John Bebow

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Michigan. Published most weekdays at Bridgemi.com, Bridge is Michigan's leading nonprofit publisher of in-depth news and analysis about state politics, public policy, education, the state economy, the environment, and other topics of statewide interest. Bridge attracts more than one million readers each year and has earned more than 100 state and national journalism awards, including four straight "Newspaper of the Year" awards from the Michigan Press Association. Bebow worked previously as an investigative reporter for Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Traverse City Record-Eagle. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq for The Detroit News and Gannett newspapers and served as editor-in-chief of MLive. His family resides in Dixboro. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in English from Western Michigan University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. John can be reached at jbebow@thecenterformichigan.net.

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Help us power our nonprofit newsroom

Help us power our nonprofit newsroom

July 15, 2020 | John Bebow

Bridge’s summer fundraising campaign begins today. Can we count on you to support this year’s important reporting?

Announcing BridgeDetroit: A new civic information service for Michigan’s largest city

Announcing BridgeDetroit: A new civic information service for Michigan’s largest city

May 19, 2020 | John Bebow, Stephen Henderson

At a time when credible news has never been more important, a new team of journalists aims to respond to Detroiters’ most crucial information needs.

Deepest gratitude from the Bridge team to you

Deepest gratitude from the Bridge team to you

April 24, 2020 | John Bebow

Through the COVID crisis and beyond, Bridge journalists are dedicated to informing Michigan over the long haul. Readers, donors, and philanthropy make this work possible.

Bridge expands Michigan business/economy coverage with acclaimed journalist

Bridge expands Michigan business/economy coverage with acclaimed journalist

April 23, 2020 | John Bebow

Bridge expands its journalism with addition of a Business Watch section and adds the 2019 Michigan Press Association Journalist of the Year to lead coverage.

Coronavirus raises questions on infection control at Michigan nursing homes

Coronavirus raises questions on infection control at Michigan nursing homes

April 3, 2020 | John Bebow

More than 80 Michigan nursing homes were cited for infection prevention or control deficiencies in the past three years, including a few with recently confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Help Bridge gear up for 2020 elections with a donation to our nonprofit newsroom

Help Bridge gear up for 2020 elections with a donation to our nonprofit newsroom

March 2, 2020 | John Bebow

Can we count on you to help power our newsroom and this year’s important reporting?

Help Bridge prepare for 2020 with a donation this holiday season

Help Bridge prepare for 2020 with a donation this holiday season

December 12, 2019 | John Bebow

Please support our work as we head into 2020 with a donation to Bridge. Our goal in 2019 was to be your eyes and ears on impactful legislation coming from Lansing, and our reporting on long-term subs serving as full-time teachers is informing Michigan lawmakers on how to solve this problem. There'll be more big issues next year and your support is crucial.

Support Bridge this holiday season and your dollar goes twice as far

Support Bridge this holiday season and your dollar goes twice as far

December 3, 2019 | John Bebow

Celebrate #GivingNewsDay by doubling your donation to Bridge.

It’s Bridge’s 8th birthday. Will you help us celebrate?

It’s Bridge’s 8th birthday. Will you help us celebrate?

September 5, 2019 | John Bebow

Bridge Magazine is for Michigan, by Michigan and about Michigan. Our nonprofit newsroom needs your support. 

Please support Bridge's nonprofit Michigan newsroom during our spring 2019 fundraiser

Please support Bridge's nonprofit Michigan newsroom during our spring 2019 fundraiser

May 13, 2019 | John Bebow

Our stories are free, but we need your help. Bridge has no paywall and has very little advertising. We rely on the generosity of readers to support our in-depth journalism. Will you help us during our spring 2019 fundraiser?

Will you help celebrate Bridge's 7th birthday with a donation?

Will you help celebrate Bridge's 7th birthday with a donation?

September 6, 2018 | John Bebow

Bridge is public service journalism for the people of Michigan. We’re nonprofit. Nonpartisan. Fact-driven. And supported by readers just like you all over the state. Will you help us celebrate our 7th birthday by supporting our mission?

Editorial | Enemy of the People? Whatever. We have work to do.

Editorial | Enemy of the People? Whatever. We have work to do.

August 16, 2018 | John Bebow

Newspapers nationwide are publishing editorials today fighting President Trump’s characterization of us as “enemies of the people.” A better approach is to just do our jobs, as fairly as possible.

Voting results deliver on Michigan Chamber VP’s gerrymandering promise

Voting results deliver on Michigan Chamber VP’s gerrymandering promise

July 31, 2018 | John Bebow

A Bridge analysis of 410 House, Senate and congressional races since 2011 shows that only 16 were competitive, with Dems crammed into limited districts as Republicans solidified state control.

Support Michigan news YOU can use. Donate to Bridge today.

Support Michigan news YOU can use. Donate to Bridge today.

May 21, 2018 | John Bebow

Our spring fundraising drive is almost over. We’re extremely grateful to the readers who’ve generously contributed this month in support of Bridge’s award-winning, in-depth, nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest journalism. Will you join them?

Support the in-depth Michigan news you deserve. Please donate to Bridge today.

Support the in-depth Michigan news you deserve. Please donate to Bridge today.

May 14, 2018 | John Bebow

Thank you for reading Bridge Magazine’s nonprofit, nonpartisan, in-depth Michigan journalism. Will you help fuel our work in this important statewide election year?

How much is Bridge Magazine worth to YOU? Please support Bridge today.

How much is Bridge Magazine worth to YOU? Please support Bridge today.

May 7, 2018 | John Bebow

Your tax-deductible donation today assures great Bridge journalism throughout 2018, and your donation goes four times as far – thanks to matching pledges by four Michigan foundations.

Bridge Magazine spring donor drive: Please support public service journalism today!

Bridge Magazine spring donor drive: Please support public service journalism today!

May 1, 2018 | John Bebow

Thank you for reading Bridge Magazine’s nonprofit, nonpartisan, in-depth Michigan journalism. Will you help fuel our work in this important statewide election year?

Michigan gives more tax breaks than it collects for schools, government

Michigan gives more tax breaks than it collects for schools, government

January 23, 2018 | John Bebow

In Michigan, determining how to spend the state budget – and who pays which taxes to fund such things as schools, roads, and public safety – is job one every year for the governor and 148 state legislators.

Big government? Michigan's state, local workforce 2nd smallest in nation

Big government? Michigan's state, local workforce 2nd smallest in nation

January 23, 2018 | John Bebow

State government is a huge operation with responsibilities (and expenses) in every corner of Michigan. Paying for it all in a balanced state budget every year is one of the first and most important constitutional responsibilities of Michigan’s governor and 148 state legislators.

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