Detroit Editor Joel Kurth has spent more than two decades in journalism in Michigan. He worked 17 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News, the last five of which he served as editor of investigations and projects. He’s overseen projects that prompted a reassessment of property taxes in Detroit, changed laws about tax foreclosure sales and led numerous investigations into municipal corruption. Kurth also worked at The Saginaw News and in the Upper Pensinsula and has won more than 20 state journalism awards, including being co-winner of The Michigan Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2016. You can reach Joel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 313-744-3749.
December 5, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Since 2014, the city has shut taps on 100,000 homes. Even so, shutoffs are way down this year.
(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.
November 8, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist says he’s concerned about reports of irregularities and may seek a recount in his narrow loss Tuesday.
Aging infrastructure and delayed repairs are an increasing alarm in Michigan. More than $60 billion in fixes may be necessary.
Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.
Cheap homes are attracting new residents. But dumping, crime and a feeling of disconnection from City Hall pervade this far-west neighborhood.
Detroit is planning big changes to a little neighborhood near Belle Isle. Some wonder who will benefit.
In one of city’s most self-reliant neighborhoods, City Hall plans improvements as old brick homes get new owners.
October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Maurice Cox’s plan for the city: Make its biggest weakness a strength.
Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.
September 14, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Architecture buff turns postcard collection into picture book. Take a peek at the fabulous and familiar with 11 images from Detroit’s colorful past.
September 12, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Downtown and Midtown Detroit get more tax breaks and investment than neighborhoods. Why? That’s where the good jobs are.
August 22, 2017 | Joel Kurth
A popular rewards program is set to vanish at year’s end. Homeowners, firefighters and insurers could feel the effects statewide.
August 1, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Michigan’s failed presidential recount last year wasn’t an aberration. It’s part of a pattern that has some concerned about the integrity of elections.
July 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth
With the release of “Detroit,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killings of three black teens during the 1967 unrest, the lawyer who successfully defended several infamous white Detroit officers looks back with indifference toward his critics.
July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth
An urban planning professor argues that Detroit has knocked down more homes than any other city in past 50 years – and has little to show for it.
July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth
An urban policy expert says the city needs to ask difficult questions about which areas can be saved in era of diminishing revenues.
Counties across Michigan profit from selling foreclosed homes and charging fees on back taxes to down-and-out residents. No place does it more than Wayne County.
May 18, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Left for dead in the 1970s, lending through (often predatory) land contracts is back with a vengeance in Michigan and Rust Belt cities after the mortgage meltdown.