*In Detroit, a white TV news reporter is now unemployed after word got out that she used the word “nigger” in her conversation with a coworker. That person, or should we say, former WDIV reporter is Lauren Podell.
Podell resigned on Wednesday (11-16-16). In an email to WDIV’s management and her cohorts, she said: “During my time at WDIV I have created many friendships that I will continue to cherish.”
Podell’s career at WDIV began in 2007 as a traffic reporter after winning a contest at a local shopping mall.
OK, so what’s the back story to her firing, you ask? Well, earlier this week, according BLACDetroit.com, word got out that a WDIV reporter used the word “nigger” in a conversation with another employee> But once word of the incident got out, it gained a lot of momentum when Sam Riddle, a controversial former chief of staff for former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, posted the quote on Facebook. Riddle didn’t have any problem naming Podell as the guilty party in various social media posts.
“I am tired of reporting on these niggers killing one another in Detroit,” Riddle’s Facebook post read.
Riddle and Reverend W.J. Rideout held a press conference earlier this week where they called for boycott of WDIV and their advertisers if the station did not release an apology. By the way, as of this posting, there’s been no apology.
BLACDetroit.com says this isn’t the first time Podell’s language has got her into hot water. It happened in 2013 when she made headlines for dropping an f-bomb while on-air: