Often provocative — talking directly to the elephant in the room — as a reporter, columnist and blogger, Coleman has a reputation for tackling the tough questions about race and other forms of inequality in America. Throughout his career, he was known for kick-starting the discussion in such magazines as Emerge, Crisis, BLAC Detroit, and as a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, and now on social media. At other times, he focused on the justice system, urban policy and the ever-changing media.
In 2009, the Metropolitan Bar of Detroit commissioned him to help write and edit the biography of legendary federal Judge Damon J. Keith. His book Crusader for Justice was published by Wayne State University Press November 2013. It was certified a bestseller by the publisher in April 2014, was the 2014 Finalist for the Midwest Independent Publishers Book of the Year (Biography) and won the Judge Avern Cohn Award for excellence in legal history in 2015. Click here to find on Amazon:
During that time, Coleman co-authored three college communications textbooks; Outstanding Speech Communications Skills in the age of Social Media published by McGraw-Hill August 2013, Understanding the Speechmaking Process: Key to Success 1E, published 2015 by BVT Publishing, and Excellent and Effective Communications Skills, published 2016 by Cengage Learning Inc.
Among his many journalism awards are the first place 2014 Society of Professional Journalism (SPJ) Award for news reporting, a 2011 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) awards for magazine commentary, and another for general reporting. He also earned the first place 2010 Society of Professional Journalism (SPJ) Award in editorial writing for an essay he wrote about the declining quality of life in Detroit called “State of Detroit” and a third place 2010 Society of Professional Journalism (SPJ) Award in feature writing for an in-depth article he wrote on the successful $100 million class action sexual abuse lawsuit by women incarcerated in Michigan’s prison system called “Correcting Corrections.” Other awards include: the 2001 American Diabetes Association Award of Merit for a series of editorials urging the state to expand medical coverage for diabetics; 1999 Michigan Press Association Award for column writing; 1999 National Association of Black Journalist Award for Commentary; the 1998 Detroit Press Foundation Michigan Journalism Award for Commentary; the 1993 Detroit Press Foundation Journalism Award for News Reporting, 1993 Best of Gannett Award for News Reporting and the 1993 and 1999 Lincoln University Unity Awards for coverage of minority and social issues.