Steve Pepple

Steve Pepple is a journalist and photographer based in Detroit.

Steve is director of watchdog reporting/communities at the Detroit Free Press and a part-time adjunct journalism instructor at Eastern Michigan University.

Exploring the Smoky Mountains

Exploring the Smoky Mountains

He previously worked as the print director at the now defunct, overseeing the production of the twice-weekly newspaper. He was the metro editor at the Ann Arbor News and previously served as the managing editor of The Herald-Palladium in Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Mich. He got his start in journalism working as a reporter at The Spinal Column newsweeklies in Oakland County. A year later, he moved to Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Mich., where he worked as a police and courts reporter, moving up the ranks to serve as managing editor of the then 34,000 circulation daily newspaper.

Steve also has a wedding and portrait photography business at

Steve graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Literature, Journalism and Political Science. He has studied photography in Italy and at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich. He lives in Detroit.

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