ROCHELLE RILEY’S columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press and at www.freep.com since 2000. She also blogs at www.rochelleriley.com and makes frequent television and radio appearances, especially on NPR. Rochelle writes passionately about responsible government, community responsibility, public education, pop culture, race, film and Michigan’s reading crisis. She 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 writing, 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. The Michigan Press Association has named her Michigan’s best local columnist three times. Hour magazine readers just named her Detroit’s best female columnist for the fifth year in a row. She was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. She is a sought-after public speaker and raises funds for literacy through the Every December Fundraiser for Literacy, which will be held on December 12 in 2014. She writes novels, plays and essays, and she loves her dog, tennis and NCAA men’s basketball.
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