Bill McGraw

Bill McGraw, a veteran Detroit Free Press writer, was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in April, 2014. A native Detroiter, McGraw co-founded the online website, Deadline Detroit, in 2012. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, National Geographic, Newsweek, the London-based History Workshop Journal, the Fifth Estate and Orbit. McGraw spent 37 years as a freelance contributor, city-desk reporter, sportswriter, Canada correspondent, deputy metro editor and columnist at the Free Press. He created two best-selling books on Detroit subjects, “The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young” and “The Detroit Almanac,” which he co-edited with Peter Gavrilovich. In 2007, McGraw drove all of the city’s 2,100 streets for the award-winning “Driving Detroit” series.


Meet a Detroit neighborhood that’s not waiting for city help

May 28, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Like many impoverished, obscure corners of Detroit, the neighborhood of Eden Gardens knows it can’t afford to wait for the cavalry to arrive. While residents are eager for blight removal, they’re not waiting for the city to fix their community.

In Detroit neighborhood showered with love, uncertainty remains

April 28, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Despite government and philanthropic attention, the eastside community of MorningSide remains a neighborhood on the brink

Detroit’s next hot neighborhood is hiding in plain sight

April 2, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Real-estate developers have discovered Milwaukee Junction, the semi-anonymous district northeast of Midtown. Will black Detroiters share in its revival?

12 signs of growing interest in Milwaukee Junction

April 2, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Real estate developers have descended on this long-ignored district to plan lofts, art galleries and other amenities in what many are predicting is the city’s next hot neighborhood.

In a city filled with blight, one Detroit neighborhood gets help while another waits

March 24, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Detroit officials must pick winners and losers in deciding which areas get homes demolished first. Those that must wait: neighborhoods already too far gone.

A steady doctor for babies to call their own

March 5, 2015 | Bill McGraw

More than 80,000 low-income infants and young children in Michigan don’t have access to a primary care doctor to nurture their development.

Preschool for 3-year-olds - high cost, higher reward

March 5, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Adding a second year of preschool nets long-term gains for children in poverty, and for state, studies show.

Putting a value on young minds

March 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

In a year when state legislators are disinclined to spend, a stunning report shows that Michigan can invest now in proven early childhood programs, or spend a great deal more later.

Only 1-in-10 at-risk children enrolled in parental coaching program

March 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

A consensus of research shows home-visitation programs for families with young children improve child development, while saving taxpayers money that would otherwise go to remedial education, incarceration and other costs.

Michigan struggles to support child care for thousands of children

March 3, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Michigan has reduced funding for low-income child care by 67 percent since 2007. Research shows that high-quality centers can boost educational performance.

Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide

October 23, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

July 29, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The DFD’s current system is 128 years old and resisted change for decades, but bankruptcy was able to overturn what the city’s mayors couldn’t.