Who Is Henry Payne?


Henry Payne is The Detroit News auto critic, and a syndicated editorial cartoonist and opinion writer. A 30-year news veteran, he joined The News in 2000 from Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.

Payne’s coverage for The News includes vehicle reviews, product trends, and interviews with automotive trend setters. In addition to covering autos, Payne is also an active race driver (with his two sons) with a stable of vintage Porsches and Lolas.

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist, Payne produces five cartoons a week for United Feature Syndicate. His cartoons are reprinted in publications from USA Today to Townhall.com to The Washington Times. He has been awarded Michigan’s Best Editorial Cartoonist by the Associated Press and a runner-up for the Mencken Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Payne is an occasional contributor to The Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Weekly Standard magazine and other publications. Payne has published three books including two children’s books by Random House. He was also founder and editor of The Michigan View.com, a Detroit News commentary publication, from 2010-2012.

He began his newspaper career with the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail in 1984. He lives with his wife in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, 1962

Education: B.A., History, Princeton University