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

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Group tied to Michigan governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer reveals donors

Group tied to Michigan governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer reveals donors

July 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Build a Better Michigan had faced accusations it was a vehicle for “dark-money” contributions to the Democratic hopeful. Monday’s release showed more traditional union and progressive support.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says she’s fought two governors on school aid

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says she’s fought two governors on school aid

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Democratic candidate for governor has been a strong voice for a well-funded public education system in Michigan. We check her voting record.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says school aid money only meant for K-12

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says school aid money only meant for K-12

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor has long criticized using state school aid funds for anything other than K-12 schools. Truth Squad explores the fine print.

Michigan inmates may lose college funding. That’s bad news for the rest of us.

Michigan inmates may lose college funding. That’s bad news for the rest of us.

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Studies show prison education more than pays for itself by making ex-cons less likely to reoffend. But funding for prison classes may well run dry by next summer. Should Lansing fill in the gap?

Ionia warden: Calvin College program is transforming my prison

Ionia warden: Calvin College program is transforming my prison

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A college prison collaboration between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary offers hope, leadership – and a degree - for lifers at an Ionia prison.

Rapid transit projects hit the skids in three Michigan cities

Rapid transit projects hit the skids in three Michigan cities

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Expensive systems in Grand Rapids and Detroit are performing below par. Another was axed in Lansing. What went wrong?

How Ann Arbor boosted its bus system, as other Michigan cities struggle

How Ann Arbor boosted its bus system, as other Michigan cities struggle

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Ann Arbor asked voters to pay for upgrades in bus service. They said yes – and ridership is up.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer depicts Michigan teachers in poverty

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer depicts Michigan teachers in poverty

June 21, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor echoes claims by the state’s largest teachers’ union that there are Michigan teachers on food stamps to argue for raising pay.

Truth Squad | Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

Truth Squad | Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

June 7, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A DACA recipient volunteered briefly last year in House Speaker Tom Leonard’s office. Does that turn the deeply conservative Leonard into a liberal ally of former President Obama?

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel attacked by her own words

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel attacked by her own words

May 29, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A Republican group is using the progressive’s fiery, anti-Trump rhetoric against her in online ads. Is Nessel too extreme to win a general election? Or has she seized on a winning formula in a polarized era?

Truth Squad: Shri Thanedar deflects blame for dire stories on lab animals

Truth Squad: Shri Thanedar deflects blame for dire stories on lab animals

May 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

News reports that beagles and monkeys were left behind at a New Jersey testing lab that went bankrupt have put Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Shri Thanedar on the defensive. He blames a creditor for any problems.

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A street version of fentanyl is now responsible for more overdose deaths in Michigan than prescription medications. And white, working-class communities surrounding Detroit have been hit hardest of all.

For opioid addicts in Michigan, online help when no doctor is near

For opioid addicts in Michigan, online help when no doctor is near

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A clinic in Ann Arbor tackles opioid addiction with the help of the Internet

Despite opioid problems, small-town Hastings, Michigan ‘a good place to be from’

Despite opioid problems, small-town Hastings, Michigan ‘a good place to be from’

May 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Southeast of Grand Rapids, Hastings is battling opioid addiction and other challenges as it maintains its easy-going character. Bridge pays a visit during its 2018 Truth Tour.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A pre-K program supported by the Kellogg Foundation is getting 3- and 4-year-olds ready to start kindergarten. Expansion across Michigan would have a steep price tag, but high returns.

Pre-K for all in Oklahoma: Sooner is Better

Pre-K for all in Oklahoma: Sooner is Better

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state is a pioneer in state-funded early education for 4-year-olds. It’s now reaping the benefits.

Truth Squad: Calley PAC goes on attack, misfires on ‘Shady Schuette’ ad

Truth Squad: Calley PAC goes on attack, misfires on ‘Shady Schuette’ ad

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

PAC for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lambastes GOP governor frontrunner Bill Schuette in cartoonish ad that stretches truth.

Truth Squad: Brian Calley unjustly claims credit for Michigan recovery.

Truth Squad: Brian Calley unjustly claims credit for Michigan recovery.

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan lieutenant governor points to tax cuts that he says grew the economy, but his latest ad omits large swaths of his legislative history on taxes.

Truth Squad: Schuette says Calley ‘failed’ Michigan, deserted GOP and Trump

Truth Squad: Schuette says Calley ‘failed’ Michigan, deserted GOP and Trump

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Attorney General Bill Schuette releases ad blasting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley for his votes as the Republican race for governor heats up.

Truth Squad: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes high road in endorsing Calley

Truth Squad: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes high road in endorsing Calley

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Upbeat TV ad urges Republicans to vote for lieutenant governor to “continue the comeback” in Michigan.

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