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Dinner Party Convo: How two women built careers as prominent metro Detroit journalists

Host Cynthia Canty with Rochelle Riley and Mara MacDonald.
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It’s Cynthia Canty’s final week on Stateside before she retires after a 40-year-long career in radio and television. Before that happens, she lined up some conversations with the people she would invite to her “dream dinner party.” Two of those guests are well-known by newspaper readers and TV viewers in Southeast Michigan. They also happen to be Cynthia's dear friends.

Rochelle Riley was a long-time Detroit Free Press columnist and author of the book The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. She is now the city of Detroit's Director of Arts and Culture. Mara MacDonald is a lead reporter on WDIV-Local 4, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. They talked to Cynthia about their paths into journalism, and what’s unique about reporting on Michigan issues.