Micheline Maynard to Lead Upper Midwest Journalism Center Project

Michigan Radio, WBEZ FM-Chicago and Cleveland’s ideastream (90.3 WCPN and WVIZ/PBS) are pleased to announce that journalist, author and scholar Micheline Maynard, currently of The New York Times, has been named Editor for the “Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt” Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center (LJC).

The Center is a new editorial collaboration funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to report on a major developing story–the transformation of the Upper Midwest’s industrial-based economy to a post-manufacturing one. This transition is a turning point in the American economy with economic, social, environmental and cultural implications.

Maynard, a Michigan native, will be based in Chicago and lead a team of three reporters and a new media producer in the production of long form radio feature reports, special programs for radio and television, and web content. The project will also seek to engage the citizens of the region in an exploration of the region’s past and future.

“This is an important story about a changing way of life in the Great Lakes region, where for so long industry has played a fundamental role in the economy,” said WBEZ Managing Editor Sally Eisele. “Micheline Maynard is one of the top journalists covering this story. She knows the issues and the people of the region well. We are very pleased to have her leading the project team.”

Maynard has been a senior business correspondent for The New York Times, where her work has appeared since 2000. She joined The Times staff in 2004 as a reporter in Business Day, covering the airline industry. She was named Detroit bureau chief in October 2005, where she directed the Times’ coverage of the automobile industry. Maynard became a senior business correspondent in 2008, and played a key role in the paper’s coverage of the automobile industry bailout.

She has written four books, including her latest, “The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream” which was published in October 2009 by Random House. Maynard also wrote the acclaimed 2003 book “The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market” which foresaw the collapse of Detroit carmakers. Also published by Random House, it appeared in paperback in 2004.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from Columbia. Maynard is an adjunct faculty member at the Ross School of Business at Michigan, and has taught at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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