Denise Crittendon is an award-winning journalist, self-help author and sci-fi/fantasy writer. For 15 years, she was a staff writer for The Detroit News, assigned to cover cops, chase fires, interview politicians and write tons of human-interest stories. Later, she became the first woman in the history of the NAACP to be named editor of its national magazine, The Crisis (founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Dubois). In 1998, she took on the challenge of launching and serving as editor of “African American Family Magazine,” a Michigan-based pub for black families.
Her numerous honors include the City’s “Spirit of Detroit Award,” the “Mary J. Ball Children’s Advocacy Award” and selection as “One of the Most Influential Black Women in Metro Detroit” along with writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Parenting Publications of America, (PPA) Associated Press (AP), Best of Gannett and runner-up for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
She was awarded a National Press Foundation Fellowship to study Spanish for three months in Cuernavaca, Mexico and a Rotary Foundation Fellowship for International Understanding. Under the year-long Rotary fellowship, she experienced all sorts of adventures as a student at the University of Zimbabwe.
Denise also has a passion for motivating youth. She conducts empowerment workshops and “No-Bullying Zone” workshops with teens and preteens and doles out advice in her inspirational books ─ “Girl in the Mirror: A Teen’s Guide to Self Awareness” and “Life is a Party That Comes with Exams” (A Youth Empowerment Guide). With business magnate, William F. Pickard, Ph.D., she co-authored “Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship.”
Recently, she completed her first sci-fi novel, “Where it Rains in Color.”