No reporter in Detroit history has asked more women if they’ve danced nekkid for the mayor than M.L. Elrick.The Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winning investigative reporter for Fox 2 News has worked at just about every news organization in town since returning to Detroit 20 years ago to take a job as the obituary writer at the Detroit Free Press. While penning posthumous profiles in 1999, Elrick moonlighted as a hotdog man during the final season at Tiger Stadium, then became a beer man at Comerica Park. His career as vendor — which he considers the best job he’s ever had — came to an end when the demands of investigating the Manoogian Mansion party rumor kept him too busy to get to the ballpark. A native East Sider, Elrick lives in Detroit’s East English Village neighborhood. A proud Spartan, Elrick is known for his tweets during Michigan State sporting events, which he typically attends from nosebleed seats. When he’s not chasing down public officials, Elrick plays all sports, but may be best known as a D League hockey player who is great in the room and at the bar, but not so hot on the ice. Along with his former Free Press partner Jim Schaefer, he is the author of “The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.” Proceeds from sales of the book support local charities … and bartenders.

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