Capitol correspondent and host of WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record”
During the last four decades, Tim Skubick has kept a watchful eye over policymakers in Lansing. The veteran correspondent has excelled at explaining the process to readers, listeners and viewers so that it is understandable and accessible.
Skubick hosts “Off the Record,” the longest running Michigan political affairs and analysis program on television. He has anchored and produced the widely acclaimed WKAR PBS series since 1972. From the start, the program focused on open, honest discussion of the issues, personalities and agendas shaping Michigan politics. It remains “appointment viewing” for anyone following current events in state government.
The Macomb County native began his broadcast career in 1963 at a 50-watt student station at Michigan State University
Since then, Skubick has maintained a busy schedule. He continues to provide political coverage for WILX-TV in mid-Michigan and WWJ NewsRadio 950 in Detroit where he has been the station’s only Capitol correspondent since the early 1970s. He also does features and analysis for the Michigan Radio Network, files a syndicated weekly political analysis column for newspapers statewide and writes for the Lansing-based Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) newsletter. He has authored two books about Michigan politics.
He has been honored with multiple Michigan Emmy and Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards, and received the prestigious Silver Circle Award for lifetime achievement from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Throughout his distinguished career, Skubick has remained passionate about making local, state and national politics important to longtime followers and those new to the political landscape.
Timothy Zeko, an executive producer at WKAR-TV, said that Skubick’s integrity is unquestioned. “He has the courage to ask the difficult questions and probe the sometimes uncomfortable truth.”