Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on healthcare 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


11 lessons learned from Michigan’s top high schools

February 11, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The leaders of the state’s Top 11 high schools in this year’s Academic State Champ rankings offer advice on their success strategies and how to help low-income students achieve.

Destroying Michigan’s career tech system to save it

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's K-12 vocational education system will never become the powerful job engine that Gov. Snyder demands without a fix to inequitable funding across the state.

Kicking butt and taking jobs

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

How one student from Paw Paw found success in the IT marketplace

What state House and Senate leaders say they will do first in 2015

December 17, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Four legislative leaders tell Bridge Magazine what's on their mind when the new legislative session begins in January.

How Michigan can improve the lives of 80,000 homeless children

December 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.

Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

December 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world

Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children

November 20, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.

Higher death rates, medical bills for Michigan motorcyclists without helmets

November 18, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Government and medical studies reveal motorcyclists are more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are not wearing helmets in a crash, raising questions about the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s helmet law. A Republican Legislature sees no reason to take up the issue.

See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

Michigan’s economic comeback promising, but incomplete

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Amid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.

Grand Rapids growth invites civic pride

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.

Lansing and Ann Arbor staging a battle of economic might

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Lansing and Ann Arbor regions are closely matched in GDP. Ann Arbor is just ahead in 2013. But will it last?

Recovering Detroit region still drives the state

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Detroit region, digging out from a tough decade, still wields manufacturing might. But its future may well hinge on health care.

Is Michigan now officially a red state?

November 6, 2014 | Nancy Derringer, Ted Roelofs

What was once a state of solid Democratic majorities is undeniably moving in another direction, and has been for two decades. What might lie along that road?

Election preview: How a handful of House races could shape Michigan’s future

October 30, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Ron French

With the state House perhaps up for grabs, uncertainty for tea party candidates and what could be a close race for governor, Lansing’s approach to road funding, education and other key issues is unsettled.

Election cash: How Super-PACs and ‘dark money’ are dominating state races

October 30, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Record outside spending in the U.S. Senate race, and armored truck-loads of cash from unknown donors. Welcome to Michigan elections.

Michigan tax facts, part 9: What will happen to your taxes in the future?

October 7, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Ten years from now, will you be paying more, less, or the same amount of Michigan taxes that you pay today? Four experienced bean counters offer very different predictions.

Michigan tax facts, part 10: Sifting through fuzzy tax math on the campaign trail

October 7, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Political candidates love to offer chickens in every pot. The specific recipes for how they’ll pay for their campaign promises are far more elusive. This year is no different on the Michigan campaign trail.

Michigan tax facts, part 7: Will your city hall and local schools go bankrupt?

October 2, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Local governments dodged a bullet with passage of the Proposal 1 tax reform in August. But many still aren’t secure. Do they need more money? Should they change how they do business? Or both?

Michigan tax facts, part 8: What would Richard Headlee think today?

October 2, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

A generation ago, an insurance executive fashioned himself a role as the defender of Michigan taxpayers. Voters approved the Headlee Amendment, which placed a ceiling on the growth of government. Today, Michigan government spending is billions of dollars under the cap Richard Headlee fought for.