Hear Rochelle Riley – real and raw. She is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, where she has been a leading voice for children, education, competent government and race since 2000.
She makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio and local television and has won numerous national, state and local honors, including the 2013 National Headliner Award, one of the most prestigious in the country, for local column writing. Her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit’s former mayor, were part of the Free Press’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage for local news.
She received the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2017 winner of the NABJ Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. It is an annual honor given to an individual who has made outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. The award is named for the distinguished journalist, fearless reporter and anti-lynching crusader.
Rochelle also is author of the new book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” (Wayne State University Press, 2018).
A strong advocate for press freedom, Rochelle is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Global Journalism Task Force, which works to increase the number of minority journalists covering the world.
She is a global traveler who has been to 25 countries and counting.
She was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. And she was a 2016 inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
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