In July 2022, Ray Strickland joined the CBS Detroit News team as a Multi-Skilled Journalist after reporting, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, for nearly three years.
Ray was born in Akron, Ohio, a.k.a. the home of LeBron James (his all-time favorite player) and grew up as an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He attended Kent State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.
After he graduated, Ray packed his car and drove close to 20 hours west to North Dakota to join KXMB in Bismarck. He says it was a blessing in disguise for his journalism career because he got the chance to cover a national story in the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests where more than 200 native American tribes gathered to protest the construction of an oil pipeline.
Nearly two years later, Ray joined KSDK in St. Louis, MO. He covered many national news stories there as well, including making his on-air debut when he covered the Congressional baseball shooting that injured several people including a member of Congress.
As much as Ray enjoyed St. Louis, he answered the call to come home. He transferred to Cleveland to embark on a journey back home. During his time in Cleveland, Ray was awarded an Emmy for his live coverage of a deadly house explosion that nearly leveled an entire city block.
Although home is where the heart is, Ray decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland, to join a legacy station at WMAR-2 News. He moved in January 2020 before the world was brought to a standstill due to the contagious coronavirus.
Ray is excited to explore the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. He is excited to tell your stories as he becomes a part of your viewing pleasure.
Kent State University, Kent Ohio School of Journalism and Mass Communication Bachelor of Science, Broadcast Journalism