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, prompted reforms at the Detroit Medical Center 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 national and state 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 586-306-4708.

Articles

Detroit cites progress, but water shutoffs actually rose last year

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Residential shutoffs spiked 18 percent in 2016 - countering city officials' expectations. A staggering 83,000 homes have lost water service at some point since the city launched a crackdown on delinquent accounts in 2014.

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

May 2, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.

Are Detroit water shutoffs and illnesses related?

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

"A significant difference in diagnoses" of skin or gastrointestinal infection was found in residents who lived on blocks with water shutoffs. But researchers acknowledge there's not yet enough data to prove a link.

That Detroit rarity: a home mortgage

March 30, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Can you call it a comeback if mortgages are only written in a few communities? Several years into a downtown recovery, neighborhood mortgage lending remains “pathetic.”

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