Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joins us from the Detroit News as Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike performed a similar role at the News, where his work showed, for instance, that just under half of all Detroit property owners paid their annual tax bills. He was also part of a team at The Blade of Toledo that won national honors, including the National Headliner and Gerald Loeb awards, for exposing widespread political corruption in a scandal that came to be known as Coingate. The stories led to political reform in Ohio state government. You can reach Mike via email at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com or call him at 313-815-7068.

Articles

Dear teacher: We want to hire you. Here’s a huge pay cut. Sincerely, unions.

June 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

At a time of teacher shortages in some cities, union contracts in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids limit what districts can pay to attract experienced teachers from the outside.  

Sorry we foreclosed your home. But thanks for fixing our budget.

June 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson, Laura Herberg

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.

Interactive map: See population changes in YOUR community

May 25, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Census shows Michigan’s population woes aren’t distributed evenly. As Detroit withers, many of its suburbs are adding thousands. And while much of northern Michigan is shrinking in population, west Michigan is growing.

Should Michigan make it easier to opt out of school vaccines?

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

More kindergartners get their shots after the state made it harder to receive a waiver for them. Now, two lawmakers want to go back to the old system, but health officials say doing so is an invitation to trouble.

Database: Search vaccination rate of YOUR school

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Immunization rates have risen in Michigan after a rule change. Use this database to see how your school compares.

Interactive map: Vaccination rates across Michigan

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Click on a county to see how rates changed overall and in public and private schools.

Streetcar travels through some of richest parts of Detroit (interactive map)

May 11, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to examine building permits and income along the route of the QLINE

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.

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

May 2, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.

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