Anna Clark is a journalist in Detroit. She’s the author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, the New York Public Library, Audible, Amazon, and others. It is the winner of the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and a Michigan Notable Book.
Clark’s articles have appeared in Elle, The New York Times, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. She also edited A Detroit Anthology.Clark was a Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. She co-curates the Motor Signal Reading Series in Detroit's Eastern Market and she's been the longtime co-leader of an improv theater workshop in a men's prison in Macomb County.
Clark graduated Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers.
Jiquanda Johnson Founder and publisher, Flint Beat
Founder and publisher of Flint Beat, Jiquanda Johnson is a Flint-area native with more than 16 years of experience in journalism including print, television and digital media. She has worked for The Detroit News, NBC25, Fox and MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal, where she covered the city of Flint.
As a reporter covering Flint for MLive, Johnson discovered that the community needed a news publication focused only on Flint, Michigan, covering the many issues facing the city beyond the water crisis that was widely reported by national news. Flint Beat, a hyper-local, non-profit digital news outlet, was launched on March 13, 2017, to fill that need. In a 2018 interview with Poynter Institute, a leading educational institution for journalists, Johnson explained that Flint Beat aims to highlight solutions-based journalism, bridge gaps in coverage and use the journalism model to help other underserved communities tell their stories.
Lev Hunter Entrepreneur; founder and owner, The Daily Brew
Lev “LV” Hunter is the founder of The Daily Brew in Flint. Michigan, one of several new small businesses amid a growing culture of entrepreneurship in the city. Hunter currently operates online and serves as a “pop-up barist” for events around Flint and the region as he raises capital for a brick-and-mortar home for The Daily Brew. In addition to coffee beans and tea sales online, Hunter delivers Facebook livestreams every weekday morning and is the creator of The Daily Brew Podcast.
In a 2019 interview with Anna Clark for Citylab, Hunter explained that “people think you’re not able to have success or that a successful business can actually grow from Flint. But think about it. A successful entrepreneur has to have what some call grit, some call resilience. You’ve got to have resilience if you’re dealing with a water crisis.”
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