Katrease Stafford is an award-winning journalist and Detroit government reporter at the Detroit Free Press, Michigan's largest newspaper. Her work often appears in other publications including USA Today, the Associated Press, and The Huffington Post, and she has appeared on Nancy Grace, Greta Van Susteren, and other television shows. Stafford received several awards for her work, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Young Journalist of the Year Award and the 2014 Rookie Writer Award from the Michigan Press Association. She was also named a 2016 Fellow of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ prestigious Journalist Law School.

“Being able to come home to the city I love most and report the news that Detroiters need to hear and learn has been my most important accomplishment to date. Awards and accolades are wonderful honors but being able to truly make an impact and shine a light on issues affecting those around me has been my most proud moment and honor yet. “

Stafford graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2012, with a Bachelor's of Arts degree. She sits on the Board of Directors for the SPJ Detroit chapter and is a board member of Eastern Michigan University’s student newspaper, the Eastern Echo. She regularly helps mentor youth interested in journalism.

“Writing has always been a passion of mine, but I wanted to figure out how to turn my craft into something I could use to inform and enlighten others. I decided to pursue journalism and it couldn't come at a more important time in Detroit...I intend to impact region with my storytelling, through the connections I make and through good old fashioned reporting. It's also a goal that I help others succeed or find their place in a business that's traditionally been dominated by white males and non-minorities. A newsroom should reflect its community.”

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