May 2, 2014

National Association of Black Journalists

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press and a 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, has been named the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In a press release Friday, NABJ noted that Henderson won the Pulitzer for commentary, according to the citation, “on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique.”

“Stephen Henderson’s career has been one marked by incisive, detailed reporting about politics, policy and urban affairs,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “As an editorial writer and columnist, Stephen has a unique voice which helps punctuate his arguments and compels readers to seriously reflect on the issues facing them locally, nationally and globally, often motivating them to seek solutions to the problems discussed.”

Henderson, who has also worked at The Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune, worked at the Free Press in the 90s, NABJ reports, and returned in 2007. On April 14, JC Reindl wrote about Henderson’s Pulitzer win for the Free Press.

In a video with that story, Henderson’s asked if, as a young journalist growing up in Detroit, he ever thought that he wanted to win a Pulitzer.

He replied: “No, I always said I wanted to work at the Free Press, though.”

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