ROCHELLE RILEY’S award-winning columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press and at www.freep.com since 2000. A crusader for better lives for children, she writes passionately about government responsibility, education, popular culture, politics and race. She has spent 15 years raising awareness about the need to improve adult literacy in southeast Michigan and has helped raise more than $1 million for Michigan literacy causes. She has worked at The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News, covering education and children’s issues and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. Rochelle’s honors include a National Headliner Award for best column, a national Scripps Howard award for her coverage of literacy and first-place honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Michigan Press Association and the Associated Press-Managing Editors. Her columns about the fall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. Readers of Hour magazine just named her Detroit’s best local female columnist for the seventh year in a row. Rochelle, a strong advocate for press freedom around the world, is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Global Journalism Task Force and a board member of the North American Committee of the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Rochelle is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English. She was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. And she is a 2016 inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
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