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.


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.

Three ways Snyder emails may foretell Michigan’s future

March 1, 2016 | John Bebow

Snyder administration emails on the handling of the Flint water crisis point to some big policy decisions facing the state.

Years of missed warnings before Flint River switch

February 17, 2016 | John Bebow

From the state treasurer’s office to the local water treatment plant, concerns about the Flint River went unheeded – with some of the most troubling leveled in the final days before residents began drinking the water.