R. J. King

Your education doesn’t stop just because you graduated from college.
— Passport to the Corner Office

For more than 20 years, R.J. King has covered one of the nation’s busiest news towns. He has generated award-winning coverage as editor and co-founder of DBusiness magazine and as a business writer at The Detroit News. Mr. King has written more than 4,000 articles and interviewed hundreds of business owners, CEOs, entrepreneurs, scholars, artists, and politicians. He also attends 200-plus corporate and charitable events annually, including the North American International Auto Show, shareholder meetings, industry conferences, cultural ceremonies, and charitable fundraisers.

Mr. King is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Basics, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Athletic Club Executives Club, Detroit Aircraft Corp., and the Brother Rice Business Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Parade Co.

DBusiness, launched in 2006, garnered 10 editorial gold and silver medals from the Alliance of Area Business Publications (2010-11), including being named the top business magazine among 70 regional business publications in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia, which collectively reach more than 1.2 million professionals. Over the course of 16 years at The Detroit News, Mr. King traveled in Europe and Asia where he covered international business and political leaders, while back home, he broke hundreds of stories such as Ford Motor Co.’s $2-billion transformation of the historic Rouge Industrial Complex in Dearborn, Michigan into a model of sustainable manufacturing.

Mr. King was raised in Bloomfield Village, a suburb of Detroit, where he grew up as the middle child — three older sisters and a brother, and three younger sisters and a brother. As a middle child, Mr. King learned to negotiate positive outcomes at a young age. An alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Mr. King lives in a historic neighborhood in Detroit.

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