SOURCE: National Association of Black Journalists

May 02, 2014 12:47 ET

National Association of Black Journalists Names Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press Its 2014 Journalist of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 2, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor, the Detroit Free Press has been selected as the association's 2014 Journalist of the Year. 

Henderson, a veteran print journalist, was recently honored with the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. His award citation noted that Henderson had earned the award "for his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique."

In addition to writing about the city of Detroit, he also penned columns about Michigan state politics, national politics and other domestic policy matters. The year 2013 found Henderson focusing at length on Detroit's efforts to overcome financial turmoil and to rebuild itself as one of America's greatest cities. Henderson, however, did not solely focus his writing on local issues. He also took up writing about issues with national implications such as health care, the government shutdown and educational inequality.

"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 will be honored with others at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala on August 2, 2014 during NABJ's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston. The gala recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the global black community during 2013.

NABJ congratulates Henderson on this most well-deserved honor.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit

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