Mentor- Metro Detroit

Marla Drutz


Marla Drutz was named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV Detroit on July 28, 2008.

Drutz joined the WDIV Local 4 family after spending 19 years at WXYZ-TV where she was Director of Programming and Special Projects for the E.W. Scripps Company.  She was responsible for programming purchases, productions and scheduling of five Scripps Television stations across the country, including WXYZ.

Drutz joined the E.W. Scripps Company in January 1989, as Research Director of WXYZ-TV.  She was named Program Director in 1994.  Drutz previously worked at WJBK-TV in Detroit as Director of Marketing and at WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio as a Sales Account Executive. Her broadcasting career began in 1982 as a Research Analyst at WJW.

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 was selected as one of Detroit’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business.  Drutz was also selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Businesswomen.

A graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII, Drutz is a member of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) and The Adcraft Club of Detroit.  She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is a board member of The United Way, The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Leader Dogs For The Blind and Oakland Family Services.

Drutz holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Drutz lives in Bloomfield Hills with her husband, Ron and their son, David.