Real Times Media (RTM), a Detroit-based multimedia holding company, and the Michigan Chronicle are proud to welcome Sherri Kolade to the team as Staff Writer at the Michigan Chronicle.
Community-mindedness and journalism go hand in hand for Kolade, a native Detroiter and longtime reporter covering the stories that matter.
“Writing about what touches people and covering nationwide events through the lens of community journalism is a vital job that I am thankful to now be doing at this historic publication,” Kolade said.
Kolade previously worked at DTE Energy in Corporate Communications. She led strategic, integrated HR-related communications for the Fortune 500 company’s award-winning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program and its nine employee resource groups. She also managed and streamlined many other enterprise-wide communication initiatives.
Kolade, who has digital newspaper editing experience, also freelanced at BLAC Detroit Magazine and Metro Parent Magazine.
Before working at DTE, Kolade was a staff writer at C & G Newspapers for six years, where she won company awards for her creative storytelling and in-depth reporting. Before that, she worked for one year at the Dearborn Times-Herald after graduating from Central Michigan University with her journalism degree in 2011.
When asked about working at the Michigan Chronicle, she said this fantastic opportunity feels like “coming home.” In 2007, Kolade was a freelance columnist for their then-sister paper, the Michigan FrontPage. Kolade wrote articles about the youth, culture, trends, and education in Detroit and earned top honors in the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s best feature story category.
Kolade said that she is excited and “beyond thankful” to work at the Michigan Chronicle and be a part of this strong, vibrant company that highlights our community in this pivotal age.
“I am beyond thankful that the Michigan Chronicle extended me this immeasurable opportunity to take a front-row seat to report on local and national events unfolding that will certainly be one for the history books,” Kolade said. “As a Black journalist representing a renowned Black-owned news organization, [writing about Black-centric topics] this chance couldn’t have come at a better time to cover our community’s crucial issues.”
“We are really excited about having Sherri on The Michigan Chronicle team and as a part of the Real Times Media family,” said Jackson. “She has the right kind of experience and enthusiasm to help us get to the next level. And she enjoys producing content that empowers the Black community with the tools and information it needs to improve the quality of life.”