Detroit Radio Icon, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, and Minister Angelo B. Henderson Dies at 51

Detroit Radio Icon, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, and Minister Angelo B. Henderson Dies at 51

Detroit radio icon and Pulitzer prize winning journalist and minister Angelo B. Henderson has died.

7 Action News has learned that he died from natural causes and collapsed at his home.  The medical examiner’s office tells us there will be no autopsy.

Henderson was a radio host on News Talk WCHB 1200 AM and 99.9 FM.

He was also a two-term Parliamentarian and two-term chapter President for the National Association of Black Journalists.

He was also a founding member in the Detroit 300, who’s focus is to help communities organize and eradicate crime by policing targeted areas and pursuing individuals committing crimes. Henderson, along with Raphael B. Johnson and Malik Shabazz created the group out of the Detroit community’s frustration with perpetual neighborhood crimes.

In 1999, Henderson, working as deputy Detroit bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing. He wrote a narrative detailing the lives affected by an attempted drugstore robbery. He was the 22nd African American to win the Pulitzer Prize.

One year later he was honored by Columbia University as one of the nation’s best reporters on race and ethnicity in America.

We talked with his colleagues at the radio station.  ”This would be his chair,” said Wendy Cyrus-Herndon, the marketing director for Radio One.

As she showed us Henderson’s studio, she was suddenly brought to tears, but she wasn’t crying because of the emptiness.

“Ironic that song is playing,” she said.

The song playing on the radio at that moment is called, “Happy” by Pharrell.

“I think that’s probably a sign that Angelo is happy, because he knows he did good things,” said Cyrus-Herndon.

She said the entire staff is devastated by the sudden passing of the long time WCHB news talk show host and minister.

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Source: WXYZ | Max White