Legendary Winners and Landslides

Letter From the Editor


Each year, Hour Detroit readers vote in their “Best of Detroit” favorites. You can see this year’s “legendary” winners here.

There are perennial winners in some categories; in others, there’s a changing of the guard. 

Then there are the “landslides.” The clear victor is the Michigan Central Train Station for “Building Worth Saving.” Other places barely get any votes.

That’s fitting. What remodeled building would be more symbolic of Detroit’s continued revival? 

Years ago, I visited a Pittsburgh train station that had been turned into shops, offices, and a fabulous restaurant.

Could that ever happen here? It has, on a smaller scale. The formerly abandoned G.A.R. building is back, and it is home to the Republic restaurant

Meanwhile, there’s a ray of hope for the train station. The owner, Manuel “Matty” Moroun, recently secured the area, installed a freight elevator, and began replacing windows. It’s a start … — Steve Wilke


P.S. They're Not Pulitzers, But … 

In March, Stephen Henderson took on hosting duties at WDET-FM’s “Detroit Today.” I got to ask him about the job, and the Pulitzer Prize he won last year. While none of us at Hour have Pulitzers (yet), we’re proud of our numerous awards from The Society of Professional Journalists — Detroit chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism program:

Copy Editor Dorothy Hernandez took first place in both Localization of a National Story (“Standing the Heat,” August 2014) and Headline Writing. 

Associate Editor Casey Nesterowich won first place, Informational Graphics (“Pothole Politics,” March 2014). Her work on “Deconstructing Detroit” (May 2014) took second place for Explanatory Story and second place in Magazine Spread Design, plus she nabbed an honorable mention in General News for “Rx for the Next Generation” (October 2014).

Associate Art Director Veronica Soderlund was recognized for second place, Cover Design, for “Bourbon’s Back” (May 2014), plus second and third place in Magazine Spread Design — “Deconstructing Detroit” (May 2014) and “Scene Stealer” (April 2014).

Freelance writer Monica Mercer won first place, Feature Story, for “No Requiem” (November 2014).

Freelance writer Garry Gilbert won first place, Explanatory Story, for “Trauma and Triumph” (Hour Detroit’s Health Guide, April 2014).

Freelance photographer Jenny Risher took first place, Feature Photograph, for “Inspired Interpretations” (February 2014), and honorable mention for “Into the Deep” (April 2014).

Former Art Director Cassidy Zobl won first place, Informational Graphics (“Pothole Politics,” March 2014), second place, Cover Design, for “Bourbon’s Back” (May 2014), and second and third place for Magazine Spread Design “Deconstructing Detroit” (May 2014) and “Scene Stealer” (April 2014).

Freelance photographer Michael Crichton won second place, Cover Design, for “Bourbon’s Back” (May 2014)

Freelance writer Alexa Stanard won second place, Consumer/Watchdog Reporting, for “Forced Labor” (August 2014).

Freelance writer Ilene Wolff won third place, Feature Story, for “From Sci-fi to Fact” (October 2014).

Freelance photographer Justin Maconochie was recognized for second place, Magazine Spread Design, for “Deconstructing Detroit” (May 2014).

Freelance writer George Bulanda was recognized for third place, Magazine Spread Design, for “Scene Stealer” (April 2014).

Freelance writer Craig Fahle won first place, General Column, for “They’re Baaack!” (August 2014).

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