Mark Stryker was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and earned a bachelor’s in American history from the University of Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. He also worked as a jazz saxophonist before turning to a career in journalism.
He worked for the South Bend Tribune and Dayton Daily News before arriving at the Detroit Free Press, where he covered jazz, classical music and the visual arts from 1995 to 2016.
His many national prizes include two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, for his writing about bassist Ron Carter and composer Elliott Carter, as well as several reporting awards for coverage of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit bankruptcy.
His book, Jazz from Detroit, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2019.
Mark Stryker spoke with David Brent Johnson, WFIU Jazz Director and host of Night Lights.