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Get to Know Detroit Pistons Writer Mike Curtis

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Editor’s note: Mike Curtis is the new Detroit Pistons beat writer for The Detroit News. Here are 10 things about him:

► 1. I’m an early 90’s baby and only child who was born in Paducah, Kentucky, but my mother moved us to Saginaw when I was five, shortly after the sudden death of my father in 1995. Good old SagNasty. It’s not an easy place to grow up, but if you can get by, you can do it anywhere. Just ask four-time NBA champion Draymond Green, Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham, former NBA dunk contest champion Jason Richardson or Super Bowl champion LaMarr Woodley. It’s also the birthplace of two legends, Serena Williams and Stevie Wonder, who eventually moved on when they were young. My first job was Hungry Howie’s Pizza in Bridgeport, and I worked there during my senior years at Buena Vista High School. Most of my paychecks went to pizza and video games. It was the good old days. After graduating in 2009, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start a new journey.

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► 2. I am a proud graduate of Tennessee State University, the only university I applied to as a senior in high school. I envisioned myself going to Michigan State, but ultimately wanted to attend an HBCU. If Saginaw was my foundation, then TSU is where my development was nurtured and enhanced. I was very shy in first grade, but became an extrovert-introvert by the time I left “The Land of Golden Sunshine”. I made lifelong friendships and joined several organizations. In my second year, I changed my major from architecture to mass communication. This decision was a pivotal moment as it was the start of my pursuit of journalism. They call college the best years of your life. I don’t necessarily agree with that because I believe we’re constantly evolving and improving, but it was definitely one of the funniest times*. I’m so glad I went to TSU.

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