Dr. Deanna Lites

DeannaLites_WWJDeanna Lites is an award-winning health reporter with more than 18 years of broadcast experience. Lites was the medical reporter for WFOR the CBS television station in Miami, WMAQ the NBC television station in Chicago and WHDH the NBC television station in Boston. She was also a contributing reporter for NBC News Channel, the affiliate news service for more than 200 NBC television stations nationwide. In addition, she has done corporate video and voice over work for companies such as Pfizer and CVS. Lites has also contributed to AMBASSADOR, BOSTON COMMON and WOMEN’S WORLD magazines.

Lites has received multiple awards and honors for her reporting including six Emmy Award nominations, a Michigan Association of Broadcaster award, two American Heart Association awards, the media award from Miami-Dade health department, the Florida Hospital Association’s Jack Hardy Communicator of the Year for the state and an American Cancer Society Woman of the Year award.  She also received an Associated Press award for her feature ‘YOUR EYE ON HEALTH.’

Deanna Lites has covered many national stories, including the Gianni Versace murder, the Elian Gonzalez saga, Hurricane Floyd and the September 11th terrorist attacks as well as the first face transplant in Boston. She also has experience in the sports world interviewing numerous athletes for human interest and health stories as well as covering major sporting events such as the World Series in Miami and Boston and the Boston marathon.

Lites holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Michigan State University and earned a Doctor of Podiatric medicine degree from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed a podiatric surgical residency at Phoenix Community Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

In addition, she has been a frequent speaker on healthcare and the media, been a moderator for numerous healthcare forums and served as host for many charitable events such as Tufts Medical Center Rising Stars Gala, The Carroll School for the blind, Project Bread, Walk for Autism and Wag the Tails gala for Angell Animal Hospital.

Lites has also been a volunteer in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital.

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Hype Or Helpful? Are There Benefits To Adding Probiotics To Your Diet?

Do you need to take probiotics or is it just hype?

CBS Detroit–04/06/2017

Back Pain? Skip The Pills And Look For Long Term Solutions

While opioids can control severe pain, they won’t fix the underlying back issue.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/27/2017

Only 1 In 3 People Describe Themselves As Happy According To Study

While we can’t control all of the ups and downs of life — we can control our reactions to what life throws our way.

CBS Detroit–03/21/2017

March Madness Linked To Spike In Vasectomies

It’s no coincidence says urologist Ryan Berglund.

CBS Detroit–03/16/2017

Boss Wants To Be Friends On Facebook And Other Workplace Sticky Situations

So how can you get that co-worker in the cubicle next to you to stop that annoying habit of cracking their gum?

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/14/2017

Do I Have A Cold Or A Sinus Infection? How To Tell The Difference

It’s the time of year when many folks are walking around with a nose that’s either stuffy, runny or all of the above.


Hundreds Sought For Clinical Trials In The New Year

Looking for a new New Year’s resolution? How about helping others by taking part in a clinical trial.


Put A Smile On A Child’s Face By Donating Your Running Medals

Attention runners: Do you have racing medals just sitting around your house collecting dust?

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/19/2016

Some Of The Most Physically Fit Are Cheering On The Sidelines At NFL Games

Some of the fittest people at Ford Field on game day may include more than the football players.

CBS Detroit–10/13/2016

‘Wrapped In Love’ Brings Warmth To Cancer Patients Going Through Treatment

All Karen MacDonald wanted was to see her mom smile while she was being treated for cancer.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/06/2016

Henry Ford Health To Host Nutrition Information Program At 4 Metro Detroit Kroger Locations

Getting advice on a healthy meal or snack is as close as your local grocery store.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/04/2016

U-M Researchers Looking To Recruit Tweens For Decade-Long Study

Sometimes it’s tough for parents to figure out what a tween or teen is thinking.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/14/2016

South Lyon Woman Will Mark Major Milestone At Detroit Goddess Marathon

Josephine Crawford isn’t going to let the accident define her and she hopes get back to coaching again.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/13/2016

Black Girls RUN! Aims To Get African-American Women Moving

As both an African-American woman and an avid runner, Toni Carey founded the organization Black Girls RUN! in 2009, which aims to encourage black women to put on their running shoes and get active.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/09/2016

Postpartum Depression In Dads? 1 In 4 Men Affected After Birth Of Baby

While moms can experience postpartum depression right away, that’s not the case in dads.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/30/2016

Olympians ‘Cupping’ For Increased Performance; Could It Also Be A Cure For Pain?

” … to my surprise, the cupping didn’t hurt,” said Dr. Deanna Lites.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/10/2016

Study Highlights Concerns For Effectiveness Of Flu Vaccines For The Obese

“… it’s known that obesity puts you at an increased risk for severe flu and complications.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/02/2016

Injuries From Trampolines Skyrocket In Last 4 Years

Sprains and dislocations are the most common injuries at trampoline parks.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/01/2016

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Payoff: ‘We Think There Will Be A Treatment In Our Lifetime’

“Five years ago we couldn’t tell people that we think there will be a treatment within our lifetime but that has absolutely changed now.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/27/2016

Cool Treatment Reduces Pain After Knee Surgery According To Local Surgeon

A cool treatment is offering faster relief for patients having knee surgery.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/21/2016

Concussions: Study Finds Effects To Brain Months After Symptoms Gone

The number of reported concussions from sports has doubled in the last 10 years.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/07/2016

Adults And Vaccines: The Push To Get Adults Immunized

Michigan adults are urged to stay current with immunizations, and make health a priority.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/28/2016

Drivers Wanted: The Road To Recovery Could Use You Behind The Wheel

For many the diagnosis is tough enough without the added stress of worrying about how they will get to their treatments.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/15/2016

Reports: Zika Virus Also Transmitted Through Male To Female Sexual Contact

The four cases of Zika virus in Michigan have all been connected to travel outside of the state.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/07/2016

Fat Linked To Fear Factor According To New Study

The study followed women from age 15 until 32 who live in Flint as part of the community based study.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/12/2016

State To Begin Testing For Zika Virus In Michigan

State health officials will start conducting diagnostic tests for the Zika virus and similar mosquito-borne diseases.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/09/2016

Personalized Medicine May Hold New Path For Controlling Seizures

Doctors are using personalized medicine to help patients determine which therapy will work best for them.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/27/2016

Low Fat? Heart Healthy? What’s Actually In That Food You Are Eating?

“Muffins are essentially cupcakes without frosting,” says Malone, “so they’re the same ingredients – flour, sugar, oil – except they’re labeled and marketed as a healthy option.”

CBS Detroit–04/13/2016

Zika Virus Scarier Than First Thought Says Centers For Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Zika virus is scarier than initially thought and they need additional funding to fight it.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/12/2016

Beaumont Study Seeks Men With Prostate Cancer For Treatment

Researchers at Beaumont hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy are seeking men with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer to participate in a study.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/29/2016


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