Martina Guzmán is founder and director of the Race and Justice Reporting Initiative at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.
As an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, Martina covers race, justice and systemic inequality. Her work has appeared on NPR, The Guardian, Slate, PBS, Next City among others. Martina was the Detroit correspondent for The Takeaway, a radio news program co-created and co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC.
Her community reporting with Detroit’s NPR affiliate, WDET, led to her being named Best Statewide Individual Reporter by the Associated Press. Her exploration into the rise and fall of global, post-industrial cities earned her the Best Series Award from the Michigan Broadcasters Association, and Best Investigative Series from the Associated Press of Michigan. In 2019, the Ford Foundation awarded her a grant to investigate the impacts of water shut-offs for women of color in South Africa and Detroit.
- Breathing new life into a reporting desert
Where mainstream media plays tourists, freelancers are bringing actual news to Detroit’s Mexican community
- Reality check: freelancers are also running a business
How I plan to make that easier so independent journalists can thrive
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