If there is an official list for good role models or those committed to community service and giving back, Detroit WXYZ Channel 7 New Anchor, Vic Faust would be on it.
Faust’s dedication to the Metro Detroit area community is the reason he has been named TPE Hero of the Month for November 2013. TPE is a national education foundation that supports education and workforce development efforts to sustain and grow the middle class as well as supporting small and large businesses with public relations efforts and campaigns to promote education and economic development.
“Some people make a living by what they get ,and other’s do so by what they give, and Vic Faust is one who likes to give,” said Trish Brown, publisher of the TPEPost.com and founder of TippingPointEducation.com “I’ve seen Vic’s commitment to our area’s youth and disadvantage over the years in several news stories on Channel 7, but what always stood out was his sincere heart while giving back, and he’s a great example to many youth who are disadvantage and youth who come from families that are of means.
“When someone is doing things right, it’s right to make mention of it,” Brown added. “He doesn’t take his job in the public eye lightly, and he knows along with it comes a responsibility, and while he is doing this many young people are watching. He’s doing things right.”
Many people think of their local news personalities as having always had great jobs and great lives, but for Faust that wasn’t the case at all. The weekday morning news anchor, who has been in the Detroit area since 2004, was born to teenage parents in St. Louis, and he credits a lot of family members for helping them make it. “A 17-year-old mom is all I have to say,” Faust said. “It took a lot of family members to help out.”
Faust, who for five years, was the second-chair sportscaster behind Channel 7 legend, Don Shane, loved sports and was so good at football that he received a scholarship to attend and play football at the University of Missouri. While there he received a degree in interdisciplinary studies and later another degree in broadcasting, where he found a very successful career.
Prior to joining channel 7 in 2004, Faust worked at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO, KMIZ in Columbia, MO and KOKI in Tulsa, OK as a Sports Director/Anchor. He began his broadcasting career as a color-commentator on the Missouri Tiger Radio Network, following a 4-year football career as a Tiger.
A love for Detroit has grown in Faust’s heart, and he can’t see himself or his family living anywhere else. Faust and his wife, Jennifer, who met at University of Missouri, have three children and they have a home in Novi, MI.
“When I came for my interview at Channel 7, I saw diversity here that I didn’t see in any other place in the country,” Faust said. “Though we loved the area and the diversity, 2004 was one of the worst winters, and at first we hated it here, but now we love it and it is home.”
These days Faust arrives at the studio between 3:30 and 3:45 a.m.
“Every job has it’s pros and cons, but I get to be a storyteller and inform people on a variety of subjects that they are counting on, “Faust said. “Once you get there in the morning, you do know you have a responsibility.”
Some of the organizations Faust is involved with include:
St. Vincent DePaul
Serving on the Board of Holy Trinity of Apostolate of Siena School
Children’s Leukemia Foundation
Calling All Angels
Another area Faust supports is education. When asked what schools can do better he said, “We have to push kids. Kids have to want to do this.”
He also believes teachers are saddled with too many kids in the classroom and not enough funding.
This month, Faust will make seven appearances around town to help various organizations. “We are public figures, and when people ask us to come out, we do our best to be there,” he added.