M.L. Elrick, 41, is an award-winning newspaper and television investigative reporter
Elrick started his career in 1992 at the Concord Monitor, where he covered New Hampshire government and politics. In 1997, he became enterprise reporter at the Daily Southtown in Chicago. He came to the Detroit Free Press in 1999 as the obituary writer, then covered Macomb County courts and government and Detroit City Hall. In 2006, he became an investigative reporter at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), the NBC affiliate in Detroit. Elrick returned to the Free Press in 2007 as an investigative reporter.
In 2005, Elrick and his reporting partner Jim Schaefer won the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting for their coverage of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's early scandals in office. Their work on Kilpatrick's perjury / text-messaging scandal earned them six other national awards in 2008-09, including the George Polk Award for Local Reporting, the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award and the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting. In 2009, they won the Pulitzer Prize.
Elrick also has worked as adjunct professor of journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit and, briefly, as an adjunct at his alma mater, Michigan State University. While working on his bachelor's degree in journalism at MSU, he started the university Reporter-Intelligencer, a weekly tabloid with a circulation of 10,000.
He is married and has two children.