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


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."

Michigan's dreamers: Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Meet Denis Martinez, one of more than 6,000 Michigan "dreamers."

Michigan ‘Dreamers’ feel whipsawed by Trump’s waffling on DACA (slideshow)

September 19, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The stories of young immigrants in one Michigan community

Small-town Michigan high schools dump traditional football

September 7, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural Michigan high schools are turning to eight-player teams,  as thousands of young athletes across Michigan reject the troubled sport.

Mastodon teeth and iron lungs? Just another day at this Grand Rapids school (slideshow)

September 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School’s innovative approach to interactive learning was recognized with a $10 million innovation grant from Steve Jobs’ widow.

Michigan apologizes for screwing residents. Then fights like hell.

August 29, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Whether it’s false fraud charges, poisoned water or abused prisoners, state government too often is not here to help.

Now what? A familiar fear when disabled children turn 26.

August 24, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The murder-suicide of a respected educator and his son serves as a rallying cry to some about the stresses that begin when special education ends.

With fewer farmhands, Michigan farmers more willing to buy worker visas

July 25, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

What a difference a Trump Administration makes. Undocumented farm workers are down. And nearly 6,000 agricultural visas have been approved for Michigan farmers this year – 10 times more than 2013.

In Michigan: Who wins, who loses if GOP efforts slay Obamacare

July 17, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Find out what pacemakers, tanning salons and buff young people have in common.

Lansing Republicans drop the mantle of ‘local control’

June 29, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The party of small government has unleashed a barrage of bills that forbid Michigan cities and towns from crafting their own policies relating to zoning, law enforcement, cigarette sales and the environment.

With little help from Lansing, schools raise money from local taxpayers

June 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Cash-strapped intermediate school districts are tapping a little-used regional tax option, with two successful campaigns in recent months. Other regions are likely to copy the strategy.

Win some, lose some: Getting local voters to pay more for schools

June 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Voters have said “yes” to two recent regional tax increases for schools. They sent others to resounding defeat

This law promised medical hope for dying patients. Was it a cruel deception?

June 8, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s Right-to-Try law offers terminally ill patients quicker access to  experimental drugs. More than two years later, not a single patient appears to have been helped. A Bridge Magazine investigation explains why.

A Republican governor. A Republican legislature. Each ignoring the other.

June 1, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Two commissions convened by Gov. Rick Snyder recommend dramatic upgrades to Michigan education and infrastructure. But the Republicans who lead the House and Senate want to shrink government, not expand it. Can anyone get them to consensus?