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Rochelle Riley

Columnist, Detroit Free Press

ROCHELLE_RILEYRochelle Riley is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press where she has been a leading voice for children, better schools, literacy, honest, competent government and civil behavior since 2001.

Riley also makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio and WDIV-TV’s “Flashpoint.” She has been a columnist and commentator since 1996, when her debut column in the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal spurred an $80 million campaign to build the Muhammad Ali Center.

Riley has won several state and national honors, including the 2013 National Headliner Award, one of the most prestigious in the country, for first place in local column writing. Her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of Detroit’s former mayor were part of the entry that won the Free Press the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local news.

Riley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina.