The more research he did for this month’s profile on boxing champ Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (page 36), the more impressed writer Lee was with the Detroiter’s improbable ascension to the throne. “In pro boxing, it’s very odd for a fighter in his mid-30s, with no real amateur background, to make it to the top,” Lee says. “Bundrage succeeded for the sole reason that he refused to give up on himself.” A fight junkie since childhood, when he became enthralled with a young Mike Tyson, Lee has written about many of the Kronk Gym fighters and personalities. During his one round of actual sparring, he managed to block most of his opponent’s blows with his face. A native metro Detroiter, Lee is now editor-in-chief of The Men’s Book magazine in Chicago.
Szymon Kietlinski and Caitlin Costello
After spending part of his summer in Gdansk, Poland, Kietlinski decided to come home and learn something about his native community in the process. An internship at Hour Detroit seemed the perfect opportunity to learn more about metro Detroit. An Oakland University senior majoring in English, Kietlinski values every opportunity he gets to write or contribute to the written word.
Growing up in metro Detroit, Costello was a regular at city events, so an internship with Hour Detroit offered an excuse to explore her hometown while gaining magazine experience. “The best part? Talking with metro Detroiters who are keeping the city spirit alive with all kinds of creative ingenuity,” she says. Up next for the recent Michigan State University graduate: The Peace Corps, she says, although her Detroit roots won’t let her stay away for too long.
As a columnist and sportswriter for The Detroit News, where he has worked for most of the past 31 years, Henning specializes in the Tigers, as well as in the sports scenes at the University of Michigan and Michigan State, which through the years have provided fodder for this month’s look at the football bowl games most on the minds of area fans (page 110). Henning’s only extended time away from The News came during the 1990s, when he worked for two national golf publications, first as editor of PGA Magazine, and then as a senior editor and writer for Golfweek. He has written two books about Michigan State athletics: Spartan Seasons I and Spartan Seasons II. He also co-authored Kirk Gibson’s autobiography, Bottom of the Ninth.
Ritchie, a frequent Hour Detroit contributor, photographed holiday fashions (page 100.) “The locations we found to work with [looked] great,” Ritchie says of The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. When not shooting for Hour Detroit, Ritchie is at home with the newest member of his family, baby William Piers, born in October to Ritchie and his wife, Amber. Ritchie’s other photographic work, which includes commercial and editorial projects, has appeared in Bloomberg, Bon Appétit, and ESPN The Magazine.