Mary L. Kramer

Group Publisher for Crain’s Detroit Business

Mary Kramer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and worked for six daily newspapers before joining Crain’s Detroit Business in April 1989 as editor. She later held dual roles as editor and publisher, and in 2012, oversight of Crain’s Cleveland Business was added. In January 2017, she stepped away from day-to-day management in Detroit to focus on specific Crain projects in Detroit and Cleveland as a group publisher for the company.

Crain’s Detroit Business (CDB) covers business news – including nonprofits and philanthropy — in the five-county metropolitan Detroit area. A statewide enewsletter, Crain’s Michigan Morning, extends that coverage statewide.

Mary was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in March 2017. She is the first woman to be elected president of the historic (and formerly all-male) Detroit Athletic Club. Her volunteer roles include many that support education, children and women’s issues, including serving as a board member at Grand Valley State University and the Skillman Foundation. She holds honorary doctorates from Grand Valley State, Walsh College, Alma College and Central and Eastern Michigan universities. She earned a B.S. degree in media from Grand Valley and an M.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University.