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

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.

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.

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

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

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’

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

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

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?

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.

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?

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

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