Carolyn Clifford-Goss

Inducted 2024

Carolyn Clifford-Goss

news anchor, WXYZ-TV

Carolyn Clifford, a beacon of excellence in Detroit’s television landscape for over two and a half decades. Her remarkable journey to success is a testament to unwavering dedication and an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of broadcast journalism.

Entering the realm of journalism in 1989, Carolyn embarked on a path marked by relentless pursuit of skill refinement, crafting captivating narratives, and delivering balanced news coverage. Inspired by legendary journalists such as Bill Bonds, Robbie Timmons, and Cheryl Chodun, she tirelessly honed her craft, skillfully intertwining heartfelt stories with unadulterated truths, consistently keeping the focus on pressing issues.

Beyond her role as an anchor, Carolyn’s influence extended to her position as a health reporter. Her thorough exploration of the AIDS epidemic and her coverage of breast implant-related health concerns catalyzed policy reforms and heightened healthcare awareness. Her impactful one-hour special, “My Answer to Cancer,” fused medical expertise with personal narratives, etching a lasting impression on her viewers.

But Carolyn’s legacy extends far beyond her reporting; it reverberates through her compassionate engagement in critical situations, leaving an indelible mark on her community. Her efforts provided solace to those grappling with adversity, spotlighted crucial issues, and advocated for change.

For instance, Carolyn’s collaboration with the nonprofit organization “Pictures of Hope” paved the way for a college scholarship for a young rape survivor, underscoring the potential of community involvement. She intervened to avert the eviction of an elderly former mayor facing housing challenges, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to justice and support for vulnerable community members.

Carolyn’s coverage of tragic school shootings and vigils played a pivotal role in fostering healing and unity within the community. Her interviews with survivors and prominent figures like Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ignited pivotal conversations about gun law reform.

In addition to her reporting, Carolyn’s dedication to her community is nothing short of remarkable. She vigorously opposed domestic violence, champions literacy programs through Beyond Basics, provides tutoring to those in need, and serves as a board member for Accelerate4KIDS, teaching computer science and coding to underserved children. Her mentorship program nurtures the next generation of journalists, sharing her expertise and passion.

Carolyn Clifford’s enduring legacy encapsulates outstanding journalism, compassion, and an unyielding commitment to change.

Carolyn is also a loving wife to Gregory Goss Sr. and mother of three children and two stepchildren.