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


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

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

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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

Truth Squad: Tonya Schuitmaker’s Common Core hypocrisy in AG race

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan attorney general candidate Tonya Schuitmaker is attacking Republican rival Tom Leonard for not sufficiently opposing the Common Core education standards. A classic pot/kettle moment.

Truth Squad: Counting the flips by Michigan AG candidate Pat Miles

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The former U.S. Attorney comes under fire from a left-leaning publication for his apparent transformation from a centrist Democrat to a  progressive this election cycle. Hit job or truth telling?

West Michigan leaders join chorus for state education reform

March 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Experts in Grand Rapids offer potential answers for a troubled public school system at the "Michigan Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan," put on by The Center For Michigan/Bridge Magazine and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Michigan falls short in frontline treatment for opioid crisis

March 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state, hard hit by opioid deaths, has a shortage of doctors trained to prescribe medication that’s critical to recovery.

Lansing provides sluggish response to Michigan’s rising drug prices

February 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Expected bills aimed at skyrocketing drug costs face an uncertain fate in the Michigan Legislature

How other states are fighting prescription drug costs

February 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

From pressuring drug manufacturers to offer bigger discounts to seeking bulk sales from Canada, other states are taking aggressive steps to help consumers.

Michigan Truth Squad: Patrick Colbeck ties Right to Work to 500,000 jobs

February 22, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The candidate for governor and tea party favorite tries to connect his early support for RTW to Michigan’s post-recession economic recovery. Did he go too far?

Aging area near Traverse City joins “village movement” to stay at home

February 15, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Graying populations in regions across Michigan can benefit from grassroots membership networks that help with rides, nursing visits, and other challenges for older residents who want to remain independent.

Doubts on Engler at MSU, but higher-ed support shouldn’t be one of them

February 8, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The former governor helped to give far more to Michigan’s public universities than his Democratic and Republican successors

MSU trustee defends Engler hire despite past differences with governor

February 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrat Dianne Byrum says John Engler is right choice as interim president of Michigan State despite her criticisms of his treatment of female prisoners’ claims as governor.

MSU Interim President John Engler was dismissive of sexual assault claims as governor

January 31, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

John Engler called rape and harassment claims by women prisoners “baseless” and “without merit” when he was Michigan goveronor. He was wrong. The state eventually paid $100 million to more than 500 women assaulted by male prison guards. Engler was named interim president of Michigan State in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Amid brutal flu season, who gets vaccinated? Check our Michigan map.

January 30, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Rural counties in Michigan and poor cities like Detroit are at the bottom for flu immunization

Michigan's K-12 performance dropping at alarming rate

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

If K-12 achievement in Michigan were a trendline, it is clearly pointing the wrong direction. By just about any measuring stick, the state is losing the race to educational excellence.

Many Michigan K-12 reform ideas are jumbled, broad, or wildly expensive

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Some 1.5 million students attend some 3,000 public schools in Michigan. As academic performance has lagged, competing school reform proposals have sprouted like Michigan summer corn.

College funding cuts in Michigan have led to fewer students, greater debt

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A commonly shared premise among economic experts: a well-educated work force is key to high-wage jobs and prosperity in the 21st century.

Michigan business climate improves, but educated workforce is shrinking

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s economy has long centered around manufacturing — especially autos. But reliance on a single industry produces boom and bust cycles.

Michigan's adverse health trends track along racial, poverty lines

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

If Michigan’s nearly 10 million residents received a collective physical exam, the result would be a mixed bag – and likely a frown from the doctor.