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

Articles

Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline

Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline

August 27, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

With 23 million gallons of oil and gas passing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day, Bridge weighs the evidence on the safety of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

Enbridge: Trust us to be safe

Enbridge: Trust us to be safe

August 27, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.

43,000 Michigan prisoners: Who should we cut loose first?

43,000 Michigan prisoners: Who should we cut loose first?

August 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Reform advocates agree that Michigan could save millions by reducing its prison population, a cost that has risen seven-fold over three decades. But with politics never far from the surface, can policymakers agree on who doesn’t belong?

Hell freezes over - GOP and ACLU push prison reform

Hell freezes over - GOP and ACLU push prison reform

August 20, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

An unexpected coalition of conservatives and progressives is forming around finding ways to reduce Michigan’s costly prison population

Algae bloom, the sequel, spells big trouble for Lake Erie

Algae bloom, the sequel, spells big trouble for Lake Erie

August 4, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

This year’s bloom promises to be bigger, slimier and more trouble for marine life than past years. While experts are calling for tougher regulation of industrial farming, the state says Michigan’s current conservation efforts are working.

Voluntary measures haven’t stopped algae blooms in Gulf of Mexico

Voluntary measures haven’t stopped algae blooms in Gulf of Mexico

August 4, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Fifteen years after landowners along the Mississippi River were asked to help reduce conditions for blooms, there has been no reduction in a marine dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. One expert suggests tougher regulation.

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

July 21, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A shortage of primary care doctors is associated with worse health outcomes and higher death rates. What steps Michigan can take to close the doctor gap.

MSU’s mission to train rural doctors

MSU’s mission to train rural doctors

July 21, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Since 1974, Michigan State University's medical school has offered intensive training for rural primary care physicians

Five years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

Five years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

July 16, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's state park system adapts to budget squeezes and changing values about the outdoors. But major costs kicked down the road.

In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

In paychecks, Michigan women have a long way to go, baby

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Women in full-time jobs earn on average three-fourths the pay as men in Michigan, a wider margin than most of the nation. While critics question the scale of the gap, policymakers debate ways to close it.

Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

Hispanic women struggle with just over half the pay of men

June 9, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Hispanic women in Michigan earn barely half the income of non-Hispanic white males.

Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

Jobs flooding to West Michigan, though wages still lag

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

West Michigan leads the way in Michigan jobs recovery, while the state as a whole still trails the nation.

Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

Jobs get even scarcer in rural Michigan

May 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan rural counties struggle with jobs loss.

With roads measure crushed, a search for Plan B

With roads measure crushed, a search for Plan B

May 6, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

With the resounding defeat of Proposal 1 on Tuesday, it's unclear how Michigan's deteriorating roads will be fixed.

What NOT to post on Facebook: Jokes about prison rape, when you’re in charge of preventing prison rape

What NOT to post on Facebook: Jokes about prison rape, when you’re in charge of preventing prison rape

April 16, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A social media post by a prison rape coordinator may serve to underscore allegations that the state is insensitive to young inmates’ rape claims.

Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state's defense

Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state's defense

April 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The full deposition testimony of seven teenage inmates is notable for its graphic consistency, producing a damning portrait of institutional indifference within Michigan’s prisons.

‘New fish’ ‒ One teen inmate’s account of alleged sexual assault

‘New fish’ ‒ One teen inmate’s account of alleged sexual assault

April 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The inmate known as John Doe 3 says the abuse began from the moment he entered adult prison.

Kalamazoo - the city that runs

Kalamazoo - the city that runs

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Borgess Run Camp in Kalamazoo has persuaded more than a thousand out-of-shape residents to hit the streets

Three tips for getting your community off the couch

Three tips for getting your community off the couch

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Grand Rapids is following the Borgess model to get its residents running. Follow these guidelines and your city can do the same.

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