Author: Eli Newman

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.

Newman is a life-long resident of Southeast Michigan and now lives in Northwest Detroit. His favorite Motown track is “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops.

Surge of Gun Violence in 2021 Is Down in Detroit, Police Say — But Other Crimes Have Gone Up 

Detroit’s rise in violent crime during the pandemic tapered off in some ways by the end of last year, according to the Detroit Police Department. But while homicides and non-fatal shooting are lower than they were in 2020, larceny, aggravated assault and sexual assault are up. DPD reported 309 homicides, 795 instances of rape, 1,529 robberies and 12,125 aggravated assaults, including 1,065 non-fatal shootings. All..

Following a Year of Protests, Detroiters Will Elect a New Slate of Police Commissioners

Elections for Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners happen every four years. And this year’s race follows a series of police killings of Black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The race for the 11-member civilian board comes after concerns over police brutality and racial injustice reached a boiling point last summer. Detroit Will Breathe led many..

Detroit to Vote on Proposal E, Which Would Decriminalize Psychedelic Plants Like Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are on the ballot in Detroit during Tuesday's general election. If passed, Proposal E would decriminalize a class of naturally occurring psychedelics like mescaline, ayahuasca, psilocybin and dimethyltryptamine or DMT. These compounds are among a class of psychoactive substances often referred to as entheogenic plants, which municipal governments around the country increasingly recognize...

Corruption Scandals Can Make the Public Cynical — or They Can Spark Change, Advocate Says

Detroit and its elected city councilmembers are in the middle of a public corruption scandal. Contracts, bribery and campaign finance violations have become the focus of the years-long federal investigation. And city elections are next week.  Beth Rotman is a program director for Common Cause, a policy advocacy group. She helped create the Citizens’ Election Program in Connecticut and focuses on money in politics and..

91,000 Detroiters Lack Access to Running or Hot Water, Struggle With Broken Heating, U-M Survey Says

Poor housing conditions such as exposed electrical wiring, broken heating or lack of running or hot water affect more than 91,000 residents in Detroit, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan.    University of Michigan Researcher Lydia Wileden, who wrote the report “Using American Rescue Plan Funds to Meet Detroiters’ Home Repair Needs,” says issues like those are critical, but..

Family of West Michigan Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff’s Deputy Is Suing Over His Death

Earlier this year, a deputy with the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department shot and killed a man and his dog. Now, his family is filing a federal complaint against the law enforcement agency.    Oscar Herrera, 32, was shot and killed in April outside his home in Reading Township by a Hillsdale County deputy who was responding to a complaint of a loose dog. State police said Herrera confronted Deputy..