marlene lopez

Amy Haimerl describes herself as a journalist, author, and Detroit-home renovator. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University. Previously, she’s been a Knight-Wallace Fellow and an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoney, Fortune Small Business, Westword and USAA, where she helped military families make smarter choices about their money. Haimerl also has an extensive background in enterprise and investigative reporting, and covering small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship and community building. In Detroit Hustle:  A Memoir of Life, Love, and Home (Running Press) Haimerl recounts her and her husband’s decision to buy and renovate an abandoned house in Detroit. Detroit Hustle is a memoir that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a tribute to a much-derided city. The New York Times writes, “[the book is] A love song sung to a house and a city, but it’s also a money memoir, one marked by ignorance at the outset and a triumph of feelings over financial facts.”