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.


Check out property values in your Michigan community (map)

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map and database to explore changes in market values in communities throughout Michigan from 2014-2017.

Michigan Medicaid reform and race: Maps explain controversy

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Cheat work sheet on racial debate embroiling Medicaid work reform bills. Here's four maps that illustrate why some feel there's a northern bias toward exemptions.

See how low-income students fare in your Michigan school district

April 26, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Poor children in Michigan struggle compared with more affluent classmates. See how your district is faring in this Bridge school database.

Michigan GOP in bind after Muslim rant taints governor race, experts say

April 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican candidates for governor Patrick Colbeck said on a video he fears Muslims are trying to bring “sharia law” to Michigan and “exercise influence” by reaching the state’s top political post. Democrat Abdul El-Sayed was his target.

On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan schools continue to trail most states in academic achievement, floundering in the bottom third of all states, according to the national NAEP test.

How Michigan schools are suffering, shown in 10 slides

April 10, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A few steps forward, and several back, as Michigan struggles to revive its schools

Jobs are plentiful and wages are booming in Michigan. No ... really.

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

By definition, Michigan is at full employment. But job growth remains a key election issue and uncertain remains.

See what jobs are paying in your Michigan region

March 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Not all jobs are created equal in Michigan. Use this interactive graphic to explore what the growth of jobs, by pay, throughout the state.

Michigan’s riding high. But a downturn is coming and the safety net is frayed.

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

A peak economy is the perfect time to expand job training and assistance. Instead, state officials are squandering the good times, experts warn.

Getting past politics to give Michigan the schools it deserves

March 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Mike Wilkinson

Education experts from Massachusetts, Tennessee and across Michigan gathered Thursday in Detroit to plot solutions to Michigan’s public school malaise.

Michigan’s economy is bigger than ever. Now is the time to diversify

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The long nightmare is over. Michigan is outpacing the nation in growth. But experts say changes still are necessary to avert a deep plunge for the inevitable next recession.

See what industries are fueling economy in your Michigan area

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Curious about job and economic growth in your areas? (Note: The data on GDP is only available by metropolitan regions. There are none north of Midland in Michigan) Click on a region to see more information

Ten things that might surprise you about Michigan’s economy

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Is manufacturing really driving the Motor City? What’s hurting Bay City? Michigan’s economy is changing fast. Here’s some highlights.

Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates’ plan to grow the economy

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine asked eight candidates for their plans to diversify Michigan’s economy and grow jobs. All agree there’s work to be done.

Slideshow: Michigan's regional economies ranked by growth since 2009.

March 22, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson


Explore changes in economic output, jobs and other factors over the years in Michigan regions.

See if reading scores are down in your Michigan district

March 6, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine’s reading tool will show whether your child’s district is suffering third-grade reading declines, a trend that could leave plenty of future third graders to repeat the grade.  

See how drilling has funded land and parks in Michigan

February 28, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Since 1976, more than $1 billion from gas and oil royalties have helped fund public lands projects throughout Michigan. Use this database to find projects near you.

Search Michigan counties for the biggest budget shortfalls

February 20, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Using new state data, Bridge ranks each of Michigan’s 83 counties on how they are handling retiree debt, taxes and revenue.

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.