Guest Commentary

At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)

How to submit a Guest Commentary

What to know:

Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff. 

Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion. 

We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.   

We do not pay for guest commentary.   

Here are some guidelines: 

  • Columns are usually 500-700 words
  • They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
  • The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
  • The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up 
  • Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background  
  • Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
  • We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.

That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make. 

Who to contact: 

Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.


Opinion | Michigan is making a difference in STEM education

April 26, 2018 | Patrick Colbeck

The robots are coming, and it’s a good thing, says state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, an engineer, who argues for continued investment in STEM programs in Michigan public schools.

Opinion | Beware of unintended consequences of Michigan Medicaid work demand

April 20, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Renuka Tipirneni, Luke Shaefer

Most adult Medicaid recipients already work, are in school or face real obstacles to jobs. And without investing in childcare or other support, many low-income parents would face a bind.

Opinion | Denhollander: MSU, please stop lying about Nassar victims

April 19, 2018 | Rachael Denhollander

Rachael Denhollander says MSU interim leader John Engler and his team are using the same smears against Larry Nassar’s female victims as Nassar’s defense lawyers.

Opinion | Healthy rivers and lakes attract investment to Michigan communities

April 18, 2018 | Jon Allan

A Huron River study suggests that Michigan’s blue economy can bring businesses, workers and joy to towns across the state

Opinion | English as Michigan’s official language? How Lansing spends its time.

April 17, 2018 | Victoria Crouse

Victoria Crouse recalls the fear associated with learning English when she came to Michigan as a child. She wonders if the point of a bill making English the official language is to make immigrants more fearful.

Opinion | Michigan Teacher of the Year: 5 ways to motivate students

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Math teacher Luke Wilcox disputes the notion that it isn’t a teacher’s job to motivate students. He offers his top strategies for motivating students to care.

Opinion | An all-white slate is a disaster for Michigan Democrats

April 17, 2018 | Steve Hood

President Trump’s unpopularity should have made this an easy election year for Democrats. But they shot themselves in the foot with the least diverse slate in years.

Opinion | I was discussing gun policy. He threatened to shoot my campaign worker.

April 12, 2018 | Margaret O’Brien

Sen. Margaret O’Brien understands if you disagree with her about guns. But when a discussion at the front door a constituent ended with the resident threatening to get an AR-15, she wrote that the tone of politics has to change.

Opinion: I bought a $500 house to help save Detroit. The city saved me instead.

April 11, 2018 | Drew Philp

A writer makes a home in Detroit. In a captivating TED talk, he calls ‘radical neighborliness’ the city’s finest attribute.

Opinion | $2 more a month for Michigan’s poor isn’t help. It’s an insult.

April 10, 2018 | Coleman A. Young II

A less than 1 percent increase in cash assistance for Michigan’s most needy has state Sen. Coleman A Young II angry.  

Opinion | Michigan bill to lower Rx drug costs instead would raise them

April 5, 2018 | Stephen Rapundalo

A House bill promises to increase transparency and lower prescription costs. Don’t believe the hype. Real reform is needed but should focus on middlemen who keep customer prices high.

Opinion | Nestlé water deal is bad economics – and bad policy – for Michigan

April 3, 2018 | Mike Taillard

For just $5,000 and a small annual fee, the giant corporation will extract thousands of water that it will mark up to consumers. Michigan inevitably will get stuck with the bill.

Opinion: Women-led startups are underfunded. We need to fix that.

April 3, 2018 | Emily Heintz

It’s time to talk about another gender gap: There’s not enough female venture capitalists, and the imbalance isn’t just bad for diversity. It’s bad for business.

Opinion: Clueless Betsy DeVos has defender-in-chief in Bill Schuette

March 29, 2018 | Paula Herbart

Michigan’s attorney general continues to defend the charter schools champion, long after the rest of Michigan realized her policies were destructive.

Opinion | Michigan infrastructure rebuild can’t be borne by local communities

March 27, 2018 | John Austin

The Trump infrastructure plan reminds Michigan that many local governments can’t self-finance their own renewal

Opinion | Sen. Arlan Meekhof to Michigan residents: Leave politicians alone!

March 16, 2018 | Jane Briggs-Bunting

Michigan is the only state that exempts the governor, lieutenant governor and legislature from its public records laws. And Meekhof, the Senate Majority Leader, aims to keep it that way.

Opinion | Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do, for all of Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Doug DeVos

Doug DeVos urges passage of bipartisan bills aimed at making our criminal justice system smart on crime but soft on taxpayers.

Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Amber Arellano

Michigan needs to follow the path of leading states, with high-caliber training and support of principals and teachers in literacy instruction.

The future of work in Michigan

March 13, 2018 | Tom Watkins

Leaders who promise manufacturing will provide full employment for unskilled laborers are not serving our state or nation well. Sticking your head in the sand would be a better strategy.

Success for every child, and how one Michigan county falls short

March 6, 2018 | Lew Chamberlin

When we invest in early childhood services, especially for the most vulnerable, babies are born healthy, families are strengthened and children are on track for growth and success.