Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" 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.

The Next Best Restaurant in Metro Detroit is a Pop-Up at Your Neighborhood Bar

Courtesy of Irie Occasions Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to...

You Probably Won’t Go Out to Eat After Seeing the Scarab Club’s Latest Art Show

Agnes Gira Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m....

The Government Shutdown Could Stall the Release of Seasonal Craft Beers from Michigan

Nicole Rupersburg Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m....

Detroit Film Theatre Celebrates 45th Anniversary with “Shoplifters”

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Inside “Bird Box”: Michigan Author Talks Wild Success of Netflix Movie Based on His Debut Novel

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After 40-Year Career, Detroit Photographer Steps out From Behind the Lens

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In the Groove with Griz

Ryan Patrick Hooper Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on 101.9 WDET FM...

Detroit Artist Paul Johnson’s “Color Blocking” Arrives at Cass Cafe

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Inside the Orchestras of Auschwitz

Christopher Boyes / University of Michigan Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on WDET...

Which Detroit Restaurants are Open on Thanksgiving in Detroit?

Unknown Click on the audio player to listen to the full conversation. CulureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on WDET...

Black Girl Magic in 23K Gold: Exploring the Latest Work from Detroit Artist Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips Click the audio player to listen to the full interview. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on WDET...

Legendary Filmmaker Brings Latest Doc “Monrovia, Indiana” to Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Film Theatre Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on WDET 101.9FM Detroit's...