John Bebow

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan. Prior to joining the Center in 2006, he worked for 16 years as a professional journalist, mainly as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Traverse City Record-Eagle. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq for the Detroit News and Gannett newspapers. He also served as editor-in-chief of, Michigan’s largest online news and information service. He lives in Milan with his wife, Monica, and their daughter, Delaney. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Western Michigan University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. You can reach John via email a, or call him at 734-474-0166.


Why Democratic candidates need Detroit to become governor

January 15, 2018 | John Bebow

Dem’s chances at the governor’s chair often run through Detroit and Wayne County. Strong connections and support there can make a big difference, past election results suggest.

Reflections of a paperboy: How $2 a week boosts journalism

December 14, 2017 | John Bebow

With the help of readers just like you, Bridge Magazine provides Michigan with an important public service… Real news…

Bridge Magazine is hiring for a new Michigan Environment Reporter

August 17, 2017 | John Bebow

In-depth reporting on Pure Michigan will intensify with addition of full-time reporter.

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

Psssst. You wanna hear a good story?

May 8, 2017 | John Bebow

When is the last time you heard a fascinating story?

New investment drives Bridge Magazine, and an engaged and informed public

March 9, 2017 | John Bebow

Renewed investment from the Knight Foundation, together with ongoing support from readers and philanthropy, will help Bridge expand its mission to provide in-depth, substantive reporting across the state of Michigan.

Don't let Michigan journalism die. Please support Bridge Magazine.

December 1, 2016 | John Bebow

If you believe in an informed public, consider helping Bridge do its part. Your gift will be doubled with a match from the Dow Foundation

How Snyder’s chief of staff wrestled with Flint, with few victories

March 2, 2016 | John Bebow

Dennis Muchmore’s deep experience as the governor’s point man did not translate into solutions for Flint’s water crisis. A year in emails.