Contributors: July 2012


Ilene Wolff

Seeing a spate of recent news coverage about hundreds of former patients of a children’s neurologist who are suing him for alleged misdiagnoses and improper treatment, a peeping Tom pediatrician, and an optometrist who got inappropriate gratification at the expense of female patients made Wolff wonder how often other doctors similarly stray from their ethic to “first, do no harm.” Once she began sifting through government documents and court records and talking with patients, doctors, lawyers, police, watchdogs, and other observers, Wolff learned that, although the incidence may be small, the implications of each occurrence are enormous. She then asked how patients can protect themselves when the unthinkable happens and their doctor and the system fail them.


Joe Lapointe

For 20 years, Lapointe wrote about sports for The New York Times, 11 years for the Detroit Free Press, and three years for the Chicago Sun-Times. He recently worked as a segment producer for TV’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann. Lapointe, a graduate of Wayne State University, grew up on Detroit’s east side in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood with Susan Keenan, the mother of Celia Keenan-Bolger and her siblings, Andrew and Maggie.  He writes about their acting careers in this issue. Lapointe, who lives in New Jersey, teaches journalism at New York University and Rutgers. He’s avidly interested in politics, theater, and, of course, sports. He’s also writing a play about the 1967 Detroit riot. This is his first appearance in Hour Detroit.


Annabel Cohen

Cohen’s grill is her best friend. As she likes to say, “Everything tastes better grilled.” Her favorite food is toast, and pizza is the ultimate form of toasted bread. Cohen’s travels around the globe have exposed her to the typical foods of each locale, as well as the unusual flavor combinations that punctuate so many of her recipes. Though she’s been cooking pizza on the grill for a long time, her time spent in Rome, working at a local restaurant, helped her develop the simple tomato sauce that gets slathered on most of her homemade pizza crusts. In addition to writing about food, travel, and lifestyle topics, Cohen is owner of AnnabelSweets, a new cookie company (


Kim Rosen

Rosen has been illustrating for almost a decade now and she never tires of capturing awkward or uncomfortable moments. When Hour Detroit asked her to illustrate a feature about the misconduct of doctors, she jumped at the opportunity. Rosen illustrates many types of scenarios for a wide variety of clients, including The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Billabong, and Starbucks. A masters of fine arts graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Rosen lives in a 110-year-old house in Northampton, Mass.



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