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Bridge Michigan
Michigan’s nonpartisan, nonprofit news source


Center for Michigan/Bridge Michigan 2021 Annual Report

Bridge Michigan is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that provides passionate and rooted Michigan readers with honest, fact-driven journalism on the state’s diverse people, politics, and economy. We serve as your watchdog on the biggest issues impacting your daily life, giving you insightful coverage you can’t get anywhere else. Receive Bridge in your inbox for free by subscribing here.

Our team of award-winning journalists question those in power, demand answers, and analyze complex problems and so you can draw your own conclusions and bridge a path to a better Michigan.

Bridge is a publication of the Center for Michigan, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank. Bridge’s work is supported by our members (join this community of invested readers by donating here), major gifts, events, sponsors and foundation grants. A complete list of the Bridge supporters can be viewed here.

Bridge’s headquarters is located at 220 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti MI, 48197, and bureau offices are located in Detroit and Lansing. The best way to reach us is to start with an email to or email directly to one of our staff members

In 2020, the Center for Michigan supported the launch of a new nonprofit community news, information and engagement media service for Detroit, BridgeDetroit. BridgeDetroit is a project of the Center for Michigan. It is editorially independent and independently raises funds from members, foundations and sponsors. You can learn about BridgeDetroit here

The Center for Michigan

The Center for Michigan is a “think-and-do” tank founded by former newspaper publisher and University of Michigan Regent Phil Power in early 2006.  A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Center’s objective is to make Michigan a better place by by encouraging greater understanding and involvement in policy issues among the state’s citizens and making sure their voices are regularly heard.  We do this by regularly calling forth citizen views, amplifying those views and projecting them into the halls of power. 

The Center for Michigan is incorporated in Michigan as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.  Officers include: Philip H. Power, Chairman; John Bebow, President and CEO; Kathleen K. Power, Vice President; Loyal A. Eldridge III, Secretary; Karla A. Campbell, Treasurer.  Directors include: Paul Hillegonds; Michael Jandernoa; Dr. Glenda D. Price; Douglas Rothwell; Dr. Marilyn Schlack; Paula Cunningham.

We are fortunate to have attracted a group of distinguished Michigan citizens to serve on our Steering Committee.  These include:

  • Rob Collier, President Emeritus, Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Richard T. Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Michigan State University Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing
  • Paul Courant, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan 
  • Paul Diamond, Of Counsel, Miller Canfield
  • Mike Flanagan, Retired Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Elisabeth Gerber, Professor, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
  • Larry Good, Chairman, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Steve Hamp, Chairman, Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and the New Economy Initiative
  • Paul Hillegonds, President & CEO, Michigan Health Endowment Fund and former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Mike Jandernoa, Managing Partner, Bridge Street Capitol
  • Anne Mervenne, President, Mervenne & Company
  • William Parfet, Chairman and CEO, MPI Research
  • Milt Rohwer, President Emeritus, Frey Foundation
  • Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan
  • John A. (“Joe”) Schwarz, Former Member of both Congress and the Michigan Senate
  • Jan Urban-Lurain, President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc. and Senior Advisor, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Cynthia Wilbanks,  Vice President for Government Relations, University of Michigan

Editorial Independence Policy

Bridge Michigan subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept donations, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.

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Mailing addresses

Ypsilanti office

220 W Michigan Ave

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Lansing office

600 W St Joseph St #200

Lansing, MI 48933