NABJ announced that Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at 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.
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.
In 2013, Henderson focused 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 but 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. More here.