Kyla L. Wright is the Brand Journalist for Ilitch Holdings, Inc. where she covers Ilitch Sports and Entertainment business from the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, to Olympia Development. Wright is also a freelance reporter for multiple publications, including ESSENCE, Model D and the Black Christian Experience Resource Center. She is the former Neighborhoods Reporter at The Detroit Free Press; and a former Communications Manager for the City of Detroit. As a Detroit Native, Wright enjoys exploring not only the city, but its inhabitants that make Detroit, Detroit.
At a young age, Wright often received opportunities to be a spokesperson for many organizations that she was a part of, which is why she credits her hometown for assisting in her discovery of her passion for writing and public speaking.
Wright has traveled North America, Europe and Asia through a combination of journalism, ambassadorships and advocacy. Her speeches, keynotes and panels include visits to the Beijing Institute of Technology, the US Supreme Court, Hampton University, the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, Detroit-area middle and high schools, the Midnight Golf Program and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. Kyla’s speeches and research has focused on sexual assault awareness, college preparation, the importance of HBCUs and international travel among the African American community.
Wright has been recognized around the country for her journalistic and leadership works. In 2018, she was awarded the Betty Endicott Journalism Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – the Emmys – in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Wright has received many academic accolades and been inducted into three collegiate honor societies: Kappa Tau Alpha, Golden Key International and Phi Eta Sigma, where she is a Charter Member. She is the first recipient of the Motown Rising Star Award through the Motown Museum’s Educational Initiative: Motown.EDU. She has also received numerous local community service awards.
Wright is a 2020 graduate of Syracuse University with her M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism and a Sports and Media Communications Emphasis, and a 2019 graduate of Hampton University where she received her B.A. in Journalism. She is a former ESPN Rhoden Fellow, NASA Intern and active participant in the National Association of Black Journalists. Kyla enjoys international travel, blogging and producing her YouTube talk show, Kyla’s Korner, and managing her own online magazine, Socially Driven.
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