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Dan Austin


What do you do for Van Dyke Horn?

I’m VDH’s media relations point man, specializing in getting news outlets to cover your event and tell your story. Drawing upon my past life in the Duggan administration, I specialize in City government and real estate development, but I also work with a number of other great clients ranging from Detroit Future City to Marathon Petroleum.

What are some highlights from your previous experience?

Being able to serve the city that I love was a truly amazing experience, and spending a decade at the Free Press was the realization of a childhood dream.

How do you support the community?

Detroit’s historic architecture is my passion, and I am proud to serve on the board of Preservation Detroit. I also run the Detroit architectural site, where I tell the stories behind the bricks that make up the Motor City’s skyline.

One of your top career achievements:

Being named a Crain’s 40 Under 40 recipient.


Bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University with a specialization in political theory and constitutional democracy.

Favorite quote:

“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.” – Alexis de Tocqueville