Greetings and salutations.
I’m Amy Haimerl, a fifth-generation Colorado girl who is a newly minted Detroiter.
I cover small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship and community building. I am reporting on the rise of Detroit from inside the city’s bars, machine shops, tech ventures, retail hubs and other maker/creator spaces. I come prepared with my own pair of Carhartt bibs, every grease stain earned in service to my father’s small excavating business.
I am a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, and before that I covered personal finance for CNNMoney and USAA, helping military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.
One of my proudest accomplishments? Helping start the Jackson Free Press in Mississippi.
My career has taken many turns, but my guiding principle is this: Go where you can make a difference, whether it is guiding military families in preparing their finances for deployment or uncovering corruption in city government. In doing so, my teams have won the IRE, Loeb, John Bartlow Martin, Livingston and many more awards.
I decomplicate tough topics. I write. I edit. I do teevee and radio. I CMS like a madwoman. I especially SEO.
I am a former Red Hooker, one of the most amazing neighborhoods I’ve ever called home. It has a community spirit that belies its small stature. While there I had the great privilege to help run the Red Hook Community Supported Agriculture Program and neighborhood summer movies-in-the-park series, Red Hook Flicks.
Also: I love cowboy boots, camouflage and pitbulls.