ABOUT ROCHELLE

Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press

Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press

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, government accountability and improved race relations, she has spent 15 years raising awareness about the need to increase adult literacy and has helped raise nearly $2 million for literacy causes in Michigan. She has worked at The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where her debut column calling for a museum to honor native son Muhammad Ali helped spur an $80 million campaign to build the Muhammad Ali Center. It opened in 2005. Rochelle’s honors include a National Headliner Award, National Scripps Howard Award and first-place honors from the Associated Press-Managing Editors, MPA, SPJ and NABJ. 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. A strong advocate for press freedom around the world, 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 also is a board member of the North American Committee of the Vienna-based International Press Institute. She has traveled to 21 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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