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


Health care in rural Michigan communities suffering, despite Obamacare

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

In 2010, an estimated 1.2 million Michigan residents had no health insurance. By 2016, that fell to approximately 527,000. But, as of this writing in early 2018, the future of health care is unclear.

$1B of Michigan’s welfare money went to college students who weren't poor

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

For more than a quarter century, policy makers have tinkered with Michigan’s social safety net. Whether reforms have improved the state’s welfare system remains a matter of ongoing debate.

Limited Internet in rural Michigan depresses student, business opportunity

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Take a drive along Michigan’s rural roads and you will encounter treasures we know as Pure Michigan. But rural Michigan holds other, often hidden, stories… Poverty, uneven medical care and lack of high-speed Internet access. Young adults continue to leave rural communities for jobs elsewhere.


Despite low trust of gov't, Michigan legislators have done little to change

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

It’s a question fundamental to democracy in Michigan: How open and accountable is our state government? On a variety of fronts, the answers are troubling.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s track record as attorney general

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Examining the attorney general office’s lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and fight for lower taxes

Michigan Truth Squad: Abdul El-Sayed promises single-payer healthcare

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A closer look at a Democratic candidate for governor’s vow to achieve universal health care in Michigan, and perhaps nationally.

Price of specialty drugs spikes in Michigan

December 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan multiple sclerosis patients face a looming crisis in how to pay for medications that can cost upwards of $80,000 a year

CHIP health funding for Michigan children in jeopardy

December 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

After federal funds lapse for a popular program, insurance for more than 100,000 lower-income children is in limbo.

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Households, students and small business in much of rural Michigan struggle with slow Internet

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A small fiber optic firm near Grand Rapids fills in the broadband gap for rural Michigan families

Are Michigan Dems running for governor veering too far left?

November 16, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Looking to the 2018 governor’s race, some progressive Democrats worry about a repeat of how Michigan fell to Donald Trump.

Michigan maker of Hush Puppies called on its toxic past

November 9, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Residents in Kent County were exposed for decades to contaminated water, traced to waste dump belonging to Wolverine Worldwide. The Rockford company has struggled to explain its slow response.

After Las Vegas, Michigan GOP Reps are weighing action on deadly device

October 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The state’s Republican House members have received strong backing from the NRA. Would their vote to ban so-called bump stocks imperil that support?

Michigan seniors learn they CAN lose their home on a reverse mortgage

October 10, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

For older residents who don’t read the fine print, a reverse mortgage can hold unpleasant surprises.

Reverse mortgage 101. Know the risks.

October 10, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Reverse mortgages can be a financial lifeline for seniors on the budget. But slick promotions have often hidden the risks. Bridge explains the basics.

Poor in Michigan with no ID. “I am somebody. I just can’t prove it.”

September 26, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Ted Roelofs

Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.  

Daniel Caracheo: He was in chemistry class when his world collapsed

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Daniel Caracheo, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Monserrat Velazquez, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Juan Palacios, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers." 

Juan Paulos Palacios: Whatever happens, he’s grateful for time in USA

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Juan Paulos Palacios, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers."