Hey, Charlie LeDuff just decided to reenter the newspaper world. Yup, the New York Times reporter who did all those human interest subculture stories back in the late ’90s/early ’00s. The guy who wrote about punk rock junkies in Bushwick and did that weird television show for the Discovery Channel? Yeah, that guy. The last we heard from him, he had left the New York Times under unclear circumstances and decided instead to become a stay-at-home dad.
Well, kids… he was bound to return sooner or later. We don’t know how they did it (maybe it’s because he’s a Michigan native), but the Detroit News hired LeDuff as a writer for their projects team and metro desk. He’s even relocating from CA, along with the family.
LeDuff’s first day at the paper will be March 3rd. Memo follows.
Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff, a former national correspondent for The New York Times, returns home and joins The Detroit News on March 3 as a writer for the projects team and metro desk.
LeDuff was a contributor to the 2001 Times series “How Race is Lived in America” that won the Pulitzer for national reporting. He also has been honored by Columbia University for distinguished writing about New York City. LeDuff, who left the Times in 2007, has written several books and was a contributor to several TV programs.
His career includes stints as a reporter for the Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, as a teacher at a middle school for troubled children and as a gang counselor. An advocate of participatory journalism, LeDuff has worked as a carpenter in Michigan, a cannery hand in Alaska and a baker in Denmark. He also has covered the war in Iraq, crossed the border with Mexican migrants, and chronicled a Brooklyn fire house in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
LeDuff, his wife, Amy, an art therapist, and their daughter, are relocating from Hollywood, Calif.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and Livonia Churchill High School, LeDuff is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe of Michigan.