Angelo Henderson, Longtime Detroit Journalist, Dies


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Detroit is mourning one of their most beloved citizens this week, as longtime radio host and journalist Angelo Henderson passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from natural causes. He was only 51-years-old.

Henderson was most well known for hosting Your Voice With Angelo Henderson on WCHB-AM 1200, which is one of Detroit's number one radio talk shows.

Henderson was also the founder of Angelo Ink, which is a consulting firm specializing in writing, speaking and media.

“Few people have worked as passionately and tirelessly to improve this community than Angelo Henderson,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement, issued after Henderson's death.

“Through his radio program, his ministry and his personal community service, everything Angelo did was meant to uplift our city and its people. In his time with us, he touched countless lives, including my own. My heart goes out to Angelo’s family and to the thousands of fans he considered family.”

Along with his radio show and consulting firm, Henderson also served as an associate minister alongside Rev. Solomon Kinloch Jr., and director of evangelism and outreach, at Triumph Church.

“A giant tree in the forest of humanity has fallen,” Kinloch Jr. said in a statement that the church released on Henderson's behalf. “Metro Detroit’s loss is now heaven’s gain.”

In the early 90s and 2000s, Henderson worked for The Detroit News. “He was a great friend to many of us and one of the premier journalists in the country,” said the newspaper's editor and publisher Jonathan Wolman.

“Angelo was an insightful storyteller in his days here at The News and then at the Wall Street Journal before ‘retiring’ to his calling in the ministry," Wolman added. "His radio broadcast on WCHB has been must-listening for anyone keeping track of events in Detroit."

Among his many accomplishments, Henderson was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize for the Wall Street Journal. To read his entire winning piece, click here.

Henderson is survived by his wife Felecia and their son Grant, 20. Funeral arrangements are currently pending.

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