Bob Campbell


Chaos in Traverse City, as county government wrestles with pension debt

February 20, 2018 | Bob Campbell

Grand Traverse County is searching for its fourth administrator in three years as county workers go to war over benefit cuts. Could the political upheaval be a bellwether for other distressed communities?

Michigan cities and counties haunted by retiree liabilities

February 20, 2018 | Bob Campbell

While the political chaos playing out in Grand Traverse County is bizarre, it’s a harbinger of local troubles throughout the state.

Democrats and Republicans agree: Shut down Enbridge Line 5

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

A strange-bedfellows coalition of Trump supporters and progressive Democrats are finding common ground in opposing the Enbridge oil lines in the Straits of Mackinac, united by deeply personal ties to the Great Lakes.

A cheat sheet to the Enbridge Line 5 controversy

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

Give us five minutes, we’ll give you the basics on this environmental showdown under the Straits of Mackinac.

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

March 16, 2017 | Bob Campbell

State Department veterans Jack Segal and Karen Puschel are selling out lecture halls in Northwest Michigan discussing American foreign policy in the Age of Trump. No shouting. No fistfights. What’s their secret?

In possible swansong, Cabela’s celebrates northern Michigan

November 22, 2016 | Bob Campbell

Nine starstruck Michiganders were delighted to share covered bridges, barn doors and their own dashing good looks to promote this year’s holiday catalog for the iconic retailer, which recently announced its sale to a rival