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Free Press columnist wins Pulitzer for commentary

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DETROIT - Detroit Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the city's financial crisis.

The award for commentary was announced Monday in New York. The Pulitzers are given out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others.

In their announcement, prize organizers say Henderson's columns on Detroit's bankruptcy were "written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique."

The city of 700,000 is operating under a state-appointed emergency manager and struggling to provide some basic services as it goes through federal bankruptcy proceedings to reduce $18 billion in debt. Detroit has lost 1.1 million residents since the 1950s and much of its tax base.

Henderson has served on the panel for FOX 2's Let It Rip segments. You can view his latest appearance, discussing Detroit city pensioners.

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