Local Activist, TV and Radio Personality Steve Hood Dies

Native Detroiter Steve Hood, a powerhouse behind the microphone who always had the inside scoop in Detroit, died Thursday from cancer, Deadline Detroit reported.

Hood, 58, was a Cass Tech High School graduate .and made a name for himself for being a TV and radio personality, political analyst and more in the city of Detroit

An Emory University alum, Hood never stood on the fence about things — he boldly expressed his thoughts while building up the community at the same time.

Hood, who lived on a canal near Jefferson Avenue on Detroit’s east side, was known as a political and community activist, according to the article.

He also hosted a 910 AM morning radio show for a stint, later hosting “Detroit Wants 2 Know” on WKBD-TV, also on HULU, according to the story, which added that Hood covered a myriad of topics including Detroit and metro Detroit-based issues. He also had a daily Internet radio show, “Wake Up With Steve Hood.”

Hood’s parents were the late Detroit City Councilmember Nicholas Hood Sr. and Dr. Elizabeth F. Hood. His brother, Nicholas Hood III, is a pastor at Plymouth United Church of Christ, according to the article.

Deadline Detroit columnist and friend Greg Bowens, also a public relations specialist said in the story that he and Hood were friends since he was 14 years old.

“He’s always been a loving and courageous person,” Bowens said in the story. “The world has not always been a kind place and Steve always worked to make it a little bit kinder and a little bit more considerate for people who didn’t have.”

Political consultant and 910 AM radio show host Adolph Mongo said in the story:

“He was a hell of a political strategist when it came to crunching voter numbers.”

Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued statements on the passing of Steve Hood.

“Steve Hood was a titan in the city of Detroit,” said Governor Whitmer. “His passing is such an incredible loss for so many of us who not only called him a mentor, but also a close friend. Steve lived the spirit of Detroit through his deeds and actions. Everything that he did had a positive impact on those around him. We will carry on his legacy by fighting for the values and policies that he advocated for throughout his career. We miss you, Steve.”

“The heart of Detroit is hurting after the news of Steve Hood’s passing,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “Steve dedicated his life to the city that he loved, and a city that loved him back just as much. Whether we heard his voice on the radio or saw him in the community, there’s not a single person who wasn’t impacted by his words and wisdom. Steve was a mentor to many. I consider myself lucky to have been able to spend countless hours in his presence learning about the policy and politics that can enable endless possibility and potential in the city that we call home. We will miss him every day. Rest in power.”

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