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

Does your Michigan police force have Army surplus gear? (Check our database)

August 29, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Trump administration lifted ban on military weaponry for local police.

Want a better SAT score in Michigan? Book your hotel now.

August 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan’s money-saving switch from the ACT college prep test is causing serious anxiety because aren’t enough sites for students to retake the test.

How many concealed weapons are there in YOUR county? (Interactive map)

August 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to learn how many concealed weapons there are throughout Michigan.

Michigan’s segregated past – and present (Told in 9 interactive maps)

August 8, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Segregation today has its roots in government-sanctioned housing policies from the 1930s, which barred blacks and other minorities from obtaining mortgages in nicer (whiter) neighborhoods. Check out segregation patterns in YOUR city.

How many in your county would be most vulnerable to Obamacare repeal?

June 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

While everyone would feel the impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some are more vulnerable than others. Almost one in 10 Michigan residents have health insurance either through Obamacare individual plans or through Medicaid expansion. See how many in your county would be affected.

Dear teacher: We want to hire you. Here’s a huge pay cut. Sincerely, unions.

June 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

At a time of teacher shortages in some cities, union contracts in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids limit what districts can pay to attract experienced teachers from the outside.  

Sorry we foreclosed your home. But thanks for fixing our budget.

June 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson, Laura Herberg

Counties across Michigan profit from selling foreclosed homes and charging fees on back taxes to down-and-out residents. No place does it more than Wayne County.

Interactive map: See population changes in YOUR community

May 25, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Census shows Michigan’s population woes aren’t distributed evenly. As Detroit withers, many of its suburbs are adding thousands. And while much of northern Michigan is shrinking in population, west Michigan is growing.

Should Michigan make it easier to opt out of school vaccines?

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

More kindergartners get their shots after the state made it harder to receive a waiver for them. Now, two lawmakers want to go back to the old system, but health officials say doing so is an invitation to trouble.

Database: Search vaccination rate of YOUR school

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Immunization rates have risen in Michigan after a rule change. Use this database to see how your school compares.

Interactive map: Vaccination rates across Michigan

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Click on a county to see how rates changed overall and in public and private schools.

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