Editor & Publisher
Detroit Free Press
Paul Anger has been with The Detroit Free Press since August 2005, when he was named Vice President and Editor. He became Editor and Publisher in May 2009.
In addition to serving as community chair of Reading Works, Anger is president of Free Press Charities, a long-time supporter of community programs, such as the annual Gift of Reading book drive for children and Summer Dreams to help summer camps offer life-enriching programs for ill or disadvantaged children.
He serves on the United Way for Southeast Michigan cabinet and is a board member of both New Detroit and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. At MAC, he co-chairs the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards, presented annually by MAC and the Free Press. Under his watch, the newspaper has inaugurated the Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leaders Awards, Top Workplaces and the Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Awards, which will debut in January 2012.
Anger won the National Press Foundation’s Ben Bradlee Editor of the Year Award in 2009. Under Anger, the Free Press has been recognized for wide-ranging journalism excellence, enhanced its investigative reporting, become an industry leader in video production and quality and shown record growth on its Web site, Freep.com, with traffic soaring to as many as 4.3 million page views in a single day and more than 70 million in a single month..
The Free Press won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting – its ninth Pulitzer Prize – for a year-long investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the text-message scandal that engulfed him. The Free Press and Freep.com have won four national Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – in a competition traditionally dominated by network and public television.
Anger was named the Gannett Co.’s Editor of the Year for 2008 and has twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge at Columbia University in New York. Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson has three times been a Pulitzer finalist for his work in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Anger has more than 44 years’ experience as a reporter, editor and publisher. He was Vice President and Editor of the Des Moines Register from January 2002 until moving to Detroit. The Register was a Pulitzer finalist in investigative reporting during his time there. Before the 2004 Iowa Caucuses, Anger moderated a nationally televised debate involving Democratic presidential candidates.
Before going to Des Moines, he worked as a news editor for the Knight Ridder News Service in Washington, D.C., editing national and international coverage. He worked for the Miami Herald for 29 years in several leadership roles, including Sports Editor, Broward Editor and Herald Broward Publisher. While at the Herald, he was chair of the Broward County Urban League and served with the Broward Library Foundation, the Broward-Palm Beach National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Hispanic Alliance.
Anger grew up in Oshkosh, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has four children and three step-children, ranging from 23 to 38 years old, with wife Vickie Dahlman-Anger.