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


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.

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