Detroit Journalism Cooperative


He started the Detroit riot. His son wrestles with the carnage.

July 21, 2017 | Bill McGraw

Bill Scott threw the first bottle at police, an act that encouraged violent uprisings by black Detroiters in 1967. His son grew up thinking his race didn’t matter. Until one night, suddenly, it did.

On the Detroit River, a faded dream at a city-owned marina

May 16, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

An African-American businessman dreamed of a place where people of color could live and boat on the river, in the shadow of high-rise luxury. It never happened.

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

December 6, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.

Detroit’s school crisis is a century in the making

February 25, 2016 | Dr. Joyce Baugh

The lawmakers charged with repairing the damage to the city’s schools should know it has roots that go back to the 19th century – even before the Civil War

After decades of failure, will metro Detroit pass mass transit this year?

February 23, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Southeast Michigan has tried, and failed, to craft a functional public-transit system that works – many times. Leaders hope the RTA’s master plan, to be revealed this spring, will turn the tide

State teacher of year: Who am I to judge Detroit teacher sick-outs?

February 16, 2016 | Rick Joseph

The stark inequality between Michigan’s rich and poor schools is the greatest obstacle to learning. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit, where teacher sick-outs have put a spotlight on the terrible conditions in which children must learn

Before Flint, a Detroit-area water warning system was allowed to crumble

February 16, 2016 | Chad Selweski

A state-of-the-art water contaminant warning system protected more than 4 million people in southeast Michigan. But a few years back, communities began to pull out of the network, to save money. After Flint, was that a mistake?

EM law had unintended racial consequences in Flint and Detroit

February 5, 2016 | Reynolds Farley

The legislature probably didn’t intend for its impact to fall disproportionately on Michigan's residents of color, but it has. Now is the time to investigate fixing it

Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

February 3, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

January 15, 2016 | Ivy Bailey

Detroit school conditions are sickening, so teachers called in sick. Now it’s the state’s responsibility to make it right.

Detroit students unfairly pay the price for the district’s debts

November 5, 2015 | Craig Thiel

Roughly 40 percent of state funds meant to educate Detroit students are being diverted to service past debts incurred by the district. This is not fair to a big city student population already ranked last in the nation.

Echoing state, Detroit schools cut back on standardized tests

October 8, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.

You are invited to Detroit Performs LIVE

September 17, 2015 | Rich Homberg

Detroit Public Television invites the readers of Bridge to Detroit Performs Live! Bettye LaVette - Jessica Hernandez - Ty Stone - Alexander Zonjic - Ben Sharkey - on Friday at The Fillmore in Detroit.

Interactive map: See how much the middle class has lost in your county

August 13, 2015 | Bridge Staff

See how much ground the middle class has lost in every Michigan county since buying power peaked, in an interactive map that confirms what you’ve feared when you pay your monthly bills.

Welcome to school, Detroit kindergartners. Now pay up!

June 23, 2015 | Chuck Wilbur

If something isn’t done to remove the crushing debt faced by city schools, Detroit’s most vulnerable students will be stuck with the bill.

One teacher, 25 kids and the enormous challenge of turning around Detroit schools (Chapter 1)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

The state is in the midst of yet another fix for Detroit’s troubled schools. So this spring, Bridge spent time in William Weir’s social studies classroom to get a sense for what works, and what doesn’t, for one Detroit teacher.

One teacher, 25 kids: For struggling students, a push to 'dream bigger' (Chapter 2)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

For third- and fourth-graders with limited reading skills, a teacher must take creative measures to make lessons stick.

One teacher, 25 kids: ‘Can I sleep at night?’ (Chapter 3)

June 18, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Budget deficits in Detroit mean even larger class sizes come this fall. Will Mr. Weir meet the challenge for his young students?