This past Monday (2/4), WJR-AM (Detroit) Executive Producer Ann Thomas was inducted into the 2019 Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame class. The induction took place at the 23rd annual Women Thrive Conference at Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino.
Thomas is the executive producer of the Paul W. Smith Show heard weekday mornings on WJR. She is also the executive producer of the radio station overseeing the work of all producers at WJR. Thomas began her career at WJR in 1982 as an intern after graduating from Michigan State University and has since remained a part of the WJR team. She started her broadcasting career in the WJR news department as a street reporter and an anchorwoman.
During her 37 years at WJR, Thomas has received numerous awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, United Press International, Associated Press and the Detroit Press Club for her work on and off the air. She is the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award. She has also been given the prestigious “Diamond” award from the Women in Communications Organization.
Thomas is also the host of two shows, Women Who Lead and WJR’s Healthy Woman Show. She created and developed WJR’s successful Women Who Lead award program honoring women in the Great Lakes area. During football season, Thomas can be be found in East Lansing producing WJR’s Tailgate Shows.