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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?