When national protests and outrage over the death of George Floyd began to seep into the streets of downtown Detroit, Detroit Free Press photojournalist Mandi Wright was there with her iPhone camera and a gas mask to capture it all. But that’s not always the way it’s been. How has protest coverage changed from Wright since she began as a staff photographer at the Detroit Free Press in 2000?
One Detroit’s Bill Kubota catches up with Wright to hear how she believes her role has transformed over the past two decades, what it was like to cover 5 days of combative protests throughout Detroit and the importance of photojournalists being at the scene to tell the story accurately and objectively.
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