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, or call him at 313-815-7068.
January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson
November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why
December 10, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Lead poisoning rates have dropped dramatically in Michigan over the past decade. But in many cities and towns, child exposure rates far exceed those in Flint.
November 10, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Detroit touts huge reductions in police response times as evidence the city is keeping residents safer since the days before bankruptcy. But records obtained by Bridge show that grading the department’s gains is nearly impossible.
November 3, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
A college degree is more critical, yet more expensive, for Michigan families. At a Center for Michigan summit Monday, the governor and university chiefs clashed over how to make college more affordable.
September 30, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Across Michigan on game day, or just about any night during the week, alcohol is readily available to most any students who seek it (though, to be sure, many of the businesses that serve alcohol are vigilant in making sure students are of age).
Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.
September 15, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Michigan residents are intrigued by initiatives to earn free college credit and shave debt burden.
August 6, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
The city’s so-called ‘jobs desert’ is exacerbated by poor mass transit that makes it difficult for residents in outer neighborhoods to find work. What Mayor Duggan is doing to try to fix the problem.
July 2, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Mayor Mike Duggan’s fight against insanely high auto insurance rates is winning fans in the city. With a skeptical Legislature, though, that may not be enough.
July 2, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Personal injury protection rates on auto insurance vary wildly across the state, which one state senator blasts as “redlining.” Use our interactive map to see who’s getting a good deal, and who’s, um, not.
May 19, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
In an era where consolidating government and creating “efficiencies” is the mantra, there are 16 one-room schoolhouses still operating across lower Michigan, often in the shadow of larger schools districts. Do they have a future?
April 23, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
A Bridge database tracks Humvees to bandages, snowshoes to sleeping bags, rifles to ratchet straps, given by U.S. military to local police.
March 24, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Faced with derelict properties across the city, leaders choose a strategy that produces measurable results in a few, targeted neighborhoods.
February 12, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Some Michigan school districts have top-rated schools, along with some of the worst. If poverty doesn’t explain the gap, what does?
February 9, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Bridge goes beyond district rankings to gauge the performance of elementary, middle and high schools across the state.
February 1, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
Bridge proudly recognizes the most overachieving districts in the state in 2014. Next Tuesday: Bridge releases its first-ever state rankings for individual schools.