Serena Maria Daniels brings with her more than a decade of award-winning journalism experience working at the intersection of identity, politics and economic justice. She is also contributing writer for NextCity.org, where she covers income inequality and its effects on communities of color in and out of Detroit, with an emphasis on the policy solutions in place to address those systemic issues.
Serena is the previous dining editor for the Detroit Metro Times, which encompassed daily food blogging, restaurant critic, trend-spotter and occasional photographer. Her food writing also appears in the James Beard Award-winning Roads & Kingdoms, NPR’s The Salt, Lucky Peach, Eater, Extra Crispy and others. In 2015-2016, she worked alongside a team of local journalists to conduct research for Oscar-winning filmmakers Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigalow for the development of the movie “Detroit.” As a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune, Serena worked with a team on coverage of the deaths of two firefighters, selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 for breaking news. Her reporting on stories of global interest include coverage of the Flint water crisis, the Detroit bankruptcy, foreclosure epidemic, the Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. immigration policy, and the legacy of NAFTA and appear in Reuters, NPR’s Latino USA, The Detroit News, Hour Detroit, Bridge magazine and elsewhere. She is a 2014 Ford Fellow at the International Center for Journalists and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from California State University, Northridge.
Her favorite tacos come from back home in LA, she doesn’t believe in ketchup on hot dogs and prefers her pizza square.
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