M.L. Elrick - 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award

BA '90 Journalism

M.L. Elrick 2013 Alumni Awards winnerM.L. Elrick, 45, is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter. He started his own paper in the fifth grade, and again as a senior at Michigan State. After helping run a youth hostel in Killarney, Ireland - not far from where his grandmother grew up - Elrick launched his career covering politics at the Concord (N.H.) Monitor. Next came a stretch at the Daily Southtown in Chicago. He returned home in 1999, taking a job as obituary writer at the Detroit Free Press. Before long, he became the world's foremost expert on the early life of Eminem. After leading the paper's award-winning coverage of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Elrick became an investigative reporter at WDIV-TV/Channel 4. In 2007, he returned to the Free Press, where his work with Jim Schaefer drove Kilpatrick from office and won most of print journalism's top reporting prizes. Elrick has been the investigative reporter for WJBK-TV/Channel 2 since August 2012.

He is co-author of "The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick," and lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters.

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