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 three straight "Newspaper of the Year" awards from the Michigan Press Association. Bebow worked previously as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, 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


Psssst. You wanna hear a good story?

May 8, 2017 | John Bebow

When is the last time you heard a fascinating story?

New investment drives Bridge Magazine, and an engaged and informed public

March 9, 2017 | John Bebow

Renewed investment from the Knight Foundation, together with ongoing support from readers and philanthropy, will help Bridge expand its mission to provide in-depth, substantive reporting across the state of Michigan.

Don't let Michigan journalism die. Please support Bridge Magazine.

December 1, 2016 | John Bebow

If you believe in an informed public, consider helping Bridge do its part. Your gift will be doubled with a match from the Dow Foundation

How Snyder’s chief of staff wrestled with Flint, with few victories

March 2, 2016 | John Bebow

Dennis Muchmore’s deep experience as the governor’s point man did not translate into solutions for Flint’s water crisis. A year in emails.

Three ways Snyder emails may foretell Michigan’s future

March 1, 2016 | John Bebow

Snyder administration emails on the handling of the Flint water crisis point to some big policy decisions facing the state.

Years of missed warnings before Flint River switch

February 17, 2016 | John Bebow

From the state treasurer’s office to the local water treatment plant, concerns about the Flint River went unheeded – with some of the most troubling leveled in the final days before residents began drinking the water.

Seven reasons Michigan residents should ask questions about their own drinking water

February 17, 2016 | John Bebow

Safe drinking water is taken for granted by almost everyone who pays a water bill. But as recent events make clear, the state’s monitoring is hardly fail-safe. Don’t be afraid to wade in and investigate

SPRING FUNDRAISING DRIVE: How much is Bridge worth to you?

May 19, 2015 | John Bebow

Support from readers like you will assure Bridge can continue to provide incisive, nonpartisan public-service journalism to Michigan.

Collaborating instead of competing: new Crain’s joint venture helps Bridge serve Michigan readers and leaders

April 28, 2015 | John Bebow

The joint hiring of Lansing business reporter Lindsay VanHulle helps Bridge and Crain’s Detroit Business forge a new journalistic path.

March gradness: An NCAA bracket built on grad rates, not victories

April 3, 2014 | John Bebow

Yes, we know, your March Madness bracket is a mess. So let’s blow it up and start over. Let’s play “March Gradness” instead… Check out what happens to the NCAA Tournament Bracket when the winners are based on college graduation rates instead of basketball scores. Check out your team’s fortune’s in March Gradness.