writer, photographer, artist, actress, keynote speaker


© 2015 BD Portraits - RILEY’S columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press and at since 2000. She is co-host of the talk show “In the Mix with Marie and Rochelle” on WJR 760AM. And she makes frequent television and radio appearances, mostly on NPR, MSNBC and WDIV Local 4. Rochelle writes passionately about government and community responsibility, education and race. She has spent 14 years raising awareness about the need to improve adult literacy and has helped raise more than $1 million for Michigan literacy causes. She has worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where her 1996 debut column, which called for a museum honoring Louisville native Muhammad Ali, helped spur an $80 million campaign to build the Muhammad Ali Center, which opened in 2005. Rochelle won the 2013 National Headliner Award for best column, received the inaugural Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for community service from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and has received multiple first place column-writing honors from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. This year, Hour magazine readers named her Detroit’s best female columnist for the sixth year in a row. And her columns about former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. 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 International Press Institute. She also was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. To book Rochelle for an appearance, interview, acting gig, recording session, speaking engagement or soap opera, visit