|Ann Thomas Battersby
Ann Thomas is the executive producer of the Paul W. Smith Show heard 5:30am-9am weekdays on News/Talk 760 WJR. She also the executive producer of the radio station overseeing the work of all producers at WJR. Ann 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, Ann 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 was recently inducted into the 2019 Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame class. 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. Ann is 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 Ann can be be found in East Lansing producing WJR’s Tailgate Shows.
When Ann and her husband Ed began their family, WJR installed a remote studio in her home known as the “WJR Oakland County Bureau” so she could work and take care of her small children. In 1999 when her daughter began school full-time, Ann returned to the WJR studios to produce the Paul W. Smith Show. When out of the “Golden Tower of the Fisher Building“, Ann is the Chairman of the Marketing committee at Loyola High School in Detroit. Ann also donates her time to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for several charities.
She resides in Metro Detroit where she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed and children Helen, Josh, Brian, Patty, Noah and Veronica.