About Next Chapter Detroit

Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, Next Chapter Detroit provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement and is presented by WDET 101.9 FM, Wayne State’s public radio station.

About Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later

The series “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” is presented by WDET with the partners of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC) to help audiences understand the continuing and future impacts of the city’s bankruptcy and recovery on residents, neighborhoods, city government and policymakers.

The DJC  journalists work across platforms — print, radio, television, digital — to best explain the case and what it means to the city and the region. Their work will be showcased as part of the free, community event “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall. Audience are invited to attend and ask questions of some of the key figures in the bankruptcy case. Learn more and RSVP.

The Team

Project Leadership from WDET
Program Director: Joan Isabella
Special Assignments Manager: Sandra Svoboda
Digital Architects: Courtney Hurtt, Jessica McInchak
News Director: Jerome Vaughn
City Team Leader: Quinn Klinefelter
Deals Team Leader: Sandra Svoboda
People Team Leader: Pat Batcheller
Effects Team Leader: Laura Weber Davis

City Team
Bridge Magazine’s Nancy Derringer, Mike Wilkinson; The Arab American News’ Ali Harb; WDET’s Bre’Anna Tinsley, Travis Wright

Deals Team
Bridge Magazine’s Nancy Derringer; Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek; WDET’s Annamarie Sysling, Travis Wright

People Team
Bridge Magazine’s Nancy Derringer; DPTV’s Bill Kubota and Christy McDonald; WDET’s Laura Herberg, J. Carlisle Larsen

Effects Team
Bridge Magazine’s Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Nancy Derringer; Michigan Chronicle’s Keith Owens; Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham; Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta; Jewish News’ Barbara Lewis; The Arab American News’ Ali Harb

With support from
WDET’s Research Assistant Melissa Mason, Photography Intern Michael Ference, Intern Lucas Resetar

Funding for Next Chapter Detroit and the Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later project is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.