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Bridge Michigan honored as national ‘unsung hero’ for unbiased news coverage

Bridge Michigan is a four-time winner of newspaper of the year from the Michigan Press Association, and this week was honored as an “unsung hero” among national news sites for producing fact-based news. (Shutterstock)
  • NewsGuard honors Bridge as ‘unsung hero’ for producing news without bias
  • Bridge received a perfect score on its rating system
  • The recognition follows several others for Bridge coverage

Bridge Michigan was honored this week as an “unsung hero” among national news sites and a “top straight shooter”  for “producing impactful, fact-based news” without slant or bias.

The honor came in the “best and worst of 2022” list from NewsGuard, a publication that rates news sites for credibility and for combatting misinformation. Bridge was among 13 sites featured in the group’s annual report among more than 8,000 worldwide sites it scrutinized.


Bridge received 100 out of 100 in NewsGuard’s scoring system, which reviews nine standards of credibility and transparency. 


“Since launching in 2011, this nonprofit news website has published in-depth coverage of politics and policy issues in Michigan,” NewsGuard wrote about Bridge. 

“This has come at a time when newspapers in the state have been either laying off journalists or closing — and as …partisan news sites now sit on the verge of outnumbering U.S. daily newspapers. A sister site,, has covered Michigan’s largest metro area.”

Katy Locker, chief executive officer of the Center for Michigan nonprofit that publishes Bridge Michigan and BridgeDetroit, cheered the recognition.

“The team of editors and reporters strive every day to live up to our value of being independent and nonpartisan to best serve Michigan,” she said. “This recognition by NewsGuard is a welcome acknowledgment of our obsessive pursuit of journalistic excellence.”

Bridge has been named Newspaper of the Year four times by the Michigan Press Association, which has named four Bridge employees its Journalist of the Year, including the 2022 honoree, Capitol watchdog reporter Jonathan Oosting. 

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