Katherine Yung is a reporter at the Detroit Free Press covering Michigan’s economy and other business subjects. Before joining the Free Press in May 2007, she worked for the Dallas Morning News and the Detroit News. Katherine is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her love for all things coney was inspired by Rick Fischer, who introduced her to the delicious dogs at American Coney Island many years ago.
Joe Grimm is a lifelong Detroiter and a member of the advisory board for the Great Lakes Books Series at Wayne State University Press. Following a 31 newspaper career, 25 of them spent at the Detroit Free Press, he became a journalism professor at Michigan State University. He teaches, writes, edits, and provides journalism career advice. He likes to try new coney island restaurants and loves to take visitors out for a side-by-side taste challenge at American and Lafayette downtown.
The photographers were Bobby Alcott, Ted Fines, Brett J. Lawrence, Paul Hitzelberger, Eric Peoples, Christine Person, Ryan Southen, Keith Burgess, Rob Terwilliger, E. Terry Clark, Brian Blanco and Spike.
The Coney Detroit project also included graphic artist and map maker Kofi Myler, illustrator Martha Thierry, who made Coney the dog, website builder Brian Todd, book designer Brad Norr, video narrator Joe Palmer, video producer Alexandra Bahou and easily half a dozen people at Wayne State University Press. Conception to publication was about eight years. Good coneys are fast, good books take time.