Micheline Maynard

Author, Business Journalist, Connoisseur

My Portfolio: Transportation, Detroit, Politics — And Everything Else

img_27991-1024x682When I started out in journalism, my ambition was to become a good writer. That’s still the basis for everything I do.

But every journalist today needs to have a variety of skills, from being able to craft a story, to feeling comfortable talking about it on radio and television. You need to know how to frame a photograph, and shoot a video.

If you decide to take your career beyond the daily news world, it becomes important to communicate to an audience. That might mean teaching students. Or, talking to civic groups, and leading panel discussions.

Although I’ve always been proud to be a business journalist, and very grateful to have become an author, more and more, my description would be All Of The Above.

I’ll leave all the details to my bio, but here’s what I’m working on — and where you can find my work these days.

Transportation. I’m the editor of the journalism project Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around. We’re exploring why people are driving less, and the types of transportation they’re using instead. We also look at how these changes are affecting the automobile industry. Please visit our website, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler.

Along with Curbing Cars, I follow the automobile industry and the airline industry, which I’ve written about for many news organizations.

Detroit. I’m deeply interested in everything that affects the Motor City, from its Chapter 9 bankruptcy to new investments, and the lingering problems that affect Detroit. My experience covering the bankruptcies in the airline industry and at General Motors and Chrysler have given me a good background to watch what is happening now in federal court. Of course, as a baseball fan, I’m up to speed on any affecting the Tigers, too.

Politics. I grew up in politics in Michigan. My parents helped write the 1963 state constitution, and were involved in the Republican Party back when the phrase “Rockefeller Republicans” was in vogue. Later, I covered the Michigan Legislature, and have always considered politics my second love, behind business. Many of the people I knew at the beginning of my career are now in positions of power in Lansing, Detroit and Washington.

Food. When I wasn’t focused on all these topics for the New York Times, I was schooling myself in becoming a food writer. I’ve studied cooking with Patricia Wells and at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, and taken numerous classes in other places. My expertise is eating well on the road, and not giving into the temptation to survive on junk food. You can see my food writing on my occasional blog, Culinary Woman, and find us on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Now. Where have I been working lately?

Forbes: I’m the author of the Voyages blog, which sits under the heading, On The Move. My stories focus on Detroit (both the city and the industry), the airlines, and everything related to transportation.

Time: I’ve been contributing to the magazine’s coverage of Detroit.

Al Jazeera America: My stories look at topics of national interest, from the Supreme Court deliberations on citizen groups and affirmative action, to helmet laws.

University of Michigan Ross School of Business: I’m an adjunct lecturer, most recently teaching Business Communications to MBA students as part of the English Language Institute.

Of course, you can also find me as a frequent guest on shows such as PBS Newshour, Here and Now on NPR, and on Stateside on Michigan Radio.

And, I’m easy to find on social media, where I’m @mickimaynard on Twitter, and under Micheline Maynard on Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn.

That’s the very latest.

 

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