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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where's Curt Guyette?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Curt Guyette

Longtime Metro Times readers know the name “Curt Guyette.” That’s because Guyette headed up MT’s news department for an astonishing 18 years, breaking important stories and penning call-to-action pieces that inspired changes. It was also Guyette who ensured the weekly News Hits column had that perfectly snarky tone. His stands on issues didn’t end on the page, as he was often the voice of conscience in the workplace, consistently helping us hold ourselves to sky-high editorial standards.

That all came to an end in August 2013, when Guyette was summarily fired by this paper’s former owners — for divulging the contents of a company press release minutes before it was posted online. The official reasons for his dismissal were “gross insubordination” and “breach of company trust.”

Guyette had retorted at the time on his Facebook page: “No dispute about the insubordination; as for the breach of trust, that cuts both ways.”

And so it seemed that a hardworking journalist, an anchor for the paper for almost two decades, was going to disappear without so much as a slice of goodbye cake.

But it turns out that big things have been happening with Guyette. He just received an award from the Detroit and Michigan chapters of the National Lawyers Guild for his work at Metro Times. What’s more, he’s now working at the ACLU of Michigan, where, thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, he’s working again as a journalist, this time dedicated to following Detroit’s emergency manager for the ACLU. Just last week, Guyette’s first blog post relating to emergency managers and open government went up online. Readers can expect many more illuminating posts, stories and articles to appear under Guyette’s byline in the future.

And so congratulations go out to our esteemed former colleague. Just as we’ve found after some upheaval of our own here at Metro Times, good people tend to land on their feet.

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