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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.
Articles about Angelo
ASK A PRO: Special projects reporter Angelo Henderson of The Detroit News
From the High School Journalism website, presented by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
One Creative Mind, One Off-Center Idea, One Pulitzer Prize
Observations on reporting from The Wall Street Journal’s Angelo Henderson
by Mark Russell, Metro Editor, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
He is a reporter who once fancied himself a chameleon. In the late ’80s he sat atop an LTD eating fried chicken in one of the worst neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, Fla., to get a bird’s-eye view of how the crack-cocaine epidemic was ravaging a community.
And he routinely checks in with the folks who populate his source network: funeral home directors, beauticians, detectives and, his latest find, bail bondsmen.
Of course this doesn’t sound like a Wall Street Journal reporter, but that’s what Angelo Henderson is. And he’s a very good one, having won a Pulitzer Prize in the features category in 1999.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Angelo Henderson Credits Kentucky Roots in His Success
by John Scharfenbeger, from Kentucky Alumnus, Fall 1999, Volume 68, No. 3
In the first minutes of the reception, a kind of hush filled the room. “That’s Jack Smith... can you imagine?” whispered one staffer. “That’s tremendous for Angelo,” said another. The chairman of the board and CEO of General Motors is not an infrequent visitor to the posh Detroit Athletic Club. But the sole purpose this evening was to congratulate Angelo Henderson, a 1985 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, a rising star with the Wall Street Journal and the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s crowning achievement conferred each spring by Columbia University.
Journalist Journey to Valor
By Charis Hunt and Latrisha Jackson, From Soul Source (July 2004)
Transformed from reporting the news to preaching the Good News, Angelo Henderson, a 20-year veteran journalist, is following in Paul’s footsteps in a ministry of spreading God’s message. His appearance was that of a corporate go-getter: Tailored shirt, mahogany desk, clean-cut, an air of expectancy and energy. Yet with hands lifted high and eyes closed, his spirit and love of the Lord is evident in his worship.
Let's Do It Better! Workshop: 2000 Honorees
from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
We again solicited examples of distinguished coverage of race and ethnicity in America. And again, the results were rewarding. We selected 14 honorees out of 120 entrants and 40 finalists from newspapers and television news departments eager to participate in the "Let's Do it Better" workshop June 9-11, 2000.
From Diversity: Best Practices, A Handbook for Journalism and Mass Communications Educators
An African-American alum, Angelo Henderson, won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing at The Wall Street Journal. He's now at the Detroit News. We invited him to speak with our NABJ student chapter. He went to high school in Louisville, so while he was here, we did a hookup in our library so he could do a session with the class from his old high school. Through new technologies, there's a way to invite alumni to engage with young people, particularly in high school. — Leland "Buck" Ryan Professor School of Journalism and Telecommunications University of Kentucky
From the University of Kentucky Libraries, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database
Angelo B. Henderson was born in Louisville, KY. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism. He received the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing for "Crime Story," which featured the lives of those affected by an attempted robbery and the death of the robber; Henderson was the deputy Detroit bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal. He has received a number of other awards, including the National Association of Black Journalists Award for outstanding coverage of the African American condition. He was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2005. The previous year, Henderson became the associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan. He also became associate editor of Real Times LLC, the nation's largest African-American newspaper chain. For more see Angelo Ink, Henderson's media consulting firm; Angelo Henderson in the History Makers website; and Who's Who Among African Americans, vols. 8-18.
Distinguished Alumni to be Honored
In 2004 Angelo B. Henderson became associate editor of Real Times LLC, the nation’s largest African-American newspaper chain. Working as deputy Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, 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. Henderson has covered a variety of beats at newspapers including the St. Petersburg Times and the Courier-Journal. Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UK in 1985. He is the owner and president of Angelo Ink LCC, 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.