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Working as deputy Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, Angelo B. Henderson was honored with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing. His dramatic narrative detailed the lives affected by an attempted drugstore robbery that ended in the robber’s death.
The Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award given for journalistic excellence, is presented annually by Columbia University in New York City. He is the 22nd African American to win this award since its inception in 1917. He joins the ranks of literary giants Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and the late Gwendolyn Brooks. Only 23 other African Americans have been awarded the individual honor. He’s also the first African American to win the Pulitzer for The Wall Street Journal, considered the world’s most influential newspaper.
In June 2000, Angelo was honored again by Columbia University as one of the nation’s best reporters on race and ethnicity in America. He was among several journalists — including CBS News anchor Dan Rather — who presented their distinguished work to editors and broadcast executives who set newsroom agendas and can implement changes as part of Columbia’s Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity. The previous year’s honorees included Tom Brokaw, anchor, of NBC “Nightly News” and Michel McQueen, correspondent of ABC News “Nightline.”
Angelo was named one of 39 African-Americans Achievers To Watch in the next millennium by SuccessGuide magazine. These were climbers in mid-career who are expected to make history and set the course for future generations. Angelo appeared alongside author/professor Michael Eric Dyson; Linda Johnson Rice, president and chief operating officer of Ebony Magazine’s Johnson Publishing Co.; Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., president and chief operating officer of publishers of Black Enterprise Magazine; District of Illinois Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr.; and National Public Radio talk-show host and commentator Tavis Smiley.
In 2001, Angelo was inducted into the HistoryMakers, a non-profit institution committed to preserving, developing and providing access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African-American oral histories.
He was an ordained deacon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in 1999 and was ordained and licensed as a member of the clergy under Pastor Charles G. Adams in December 2003. Now, Rev. Henderson is the Associate Pastor of Worship, Vision and Emerging Ministries at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Mich., one of the largest and fastest growing African-American United Methodist congregations in the country, under senior pastor Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III.
Angelo has been a special projects writer for The Detroit News and has worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. He has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering real estate, development, small business, minority business, economic development, courts and crime, developing reporting strategies that work in the corporate suites as well as in the urban streets.
Angelo travels across the country lecturing and preaching. In response to growing demand, he launched his own company, Angelo Ink L.C.C., a media-consulting firm that provides motivational speaking, media services, training and development to professional and aspiring journalists, corporate executives, support staff and civic organizations.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1985 from the University of Kentucky and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Angelo was born in Louisville, Kentucky, moving to Oakland, California as a teenager. He is married to Felecia Dixon Henderson, features editor at The Detroit News, who directs a 30-member department comprised of assigning editors, reporters, copy editors and editorial assistants. The couple and their son reside in Pontiac, Michigan.

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