Detroit Media Collaborate to Investigate School Board Candidates

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From left to right: Ann Zaniewski, M.L. Elrick, Sascha Raiyn, and Chastity Pratt Dawsey

There are 63 candidates for the school board of the newly created Detroit Public Schools Community District. That’s fewer than the number who originally filed to run.

Having so many candidates for such an important, historic election was a challenge for local media wanting to educate voters about the candidates. WDET’s Sascha Raiyn reports on a collaboration between Fox 2 Detroit, the Detroit Free Press, Bridge Magazine and WDET working to do just that.

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Stories from Collaboration Partners:

WDET: Detroit Media Collaborate to Investigate School Board Candidates 

Fox 2More Than Half of Detroit School Board Candidates Have Money Problems 

Fox 2: 8 of 10 Old Detroit School Board Members Running for New District Have Legal, Financial Issues

Detroit Free Press: School Board Candidates: Many Foreclosures, Bankruptcies, Lawsuits 

Bridge: Will Detroit School Board Candidates Choose to Fight or Unite? 


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Image credit: WDET Marketing

This post is a part of Detroit's Historic School Board Race - A Multimedia Collaboration.

This story is a collaboration among reporters Jennifer Dixon, Kristi Tanner, John Wisely and Ann Zaniewski of the Detroit Free Press; M.L. Elrick and Patricia Montemurri of Fox2 Detroit; Chastity Pratt Dawsey of Bridge Magazine and Sascha Raiyn of WDET Detroit Public Radio.

Free Press web team members Patrick Byrne and Jamie Smith used information compiled by the reporters to create the online database that accompanies this story.

Each candidate was given six weeks to respond to a questionnaire and asked to submit a résumé and a current photograph. Not all candidates responded to those requests. Some refused to be interviewed.

About the Author

Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.   Follow @raiyn

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