Award-winning medical reporter joins Bridge to lead Michigan Health Watch

Robin Erb is the lead reporter of Bridge Magazine’s Michigan Health Watch. (Photo courtesy Detroit Free Press)

Robin Erb, an accomplished Michigan journalist and medical reporter, has joined Bridge Magazine as the lead reporter for Michigan Health Watch.

In an award-winning career spanning three decades, Erb has developed a reputation throughout Michigan for her empathetic, insightful and conscientious reporting.

A former reporter for the Detroit Free Press, Erb’s award-winning stories have chronicled the battle over the Affordable Care Act, the state expansion of Medicaid, cutting-edge research led by Michigan’s hospitals and universities, deadly mistakes and extraordinary care in nursing homes and a mixup of chemicals in cattle feed in central Michigan in the 1970s whose effects still linger today.

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A resident of southern Michigan, Erb worked for the Free Press from 2007 to 2015, including six years as a medical reporter, and for the Toledo Blade from 1992 to 2007.

She returns to journalism following three years as vice president of communications at Sunshine Communities, a northeast Ohio nonprofit that provides residential, vocational and clinical support to those with developmental disabilities. Erb holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science from Miami University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Lourdes University (Toledo, Ohio).

Along with Ted Roelofs, a former Grand Rapids Press reporter, Erb will provide thrice-monthly reports on topics related to healthcare and mental health.

Michigan Health Watch is the latest in a series of expansions at nonprofit Bridge Magazine, as staffing and content shrink at traditional news organizations. Since 2017, Bridge has added four reporters, an editor and growth strategist, launched the Michigan Environmental Watch report and expanded our Lansing staff to more closely chronicle the machinations of state government.

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Michigan Health Watch is made possible by reader donations and generous funding from the  Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Michigan Association of Health Plans, and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The monthly mental health report is made possible by the generous  financial support of the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation.

Bridge journalism remains editorially independent and is not influenced by any individual or organization that helps fund our nonpartisan mission.   

You can reach Robin at or (734) 725-1155.

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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 8:27am

Looking forward to her first article on Functional Medicine and the move to treat causes of chronic disease instead of supporting Big Pharma and giving drugs for the symptoms.