Mark Stryker has been an arts reporter and critic at the Detroit Free Press since 1995, covering classical music, jazz and visual arts. His many awards for reporting and music criticism include two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. He previously worked at the Dayton Daily News and South Bend Tribune. He also previously worked as a jazz saxophonist. His book, “Made in Detroit: Jazz from the Motor City,” was published by the University of Michigan Press.
Stryker served as a 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist panelist.