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

Meet the 2015 high school Academic State Champs

February 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine recognizes 44 high schools across the state earning top marks for preparing students for college or career succes

With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

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

Far from Flint, lead remains an irreversible scourge

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.

Tracking progress in Detroit police response times a fool’s errand

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.

Universities want more money. Snyder wants more innovation.

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.

Drinking students ring cash registers: the business of alcohol

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).

Unconscious students on hospital gurneys: A Game Day diary

September 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

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.

Residents like these programs to reduce college costs

September 15, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan residents are intrigued by initiatives to earn free college credit and shave debt burden.

Detroit struggling to create jobs outside of downtown

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.

Where to catch the biggest fish in Michigan

July 30, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

The state’s Master Angler program rewards those who catch the biggest everything, from bass to pike, crappie to walleye. But its database also rewards novice anglers.

Could a good deal for Detroit drivers spell the end of Michigan no-fault?

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.

Seeing red: some of the state’s poorest pay the highest insurance rates

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.

Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

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?

Four siblings, a single classroom

May 19, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

The vast majority of families that pick one-room schools for their children do so through Michigan’s broad school choice law. For Paul and Jeanine Starcher, choosing Verona Mills was a way to keep their quadruplets in one classroom.

Michigan police big and small defend use of military gear

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.

Mapping out how Detroit is tackling a mountain of blight

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.

Good school. Struggling school. All in the same district.

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?

Champs Part II: Bridge celebrates first-ever rankings of Michigan schools

February 9, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge goes beyond district rankings to gauge the performance of elementary, middle and high schools across the state.

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