Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

Hooper grew up reading the Sunday paper with his dad. That’s where he learned the basics of writing while dreaming of one day writing the stories himself. At 16, he knocked on the door of his hometown paper and asked for a job as a reporter. Since then, he's written extensively for the Detroit Free Press -- the same paper he grew up reading.

Since joining WDET in 2017, Hooper has expanded the station’s arts and culture coverage and received numerous awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasting along the way. Nationally, Hooper was awarded a 2020 RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for his story “Would You Rent a Stray Dog From the City of Detroit?“ In 2018, Hooper was named the Associated Press Michigan Editors Broadcast Rising Star in broadcast journalism. He received the prestigious Crain’s Detroit Business “20 In Their 20s” award in 2014. His commitment to volunteerism was recognized by the State of Michigan in 2007.

His juggalo-inspired I.C.Pizza costume was selected by the Huffington Post as one of the best Halloween costumes of 2014.

1967 Pershing High School Basketball Team Brought Championship to City

It's piece of Detroit sports history that seems to be lost to time. Coach Will Robinson not only lead the...

Craft Breweries in Michigan Celebrate 20-Year Milestones

1997 saw a wave of craft breweries arriving in Michigan -- and are still serving up suds today. Iconic local...

Michigan Glass Project Aims to Raise Funds for Arts Education in Detroit Schools

Kicking off today, the Michigan Glass Project is a three-day arts, music and glassblowing festival that takes place at the...

Kid Rock For Senator: Publicity or Politics?

There's no official filing yet, but Michigan rocker Kid Rock has announced a supposed bid for U.S. Senate. CultureShift producer...

Does Downtown Detroit Have Too Many Burgers?

Does Detroit have too many burgers and not enough culinary diversity as downtown dining options expand? Detroit Free Press restaurant...

Is Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne Haunted?

Historic Fort Wayne is a piece of Civil War history right here in Detroit. Throughout the summer, the fort will...

MetroTimes Talks New “Detroit 67: Perspectives” Exhibit at Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Society has launched a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum called "Detroit 67: Perspectives." The exhibition...

Detroit Jazz Legend Geri Allen Dead At 60

The music world is at a loss for words as we mourn the passing of one of the greatest modern...

Khao Son Brings Thai, Laotian Street Food To Birmingham

Detroit News features reporter Melody Baetens talks with CultureShift producer Ryan Patrick Hooper about this hidden gem in the suburbs...

Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The staff at Café D’Mongo’s Speakeasy must be doing something right. This eclectic downtown bar and restaurant will celebrate its 10th...

New Exhibit At The Henry Ford Marries Groundbreaking Design With Nostalgia

You’ve seen the work of House Industries without even realizing it. Over the past 25 years, these skate punks from...

New Seafood Restaurant Voyager Opens In Ferndale

Just outside of downtown Ferndale, new seafood restaurant Voyager is opening to rave reviews. Detroit Free Press restaurant critic Mark...