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Sholnn Freeman, former Washington Post reporter
I first met Angelo in 1999 while interviewing for a job at the Detroit bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Angelo struck me as a dynamo. He was a Pulitzer-Prize winning feature writer who wrote only for the page one.
At the height of all this, he left the paper to answer a spiritual calling. But he never lost his connection to the profession. I remember a period where he studied for a divinity degree at night and then rose at 4 a.m. to co-host a Detroit drive-time radio show that covered politics. At a time of mounting chaos in our industry, Angelo shows how with creativity, hard work and spirit we can cut our own paths as journalists and come out bigger than what we were before.
News radio host. Writer.
Freelancer. Media consultant.
Freelancer. Media consultant.
Former National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) national officer and board member as well as chapter president.
A success in the newsroom and the world outside it.
Angelo B. Henderson, a print and broadcast journalist for 24 years, is a former two-term NABJ Parliamentarian and two-term NABJ chapter president. He remains the only African-American reporter to win the Pulitzer Prize at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote exclusively for Page One after working his way from staff writer to senior staff writer to Detroit Deputy Bureau Chief.
He's currently the host of one of Detroit’s most popular radio news talk shows at Radio One Detroit – host of “Your Voice with Angelo Henderson” from 10 a. m. to 1 p.m. on Newstalk AM 1200 WCHB as well as 99.9FM Monday through Friday. He also is president of Angelo Ink, a writing, speaking and media consulting firm.
He's currently a news talk show host at Radio One Detroit and a correspondent for CTN television network. He also is president of Angelo Ink, a writing, speaking and media consulting firm.
Before launching his company, Angelo worked for the Black Press as Associate Editor of Real Times Inc., the largest black-owned newspaper chain in the U.S., which includes The Chicago Defender and The Michigan Chronicle.
He was inducted into the University of Kentucky Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, studied magazine publishing at Howard University as well as leadership at Harvard University.
Working as deputy Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Henderson was honored with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing. His dramatic narrative detailed the lives affected by an attempted drugstore robbery that ended in the robber’s death. Click here to read the article.
The Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award given for journalistic excellence, is presented annually by Columbia University in New York City. He is the 22nd individual African American to win this award since its inception in 1917. He joins the ranks of literary giants Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and the late Gwendolyn Brooks.
Angelo Henderson and his wife Felecia Dixon Henderson
Angelo and Felicia Henderson
Angelo, Felicia, and their son Grant Henderson
Angelo with his mother Ruby Henderson
In June 2000, Mr. Henderson was honored once again by Columbia University as one of the nation’s best reporters on race and ethnicity in America.
He was among several journalists—including CBS News anchor Dan Rather—who presented their distinguished work to editors and broadcast executives who set newsroom agendas and can implement changes as part of Columbia’s Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity. The previous year’s honorees included Tom Brokaw, anchor of NBC Nightly News and Michel McQueen, correspondent of ABC News Nightline.
Mr. Henderson was named one of 39 African-Americans Achievers To Watch in the next millennium by SuccessGuide magazine. These were climbers in mid-career who are expected to make history and set the course for future generations. Mr. Henderson appeared alongside author/professor Michael Eric Dyson; Linda Johnson Rice, president and chief operating officer of Ebony Magazine’s Johnson Publishing Co. ; Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., president and chief operating officer of publishers of Black Enterprise Magazine; District of Illinois Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. ; and National Public Radio talk-show host and commentator Tavis Smiley.
In March 2011, Mr. Henderson was named the director of community of affairs for Triumph Church, which has five Sunday services in Detroit, Canton and Southfield and was recently ranked the fastest growing African American congregation in America.
He has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering real estate, development, small business, minority business, economic development, courts and crime, developing reporting strategies that work in the corporate suites as well as in the urban streets.
In response to growing demand, Mr. Henderson became president of his own company, Angelo Ink LLC, a media-consulting firm that provides motivational speaking, media services, training and development to professional and aspiring journalists, corporate executives, support staff and civic organizations.
Mr. Henderson earned a bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1985 from the University of Kentucky. In fact, in 2005, the University of Kentucky—the state’s largest university—inducted Mr. Henderson into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He studied magazine publishing at Howard University in Washington D. C., and he studied leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Business School as well as Harvard’s Divinity Schools as part of the Summer Leadership Institute. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Inc.
Son of the late Ruby and Roger Henderson, Mr. Henderson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Felecia Dixon Henderson, Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Presentation at The Detroit News, who directs a 50 plus member department comprised of assigning feature editors, reporters, copy editors, page designers, graphic artists and editorial assistants. They are the proud parents of son Grant, an aspiring sports agent and NBA star.