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

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.

Michigan's overachieving school districts are State Champs

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.

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

The hard-working, selective school in Houghton is quietly filling industry’s need for STEM engineers.

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

December 2, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

While business and education leaders have sounded the trumpet on the need for more STEM graduates, the field can seem daunting to young students.

Road funding

November 13, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Snyder, business groups and state experts agree that more than $1 billion is needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads. If an agreement is not brokered in lame duck, the prospects of a deal diminish significantly in January.

See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

Election Day Playbook: What to watch for tonight

November 4, 2014 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Mike Wilkinson

Woody Allen once famously said that “80 percent of success is just showing up.” But Dems would probably settle for half that as they seek to unseat an incumbent governor.

A Bridge primer on how to gauge the credibility of political polls

October 28, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan voters are being inundated with horse-race poll results showing which candidates are up or down. Before taking those results as gospel, consider the source. Bridge shows you how.

Gov. Snyder tied, or way ahead ‒ which poll is right in governor’s race?

October 28, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Two automated polls show a tight race, while a third that relies on live interviewers shows Snyder comfortably leading challenger Mark Schauer. What’s a partisan to believe?

How Michigan, Florida compare

September 30, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.

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