Joel Kurth

Managing Editor Joel Kurth has spent more than two decades in journalism in Michigan. He worked 17 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News, the last five of which he served as editor of investigations and projects. He’s overseen projects that prompted a reassessment of property taxes in Detroit, changed laws about tax foreclosure sales and led numerous investigations into municipal corruption. Kurth also worked at The Saginaw News and in the Upper Pensinsula and has won more than 20 state journalism awards, including being co-winner of The Michigan Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2016. You can reach Joel via email at jkurth@bridgemi.com, or call him at 313-744-3749.

Articles

Michigan tames a 18,409-word testament to bureaucracy run amok

February 1, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Michigan’s application for public assistance was the longest in the nation. Until it became a two-year crusade to reform the form.

Michigan Dems call on Abdul El-Sayed to take eligibility issue to court

February 1, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Following Bridge report, Democrats call on progressive candidate to settle issue.

Campaign eligibility is tricky, but has tripped up Michigan candidates

January 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Michigan Constitution’s requirements derailed a 2010 campaign for governor before it started.

Abdul El-Sayed’s stint in NYC may derail bid for Michigan governor

January 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A court may have to decide whether the progressive Democrat makes it on the ballot – he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015. El-Sayed says he’s confident he can run and blasts his doubters.

Michigan pays 18% less per citizen than nat'l average for public safety

January 23, 2018 | Joel Kurth

One of the most basic functions of government is to protect citizens and ensure public safety. But a series of budget reductions has eroded funding for public safety in Michigan.

Detroit Dems seek alternative to Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan governor race

January 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Concerns about polling, fundraising and Gretchen Whitmer's name recognition prompt “hand wringing” among party insiders, led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. But others see sexism at play.

Getting away with arson just got easier in Michigan, fire officials fear

January 4, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Budget problems have eliminated a reward program to catch arsonists.

Detroit is back. But for whom?

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Two experts talk gentrification. One hopes downtown development can help everyone. Another says neighborhoods are collapsing.

What gentrification? Much of Detroit is getting worse.

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Rich people aren’t displacing residents. Poor people are going from one bad situation to another.

Detroit is booming. Let’s ensure the comeback benefits all.

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Wealth is returning after decades. Now is the time to discuss policies so developments help everyone.

Detroit shut water to 1 in 10 homes this year. Yes, that’s progress.

December 5, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Since 2014, the city has shut taps on 100,000 homes. Even so, shutoffs are way down this year.

Detroit demo blitz linked to rising lead levels in children

November 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.

Detroit election issues (surprise!) could prompt recount

November 8, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist says he’s concerned about reports of irregularities and may seek a recount in his narrow loss Tuesday.

Water crisis hits Michigan suburbs. ‘We’ve been sounding alarms for years’

October 26, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Aging infrastructure and delayed repairs are an increasing alarm in Michigan. More than $60 billion in fixes may be necessary.

Is Detroit coming back? It depends on the neighborhood.

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.

Warrendale: ‘I don’t feel like we’re part of a renaissance’

October 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Joel Kurth

Cheap homes are attracting new residents. But dumping, crime and a feeling of disconnection from City Hall pervade this far-west neighborhood.

Islandview: New development, fears of displacement

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

Detroit is planning big changes to a little neighborhood near Belle Isle. Some wonder who will benefit.

Bagley: New residents, more investment, old worries

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

In one of city’s most self-reliant neighborhoods, City Hall plans improvements as old brick homes get new owners.

Q&A: Meet the man reimagining Detroit, one vacant lot at a time

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Maurice Cox’s plan for the city: Make its biggest weakness a strength.

Poor in Michigan with no ID. “I am somebody. I just can’t prove it.”

September 26, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Ted Roelofs

Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.  

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