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Aug 2 / Matthew Lockwood

Media turns to WSU faculty on Detroit bankruptcy

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing on July 18 has made the city a hot topic in global media. And while a Chapter 9 filing is traditionally viewed as a negative, it’s been nice to see several national media op-eds coming to Detroit’s defense. The bankruptcy has also resulted in national and international media calling on Wayne State University experts to comment on different aspects of the filing.

As a result, several Wayne State faculty members and the Wayne State name have been getting some nice exposure. A few examples include Jocelyn Benson, dean of the Law School, on MSNBC; Robin Boyle, chair of Geography and Urban Planning, on NPR; and Lyke Thompson, director of the Center for Urban Studies, in Bloomberg News. Faculty have also done interviews with media from Austria, China and the Middle East.

Those of us that live and/or work in Detroit know that while the city has countless problems, there are a growing number of reasons for optimism. As Charlie LeDuff, a reporter at Fox 2, points out in his recent New York Times op-ed, Wayne State is one of the reasons for hope.

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