Carmen Harlan

Field of work: 
Broadcast Journalism

Carmen Harlan is an Emmy award-winning journalist anchoring WDIV-TV Local 4 newscasts. A graduate 
of Mumford High School in Detroit, Harlan earned a B.A. in Speech with training in radio and television from the University of Michigan in 1975.

After graduation, her career in journalism began at WWWW-FM radio before joining WDIV-TV Local 4 in 1978 as a general assignment reporter.Not long after that she was promoted to news anchor with legendary newsman Mort Crim. After Crim’s retirement, Harlan was partnered with anchorman Devin Scillian in 1995 when he joined the station. 

Throughout her career, Harlan has not only anchored the news but also traveled the world reporting on some of the most notable stories of the day. Harlan covered the historic Michigan visit by Pope John Paul II in 1987; the legendary Detroit arrival of South African President Nelson Mandela in 1990; and, most memorably, the 2010 Haitian earthquake relief effort. She has also interviewed countless dignitaries, world, business, and religious leaders as well as entertainers.

In addition to her career endeavors, Harlan has devoted much of her time to various charitable organizations including: Operation Able; the Humane Society; the Children’s Center; Sparky Anderson’s CATCH; the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and Karmanos Cancer Institute.