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President Biden honored Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today with the Presidential Citizens Medal


Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson received the Presidential Citizens Medal Friday. She was one of twelve people honored during the White House’s commemoration of the January 6th Capitol riots. As part of the ceremony… President Biden recognized Benson’s work as the state’s top election official saying and others defended democracy when it was attacked two years ago.

“That’s what she did in 2020, when she oversaw a record number of Michiganders turn out to vote in that election, only to find an armed mob, an armed mob outside of her home on Christmas Eve.”

The Presidential Citizens Medal she received is the country’s second-highest civilian award.

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.