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Detroit independent has been is existence since 2005. We are the one of the largest independently owned and operated news source in southeast Michigan.

Our power and passion comes from our people. Below are the people that make us who we are

Keith Simon - Editor
Keith Simon is a reporter and Editor. He has been writing/reporting since 1997. He helped found the DI because of his love of writing, music and sports. His work has been featured in Hour Magazine, Real Detroit, Oxford Press, Shepherd Exprees and The Onion.   He attended The University of Michigan and Marquette University where he majored in Psychology. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
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Hilary Farrell - Editor
Hilary Farrell is a passionate Detroit-based reporter and editor with 7 years of experience in Community, finance, business, music, and Metro beats. In her spare time, Hilary can be found dancing at concerts, engrossed in market trading charts, and dabbling in site coding.

Bruce Jarrard - Editor
Bruce Jarrard is a reporter and editor. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is a native of Flint and loves covering all Detroit teams. He enjoys golf, hockey and reading. He is a resident of Royal Oak.
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Nick Ray - Director - Events & Media
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Nick reviews and explores diverse music events, media and entertainment coverage. He lives in Chicago, IL
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Dave Strange - Columnist
Contact Dave at: dstrange@detroitindependent.net

Robert Tuck - Photography Editor
Rob is a country music fan. He loves the music of Kenny Chesney. He graduated from Ferris State University and currently resides in Cadillac, MI.
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Tom Shafer - Reporter
Tom Shafer is a columnist and reporter since 2004. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Observer Eccentric, Real Detroit, Variety and The Schoolcraft Review. He is a graduate of The Ferris State University . He lives in Ferndale.
Contact Tom at: Tshafer@detroitindependent.net

Garret Bolin - Columnist
Our most recent addition to Detroit Independent. Contact Garret at:  gbolin@detroitindependent.net

Todd Brown - Reporter
Todd covers golf and music for the DI. He is an accomplished musician and writer.

Robert Harper - Columnist
Robb Harper is our Food Editor. He has a wealth of experience including being the publisher of Edible WOW, a quarterly magazine focused on the Slow Food movement in Southeast Detroit. Contact Robert at rharper@detroitindependent.net

Ram Choi - Reporter
Ram is an entering student at the Ross BBA student at the University of Michigan. He is the owner and audio engineer for Grape Studio. A musician actively involved in the various music scenes of Michigan who loves exploring different concerts whether they be metal, indie, or multi-genre. Ram is socially aware of global situations, especially those of the humanitarian crises of women and children.
Contact Ram at rchoi@detroitindependent.net

Ben Turkus - Reporter
Ben Turkus is from the East Lansing area, he enjoys music throughly and has played drums since he was 7. His percussion experience ranges from concert percussion and marching percussion to the technical metal drumming of his melodic metalcore band, In Our Hearts. His musical genre preferences include, indie rock, alternative rock and jazz, hardcore, and metalcore. He is always willing to listen to something new and is very opened minded to new bands and styles of music.
Contact Ben at bturkus@detroitindependent.net

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