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History of Achievement

Detroit Free Press

Most recently, the Free Press and its staff were cited as winners in the following contests:

  • The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Associated Press Managing editors
  • Eugene Pulliam First Amendment Award
  • Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Drug and Alcohol Issues
  • Society of American Business Writers and Editors
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • Associated Press Sports Editors
  • Robert C. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership
  • Michigan Press Association
  • Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
  • Society of Newspaper Design
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • Michigan Press Photographers Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit

The Detroit Free Press has long been known for newspaper innovation as well as distinguished journalism. Some of our milestone accomplishments include:

2012: The Free Press wins the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for its "Living with Murder" featured story.

2009: The Free Press wins its ninth Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the text message scandal that led to the resignation and jailing of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

2008: The Free Press wins two national Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its videos "40 Years of Respect" and "Pit Bulls: Companions or Killers?"

2007: The Free Press becomes the first Pulitzer-winning newsroom to also produce a national Emmy Award-winning video for the documentary, "Michigan's Band of Brothers."

2005: The Free Press begins printing on state-of-the-art MAN Roland presses weighing 36 tons each and capable of producing 75,000 copies an hour (or 21 per second).

1997: The Free Press enters the digital era with the launch of The Web site's popularity has grown to get as many as 3.8 million page views in a day.

1979: The Free Press becomes the largest newspaper in the country to be printed by an offset press.

1945: Free Press correspondent Marjorie Avery, one of few women covering the war zone, is on
hand as U.S. and Soviet armies link up near the end of World War II. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower invites Free Press Editorial Director Malcolm Bingay to tour Nazi death camps.

1892: The Free Press installs the first linotype machine in Michigan so stories can be printed faster, allowing for more up-to-date news in the daily paper.

1853: The Free Press publishes the first Sunday edition in the United States.

1831: The Free Press begins publication. On guard for 177 years, it remains Detroit's oldest continuously operated business.

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The Detroit News

Most recently, The Detroit News and its staff were cited as winners in the following contests:

  • American Society of Newspaper Editors
  • Education Writers Association's National Awards for Education Reporting
  • International Wheel Awards competition
  • Michigan Excellence in Journalism competition
  • Michigan AP Editorial Association
  • The Michigan Press Association
  • Michigan Press Photographer's Association
  • Midwest Travel Writers Association
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • National Society of Newspaper Columnists
  • Professional Hockey Writers Association
  • Society of American Business Editors and Writers
  • Society of American Travel Writers
  • Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit

The Detroit News has a 139-year history of quality journalism and innovation.

The newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes for the years 1942, 1982 and 1994. The 1942 prize was the first ever awarded for photography. The photos documented the famed Battle of the Overpass.

The News was also the first newspaper to publish a comic strip, the first to hire a full-time photographer and the first to publish a daily advice column.

The Detroit News has a long history of using technology advances to the benefit of its readers. The paper launched the nation's first commercial radio station when it started WWJ radio in the 1920s, and was the first newspaper to operate a television station when it debuted WWJ TV Channel 4 in 1947. It also was the first newspaper to have an aircraft dedicated to news gathering, and was among the first to publish aerial photographs. The unique Detroit News autogiro aircraft is now on display at the Henry Ford museum. In 1995, it was among the first newspapers to go online with a website.

The newspaper's website,, won an Eppy Award in 2008 for Best Overall Design of a Website, and was named a finalist in the Best Sports Website category.

And our sports coverage was again cited as among the Top 10 in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Writers group.