operating performance and community impact.
WDET’s licensee, Wayne State University will be retaining a search firm to support the recruitment and hiring of a new general manager. In the interim, WSU Chief of Staff, Michael Wright, will continue to oversee the station with support from WDET’s leadership team.