Mark Kurlyandchik began his career at Hour Detroit as a summer editorial intern four years ago. From there, he worked his way up to freelance contributor and then associate editor. But things really came full-circle last winter, when he was promoted to senior editor, putting him in charge of Hour’s editorial interns. “It’s been a hell of a ride,” Kurlyandchik says. “Not only did I have the opportunity to write about all things Detroit during such an exciting period for the city and region, I also worked alongside and learned from such a supremely talented staff.” In May, he and his wife, Katie (also a former Hour Media staffer), left for the San Francisco Bay Area, where Kurlyandchik will be pursuing a master’s degree in documentary journalism at UC-Berkeley.
Monica Mercer walked by the large, framed cover of model Catie Hormel Glossmann about a thousand times at Hour Detroit’s offices before finding out the backstory. “Getting to know Catie, and to write about her 10 years after that cover shoot, was a powerful reminder that so many things in life aren’t what they appear to be,” Mercer says. Mercer joined Hour Detroit a year ago as an associate editor after a career as a hard news reporter with several newspapers. She knows the legal system well, having most recently covered Tennessee’s state and federal courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Working at Hour, Mercer says, has been a welcomed change of pace. “It’s such a privilege to be a journalist in Detroit and to tell these stories.”
Potts, a regular contributor, has become Hour Detroit’s go-to stylist over the last year. This month’s “Best of Detroit” shoot, however, was her biggest assignment yet. “It was amazing reuniting with Roy [Ritchie] and Cassidy [Zobl] at some of the city’s most visually intriguing locations,” Potts says. “I’ve learned so much about the characteristics intrinsic to each neighborhood through these shoots, and I’m grateful for this.” The Detroit-based stylist is looking forward to working on upcoming decor-related pieces and bridal fashion for Hour sister publications Detroit Home and Metro Detroit Bride.
This year marks the fourth consecutive annual “Best of Detroit” feature shot by Roy Ritchie. The three-day shoot included wrangling nearly 20 winners and dozens of extras around multiple locations throughout the city. “I liked taking an empty room and then putting it all together to build a set,” Ritchie says, referring to the police station scene, shot in the basement of Detroit Cristo Rey High School. In addition to his regular contributions to this magazine, Ritchie has done commercial and editorial work for Bloomberg, Bon Appétit, and ESPN The Magazine.