John Bebow

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine. Published most weekdays at, 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


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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

Announcing the 2018 Michigan Truth Tour ‒ Get the facts, get engaged.

January 22, 2018 | John Bebow

How the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will engage citizens and amplify critical issues facing our state in this important election year.

2018 Michigan Solutions Summits – Reserve your seat today!

January 22, 2018 | John Bebow

From ballot issues voters may face in November to big questions about our lagging schools, infrastructure and the future of cities, the March conferences will explore solutions to urgent issues elected leaders will face.

Why Democratic candidates need Detroit to become governor

January 15, 2018 | John Bebow

Dem’s chances at the governor’s chair often run through Detroit and Wayne County. Strong connections and support there can make a big difference, past election results suggest.

Reflections of a paperboy: How $2 a week boosts journalism

December 14, 2017 | John Bebow

With the help of readers just like you, Bridge Magazine provides Michigan with an important public service… Real news…

Bridge Magazine is hiring for a new Michigan Environment Reporter

August 17, 2017 | John Bebow

In-depth reporting on Pure Michigan will intensify with addition of full-time reporter.

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.