As deputy Detroit bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Angelo B. Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1999 for reporting on the long-lasting effects of crime after an attempted robbery at a drug store that ended in the robber's death. He began a second career as a talk-show host for WCHB-AM, was an ordained minister, co-founder of a crime-watch group and owner of Angelo Ink, a freelance-writing, speaking and consulting business.
Henderson was known for his community service, engaging personality and wide network of sources and ability to report about people in all walks of life. When he passed away at age 51 in 2014, Detroit’s mayor said few people had worked as tirelessly and passionately to improve the community.
A Louisville native and 1985 University of Kentucky journalism graduate, Henderson also was a reporter for The Detroit News, The Courier-Journal and the St. Petersburg Times. He also served as a leader in the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame and posthumously inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016 following his death on February 15, 2014.
The Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Series Fund at the University of Kentucky was created by his wife, Felecia Henderson, in his honor.