reporter, Detroit Times, The Detroit News
Detroit’s Don Ball was the consummate newspaper reporter. He never wanted to be anything else. Readers of the Detroit Timesand Detroit News from 1953 to 1987 benefited from his devotion to truth. Corruption and waste suffered. A commitment to get the story and get it right powered Ball’s investigative mission. The high standards of his life and work elicit praise from judges, legislators, labor leaders and competitors. Don Ball taught reporting in the city room through advice and example. It’s “the best job in the world” he always said. Ball died in 1987.