Alexandra Schmidt

Alexandra Schmidt is the Public Engagement Reporter at Bridge Magazine. From 2017 to 2019, she worked in the Public Engagement Team at the Center for Michigan, Bridge’s publisher, where she spoke with thousands of Michiganders to identify resident priorities for the state legislature. She amplified those views straight to state leaders by writing, delivering, and promoting the Center’s annual Citizen’s Agenda. Previously, she worked with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Big 10 Network, TBS, and Comedy Central. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan.

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How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

March 2, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Democrats campaigning in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse most of President Trump’s immigration policies, advocating for a path to citizenship, new types of visas and more help for refugees.

Citizenship question is gone. Michigan immigrants still distrust the Census

Citizenship question is gone. Michigan immigrants still distrust the Census

March 2, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Fears persist that census data will be used to target minority populations for deportation, shaping outreach efforts and likely reducing the number of people that will respond to the census.

Michiganders accept climate change but say others more likely to suffer

Michiganders accept climate change but say others more likely to suffer

February 24, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Yale polling data find most Michigan residents believe in climate change, are worried about it, and think it’ll harm people in the United States. But they also believe they won’t be impacted personally.

Bridge membership director honored for leadership by Oakland County

Bridge membership director honored for leadership by Oakland County

February 13, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Amber DeLind was recognized as one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40 for her work helping spark policy changes in Michigan.

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Polling by The Center for Michigan of more than 3,100 residents shows broad support for increased regulations to protect waterways and heightened anxieties about their safety.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

February 10, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Lower (or free) college tuition? Erasing student loan debt? Democrats running for president have big ideas about cutting the cost of higher education. Here’s a primer on where each candidate stands.

Detroit has a lot riding on 2020 Census. Can enlisting neighbors boost count?

Detroit has a lot riding on 2020 Census. Can enlisting neighbors boost count?

February 5, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Detroit is considered one of the hardest cities in the nation to count in the Census, and is working hard to increase participation in some neighborhoods. Plenty of distrust remains, though, as evidenced by efforts in the small east side neighborhood of Yorkshire Woods.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

Loving this mild Michigan winter? Outdoor enthusiasts sure aren’t.

February 3, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Michigan’s tepid winter is stressing ski hills, snowmobile clubs, sporting good stores and restaurants alike. Get used to it. This could be the new normal with climate change, experts say.

Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

January 16, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

A strong majority of Michiganders say the state must reduce the number of schools relying on long-term substitutes and find ways to ensure trained teachers are educating students, Bridge Magazine polling shows.

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

January 7, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

The state has proposed maximum contaminant limits for seven PFAS compounds in Michigan drinking water. Here’s what they are, and how you can weigh in on the limits.

Michigan Democrats take aim at Nestlé. Farmers urge caution.

Michigan Democrats take aim at Nestlé. Farmers urge caution.

December 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Amid tensions on water diversions, Democrats propose legislation that would limit Nestlé’s ability to pump Michigan groundwater and export it out of the state. But farmers say such a law threatens their groundwater rights.

A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

December 10, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

So many changes in next year’s census, from online and phone options to new doubts about issues of confidentiality, particularly among undocumented residents.  Bridge answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

December 4, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s first State of Education report bemoans high dropout rates in postsecondary education, leaving students with debt but not the credentials to get solid jobs with local employers.

Residents in these Michigan cities said yes to pot. Their leaders said no.

Residents in these Michigan cities said yes to pot. Their leaders said no.

October 31, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Fourteen towns heavily burdened by marijuana convictions voted to legalize recreational pot last year. But city officials put the brakes on opening a marijuana business, at least for now.

 Get tickets for Lansing event on growth of long-term substitute teachers

Get tickets for Lansing event on growth of long-term substitute teachers

October 21, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Bridge Magazine uncovered that up to 50,000 K-12 students in Michigan are being taught by long-term (often uncertified) substitute teachers. You can weigh in and hear experts talk about this troubling trend, and how to fix it.

Michigan teachers: Flunking won’t help kids read. We have better ideas.

Michigan teachers: Flunking won’t help kids read. We have better ideas.

September 3, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Bridge spoke with 29 Michigan teachers in a Facebook group about the read or flunk law that hits third-graders this year. They’re dubious the law will improve literacy but have plenty of other ideas.

How to have your voice heard during the Your Water, Your Voice campaign

How to have your voice heard during the Your Water, Your Voice campaign

August 5, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

The Center for Michigan is hitting the road to find out how residents view management of the state’s waters. Here’s how to have your voice included in our Citizens Water Agenda, which will be delivered to every state leader.

What to know about the Michigan minimum wage law before the Supreme Court

What to know about the Michigan minimum wage law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s high court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether Republican efforts to pass the ballot measure, then gut it, violated the constitution. That does not mean the court will decide the matter, at least right now.

 Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle

The high court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans in Lansing acted lawfully in passing a paid sick leave bill last year before neutering it. The court may offer its opinion, or it may not, raising the specter of a formal lawsuit. 

Invasive plants choke Michigan waters. So why can anyone order them online?

Invasive plants choke Michigan waters. So why can anyone order them online?

July 11, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Residents can order invasive plants through specialty websites, even though they are illegal in Michigan. Is there a better way to protect the state’s fish, waters and tourism industry? 

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