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John Bebow

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine. Published most weekdays at Bridgemi.com, Bridge is Michigan's leading nonprofit publisher of in-depth news and analysis about state politics, public policy, education, the state economy, the environment, and other topics of statewide interest. Bridge attracts more than one million readers each year and has earned more than 100 state and national journalism awards, including four straight "Newspaper of the Year" awards from the Michigan Press Association. Bebow worked previously as an investigative reporter for Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Traverse City Record-Eagle. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq for The Detroit News and Gannett newspapers and served as editor-in-chief of MLive. His family resides in Dixboro. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in English from Western Michigan University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. John can be reached at jbebow@thecenterformichigan.net.

Riley Beggin

Riley Beggin is a Capitol reporter covering Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other statewide elections. She joined Bridge in January 2018 after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit. Riley majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She also holds a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri. You can reach Riley at rbeggin@bridgemi.com or call her at 517-657-3580.

Amber DeLind

Amber DeLind is membership director at Bridge. Previously, DeLind led the public engagement team at the Center for Michigan, worked as a grant programs consultant for the Michigan Nonprofit Association and completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and VISTA Leader for Michigan Campus Compact. She earned a B.A. in psychology and women, gender, and social justice from Michigan State University and a master of public administration degree from Grand Valley State University. DeLind is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program’s 2016 class. She lives in Farmington with her husband and daughter. If you have questions about your Bridge Club membership or how to support Bridge, contact Amber at 734-926-4285 or membership@bridgemi.com

Kathryn Dugal

Kathryn Dugal is the Development and Engagement Specialist at the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine. Prior to joining the Center, Kathryn worked at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago, and at Rotary Charities of Traverse City. Kathryn holds an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a BA in Global & Area Studies from Michigan State University. A Kalamazoo native, Kathryn now resides in Ann Arbor. You can reach Kathryn at 734-926-4284 or kdugal@thecenterformichigan.net.

Bill Emkow

Bill Emkow is growth strategist for Bridge and the Center for Michigan. With over two decades of digital media under his belt, Bill helped dramatically broaden the digital reach at every stop in his journalism career. He helped lead two Michigan news sites, MLive.com and The Detroit Free Press, to the state's top-ranked position for news sites (Comscore). While at WXYZ-TV, his team turned to Facebook to engage readers and viewers, and the station's page quickly became Michigan’s most-engaged news source (CrowdTangle). In two years, he helped grow Bridge's unique visitors 160 percent and double its email subscribers. Bill has a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University, and is a former vice president for the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an alumnus of the Facebook Membership Accelerator, and was a featured speaker at Facebook's Audience Accelerator in Canada. You can reach him at bemkow@bridgemi.com.

Robin Erb

Robin Erb, who leads health coverage for Michigan Health Watch, believes it is our personal stories that keep us connected on common ground, whatever the break-neck fragmentation of a digital world. A long-time journalist, Robin previously spent six years at the Detroit Free Press chronicling the fight against - and sometimes the triumph over - our most horrific diseases. Her award-winning stories chronicled the battle over the Affordable Care Act, state expansion of Medicaid, cutting-edge research led by Michigan’s hospitals and universities, deadly mistakes and extraordinary care in Michigan’s nursing homes, and a nearly forgotten mix-up of chemicals in cattle feed in the 1970s and its lingering effects today. She holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science from Miami University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Lourdes University (Toledo, Oh). You can contact Robin at rerb@bridgemi.com or 734-725-1155.

Ron French

Project Editor/Senior Writer Ron French joined Bridge in 2011 after having won more than 40 national and state journalism awards since he joined The Detroit News in 1995. French has a long track record of uncovering emerging issues and changing the public policy debate through his work. In 2006, he foretold the coming crisis in the auto industry in a special report detailing how worker health-care costs threatened to bankrupt General Motors. In 2007, French uncovered Michigan’s educator pension and health-care costs that are now at the center of policy debate in Lansing. He is also the author of “Driven Abroad,” a book chronicling the movement of Michigan jobs overseas. You can reach Ron via email at rfrench@bridgemi.com, or call him at 517-657-3501.

Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner is Bridge’s first business editor, joining the team in April 2020. Paula will be leading our new dive into business reporting, emphasizing Michigan’s economy and policy issues that affect it, along with stories about the people, decisions and changes on the front lines of business in our state.  Her career includes several years at MLive.com, where she was editor of The Ann Arbor News, statewide business reporter and part of an award-winning environmental coverage team that helped uncover and dig into Michigan’s PFAS crisis. Among her honors is an award naming her Michigan’s Journalist of the Year in 2019 from the Michigan Press Association. Paula’s experience includes leading the news team at AnnArbor.com, a digital news startup launched in 2009 that generated company-leading audience growth.  Before that, she worked at Michigan Business Review, the Detroit Free Press and the Ypsilanti Press. Paula moved from Dearborn Heights to attend the University of Michigan, then never left the greater Ann Arbor area after graduation. Find her as Paula_Gardner on Twitter or pgardner@bridgemi.com

Stephen Henderson

Project Executive for BridgeDetroit, Stephen Henderson is host of Detroit Today on WDET, co-host of One Detroit on Detroit Public Television and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. A native of Detroit, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Michigan. His resume includes stints at the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and four years covering the Supreme Court for Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau.

Kelly House

Kelly House covers Michigan environmental issues for Bridge. She joined the Bridge staff in March 2020. Previously, Kelly reported for the Oregonian, where her coverage of the environment and other topics garnered national honors and sparked state efforts to better protect Oregon’s natural resources. She has a master’s degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University. She is from Harrison and lives in Lansing. You can reach her at khouse@bridgemi.com or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.

AJ Jones

A.J. Jones serves as operations and human resources director for Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. Previously, he worked for a start-up toy company, a tourism bureau, a homeless shelter and an adventure travel company. He holds a degree in English from Emerson College in Boston, and lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children. He can be reached at ajones@thecenterformichigan.net.

Joel Kurth

Managing Editor Joel Kurth has spent more than two decades in journalism in Michigan. He worked 17 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News, the last five of which he served as editor of investigations and projects. He’s overseen projects that prompted a reassessment of property taxes in Detroit, changed laws about tax foreclosure sales, prompted reforms at the Detroit Medical Center and led numerous investigations into municipal corruption. Kurth also worked at The Saginaw News and in the Upper Pensinsula and has won more than 40 national and state journalism awards. You can reach Joel via email at jkurth@bridgemi.com, or call him at 586-306-4708.

Jonathan Oosting

Jonathan Oosting is an award-winning Michigan political reporter covering the Capitol beat for Bridge. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previously worked for The Detroit News and MLive Media Group. He is from Grand Rapids and lives in Lansing. You can reach him at joosting@bridgemi.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.

Phil Power

Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He welcomes your comments at ppower@thecenterformichigan.net.

Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on health care in that time as well as prison and juvenile justice reform. Roelofs spent nearly three decades at the Grand Rapids Press where he covered politics, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rural poverty and mental illness among the homeless. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Reach Ted at ted.roelofs@gmail.com

Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joined 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.

Monica Williams

Monica Williams serves as Bridge’s copy editor and production manager. She also handles Guest Commentary for Bridge Magazine. Williams worked on staff at The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and the Korea Joong-Ang Daily before returning to her hometown of Detroit in 2019. A graduate of Temple University, she's also managed digital communications at a corporate law firm and for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. You can submit a guest column to her at mwilliams@bridgemi.com.

David Zeman

David Zeman is senior editor at Bridge. Previously, he was director of content and communication at the nonprofit Education Trust-Midwest. Zeman worked for  two decades at the Detroit Free Press as an investigative reporter and editor. As editor, his reporters won some of the nation’s highest honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize and the National Headliner Public Service Award. Before returning to his hometown of Detroit, Zeman was a reporter at The Miami Herald and The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer. He also spent two years as an attorney at a commercial litigation law firm in Miami. Zeman holds a law degree from the University of Miami, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Beverly Hills with his wife and two children. You can reach David via email at dzeman@bridgemi.com, or call him at 248-210-8476.