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.


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.

How Michigan’s auto insurance premiums became the nation’s highest

October 24, 2017 | Chad Livengood, Mike Wilkinson

As Lansing debates auto industry reform, hospitals and insurance companies face off over how, or whether, to curb soaring medical costs from accidents.

Detroit isn’t the only city with outsized auto insurance rates

October 24, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Chad Livengood

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.

Is Detroit coming back? It depends on the neighborhood.

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.

Detroit police improve response times. But not all neighborhoods are equal.

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.

In Michigan, path to elite colleges flows through richer high schools (interactive map)

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.

Database: Where do students from YOUR Michigan school attend college?

September 14, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Interactive database allows users to examine, compare where last year’s graduating class is attending college.

See how your school’s test scores compare (interactive map)

September 5, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to compare SAT scores with neighboring schools in your county and the state.

See how population is changing in your Michigan county (interactive map)

August 31, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

After lost decade, state sees slow growth. Check out how your county is faring with this interactive map.

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.