Vice President & General Manager, WDIV - Detroit
Marla Drutz has served as WDIV's VP/GM since 2008. Under her leadership, WDIV Local 4 has strengthened its dominance both on-air and online. The station has the top-rated/most watched newscasts and ClickOnDetroit.com is consistently Metro Detroit's number one TV media website. Drutz has also bolstered a strong commitment to outstanding community service.
During Drutz' tenure at WDIV, the Local 4 News team has been presented with five highly coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA for news coverage and been honored as Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. In 2016, ClickOnDetroit received the Local Media Association's Digital Innovation Award for Best Overall Local News Strategy and Best Social Media Strategy. Drutz is most proud of WDIV's 2011 Service to America Award, the prestigious national honor presented by the National Association of Broadcasters that recognizes the station's commitment to outstanding community service.
Throughout her career in broadcasting, Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a "Top Woman in Management" Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored as a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan's Top Businesswomen.
Drutz is currently the secretary of the NBC Affiliate Board of Directors, and a member of the National Association of Television Program Executives and The Adcraft Club of Detroit. She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and the Michigan Chapter of the International Women's Forum. Drutz is also a board member of The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Detroit, and Oakland Family Services.
Prior to joining WDIV, Drutz worked at the E.W. Scripps Company and WXYZ-TV in Detroit as the Director of Programming. Earlier in her career, she was the Marketing Director at WJBK-TV in Detroit. Drutz began her career as a research analyst at WJW in Cleveland.
A native of Louisville, KY, Drutz holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII.