Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joins us from the Detroit News as Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike performed a similar role at the News, where his work showed, for instance, that just under half of all Detroit property owners paid their annual tax bills. He was also part of a team at The Blade of Toledo that won national honors, including the National Headliner and Gerald Loeb awards, for exposing widespread political corruption in a scandal that came to be known as Coingate. The stories led to political reform in Ohio state government. You can reach Mike via email at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com or call him at 313-815-7068.

Articles

Want info on Michigan governments? Get out your wallet and prepare to wait

February 15, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s open records laws remain more barrier than gateway. Government officials, though, say they’re besieged by requests.

Academic State Champs: Poverty doesn’t always predict school success in Michigan

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

This year, Bridge honors school districts where students grow the most from third to eighth grade. The new measure comes from groundbreaking research that tips conventional wisdom on its head.

Interactive chart: See how wealth affects achievement in Michigan schools

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Check out these cool bubble charts that show the interplay between income and achievement in 500 Michigan school districts.

See how your Michigan school district compares on academic growth

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this database to search growth from third to eighth grades, and compare districts compare with their neighbors and ones with similar socioeconomics statewide in Michigan.

Academic State Champs: Top 10 large Michigan school districts for growth

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with more than 4,000 students grew the most from third to eighth grade

Academic State Champs: Top 10 mid-sized Michigan school districts for growth

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with 1,300 to 4,000 students grew the most from third to eighth grade

Academic State Champs: Top 10 small Michigan school districts for growth

February 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this slideshow to see where students in school districts with less than 1,300 students grew the most from third to eighth grade.

Michigan income tax calculator

January 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Enter your number of tax exemptions, find out how much you would save  

Demand for Michigan workers is very high, but many have given up looking

January 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan paydays aren’t what they used to be. Many paychecks are smaller than a generation ago. Still, the current climate for workers is measurably better than the depths of the Great Recession.

Michigan income growth hindered by lack of college graduates

January 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The incomes of Michigan workers took a big hit during the Great Recession. Incomes have recovered somewhat in recent years, but Michigan has not returned to its high-wage reputation.

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s role in Larry Nassar case

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Truth Squad explores Gretchen Whitmer’s mantle as an advocate for sexual assault victims after a cop accuses her of hesitating to prosecute a sexually abusive doctor.

Map: Find PFAS chemical threats to Michigan drinking water near your town

January 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

A group of industrial chemicals increasingly is found in Michigan’s environment. See where regulators have flagged them so far.

Detroit Dems seek alternative to Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan governor race

January 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Concerns about polling, fundraising and Gretchen Whitmer's name recognition prompt “hand wringing” among party insiders, led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. But others see sexism at play.

Residents are moving again. That’s good news for Michigan’s economy.

December 19, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

(See maps) Moving vans are more likely to take folks between counties and regions, an internal migration that’s a positive sign for Michigan.

Why Michigan needs newcomers. Told in 5 data maps.

November 30, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Michigan’s economy would improve if more adults had diplomas. Why our future may depend on immigrants and other transplants.

Michigan GOP hopefuls have a choice: Love Trump or leave race.

November 16, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

To win the primary for governor, Republicans must remain loyal to the president. But that could hurt them in the general election.

Detroit demo blitz linked to rising lead levels in children

November 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.

It’s not just Flint: Michigan lead levels up after long decline

November 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

(With new statewide lead map) ‘It’s really unknown why,’ Michigan’s chief medical officer tells Bridge.

Michigan is shortening school assessment tests – by reducing writing

November 9, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Many say students spend too much time taking state tests. But some question whether dropping math and critical thinking questions sends the right message.

Water crisis hits Michigan suburbs. ‘We’ve been sounding alarms for years’

October 26, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Aging infrastructure and delayed repairs are an increasing alarm in Michigan. More than $60 billion in fixes may be necessary.

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