A self-toast: Nine years in, Deadline Detroit still works to inform, provoke and surprise daily

April 26, 2021, 7:22 AM

Happy anniversary to us.

The ride that began nine years ago today doesn't feel long unless we check a back-end counter that tallies 26,838 posts since launch day.

Debut day last decade

"It seems like a real turning point" for Detroit, co-founder Bill McGraw wrote that April 26, 2012 morning. "A critical juncture even. And we’re here to cover it. ... We want to make it easier for smart people to stay smart about their community."

That goal is unchanged as we continue delivering news, commentary, videos and galleries each day without a paywall.

The journey wasn't always smooth, but remains rewarding as we report on "America's most interesting city," as it says atop our weekly newsletter, The 313. After nearly a decade, we recall more uplifting moments than heavy lifting.

Public service highlights from last year and the first third of this one include:

► Starkman: Beaumont Hospital Staffers Horrified After Patient Dies During Routine Colonoscopy

► Hakim Littleton was killed for shooting at police. Detroit was his undoing

► Covid patients die in halls at Detroit's overwhelmed Sinai-Grace Hospital

► LeDuff: Feel-good videos about downtown Detroit coneys have a bitter sequel

► Derringer: Time to pull the plug on Mitch Albom

► Lengel: Bring Back That Tough, Covid-Fighting Governor from Michigan

► Stamm: Never Forget What Michigan Reps. Bergman, McClain, Walberg Did on a Day of Chaos

► Starkman: Beaumont and Advocate Aurora End Merger Discussions

► LeDuff -- Wayne County Jail gave an infected inmate a bus pass home. Now he's dead.

Derringer: In Nicole Curtis vs. the Detroit Land Bank, Who to Root For? The House


Earlier points of distinction also are a source of pride:

► 100 Years Later, Dearborn Confronts the Hate of Hometown Hero Henry Ford

► LeDuff: Detroit Cop Who Killed Sleeping Man Fired 15 Times

► Lengel: Time for the Detroit Athletic Club to Remove Swastikas

► In a Bathrobe, Charlie LeDuff Moves in on Detroit Squatter

The Greektown We Knew Is Gone

► Cops Shut John's Carpet House, Legendary Detroit Blues Venue

► Greg Bowens: Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Black Problem


Thanks for reading, commenting and helping us extend homegrown independent journalism for a tenth year.

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-- Deadline Detroit staff

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