Alum Ruth Spencer, Emmy-winning News Anchor, Announces Retirement

Thursday, July 09, 2015
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CLICK ON DETROIT AND TV NEWS CHECK -- Detroit’s NBC affiliate announced Wednesday that anchor and consumer reporter Ruth Spencer will “sign off” for the last time in December 2015 as she and her husband co-retire to Longboat Key, Florida, where the couple has been building a house.

“I’ve been in television news since 1981 — spending the last 25 years here at Local 4,” Spencer says. “I’ve felt privileged to serve our loyal viewers as a nightly news anchor and as the consumer investigator heading up the ‘Ruth to the Rescue’ unit.”

The Emmy Award-winning Spencer is a California native, born in San Diego, whose family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied ballet. Later she danced many roles with Oakland Metropolitan Ballet Company and put herself through college teaching at several ballet schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University.