Tonya Mosley was 13 when she boarded a bus in northwest Detroit and took it downtown to the Detroit Free Press to meet editor Bob McGruder in 1993. McGruder, who had been named editor of the paper earlier that year, had arranged for Mosley to spend a day shadowing a journalist.
It was her first time taking the bus that far.
“I was like an hour late, and when I got there, this journalist had actually called in sick,” said Mosley, who is the co-host of the NPR and WBUR radio show, “Here & Now.”
Because she made the trip, she was still shown around the building and got to shadow multiple people that day.
A few years later, while attending Redford High School, Mosley decided she wanted to apply to become a summer apprentice at the Free Press.
“The apprenticeship program at the time was only for schools that