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.

Buried & Forgotten: Why Did This Groundbreaking Black Artist Disappear from Local History?

Ryan Patrick Hooper Click the audio player above to listen to this story. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on WDET...

“Love, Gilda” Brings Gilda Radner Home to Detroit

Detroit Film Theatre Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. This weekend, the Detroit...

Cuba Comes to Detroit: Cuban-Inspired Restaurant Set to Open in Downtown

Via Facebook Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Downtown Detroit seems to be...

Live @ WDET’s Studio A: Fred Thomas Performs Songs from New Album “Aftering”

Miles Larson Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Longtime Michigan musician Fred Thomas just...

Detroit’s Global Role in Design Takes Center Stage During Month of Design

Design Core Detroit Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Detroit Design Festival has made...

How Macomb County is Putting Their Public Art Installations on the Map

Macomb County Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Public art has become an...

In The Groove With Paxahau’s Sam Fotias

Paxahau Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Stepping into a subculture and finding ways...

Slurping It Up: Urban Ramen Brings New Noodles to Woodward Avenue

Melody Baetens/ Detroit News Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Urban Ramen is...

Come Sail Away: Norma G’s Brings Trinidadian Cuisine to Detroit’s Eastside

Norma G's Facebook page Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. Has the Detroit restaurant...

Let’s Go Nightclubbing: Tracing the DNA of Iggy Pop’s 1977 Hit Throughout Popular Music

Timber Timbre Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m. David Bowie and Iggy Pop were...

Sweet Nothings: Michigan Comedian Brad Wenzel Talks Debut Album, Finding His Voice

Diego Attanasio Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Brad Wenzel made a name...

Beyond the Bell: Vegan “Taco Bell” Pops Up in Detroit

Courtesy of Street Beet Click on the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.  Vegan food in...