David Zeman

David Zeman is senior editor at Bridge. Previously, he was director of content and communication at the nonprofit Education Trust-Midwest. Zeman worked for  two decades at the Detroit Free Press as an investigative reporter and editor. As editor, his reporters won some of the nation’s highest honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize and the National Headliner Public Service Award. Before returning to his hometown of Detroit, Zeman was a reporter at The Miami Herald and The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer. He also spent two years as an attorney at a commercial litigation law firm in Miami. Zeman holds a law degree from the University of Miami, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Beverly Hills with his wife and two children. You can reach David via email at dzeman@bridgemi.com, or call him at 248-210-8476.


Introducing Michigan Health Watch ‒ the health coverage Michigan deserves

April 24, 2019 | David Zeman

Bridge Magazine is launching three monthly newsletters, two dealing with healthcare and a third specifically focused on mental health.

Court settlement to end commercial fish farm on trout-rich Au Sable River

September 27, 2018 | David Zeman

The settlement was announced Thursday by Anglers of the Au Sable, which had objected to what it said was a threat to the trout stream from fish waste produced by the farm. 

As elections loom, Bridge is changing its approach to Michigan Truth Squad

September 6, 2018 | David Zeman, Joel Kurth

Truth Squad is simplifying how its rates the accuracy of political ads and rhetoric, while making it easier to alert voters to statements that may be technically factual but misleading

See how Michigan political campaigns are targeting you on Facebook

May 23, 2018 | David Zeman

Bridge Magazine is partnering with ProPublica to crowdsource how political candidates and special interest groups target Michigan voters using Facebook advertising. But we need your help.

Michigan preschool funding has improved, but child care still unaffordable

January 23, 2018 | David Zeman

As student performance in Michigan has plummeted, one strategy where many elected officials, educators, business leaders and state residents agree is bolstering future student success through early childhood programs.

Michigan Truth Squad: Fact-check No. 1 on 2018 governor candidates

January 18, 2018 | David Zeman

A revamped Truth Squad is keeping political candidates honest in 2018, and what better way to kick off our fact-checking than with some leading candidates for governor.

In Wayne, passing the hat for a fire hose

May 12, 2016 | David Zeman

Out of money, the city of Wayne depends on public generosity to maintain public safety. Is this any way to run a government

Correction: Error in elementary school analysis for Academic State Champs

February 12, 2015 | David Zeman

A computer programming error resulted in two Michigan elementary schools being left off the list of 2014 State Champs. The error also slightly changes the individual rankings of some schools.

Clearing the air on Brunch columnists

September 25, 2014 | David Zeman

Greg McNeilly’s writing wasn’t rejected at the bidding of “big government.” It just wasn’t a good fit for Bridge's Sunday commentary feature.

Help Bridge chronicle the challenges facing rural Michigan

August 12, 2014 | David Zeman

Rural communities face a tsunami of modern ills, from fading economies to children who can’t wait to leave. You can help Bridge document the hardship (and joy) of rural life.

The three worst political ads of 2014

August 4, 2014 | David Zeman

Among dozens of ads this election cycle, a trio earned Michigan Truth Squad’s dreaded “flagrant foul” citation.

Editor's note: Has Bridge lost its mind?

July 15, 2014 | David Zeman

Bridge guest columns have left some readers doubting our nonpartisan mission. Here’s why we choose the columns we run.

Changes to Michigan Truth Squad

June 10, 2014 | David Zeman

Truth Squad is streamlining standards for judging accuracy of political ads.

Michigan Speaks 2014 – A road map for Lansing

May 6, 2014 | David Zeman

More than 5,500 residents from all corners of Michigan spoke to the Center for Michigan in Community Conversations, polling and online talks. Lawmakers in Lansing would do well to hear their voices.

Editor's note: Introducing the Detroit Journalism Cooperative

January 29, 2014 | David Zeman

Michigan’s most trusted nonprofit news organizations are joining forces to produce data-driven journalism on Detroit’s financial crisis – and the road ahead.