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An award-winning investigative reporter, Anderson brings two decades of experience to Detroit PBS. She’ll execute journalism strategy while building upon Detroit PBS’s reputation as a trusted news source.

Detroit, MI – Jan. 10, 2024 – Veteran Detroit journalist Elisha Anderson has joined Detroit PBS as its managing editor of journalism. She brings verve, multimedia storytelling, and two decades of exemplary experience to the role.

In her new position, Anderson will oversee journalism operations and work closely with the teams producing “One Detroit” and “American Black Journal.” She will also lead Detroit area journalism initiatives, execute strategy in line with Detroit PBS’s mission to foster community engagement, defend high journalistic standards, build /maintain news partnerships, and enhance the station’s commitment to insightful and impactful programming.

“I’m thrilled to join Detroit PBS and have the opportunity to work with this talented team,” she said. “It’s an honor to be able to tell important, in-depth stories. My aim is to continue delivering quality content that makes a difference in our community.”

Detroit PBS builds connections throughout Southeast Michigan. Engagement is its main priority, achieved through in-person events and coverage, digital engagement, and personal connections. Detroit PBS strives to listen and understand to give voice to its community members’ concerns and imperatives.

Anderson brings a passion for impactful storytelling on air, online, and in print. Under her leadership, the goal is to reach new levels of journalistic excellence through connection and collaboration and to modernize and adapt to a rapidly evolving media environment.

Anderson’s work has been honored with dozens of awards and has appeared in publications and online across the country. Her investigative journalism has contributed to innocent men being freed from prison and exposed flaws in the criminal justice system.

“Throughout her career, Elisha Anderson’s reporting has had a demonstrable, positive impact on the Detroit community,” said Ed Moore, vice president of content at Detroit PBS. “One Detroit and Detroit PBS are excited to include her strategic vision in our mission of engaged journalism.”

Anderson spent 16 years as at the Detroit Free Press in various roles, including investigative reporter, court reporter, and broadcast editor.

Prior to her career with the Detroit Free Press, she worked in various roles at television stations in Iowa, WHO, and KWWL.

Anderson, an Iowa native, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. She lives in Ferndale.


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