Sandra Svoboda

A nine-month stint with The Associated Press brought Sandra to Detroit...27 years ago. She has a bachelor's in journalism and history from Indiana University, and along the way added two master's degrees, one in library and information science and another in public administration, both from Wayne State University. Sandra has worked for The (Toledo) Blade covering education/children's issues, Detroit’s Metro Times and FEMA, where she deployed to Louisiana to help coordinate/communicate about community rebuilding/planning efforts for/after disasters. Sandra has won awards for broadcast, print, digital and community engagement work from the Michigan Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit chapter. WSU’s Public Administration program named her Alum of the Year in 2015 for her WDET work covering Detroit's bankruptcy. Sandra teaches adjunct faculty at Wayne State (political science) and UM-Dearborn (graduate public administration program). She volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and with Freedom House Detroit. She loves her husband, dog, bicycle, usually in that order. Find her sailing on the Detroit River in her spare time.

Pumping Stations, Pipes and Treatment Plans: Photographing Water Infrastructure … as Art

Pipes, towers, retention basins and other water infrastructure are art to photographer Stanley Greenberg. "They were built at a time when...

Got Questions for the Candidates for Governor? Ask them here!

WDET and our media partners will ask an hour's worth of questions of candidates for governor and share their answers...

Gerrymandering: Why It’s a Technology Issue [TRANSCRIPT]

Common Cause It doesn't matter which political party is in control of state legislatures across the country. If politicians are...

Michigan IS Gerrymandered, New Study Concludes

Michigan’s political district are gerrymandered, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.  Click HERE to...

Bridge Magazine: Regional Transit Dead This Year [TRANSCRIPT]

Voters in southeast Michigan will not see a transit proposal on the ballot this fall after a meeting today ended...

Detroit Casinos’ Monthly Revenue Rises in May

Detroit’s three casinos' combined May revenue of $124.6 million was up 4 percent from the same month a year ago,...

From Bridge Magazine: Could Historic Fort Wayne Become a National Park? [TRANSCRIPT]

Pat Batcheller/WDET The Gordie Howe International Bridge is set to start construction in southwest Detroit this September, and increasingly city...

Detroit’s Budget and Gambling Revenue [TRANSCRIPT]

If sports betting is legalized in Michigan for casinos to operate, estimates start at $300 million for its industry potential.  But what...

Detroit Economy Trending Toward Improvement [TRANSCRIPT]

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit branch Detroit's economy is improving, according to an index constructed from a combination of...

Detroit Casinos’ April Revenue Rises in 2018

Detroit’s three casinos' combined April revenue of $124 million was up from the same month a year ago, according to...

From Bridge Magazine: A Review of the QLine [TRANSCRIPT]

Jake Neher/WDET Detroit’s new streetcar, the QLine, had just half the ridership needed to break even in its first 11...

Detroit Exits Most State Oversight

Sandra Svoboda/WDET Five years ago, Detroit became the biggest municipality in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, but now state oversight...