Author: Laura Herberg

Laura Herberg is a reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She won a Regional Murrow Award for best Hard News story (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) in 2020 and she was named the Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter for radio broadcasting in 2020, 2018 and 2017. In 2012, she was awarded a SoundCloud Fellowship for her project, "Listen to Detroit." She also is the creator of Complete Me, a podcast with only three episodes about how she has trouble completing tasks.

Before becoming a radio reporter, Laura worked, among other things, as a buser, a telemarketer, a canvasser and a magician's assistant. She is originally from the Seattle area but lived in five other cities before settling on Detroit in 2010. She's now a proud homeowner in Highland Park, Mich., a tiny city located inside Detroit.

Program Aims to Breathe New Life into Buildings, Spaces That Have Been Underutilized During the Pandemic

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is launching a program to help communities repurpose buildings and outdoor spaces that are underutilized because of COVID-19.   The Revitalization and Placemaking Program is funded by $100 million from the federal American Rescue Plan.   Michele Wildman is the MEDC’s senior vice president of community development. She says her organization has been helping Michigan municipalities bring life to vacant and neglected spaces for a while now.   “We knew that following the pandemic, that was even more important than ever, and..

Why Does Steam Sometimes Come Out of Manhole Covers in Detroit?

While driving around downtown Detroit, have you ever noticed a plume of steam coming out of a manhole and wondered where it came from? If so, you’re not alone.   It’s something WDET's Laura Herberg has wondered for the past decade. This year, she finally looked into the origin of all that steam.  Climbing Down a Manhole Dorothy Hernandez/WDET On a recent Thursday afternoon, I’m looking into a manhole..

Red Cross Is Facing a Critical Blood Shortage and Is Urging People to Donate

The Red Cross is urging people to donate blood amid an emergency blood and platelet shortage.    Meghan Lehman, a spokesperson for the Michigan Region of the American Red Cross, says the nonprofit is experiencing historically low blood supply levels. The Red Cross is especially looking for people to step up who’ve never given blood before.   “It is a critical situation that we..

Michigan’s Roads Worse Than Average in the U.S., Report Says

A new report backs up what many Michigan drivers already know: The roadways in the state are worse than average. In the Annual Highway Report released this year by the nonpartisan think tank the Reason Foundation, Michigan ranked 34th.  That’s down from 24th the previous year. The rankings are based on data from 2019-20.       Baruch Feigenbaum, the senior managing director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, says..