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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 313-815-7068.
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.
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.
A group of industrial chemicals increasingly is found in Michigan’s environment. See where regulators have flagged them so far.
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.
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.
Michigan’s economy would improve if more adults had diplomas. Why our future may depend on immigrants and other transplants.
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.
(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.
November 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
(With new statewide lead map) ‘It’s really unknown why,’ Michigan’s chief medical officer tells Bridge.
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.
Aging infrastructure and delayed repairs are an increasing alarm in Michigan. More than $60 billion in fixes may be necessary.
As Lansing debates auto industry reform, hospitals and insurance companies face off over how, or whether, to curb soaring medical costs from accidents.
The high rates in Detroit are creeping into the suburbs and beyond, and with them huge disparities between auto insurance bills in one city versus another.
Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.
October 3, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
A Bridge analysis shows that police responses to emergencies are roughly the same in all neighborhoods, but vary wildly for lesser crimes.
September 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
Which schools produce the most Spartans, Wolverines and Ivy Leaguers? Map showing where high schoolers attend college contains some surprises.
September 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
Interactive database allows users to examine, compare where last year’s graduating class is attending college.
September 5, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
Use this map to compare SAT scores with neighboring schools in your county and the state.
August 31, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson
After lost decade, state sees slow growth. Check out how your county is faring with this interactive map.