It's been a year already? Bridge turns 1.

Bridge Magazine is a year old today. Can it just be a year ago that we were "discussing" the best name for a new online news and analysis magazine focused on Michigan’s pressing problems … Beacon, 42 North, Bridge?

To celebrate the first of what we are planning to be many years covering Michigan events, we’d like to share with you some of the top "hits" from the past year. Ranging from coverage of Michigan’s college cost dilemma to the challenges confronting families on public assistance to the first cohort of Academic State Champions, the pieces below are some of the best of our best.

Take a gander and, if you can take a moment, please share one or two, or all, of them with a family member, friend or neighbor who may not know about us just yet. We think they will find Bridge as informative and stimulating as you have.

Now, on to Year Two!

'College tax' burdens students, state  (January 2012)

Three cheers for academic success  (November 2011)

Welfare reform leaves families without a net, and off the radar  (February 2012)

Teacher retirement fund has $45 billion hole  (April 2012)

The Big Flush: $180 billion vanishes from Michigan  (October 2011)

Facts matter. Trust matters. Journalism matters.

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janet mendler
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 10:58am
Congratulations to all responsible for Bridge and making it a must-read. Indeed I have shared it and recommended that friends and colleagues sign up to receive it. J
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 4:38pm
The work Bridge is doing is so important. It's filling a huge hole in public policy journalism. Happy birthday and here's to a long, healthy life!
Skip Sisson
Fri, 09/07/2012 - 9:49pm
Itis so refreshing to read articles that provide in-depth alnalysis,both pro and con,of issues facing Michiganders today. Congratulations on your first anniversary and keep up the good work.