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 30 state and national 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

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

Get to know Garlin Gilchrist II, Gretchen Whitmer's pick for Lt. Governor

August 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Garlin Gilchrist, 35, is not well known outside Detroit so it’s unclear how many votes he can inspire as candidate for Michigan's lt. governor under Gretchen Whitmer. He does bring smarts, national organizing skills and diversity.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

August 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Joel Kurth

The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s ‘push’ for 1,000 new Michigan cops

August 2, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Bill Schuette, the Michigan attorney general and Republican candidate for governor talks tough on crime. Does the public record back it up?

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

July 31, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Riley Beggin

A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.

Democrats blast Michigan Chamber over gerrymandering emails

July 27, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Chamber president claims group had no knowledge of emails blasting Democrats. Emails reported by Bridge show a top chamber executive was involved in several emails about Dems.

Emails suggest Republicans gerrymandered Michigan to weaken ‘Dem garbage’

July 25, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

Emails involving Republican strategists and the Michigan Chamber emerge in a federal lawsuit. The messages suggest that helping GOP candidates was the central focus in redrawing legislative boundaries back in 2011.

Lawsuits, dirty tricks and an angry ex-wife: Is this Detroit’s ugliest election?

June 26, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Monique Baker McCormick’s 10-year campaign for Wayne County Commission is a primer on dirty political tricks. She’s learned well, but at what cost?

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Rising rents and tax breaks for developers revive Detroit gentrification fears. But city insiders also note easier access to loans and new business in some long-dormant neighborhoods.  

Poverty is Detroit’s biggest problem. Gentrification doesn’t come close.

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

In a new book, scholar Alan Mallach argues Detroit should welcome newcomers and spend more money training workers and less money building stadiums.

Is your Detroit neighborhood primed for a rebound? (interactive map)

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Nearly 10,000 blocks of Detroit have been studied to determine whether home values are likely to surge, or are too far gone. How does yours fare?

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recap

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.

Democrat Shri Thanedar releases tax returns in Michigan governor race

May 30, 2018 | Joel Kurth

The entrepreneur’s returns show he made over $17 million in 2016 from the sale of his chemical testing laboratory in Michigan

I read the memoirs of Michigan governor candidates so you don’t have to

May 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Three books in four days: Lessons from would-be chief executives. (You’ll never guess who worked as a ‘head potato boy’) Oh, and there will be a quiz.

Abdul El-Sayed clears eligibility hurdle in bid for Michigan governor

May 22, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A cloud that has surrounded the Democrat’s campaign for governor has lifted, as a judge dismisses lawsuit challenging his eligibility for office.

Michigan leaders want to make crumbling Detroit fort into national park

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A movement is afoot to grant protected status to Historic Fort Wayne in time for the opening of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit.

Along Detroit River, city treasures and rare cars hidden in bubble wrap

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Coleman Young’s limo and Lee Iacocca’s Lincoln are stashed in a discreet warehouse on Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne, which some want to make a national park. (slideshow)

A new bridge is dawning in Detroit. Matty Moroun isn’t the only one unhappy.

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Detroit's Delray neighborhood is dying by the day to make room for the Gordie Howe International Bridge crossing to Canada. But not everyone says they’re getting a fair shake.

A truck ferry offers a rare, gorgeous glimpse of Detroit River

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Slideshow: The Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry offers a vista of Detroit’s industrial past and future that is rarely seen elsewhere.

Mike Duggan blasts Abdul El-Sayed for accusing him of 'poisoning kids'

April 12, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Bad blood between Mike Duggan and his former health director, Abdul El-Sayed, explodes into the open, as Democratic governor candidate says his former boss 'poisoned kids' by ignoring health hazards of Detroit demolitions. In response, a spokesperson for Detroit’s mayor accused El-Sayed of ‘saying anything’ to get elected.

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